Showing posts from February, 2020

Quack Exposed: Geri Brewster RD, MPH, CDN, PC

Geri Brewster is a nutritionist and private practice owner in Mt. Cisco, NY. She founded her practice in 1991. She has grown it to a 2000+ patient practice. She provides nutrition counseling to people of all ages. She has patients from all sources. She also practices reiki.  She even accepts self-referred patients. She believes that the gut is connected to the brain. She uses nutrition according to this belief.

Brewster started her career specializing in children and young adults with developmental disabilities. She specializes in metabolic disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, specialized tube feedings, dysphagia, autism, behavior, sensory processing, attention-seeking behavior, oral motor skills, and eating disorders. Since starting, she has included all aspects of restrictive diets and supplements.

She is a member of Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine. She earned their 2013 Excellence in Practice Award. Brewster served as a professor at the University of Bridgeport…

Quackery Exposed: Quantum Reflex Integration

Quantum Reflex Integration (QRI) is a therapy that claims to helps learning disabled, autistic, sensory processing disorder, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain people of all ages. It was created by Bonnie Brandes.

Primitive Reflexes Primitive reflexes are the automatic responses naturally hardwired into people when they are born. In the start of life, the primitive reflexes ensure survival. Primitive reflexes train the brain as a baby develops and grows. As the neuropathways develop by repetition and reflexes, the brain learns what to do for survival and movement of the body. When they are not needed, they go dormant. 
The reflexes appear and integrate in stages. They are present when a baby learns to roll over, crawl and walk. It is believed when this integration is interrupted, a child's development may not progress smoothly. They say that children need to move through their primitive reflexes so they can have access to their "learning brain." They believe this is …

Quack Exposed: Dr. Bonnie Brandes

Dr. Bonnie Brandes holds a Bachelor of Science from Utah State University in psychology and Behavior Modification and a Masters Degree in Multicultural Language development from National University. She has studied herbs and nutrition for over 40 years. She has a background in kinesiology programs such as Touch for Health. She was an MNRI  International Specialist and Instructor. She is a licensed Kinesiologist (Brain Gym) consultant and instructor.

Brades developed a program called Quantum Reflex Integration. It uses the QRI Harmonic low-level laser combined with sound frequencies and reflex integration reflexes. She has worked with frequencies for over 30 years using various machines and generators. She travels all over the world to train parents and professionals on QRI protocols.

Brades wrote a book explaining her QRI protocol. It is called "The Symphony of Reflexes: Interventions for Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy and Human Development." She talks about primitive reflexe…

Getting fitted for and wearing a hearing aid: An autistic perspective

It is common knowledge for my current readers but for my newcomers, I was born Deaf and now I am hard of hearing. My hearing history can be found here.

A lot of audism has been going around social media. Autism is discrimination against people based on their ability to hear. One is the thought that the Deaf community is strange for not being for cochlear implants or hearing aids.

The Deaf Community is very much like the Autistic community, as far as values go. Both communities do not wish to be "fixed." People on the outside view hearing aids to be a similar device to glasses, only for sound. They could not be more wrong. Let me walk you through the processes of getting a hearing aid.

The hearing test The name sounds harmless enough. The hearing test requires the subject to be put into a small booth. The booth is equipped with sound equipment that is controlled by the audiologist in a separate room. They look for the subject's reaction to different sounds, even if they …

Quack Exposed: Dr. Richard Boles

Dr. Richard Boles is a medical geneticist and pediatrician. He specializes in mitochondrial medicine functional disease (this includes cyclic vomiting syndrome, and other atypical forms of migraine and chronic fatigue syndrome) and autism.

The purpose of his private practice in Medical Genetics is to apply DNA sequencing to the "health of the child."

Personal Statement from Dr. Boles:

"My career and passion for the last 20 years has been to bring the functional and autistic disorders into the medical mainstream. I do not believe that people who suffer from chronic and severe pain, nausea, or fatigue should be told that there is nothing “real” going on, nothing that can be tested for, and nothing that can be treated. I do not believe that parents of a child with autism should be told that further diagnosis and treatment are unavailable or inappropriate. Recent advances in genetics have exploded in the last several years regarding the genetic and environmental factors tha…

Quackery Exposed: Neurofeedback/biofeedback

Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback. Neurofeedback is the direct training of brain function. Practitioners claim it helps the brain function more efficiently. The brain is observed in action from "moment to moment." The information is shown back to the patient. The brain gets rewarded for changing its own activity to more typical patterns. This is a gradual learning process. This is more like brain training.

The neurofeedback trains in self-regulation. Neurofeedback addresses brain dysregulation. The conditions that cause this are:

anxietydepressionADHDbehavior disorderssleep disordersheadachesmigrainesPMS emotional disturbancesseizurescerebral palsyautismbrain injurybirth traumabedwettingsleepwakingsleep talkingteeth grindingnightmaresnight terrorsdrug abusePTSD How it works Electrodes are applied to the scalp. This is done to listen to brainwave activity. The signal is processed by a computer. The practitioner extracts the information about key brainwave frequencies. Th…

Quackery exposed: intensive suit therapy

An experimental therapy, intensive suit therapy provides a child with proper posture, muscle tone and patterns of movement impaired by disability.  It's considered experimental because there is very little independent data on it. There is inadequate evidence of its effectiveness. There are published anecdotal accounts. The FDA considers it a class one limb orthosis brace. The suit is exempt from the premarket notification procedures of the FDA and the manufacturer does not require to provide evidence prior to marketing.

There were a few studies done. The results are not available in peer-reviewed publications as now. There was a study by Dr. Alexander Frank and associates at the Motion Analysis Laboratory, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Israel. It reported the results of 24 children who have CP and a functional level of II, III or IV according to the gross motor function classification system. Patients were randomly assigned to either a standard physical therapy program or a sui…

Quackery Exposed: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is when pure oxygen is in a pressurized room, tube or chamber. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a proven medical treatment for specific medical conditions.

These conditions are:

Decompression sickness (a hazard of scuba diving)serious infectionsemboli (bubbles of air in blood vessels) wounds that won't head as a result of diabetes or radiation injurysevere anemiabrain absessburncarbon monoxide poisoningcrushing injurysudden Deafness (we know how I feel about this)gangreneinfection of the skin or bone that cause tissue deathskin graft or skin flap at risk of tissue deathsudden and painful vision loss In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than the normal air pressure. Under these conditions, the patient's lungs can gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. 
The patient's blood carries oxygen throughout the body. This helps fight bacteria and stimulate the…

Quack Exposed: Dr. Christian Bogner

Dr. Christian Bogner is a board-certified OB/GYN who graduated from Poznan Unversity of Medical Sciences in 2005. Dr. Bogner completed his residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center. He is affiliated with Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.

He also completed his certificate in Plant-based nutrition at Cornell University. He DID NOT GO TO MEDICAL SCHOOL THERE. 

He is also the medical director of the Oxford Recovery Center. He joined the Oxford Recovery Center on February 8, 2018. He specializes in autism, autoimmune disease, and gastrointestinal issues.

His main goal is to "get them off their pharmaceutical internvetion.. . . I believe in a patients choice to vaccinate"

This Oxford Recovery Center offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, neurophysical/suit therapy. neurofeedback/qEEG, Restrictive diets (GAPS and GF/CF) , ABA, neuromuscular therapy, music therapy, and weight loss. Dr. Bogner has four children, one of them is autistic.

"His goal is to optimize each…

Quack Exposed: Summer Boger

Summer Boger is a 40-year-old from San Marcos, California. She graduated from Mueller College of Holistic Studies in both their Eastern and Western programs. She has been practicing massage, detoxification and functional medicine since 1999. Mueller College lost its accreditation in 2016. The Letter is here.

 She specializes in detoxification for Lyme disease, chronic fatigue, ALS, fibromyalgia, and neurological conditions.   She works with expectant mothers to provide a holistic approach to care. She is a massage therapist at Cap Wellness in California. She is also MLM selling essential oils for doTERRA. 

She is the secretary of the Eagle Forum of Califonia. The Eagle Forum is a conservative organization that is concerned about the issue of vaccines and how government control and social media is affecting the public's access to information.

Antivaccine Activist against Califonia SB277/792This bill is an amendment to the Califonia Day Care Facilities Act. This provides licensure and…

Quackery Exposed: Calcium Bartonite Clay

Calcium bentonite clay is an absorbent kind of clay that typically forms after volcanic ash ages. The name comes from Fort Benton, Wyoming, where the largest source of clay is found. Calcium bentonite clay is found worldwide. It is believed that it can absorb negatively charged toxins.

The Minnesota Department of Health and Agriculture issued a warning about calcium bentonite clay. It alerted consumers to avoid ingesting it due to the possibility that the products contain heavy metals, including lead.

The FDA also released a warning about two products containing calcium bentonite clay. They are Best Bentonite Clay and Bentonite Me, baby. This was for the same reasons as the Minnesota Department of Health. There were elevated levels of lead.

Exposure to lead can cause serious health problems. This includes damage to the central nervous system, kidneys, and immune system. In children, exposure to lead, even at a low level, is associated with cognitive impairment, reduced IQ (it's a…

Quackery Exposed: Ozone Saunas

An Ozone sauna is a sauna that infuses Ozone, three oxygen atoms, through steam and hot air into the skin and body in a sauna room. Ozone is absorbed through the patient's pores and absorbed into the body.

Ozone (O3) gas was discovered in the mid 19th century. It is a molecule consisting of three atoms of oxygen in an unstable structure. It is unstable due to the presence of mesomeric states. A mesomeric state is when the electrons of an atom are transferred from multiple bonds to an atom or from multiple bonds to a single colavent bond or an atom with lone pair of electrons to adjacent single bonds. In other words, the electron is overworked. Ozone gas is colorless, has an acrid odor and explosive in liquid or solid form.

In 1976, the FDA initially stated, and restated in 2006, when ozone is inhaled, it is a toxic gas which has no demonstrated safe medical application, through their position statements primarily dealing with its potential for causing inflammation and pulmonary e…

Quackery Exposed: Infrared Saunas

Infrared saunas are small rooms that use infrared heaters to emit light experienced as radiant heat. It is absorbed by the surface of the skin. These saunas heat the body primarily by conduction and convection from the heated air and by radiation of the heated surfaces in the sauna room. Because of this, the infrared sauna isn't an actual sauna by Finnish sauna societies. This is because of the application of the infrared electromagnetic field spectrum to the human body.

In 2018, there was a meta-analysis of 9 clinical trials found that 5 weekly sessions of infrared sauna for 2 - 4 weeks, was associated with a significant reduction in brain natriuretic peptide (BNP). This is a marker of heart failure progression. It also is associated with cardiothoracic ration. This is an indicator of heart enlargement. It also improved left ventricular ejection fraction but no significant effect on left ventricular end-diastolic diameter, systolic blood pressure or diastolic blood pressure.


Quack Exposed: Stephanie Belseth, MAN, CPNP MAN, CPNP

Stephanie Belseth is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She has been practicing for over 25 years. She works with inpatient and outpatient primary care, pulmonology, asthma, early childhood screening, and neurodevelopmental differences. She specializes in holistic wellness care, gastrointestinal disorders, autism, ADHD, asthma, mental health disorders, PAN/PANDAS, autoimmune disease, Pediatric Lyme, "behavioral health" and other conditions she believes originate in the gut.

She started down this path as a parent. Her children have physical and developmental disabilities.

 She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS), the Institute of Functional Medicine (IMF), the MN Holistic Medicine Group, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Another highly educated quack.

She has an interest in prevent…

Quack Exposed: Dr. Kendra Becker-Musante

Dr. Kendra Becker-Musante is an integrated physician practicing over 10 years. She is Connecticut's "4A specialist. The four A's are autism, asthma, allergies, and atopy/eczema. She holds a Naturopathic Doctor degree and a Masters of Science, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).  She is board certified.

Before she was a naturopath, she was a pediatric ICU nurse at San Diego Children's Hospital. She worked with trauma cases.

Becker primarily treats the pediatric population and their parents. She is an adjunct faculty at 2 universities. She teaches concussion education to doctors and precepts student doctors and Nurse Practitioners. She lectures all over the country on topics such as autism, the immune system MTHFR and genetic mutations. She has authored "A Delicious Way to Heal the Gut" and "All You Can Eat." She was chosen as a top naturopathic doctor.

Her specialties are:

MTFRInfertilityAsthmaautismallergiesatopy/eczema All these specialties…

MTFR Myths and Reality

MTHFR Myths Importance of MTHFR The MTHFR gene is responsible for making a functional MTHFR enzyme. If the MTHFR gene is mutated, the enzyme’s function is impaired MTHFR enzyme must be perfect in order for it to function properly Dysfunctional MTHFR enzyme may lead to health problems.
Health Problems Associated with MTHFR Homocystinuria Alzheimers Dz High homocysteinemia can lead to coronary artery disease, common carotid atherosclerosis other Vascular Diseases. Cardiac Disease Food Allergies and Celiac Disease ​