Autistic boy dies during controversial treatment
Wednesday, August 24, 2005 By Karen Kane and Virginia Linn, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A 5-year-old Monroeville boy died this week during a medical treatment that's being touted by some as a cure for autism. The autistic boy died while receiving chelation -- an intravenous injection of a synthetic amino acid known as EDTA, for ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the practice only to treat heavy metal (such as lead) poisoning. The treatment is becoming increasingly popular, though still controversial, for autism. Police are investigating the boy's death, which occurred Tuesday morning in the office of Dr. Roy Kerry in Portersville. Kerry did not return calls today. An autopsy conducted today was inconclusive. Results on the cause and manner of death are pending additional testing that could take up to five months to complete, authorities said.
I received this e-mail from Dr. Garry Gordon, a pioneer in Chelation and a person I respect very much...
Dear Health Care Professionals:
I am involved in gathering all of the details surrounding this unfortunate situation. We know the media is going to put this in the light that money hungry doctors are taking advantage of the gullible public and telling them that heavy metals are contributing to many different health problems. In fact that kind of "attack" against chelation doctors treating for heavy metals has been published very recently. You cannot imagine how much of a feeding frenzy the media will have over this unless you remember the story about Dr Shortt and the Hydrogen Peroxide death a few months ago. There the media, particularly "60 minutes", PRETENDED that they wanted to know the FACTS. Of course that was just so that they could fabricate a story protecting mainstream medicine that was the real culprit while doing everything in their power to put the alternative medicine approach down. I have been told by those who are in touch with the mother for the deceased boy that she is convinced that the entire program her son was on was dramatically changing his life for the better. She hopes the doctors will not stop offering chelation to children who she knows are being benefitted and she bears no regret that she was pursuing these therapies. She does NOT want to see other parents abandon the concepts that were clearly helping her 5+ year old son.
You may soon read and hear the kind of hysteria and negative press that I expected to see, but it will get FAR WORSE before it gets better. As of this moment, I can only assume that there must have been a substantial deviation from the standard procedures that I, and all of you, have established for the safe administration of Calcium EDTA. As incredible as it may seem to those of you belonging to this discussion group, the possibility exists that the child was treated with Disodium EDTA administered by IV Push. I am forced to consider this unfortunate explanation unless there was some major undiagnosed illness in the child that no one suspected, such as a major heart defect or perhaps an aneurism that ruptured at the exact time the patient was receiving the IV Push of Calcium EDTA. However, the autopsy has been completed and the results were inconclusive so that they have ordered additional tests, which may take up to 5 months to complete.
So let's look at the big picture, there are NO DEATHS occurring when EDTA, either calcium or Disodium are PROPERLY administered. Furthermore, on my www.gordonresearch.com website, all of my current PowerPoint presentations have more and more DOCUMENTATION regarding the increasing extent of heavy metal accumulation in the population and profound studies PROVING that these toxic metals are causing serious health problems in every tissue, from the cataracts to the blood vessels and so on. (Cataracts-Harvard study proves bone lead goes to the brain, recent study ties lead to renal failure, hypertension, lowered IQ, increased morbidity and mortality from all causes). Simply put there is NO SAFE LEVEL of Lead. Now the media will try to make chelation out to be fraudulent and the tests that we do to measure lead etc as being meaningless. Amazingly they will bring out Quack buster Barrett who with a little more effort we may be able to one day put behind bars for his lies and incompetence. Thus I have to conclude some error in rate of administration, dosage, method of preparation probably occurred; in fact, I now believe this is most likely rather than administering the correct drug, Calcium EDTA, intravenously, which even in children is safe and effective. Doctors who have been providing this treatment to children can hardly stop talking about the remarkable successes they have been witnessing with children responding far more rapidly than we could ever do with just the oral Calcium EDTA that I have been advocating for so long.We know that worldwide sales of all forms of EDTA have been steadily increasing and that based on logical calculations it appears that well over 10 million patients have been safely treated with either Calcium or Disodium EDTA over the past 32+ years without a single documented fatality, as long as the established protocols were followed. So with all the evidence to date supporting my contention that EDTA is perhaps the safest therapy offered in medicine, outside of placebos, no other medical therapy that I am aware of enjoys a better safety record.To my knowledge, EDTA has been safely administered for nearly 50 years with the only deaths occurring in the beginning, with terminal cancer patients suffering uncontrolled hypercalcemia where inappropriate doses of Disodium EDTA were administered by rapid infusion to patients with known compromised renal status. With the extensive proof now existing that everyone today has nearly 1000 times too much lead in their bones and Harvard publishing that this bone lead will compromise vision there can be no argument that we all have some heavy metal toxicity. Then once we conclude that government cannot stop the mercury, cadmium, lead etc from going in the air, and thus into everyone anywhere on earth, then it becomes a matter of personal choice, live with these heavy metals or remove them. Oral chelation is clearly necessary since bone lead will take 10 years to turn over for the average adult, but some of us want results NOW. Nothing is as effective as the 147 fold increase in lead excretion over base line that IV Calcium EDTA, PROPERLY FORMULATED, was documented to induce by Doctors Data with the help of Dr Whitaker's staff. Thus I must extend my sympathy to the family of the deceased 5-year-old boy from Nigeria whose brave mother came to the Pittsburg area from the United Kingdom to seek treatment for her autistic child. She was seeing clear improvements in her son. This was the third infusion he had received. He apparently had a cardiac arrest and was unable to be resuscitated immediately following this third infusion of what I fear was not Calcium EDTA, which is the ONLY form of EDTA that I have advocated for the exciting rapid infusion technique. I hope those who have experience with it in their practice are NOT GOING TO STOP USING it that you have the "rest of the story", as best as we can establish it at this time. Please understand that the involved doctors cannot be expected to admit anything on advice of their attorneys. I have only checked to see if they have ever purchased Calcium EDTA and found the answer was no leading me to compose this email in an attempt to diminish the harm that the media will do to everyone who otherwise could have been receiving oral and or IV chelation and will now be afraid.This email may be copied and handed to your patients in an effort to meet the need for a fully informed consent so that patients who now will have the media getting them badly frightened- with incompetent physicians, like quack buster Barrett, alleging that the mercury in our body is OF NO CONSEQUENCE and the tests that we all use to determine heavy metal status are all "Bogus". This is my effort to provide some balance. We know we are lead, mercury, cadmium, toxic and we know we have less than optimal health because of these heavy metals. We know that they have a long half-life and without some intervention they will be there to help diminish our immune system function just when we most need it. After an auto accident, when we are flat on our back, the bones start to breakdown due to lack of exercise releasing lead so that the infections we are exposed to in the hospital KILL over 100,000 a year, not all due to virulence of the organism, but partly due to the diminished capacity of a lead poisoned immune system in a lead toxic body. Or, with menopause, the bone loss releases lead bringing about hypertension. So WE ALL NEED detoxification everyday of our life and this unfortunate death will not change those facts.
Garry F. Gordon MD, DO, MD(H)
Gordon Research Institutewww.gordonresearch.com
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