Death of an Autistic Child: Chelation without Indication.
This is the title of an important commentary written by Dr Kimball Atwood about the recent decision by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine to take action against Roy Kerry, the doctor who administered the fatal dose of disodium EDTA to Abubakar Tariq Nadama. I am especially grateful to Dr Atwood for providing a link to the original order made against Roy Kerry.
At the time of Abubakar’s death supporters of chelation as an autism treatment made much of the fact that Kerry used the “wrong” sort of EDTA (Endrate versus Versenate). The Autism Research Institute (ARI) was also quite adamant that chelation was a safe treatment because it did not add toxins to the system, it removed them. It also pointed out that its DAN! protocol for autism treatment recommended transdermal and oral chelators as opposed to the intravenous method used by Roy Kerry.
Dr Atwood points out that according to the Pensylvania Board’s factual allegations
“Respondent stated…that Disodium EDTA is the only formula of EDTA he stocks in his office”; he “admits that CaNa2EDTA is available but that he has never used this agent.”
So there is no question that he used the wrong chelator by mistake. As I argued in my previous post, Roy Kerry was using his chelation agent of choice. He knew what he was doing and even then he did it wrong.
The instructions that come with Endrate are crystal clear. The dose for children is 1 gram per 55lbs of body weight. Kerry injected 1 gram of Endrate into a child weighing only 42lbs.
You have to dilute it properly – no more than a three per cent solution. According to Kerry, We diluted it 1:1 with saline. That is a fifty percent solution.
You never give an IV push of Endrate to children. The label recommends a minimum of three hours for an infusion. Kerry gave an IV push lasting 5 minutes.
From Abubakar’s chart dated July 22nd 2005
Started the IV with saline. After a good blood flow in the right antecubital fossa with 3 other assistants and his mother controlling him and the papoose board. Had a good IV return flow. We then introduced the EDTA. Checked return flows frequently during administration. Gave the IV over approx 5 minutes. Then rinsed with saline. He had no difficulty toleration (sic) it.
No difficulty tolerating it with 4 adults controlling him and a papoose board!
DAN! Doctor shares the blame
The Pennsylvania Board document sheds light on ARI/DAN’s invovement in this tragedy. It quotes from Abubakar’s patient chart, written by Roy Kerry,
But we have been in communication with Dr Usman regarding EDTA therapy. He apparently has a very high aluminum and has not been responding to other types of therapies and therefore she is recommending EDTA, which we do on a routine basis with adults.
- Dr Usman is a DAN! practitioner. She sent Abubakar to Kerry for chelation with Endrate, “the only formula of EDTA he (Kerry) stocks,” to chelate, not lead, not mercury, but aluminum!
- Moreover it was Usman who recommended a dose of 50mg per kilo when the recommended dose is 40mg per kilo.
- Kerry, quite rightly is under the hammer for killing a child. But Usman sent the child to him and prescribed the treatment. When will she be punished?
Meanwhile DAN! has further mired itself by admitting Kerry to a DAN! conference after he killed Abubakar, and, on completion of its eight hour, intensive medical training, registering him as a DAN! practitioner!! Just in case you think this is an unfortunate oversight on their part, please check out the case of Dr Schwartz, the chelationist with the Holistic Resource Center in Agoura Hills, California who is also DAN! certified and also uses Endrate, the drug that killed Abubakar.
We are not dealing with a medical error here. Kerry did not use the wrong chelator. There is no right chelator for autism. Chelation is quackery, plain and simple, and it extends far beyond the practise of Roy Kerry. DAN! is the largest organization that promotes “alternative” therapies for autism. Its uncritical endorsement of chelation places it firmly on the side of quackery. DAN! protocols and DAN! practitioners are as culpable as Roy Kerry for the death of Abubakar Tariq Nadama.