Remember when bloodletting was accepted as standard medical practice? Or when doctors didn’t believe in germs and refused to wash their hands between patients?
Or when OCD was just a mental illness, and not much could be done other than attempt to manage the symptoms?
This is Beth Maloney and I believe she’s going to go down in the history books as a hero. She refused to take “no” for an answer, and figured out her son’s severe, debilitating, body-snatching OCD was caused by a strep bacteria, and could be cured with anti-biotics.
Her boy was twelve years old, bright, a math whiz at his school. Within a few months he could no longer leave the home, bathe, tolerate touch, sleep, and could barely eat.
Like many of us with special needs kids, she was given a lot of disrespect and abuse from those in the medical community. Like so many of us, she’s had to do a lot of research herself and has worked very hard to find the brave maverick doctors who offered her hope and eventually healed her son.
How many people are locked up, institutionalized who might be able to be helped this way?
Maloney wrote a book about her experience, titled Saving Sammy which will no doubt help countless children suffering from OCD and other mental disorders. I love the recent picture of her above. It speaks of victories, and full lives, freedom and hope.
This is Beth and Sammy on The Today Show:
Beth Maloney will be interviewed on February 11th at 8:30 on Sirius XM’s Doctor Radio from NYU “About Our Kids.” It’s a call in show 877-NYU-DOCS with a national audience. If you have questions for her, do phone in. XM 119, Sirius 114
8:30 am ET live
8:30 pm ET replay
5:30 am PT live
5:30 pm PT replay
Click on the book cover for the Amazon link.