It was fabulous!  The Harmonie Club is a beautiful venue, and it was a fantastic setting for our “Evening of Inspiration”, which benefited the making of our Canary Kids Film Project, in which we will be taking 14 children with a known diagnosis of autism, ADHD, asthma, atopic dermatitis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, mood disorders and type 2 diabetes and providing free healing and recovery services to them while we film them for 18 months.

You can check out pictures of the event here and here.

We honored Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group, Deirdre Imus and Harvard pediatric neurologist Dr. Martha Herbert, author of “The Autism Revolution”, for their work in protecting the health of children.  Dr. Herbert and Dr. Russell Jaffe will be heading up the film’s medical advisory board

Ken Cook wasn’t able to attend in person, but he made this thoughtful thank-you video for us that we are proud to share.

Many members of the film’s distinguished advisory board and medical advisory board were in attendance, including Mary Coyle, Patty Lemer, Donna Gates, Geri Brewster and Sylvia Fogel.  The energy and excitement of our guests was palpable.

Don Imus joined his wife Deirdre, and they brought their son Wyatt.  Apparently, he wasn’t too thrilled to be going to yet-another charity benefit, but after hearing about our project, he immediately invited our Executive Director, Beth Lambert, onto his show.  You can watch the 10-minute video here.

Academy-award-nominated alternative country singer Allison Moorer gave a touching performance about her son’s autism in her song, €œMama Let the Wolf In€.

All in all, it was a wonderful night, and we believe we’re at the tipping point about letting people know that recovery is possible.

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  1. Pamela Tash

    Russell M. Jaffe, 44, who was found guilty Sept. 26 in Fairfax County General District Court of three counts of practicing medicine without a license, sent a letter to the Virginia Board of Medicine on Wednesday, withdrawing his application.

    “We thought the medical care he was prescribing seemed unusual and not traditional medical therapy that our patients generally receive; we became concerned,” Hinds said. “Patients had fevers of 104, 105 and he told those patients to sit under a green lamp. Instead of treating patients with antibiotics, he ordered megadoses of vitamins.”

    During his two-day trial, Jaffe denied representing himself as a practicing medical doctor in Virginia, according to court transcripts. When Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Tonya A. Robinson asked Jaffe what the initials “MD” on his office sign meant, Jaffe humorously replied, “Minor Deity.”

    Robinson then asked him, “So, you’re a junior god?”

    Jaffe answered: “Well, that’s what I was trained to be in Boston.”

    Robinson said yesterday: “He thought he was a god and he was going to save people. Let’s put it this way. I don’t think he was saving them.”

    In December 1989, a Caremark official called the Virginia Board of Medicine to see whether Jaffe was licensed to practice in Virginia. “That’s when we reported he was treating patients,” Hinds said. Hinds said when nurses reported to Jaffe that a patient had a fever, “he never wanted to see the patient . . . . He didn’t order things we expect physicians to order. He would order green lights. It’s pretty weird.”

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