Chelation of Mercury for the Treatment of Autism

Autism and disorders resembling autism can be caused by a number of aflictions, including Fragile X Syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, and phenylketonuria, and by at least one notable chromosomal abnormality, an inverted duplication of a portion of chromosome 15. But for the vast majority of cases of autism today, there is no strictly genetic explanation. As with many chronic disorders, most cases of autism appear to be caused by some genetic predisposition coupled with some early environmental trigger or ‘insult’.

Several recently-released reports point to the occurrence of an autism “epidemic”, with the latest incidence figures quoted to be in the order of 1 out of every 250 children. The Report on Autism to the California Legislature released in 1999 documents a large increase in full-blown DSM IV autism alone, with other disorders increasing at the same rate as population growth. F. E. Yazbak M.D. found similar rates of increasing incidence in other states, as reported in his Autism 99: A National Emergency. The Center for Disease Control’s own investigation of Brick township, New Jersey, found a very high incidence of autism as well. Some noted sources attribute the apparent increase in autism to better diagnoses on the part of paediatricians and the various paediatric specialties. Most, however, are unable to fully accept this simplistic explanation because the diagnosis is strictly a behavioral one, and it is highly doubtful that the highly skilled diagnosticians of earlier years could have overlooked such obvious behavioral anomalies occurring in such a large proportion of children. Furthermore, since it is impossible to have a “genetic epidemic”, one must examine possible early environmental insults for clues to explain the increase in autism cases.

Bernard et al, have written an excellent article comparing autism with mercury poisoning. All aspects of both disorders are examined, including symptoms, signs and findings from laboratory tests. The parallels between the two disorders are disturbingly obvious, even to the most casual reader. This, coupled with many case reports of clinical improvement among autistic children upon removal of at least a small part of their whole-body load of mercury, seems to indicate that many cases of autism today are, in fact, cases of mercury poisoning. The early environmental insult, in these cases, is mercury exposure that overwhelmed the body’s attempts at detoxification.

How does mercury gain access to a fetus or an infant? First of all, mercury is ubiquitous. It is in our water supply. In this setting, it exists mainly in cationic (1+ or 2+) form. This form is largely unabsorbed. Fish and shellfish are a known source of organic mercury (methyl mercury). Organic mercury is absorbed reasonably well by the gastrointestinal tract. Exposure via these two routes is common, but it is far exceeded by exposure via dental amalgams and thimerosal-containing vaccines. Mercury vapor is known to be released from dental amalgams, and it is known to cross the placenta with ease. It is not too far-fetched to assume that some mercury vapor (Hg – 0) is released from the dental amalgams of the mother, she inhales the vapor, it enters her bloodstream, some crosses the placenta and enters the developing fetus. Once metallic mercury (vapor, Hg – 0) enters the cell, it can be easily converted to its cationic form, and in this form, readily binds to sulfhydryl groups on enzymes and other proteins. Once tightly bound via this mechanism, it stays in the body for a long time.

Thimerosal-containing vaccines are now given with abandon. Upon its arrival into our world, the newborn is greeted with a Hepatitis B vaccine. He then receives several more doses of this vaccine along with DPT and Hib vaccines. All three of these vaccines contain relatively large amounts of thimerosal, which is 49.6% ethyl-mercury by weight. It was not long ago that the only vaccine containing thimerosal was the DPT vaccine. But, the Hepatitis B vaccine was made “mandatory” in 1991 and the Hib vaccine a few years earlier. Is it a coincidence that the incidence rate of autism has soared in the 1990’s? Is it better diagnosis or is it more mercury early in life? Add onto these noted exposures the thimerosal-containing RhoGam injection. A reasonable conclusion of greatly increased mercury exposure to developing fetuses, newborns and young infants being responsible for the obvious autism “epidemic” is almost inescapable.

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