A Naperville physician featured in a 2009 Tribune investigation into alternative treatments for autism has been charged by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation with “unprofessional, unethical and/or dishonorable conduct.”
The complaint against Dr. Anjum Usman alleges that she made false or misleading statements regarding the value of treatments, “demonstrated extreme departure from rational medical judgment” and “abused the patient/physician relationship.” It asks that her medical license be revoked, suspended, placed on probation or otherwise disciplined.
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Usman allegedly diagnosed the child with a vitamin and mineral imbalances, high levels of metals, and toxicity. Treatments included dietary restrictions, nearly three dozen dietary supplements, antifungal drugs, detoxifying drugs, hormone suppressor, and oxygen treatments – none of which have been shown to be effective.