This Sums It Up...
"Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis" Story...
Opinion by Consumer Advocate
Monday, September 29th, 2013
I criticize the fact that what I call "Autism
Leadership" does not generally organize, goal set,
plan, and execute plans. My complaints are
valid, for those in power are not getting far in
solving the autism problem. I keep saying that the
Health Freedom Movement needs to take over this
issue and help the autism world - setting a
timetable to mitigate autism issues - for they are
But, in Autism Leadership's defense I need to
point out that some of the problems the autism
community faces are absolutely insane - like the
story I am about to reveal to you today. The
"Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis" story.
Andrew Wakefield MD, a guy who does get things
done, sent me an email a few days
ago. In it he had a
2 minute forty-five second
short video talking about the documentary he and
Polly Tommey from the
Media Channel are putting together about what
happened to then fourteen year old Alex Spourdalakis
in the Chicago area. I watched
it, and then
called Andy asking him for more details. He
sent me a completely confidential 22 minute video
that answered 95% of my questions. He asked me
to hold that 22 minute video close.
The "Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis" story holds,
within its circumstances, a detailed graphic outline
of the problems autism parents generally face.
In its reality is a horror story - for once I child
is diagnosed with "Autism" ALL conventional medical
doors are closed to them - for conventional medical
care proponents have decided that "Autism" is "all
in their heads" and, consequently, is a "psychiatric
problem," to be dealt with with mind bending drugs,
rather than any kind of "medical problem" to be
dealt with by regular health professionals.
Health Professionals operating within what's
wrongly called "Alternative Medicine," all members
of the Health Freedom Movement, look on this strange
situation with disbelief, for, for them, autism is
an easily, and readily solvable issue. Why?
Because "Alternative Medicine" (cutting-edge)
practitioners, all of which are trained FAR beyond
conventional practitoners, recognize autism for what
it really is - a form of encephalopathy which can be
broken down into four much simpler categories - and,
hence, be dealt with very successfully. More -
health insurers pay for the treatments, the patient
gets better, and the patient caregivers can sleep at
night, like parents of normal children.
So, why isn't that being done? Why aren't
we, as a society, solving the autism issue?
Good questions - all of which I am passing around,
quietly, to Health Freedom leadership...
I'm seventy years old as of last month.
I've got, sitting out in the yard, a
really cool, old, but freshly re-painted,
23 foot Winnebago Itasca motorhome that
I can see from my window. It calls
to me saying "Sequoia., Kings Canyon,
Idyllwild, Joshua Tree, Lake Havasu,
Baja Mexico, Mount Palomar, Jalama
Beach, Golden Trout Wilderness, Domeland
Wilderness, Yosemite." It
whispers "flannel shirts, blue jeans,
campfires, cold nights cuddling with my
wife of forty-eight years, hands wrapped
around a cup coffee on an ice cold
morning, reading a new novel in the
fading light with a spectacular view
over the top of the page..."
And, its persistent.
Late September, early October, is a
camper's dream in California - for the
kids are all in school, so all the prime
camping places are virtually empty.
The tourists have gone back to Europe.
The nights are cool, the sun is further
down the horizon, making photography
opportunities not available in the
bright summer light.
And, I want to go....
I went out yesterday and plugged it into
AC power so that my battery system is
fully charged. I checked my fresh
water levels, the holding tanks levels,
and my supply of propane. Then I
checked what food I had stored, and
whether all of the linen was washed and
on board. Everything was fine.
I could put the key in the ignition and
Of course I'd get some argument over
that from my wife Jan. She is of
the opinion that 24 cans of Dennison's
Hot Chili, two boxes of crackers, and
some canned milk, is NOT all we need for
a week out. She wants to put stuff
in the refrigerator. Some of it is
even green like lettuce. Can you
As you can tell - I'm ready to go.
Joshua Tree is gorgeous this time of
year (see photo).
But then, the other day, that
blankety-blank (humor intended) Andy Wakefield sends me an email
about the newest documentary he and Polly Tommey
Media Channel are making, and asks
for my help getting some funding to get this story
out. With it is a
trailer for the piece - and I watched it.
As I said,
I called Andy with a list of questions I
wanted answers to for the article I was
going to write about this situation.
In response he sends me another
top-secret twenty two minutes of the
upcoming documentary. And I was
fool enough to watch it.
Camping trip postponed. For good
reason. I can't ignore this
we get to the "Who Killed Alex
My readers are primarily in the Health
Freedom arena. So, my articles are
aimed at that readership. To my
autism audience some of my material is
old news, except of course, where I
criticize Autism Leadership's ability to
focus, work together, and organize
campaigns. That series, not over
yet, has rattled some cages.
But, no matter what I do, it is
virtually impossible for me, or any
writer, for that matter, to be able to
lay out for readers the life horror that
autism brings to, now, over four million
children and their families. You
just can't get it unless you are living
it. And, if you are living it, God
I was raised in the Roman Catholic
Church, and as many of us say, with an
insider's comment, "I survived
The Dominican Sisters that staffed
Catholic Schools in the US mid-west are
a demanding lot. Between visits to
the Principal's Office for fist-fighting
on the playground (I'll bet that doesn't
surprise anyone), the Dominicans were
instilling in me, and all of us a code
to live by.
terminology the Dominicans have six
precepts they teach. Here are
three that directly apply:
To promote a greater awareness of the
sanctity of human life and the dignity
of the human person.
To provide students with a solid liberal
arts education, so that with a strong
academic foundation and the development
of their personal gifts, they might more
freely respond to their God-given
To promote an authentic Catholic
culture, thereby enabling students to
appreciate all that is good, true and
In short, I got more out of Catholic
School than a left
Screw camping for now, I know what my
job is. There about twenty
Dominican Sisters up
there on a cloud looking down saying
"you know what you have to do, Tim..."
If you want to know WHAT ELSE those
Dominican sisters are
here, and listen for thirty seconds.
It is what Catholic kids grew up with.
When I first turned on that website
page, and the music came on, I could
smell the incense.
"Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis" Story...
This is the REALITY of autism.
Alex Spourdalakis was a fourteen year
old autistic boy living in the Chicago,
Illinois area with his parents.
After a series of events his mother and
godmother killed him, and then
unsuccessfully, tried to kill
themselves. The mother and
godmother were arrested and put on trial
for murder. Their Defense
Michael Botti, has entered a
"Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity"
plea for them, for good reason. I
am about to tell you why he did that.
More, I am about to tell you that what
happened to the Spourdalakis family is
happening, in one form or another, to hundreds of thousands of
parents of autistic children. I'd
guess that tens of thousands of those
parents are getting closer, and closer,
to actions similar to the Spourdalakis
family - and for the same reasons.
here, tells a big part of the story.
Watch it right now...
In summary, Alex Spourdalakis was taken,
by ambulance, to the Emergency Room at
Gottlieb Hospital, part of the Loyola
University Hospital system. He was
strapped down, hands and feet, to an
Emergency Room bed, and kept there for
twelve days. Gottlieb's
claim? They didn't have pediatric
expertise. They completely
ignored Alex's mother Dorothy's
complaints that Alex had something very,
very wrong with his stomach.
Instead, they insisted that autism was a
psychiatric condition, and gave him mind
bending psychiatric drugs:
Larazepam (day time and night time)
Clonazepam, and Zyprexa - plus
Topamax as an anti-seizure.
Nothing for his stomach problems.
When someone from the hospital secretly
notified the group
Autism is Medical's Jeanna Reed LPN,
and mother, herself, of an autistic
child, things began to happen.
Jeanna enlisted Jill Rubilino, RN, also
a mother of an autistic child.
This led to a Gottlieb Adult
Gastroenterologist to start the process
Endoscopy, but the decision was made
to move Alex to another Loyola
University hospital where a Pediatric
Gastroenterologist could perform the
examination. Alex was transported,
but it was five days before any doctor
came to see him - meanwhile more
psychiatric drugs. The doctor
stayed for five minutes, talking to the
mother, never examined Alex,
what-so-ever, and left - never to be
Loyola Hospital became THE PROBLEM.
On the sixth day another Pediatric
Gastroenterologist, this time a woman
ordered the examination.
But, five days later all of that was
overridden by Dr James H. Berman MD,
Chief, Division of Pediatric
Gastroenterology, Ronald McDonald
present Hospital, Loyola University
Medical Center, Maywood, IL entered the
room with his large entourage, saying:
"There is absolutely no need for any GI
procedure for now. There might be
a GI issue but it is secondary to the
psychiatric issues. And, if you
heal the mind, the rest is going to
Berman leaned over the bed , wagged his
finger under Dorothy Spourdalakis's nose
and said, condescendingly:
"Do you get it? Do you get it?"
Autism is Medical people refused to give up,
delivering pertinent medical literature to Berman's
attention, calling in experts from other hospitals,
etc. - to no avail. They filed formal
complaints with every government agency they could
find. After nineteen days of Alex in restraint
Lisa Goes wrote about this situation on Age of
Autism. She recommended, quite correctly, that
the people on the scene at the hospital go to the
press with the story. Most press refused, but
some did the story. And, when that
happened, Loyola Hospital system went into panic
decided to IMMEDIATELY discharge Alex, claiming they
had no "medical reason" to keep him, that all of his
problems were "psychiatric."
Dorothy, and her family, headed for Far
Rockaway, New York where Dr Arthur
Krigsman MD practices.
Krigsman is a pediatric
gastroenterologist specializing in the
evaluation and treatment of children
with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and
related disorders. His practice focuses
on the clinical needs of children with
autism and co-morbid concurrent
Dr. Krigsman performed adequate testing
and found that Alex's stomach was
riddled with hundreds of lesions, and
that all parts of the stomach were
inflamed. No surprise to the
Spourdalakis family. They headed
back to Illinois, but more problems
Alex's family tried to keep him on the
prescribed diet and other treatments,
but they were becoming exhausted.
After about two weeks Alex worsened
again, and the family took him to
another Emergency Room where the new
hospital, once again, restrained him,
gave him IV drugs, and then, they too,
despite the medical evidence provided by
Dr. Krigsman, declared him to be, once
again, a "psychiatric problem."
They made plans to transfer him to a
long term psychiatric facility.
But, they couldn't find one that would
There are virtually no facilities that
can handle these kind of problems.
A few days later they were informed by
their health insurance carrier, Aetna
Insurance, that they, Aetna, would no
longer pay out any money for Alex's
care. The hospital ordered them
out the door. Perhaps many of you
article series where I wrote about
Aetna Insurance? I was a
consultant, myself, to the Plaintiff in
the Cavitat v Aetna federal court case,
where there was a lawsuit over the fact
that Quackwatch.com's Stephen Barrett
was Aetna's "consultant?"
Yeah, THAT Aetna Insurance.
Alex was sent home - with no possible
medical care available in the future.
Not long after, his exhausted and
totally demoralized mother and his
godmother killed him - and tried,
unsuccessfully, to kill themselves.
let's analyze this situation...
First let's ask the question "How
long would YOU last, before you lost it,
under these circumstances?"
Then let's ask "How many more of
these situations are we, as a society,
going to allow to happen?"
There are four million autistic children
now - virtually ALL of whose families
are told "It is a psychiatric
problem..." Is what happened
to the Spourdalakis family going to
happen to them all?
Then "Is there something that we, the
Health Freedom Movement, can do for
these people?" The answer is,
of course, "yes there is."
Things are VERY desperate in the autism
can we do?
There are several things - The
first, and most obvious, is to
support the production of the
documentary. I have never asked
anyone, ever before, to support, with
money, an issue. I am now.
here, please, and see the short
The second thing is that when the
documentary does come out, help
The third thing is a little more
complicated. For weeks now, I have
been interviewing knowledgeable people
asking several questions:
(1) What should Gottlieb
Hospital Emergency Room, and Loyola
Hospital have done for Alex Spourdalakis?
specifically, are the "medical issues"
(3) What is the
best way to solve each child's autism
After one or two of those phone calls I
want to go and take a nap - my brain
gets so full of medical terminology.
But the gist of it his that autism is a
solvable medical condition right now.
Period. And, what happened in
Loyola Hospitals should not have
Tim Bolen - Consumer