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I show you again this girl’s brain. If her brain can change, your children’s brains can change. For the record, I initially held off doing repeat NeuroSPECT scans. I’ve had children come back, at this point, for two reasons. Sometimes to get a repeat NeuroSPECT scan. Sometimes, as I’ve done recently, because we have enough knowledge with the NeuroSPECT to actually say to a parent, ‘Where are we?’. Especially an older child, not doing real well. Is it behavioral, is it still medical, what are we adjusting? And very, very thankfully, there’s not a child I’ve done a repeat NeuroSPECT scan on that is not either significantly better than the first scan or even with children who are not doing real well clinically yet, the scan has been almost normal on some of them.

The truth is, this is changeable. This is a disease process. The trouble is that many people – I want to go back to that Yale report for one moment – This has really begun to hurt as a pediatrician because I went into pediatrics because of children. As I said to you, part of medicine teaches us not to be real emotional. But it has become very hard not to sit in amazement and concern at what you guys go through as parents. The reality is that I’ve seen parents say, ‘Well, my kid is doing well, I’m going to stop the medicines. I don’t want to keep him on the medicine.’.

Well, I hope by the cases I’m presenting to you that it becomes a realization to you that unless the brain has become normal, unless your child has become normal, you may have a child doing better, but if you pull that plug, over time they will either fall back or stop progressing at the rate they were. You’ve got to help that brain evolve.

And that is what I would like to leave all of you with as a statement – that this is a medical disease. We need to start focusing the right people on helping to treat it. If we do, I think we can have solutions in the near future.

Thank you all.

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