Thimerosal is a mercury
containing perservative used by pharmaceutical companies in
Mercury is the second most dangerous element found on our planet.
The form of mercury found
in Thimerosal is ethyl mercury which is even more neurologically
dangerous than organic mercury.
The vetinary industry
removed thimerosal from animal vaccines in the 1980's because of
The US government
"recommended" that the pharmaceutical industry remove
thimerosal from childhood vaccines by 2001; it however did not
not "mandate" this and has left it up to private
pharmaceutical companies' own discretion.
Currently, six US states
have passed legislation outlawing thimerosal from vaccines (20 more
states have legislation pending). The state of Tennessee is
one state that currently has legislation proposed; but sadly St. Jude Children's Hospital
is actively lobbying against the law (presumably as a friend of the
pharmaceutical industry for financial reasons as thimerosal only
poses risk to children and not health benefits).
In December 2005, the US
federal government past a law allowing doctors and pharmaceutical
companies to ignore individual state laws that outlaw thimerosal.
federal government has included protection for pharmaceutical
companies from lawsuits for mercury poisoning, illness and death
from vaccines several times since 2001. This immunity has been
attached to several laws (including the Homeland Security Act)
several times by lobbyist for the pharmaceutical companies (and
those profiting from the lobbyists). Dedicated parents,
scientists and ethical government officials have been able to get
these protections reversed several times. The most recent
protection for pharmaceutical companies was placed into the Senate's
Appropriations Bill for 2006. This bill can not be line vetoed
and is the working document for the Senate's yearly budget.
Therefore, so that the Senate could accept a budget and our
government could continue to run, this bill was accepted and
immunity for the pharmaceutical companies remains in effect at this
The symptoms of Mercury Poisoning and Autism are identical. To
see a comparison chart of symptoms click here.
Most of today's doctors are not aware of the proper way to test
children for chronic mercury poisoning. A simple blood, urine
or stool test will not accurately diagnose chronic metal poisoning
because metals do not stay in the bloodstream for long. If
they are not excreted then the metals will attach itself to tissue
and organs. Therefore, the only way to detect the presence of
metals in the organ systems is to complete a challenge test by
administering a chelator and then testing to see if any has been
drawn out. A less obtrusive way of testing is hair
analysis. Since we all come in contact with toxins (including
mercury) each day we also should all be excreting it and one way
this is excreted is through the hair. Children with Autism are
often found to have low or no level of mercury found in hair
analysis. The reason for this is that the children are not
excreting it and are therefore storing the metals in their
bodies. See the counting
rules for more information about hair analysis.
The treatment for mercury
poisoning and autism is multifacited. It includes removing the
metals, replenishing vital nutrients that are often missing because
of the poisoning and decreasing daily exposure to toxins. Many
new treatments are also being explored and are warranted dependent
on the damage that the child has experienced (such as
gastro-intestinal, low dose naltrexone, hyperbarics and
others). Additionally, therapies (such as occupational and
speech) may be incorporated to help the child catch up
developmentally as they heal physically.
Treatment for mercury
poisoning and autism can be delicate. To find a trained doctor
in the biomedical treatment of autism visit DAN!
(Defeat Autism Now!). Remember, not even all DAN! doctors are
created equal. I would recommend speaking to other parents
about their experiences with individual doctors when trying to
choose a doctor. Some online resources such as the Autism
Mercury message board and Generation Rescue's Rescue
Angels are very good places to find information for beginning a
biomedical treatment program.
Disclaimer: The material on this site is for
informational purposes only and is not to be meant as medical advice.
Please consult a trusted and knowledgeable physician when making medical and
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