I wanted to send you a note to tell you that I finally put Sierra and Savanna on a gluten free/casein diet and they are doing amazing. You always suggested this diet and I resisted it. I was afraid that it would be too hard and could not believe it would really be the answer for us. Our lives have been turned around for the better. Savanna tested highly gluten intolerant on her celiac panel and now that she’s been gluten free since September, she can’t eat anything even produced in a facility that produces wheat without getting sick. We have a new neurologist who is on board with everything you started with her. She has started growing, she has more energy, is not as impulsive, no more bowel problems, the list goes on and on of things that have improved.
Sierra is gluten free too and although her tests were negative for gluten intolerance or allergy, her skin issues have cleared up, her behavior is better and she is doing really well in school. Our new local doctor is supporting all the supplements you started us on so we continue with all that treatment as well.
I wanted to thank you for all you do for us and all your patients. You got us on the right track and I wish I had had the courage to try GF/CF much earlier as you suggested!
Susan L. - February 27, 2009
We are so grateful for the care you have provided our son and want other families to know about it so that they may also be helped. As you may recall, our son Joshua has had quite a medical history for a child of 5. Eczema, chronic ear infections, repeat antibiotics, tubes in the ears twice, breathing treatments for wheezing, and severe allergies with hives (food, chemical). At age 4, he was also diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). This helped to explain some odd behaviors (i.e., pulling his sleeves and pant legs all the way up, not wanting soap suds on his body, pulling away from hugs and kisses, aggression, lack of focus, decreased processing of auditory information, marked hyperactivity, and problems with motor & visual tracking skills). We sought care at your practice for his chronic hives, not realizing that the SPD, developmental issues, and allergies were all caused by the same biochemical disturbances and toxicity inside his body. We soon learned his problems were not simply “behavioral,” they were physiological.
We started biomedical interventions with you, Feb 4, 2008. We began to immerse ourselves in every piece of literature we could find to further educate ourselves about biomedical treatment. We found it to be critical to keep a diary of changes we observed (positive and negative) in response to the various treatments employed. This has contributed to very efficient care and much greater understanding of the direct impact of each intervention on our child. Organization has been essential!! Over time biomedical interventions for Joshua have included: eradication of yeast systemically and from the gut, casein/gluten/soy-free diet, low phenol diet, low salycilate diet (Feingold), various supplements including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, digestive enzymes, methyl B12, and detoxification strategies. We saw remarkable improvement as each new intervention was introduced. Within 6 months, our son was functioning normally in terms of sensory processing, behavior, focus, motor & visual tracking skills. He was no longer experiencing hives on a daily basis, his allergies well-controlled through diet and close monitoring of all products (i.e., detergents, shampoo, toothpaste, etc).
Previous attempts at soccer, baseball, and karate were full of anxiety and complete disasters. Joshua would be off on his own spinning in circles, throwing himself on the ground, making odd noises, and unable to focus. Inside, he knew he was failing and was fearful of the constant reminders to “focus Joshua!” He began to complain of a stomach ache when attending. These activities had to be discontinued in lieu of occupational therapy and daily home activities to foster his development. Joshua required special accommodations in pre-school and his teacher was very concerned about his academic future. There was talk of transitioning him out of the private parochial school he was in to obtain better accommodations for him elsewhere once he transitioned to Kindergarten. This was heartbreaking.
Following 6 months of biomedical intervention Joshua was able to get back into karate and earn his yellow belt within 3 weeks and has continued to blossom. He now attends Kindergarten in the same private school in a classroom of 30 children. He is a happy, well-adjusted almost-6 year old. He enjoys having friends over to play and for sleepovers. He is indistinguishable from his peers socially, behaviorally, and academically,… with the exception of being the second child in the class (and the only boy) to pass the 105 site word test and attain a reading level. The class is required to learn 11 site words. According to his teacher, he is well-behaved and extremely bright. He LOVES school. A year ago this would not have been possible.
At this time, January 2009, Joshua continues to receive nutritional and detoxification supporting treatment with you. We hope to conquer to food and chemical allergies by removing the toxins from the body that continue to affect his immune function. We are thankful for the skill and dedication of you and your team. Without you and the other Defeat Autism Now! Practitioners we would have no hope of saving our children’s futures.
The Vega Family - January 6, 2009
We are now 1 month into the B-12,and we are amazed at the progress.
As I look at the diagnosis list for autism, at the beginning of this process of biomedical intervention, Christopher fit 6 of 7 of the criteria total of the three categories, now I am happy to say he only fits 1(speech and language).
Since using threelac and MB-12 shots, we have seen the following:
1. Christopher seeks interaction at the park with peers and talks with them. He’s a leader. I would say everyone follows him. He says “come on guys let’s play and slide” (the old Christopher would sit under the slide and watch children play but never get involved)
2. Obsessive Compulsions have completely disappeared, He still likes his marvel comic men but plays with all his other toys.
3. He tries new food. For anyone who has never experienced their child going to bed hungry for months because he was unwilling to try anything new and began to have a problem with the foods he did like, this was heart wrenching. Now he tries almost everything I put in front of him. Two nights ago I made chicken vegetable soup, He sat right down and began to eat it. He has never eaten soup his whole life. Last night he ate scrambled eggs (I literally cried at the table because he didn’t even bat an eyelash as he stuffed his mouth and said “mmm this is good!”
4. Chistopher can now sit at an activity for periods of 15 min for therapy when just a few weeks ago he would only sit 15 seconds or less. The therapist even said this is not the same child I saw last week even….what have you changed? (MB-12)
5. I have never, and I mean never, been able to read a book to Christopher. He used to take the book from me and throw it spit on me and throw a fit even if I attempted to read to him. I succumbed to buckling him into his car seat and reading from the drivers side, still with kicking and screaming. I have always read to my children always this was hard for me to understand. GREAT NEWS!! Not only did I complete one full book 2 days ago but I completed 3 for a total of 20 min. And now he allows me to read to him.
6. Upon starting the diet of eliminating the positive test results for food intolerance, speech came immediately, All of the interventions we have tried have been safe and easy, with the exception of the diet, because my child wouldn’t eat. The last 5 months are worth every tear and laugh and joy we have felt as each day he progresses. He now talks to all of us and is quite funny. My youngest daughter was getting dressed and left her door open and Christopher walks by and said “ooh I see your butt!” Sorry if that sounded gross, but I had to share that one. He’s quick with his comments and funny as heck. He laughs at the cartoons being silly, like he gets it now where before he would just watch it with no response other than to repeat what he heard. He is no longer repeating, and full of laughter as he watches.
Thank you Doctor Berger and Staff for allowing me to get my whole child back!! All of you are precious and are a Gift from GOD!
DE - February 29, 2008
My wife and I continue to be impressed by you, your knowledge, and your awesome bedside manner. Although my question about Benjamin’s wrist was by no means an emergency, you nonetheless called me back rather quickly with your answer. You are a class act! You actually inspire me to be a better physician as well.
Ben turns three this May so I am sure a visit to you is soon in order the next time you come down to sunny, South Florida. I really hope that the people of Tampa know what a gem they have in you. See you soon.
Lewis Singer, D.C. - February 17, 2007
We just wanted to give you and update as to our experience with our Vitaeris mHBOT unit.
Michael was almost 3 ½ years old when we started hyperbaric therapy in August 06′ . He did 2 dives per day x 1 hour duration. After dive 22 Michael said “Mama” he has since gained over 75 words and now we are working on stringing them together. He also has an unusual interest in spelling. He can communicate by spelling words out now, like “Aquarium”, “Upstairs”,”Rain” (when it is rainning outside),”Lightning McQueen” (for Cars disney movie).
Combined with GFCF diet for close to 2 yrs, along with detoxification, supplements and MB12 injections. The biggest gain we saw for us was HBOT.
Thank you Dr. Berger and staff for all your help and patience with our family. As we all know, this is a very difficult diagnosis and if it wasnt for your office, I dont know we’re would be.
Christina and family - February 3, 2007
I wanted to take a minute to thank you.
Our last few days have been nothing short of amazing. We have been using the low dose Naltrexone that you prescribed for two weeks now, and our daughter is talking, a lot! She has come to me 3 times in the last week to say “I oop”, and she had poop! She is also putting 3 words together, saying “big girl school” while looking at her picture story I made on the PC of her school she started this week. Today, when she saw the school bus pulled up for her, she specifically said “big girl school”. She is making so many connections now, and it is just amazing. She is playing with, and “talking” to her doll, pretend playing with fisher price little people and their cars (even saying “oom” for vroom), saying “Hi” again, and saying all her colors. She is still having meltdowns, but this is a therapy issue. What we have seen transform in our lost little girl is absolutely amazing.
She doesn’t even turn 3 until December! I am so thankful we sought your guidance. Between early detection, and biomedical intervention, she has a chance, and we are so very grateful for that. When she was originally diagnosed, the doctor suggested my husband and I find a good babysitter, and try to make time for ourselves, because it was only going to get worse, and to let him know when we needed to start medication for problem behavior.
If it weren’t for you, and other DAN doctors, we would have never known otherwise, as our daughter’s other doctors have recommended nothing. Thank you for being the doctor that you are, and that, in spite of the politics surrounding your area of medicine, you are committed to curing these children.
We now have a couple doctors looking into finding out why and how this happened to our daughter, but you are the only one who has known how to fix it.
Again, thank you. You truly have made a difference in my daughter’s life.
MB - October 6, 2006
I do not have a child that is a patient of yours but I receive your emails. I assist families with resources that have children with disabilities in Manatee County. I am very impressed with your commitment to your patients! The information you share is always very interesting and helpful. There needs to be more doctors that will go the extra mile for their patients as you regularly demonstrate!
Thank you very much and please keep up the great work!
KB - June 12, 2006
Our son Joshua Beck was born 11/23/02. We noticed he was a little speech delayed around 8 months old and we subsequently started weekly speech therapy, with improvements noted. He was a very happy, normal little boy. He pointed at objects when we went for walks. He knew his parents and said “mommy” and “daddy”.
We always gave vaccinations on schedule with Joshua. When Josh was 1 year old and due for 4 vaccinations, he had an upper respiratory infection and was taking Augmentin. The doctor at the time said it was still okay to give all four vaccines to Josh even though he was on antibiotics because he didn’t have a fever that day.
The next 3 months we started seeing some strange things and noticing him being more distant, but within 6 months major changes that could no longer be excused or denied. We remember initially after the vaccinations, he was irritable and crying a lot and not happy and starting to lose some eye contact.
As time passed we noticed Josh was acting ‘differently’. He no longer smiled or seemed happy. He began making funny bodily movements, shaking his hands, rocking side to side on his feet, and spinning. He became increasingly difficult to please. We could no longer take him out of the house as he would have huge fits everywhere we went. At about 18 months old, we didn’t know Josh anymore. He became someone who didn’t care if we were in the room. He completely stopped communicating with us. In addition we noticed he’d lost all of the words he’d acquired. He refused to acknowledge we were even speaking to him. He lost interest in any activity other than videos on TV. He would pull us to his video and scream until we put on the right one. We’d considered the possibility that Josh had Autism, however we believed that if he were autistic he would NEVER look at us and sometimes he did look at us. We also told ourselves that if he had Autism, he wouldn’t be able to pull us around the house, after all we thought this was communication. Despite our feeling about Autism, we called the ‘Center for Autism and Related Disabilities’. They politely suggested we have him evaluated. His evaluation showed he was on the Autistic Spectrum. We also met with a Neurologist in Tampa who told us, “Joshua is moderately to severely Autistic”, and wrote up a formal diagnosis of Autism. When I asked the doctor what exactly this meant, he felt based on what he’d seen that our son would never be in a ‘normal’ class and may never talk or communicate normally. He also told us our only hope would be psychotropic medication and lots of speech/OT/behavior therapy.
My husband Paul and I refused to believe there was not much we could do. We knew he was not born like this and we had video to prove this. We went through everything in his life. When we went through his pediatric records, we noticed the four vaccinations that were given in the one day while Josh was sick and on antibiotics. We had heard about the controversial issues surrounding vaccinations. We’d even been warned by some friends to be careful with vaccinations. We thought the people that said this to us were a little ‘nuts’ and we disregarded their warnings. We believed the American Academy of Pediatrics knew better and we trusted them. We also trusted our doctors, and if our doctor thought something was safe than it had to be.
We found ourselves in unknown territory. As any loving parents would do, we began a long journey of research. We learned about the Defeat Autism Now! approach and the Gluten/Casein/Soy Free diet. We implemented the diet in Oct. 04. Josh responded rapidly to the diet. After two days he was more aware and began calling ‘mommy’ or ‘daddy’ when he woke in his crib instead of just lying awake and saying nothing. This was real progress and we were encouraged. We researched DefeatAutism Now! doctors in our area and found Dr. David Berger. There were other doctors closer to us but we liked what we’d heard about ‘Dr David’, as he likes to be called. His approach is more conservative in my opinion. Most of the time, he will not give your child a supplement/prescription unless he is sure via lab work that your child will benefit from this treatment. He is also not the kind of doctor to use your child as a guinea pig by experimenting with new supplements/therapies as some Defeat Autism Now! doctors have a reputation of doing.
We have been under the care of Dr. David since December 04. Our treatment plan for Josh has included MB12 injections, detoxification, Transdermal Glutathione, IV secretin, and many supplements to meet all of Josh’s biomedical needs. We also had the good fortune of early intervention through the Part C or Early Steps program. With an official diagnosis, a family can get a good amount of ‘services’ for their child. During the same time as the Defeat Autism Now! philosophy and biomedical intervention, Joshua also received speech, behavioral, and occupational therapies. I feel it important to note some of our most recognizable gains were seen even before we started these other therapies. Joshua cognitive skills have grown by leaps and bounds. He is now three years old and two months and shows little to no signs of Autism. He is happy, well adjusted, transitions easily, and extremely social, expressive, and verbal. We are still doing detoxification/supplementation but have stopped the non-biomedical therapies and Josh continues to do fantastic. We are confident over the next year that he will lose any ‘delayed’ label.
The Beck Family
Paul, Lisa, Jordan, and Josh
Addendum: DrDavid, I just took Josh to see a developmental pediatrician. She will be doing the ADOS on Josh, but today she just spoke with him and observed him, she said he couldn’t be more normal!!! Thanks to your help. I truly believe without your help, he wouldn’t be where he is now. He never shuts up, is curious about everything and is now so easy to handle. He transitions easily and also handles it appropriately when he doesn’t get his way. He is no longer fixating on anything and now holding a conversation pretty well! He is truly our miracle child and a big success story for you!! An example of how normal he is, he asked me for candy and when I said no, he said, “well, I’m going to talk to daddy about this”.
The Beck Family - February 13, 2006
We can’t think of you without remembering the sound of joy that returned to our son almost immediately after one of your earliest interventions. It was the sweetest sound I have ever heard and we have you to thank for it. We have had several wows and steady improvements throughout his course of care.
Because of your truly holistic and biomedical approach we have a happy little boy who is becoming healthier everyday.
S.C and L.C. - January 23, 2006
Please tell Dr. David “thanks” for his recommendations when Jonathan was not feeling well. I gave him the cranberry powder along with Vit C and ginger and he was fine with no fever after a couple of days. Also, he is up to 15 words now in the two weeks since he has been taking the fish oil. Pretty amazing.
L.D. - January 20, 2006