Autism Correlated with Mercury
MCS America News, Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2008.
Parents want to know what is leading to the apparent increase in autism, and
many across the country are blaming mercury from vaccines as the culprit for
their children's autism. Doctors and medical organizations have denied
there is a connection and continue to recommend, and even force,
vaccinations that contain thimerosal. Thimerosal contains the neurotoxin
mercury and doctors claim the dose is not high enough to cause any damage to
Researchers at the Department of Psychology, University of Northern Iowa
wanted to know the truth. Particularly interested in the correlation
between mercury exposure and autism, the researchers cite that, like the
link between aspirin and heart attack, even a small effect can have major
health implications. Could mercury contribute to autism?
Proponents of both sides of the autism debate over mercury cite that the
other side refers to studies that are misleading or funded by industry.
Those who support no connection between mercury and autism are accused of
reporting false results to protect the financial interests of pharmaceutical
companies and industry. Some say researchers are paid off to report the
desired findings of the payer.
Refreshingly, this set of researchers stated that "If there is any link
between autism and mercury, it is absolutely crucial that the first reports
of the question are not falsely stating that no link occurs."
This led them to reanalyzing a data set originally reported by Ip et al. in
2004. They found an error in the original p value. Upon correcting this
error, they found that a significant relation does exist between the blood
levels of mercury and diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder!
Parents have been saying all along that the symptoms of mercury poisoning
are the same as the symptoms of autism. Many claim that chelation cured
and/or improved their child's health and behavior. Further evidence can be
found in the fact that both autism and increased vaccinations occurred
There is still one question that burns in many parents' minds. Why are some
children affected and not others? This reanalyzed study has provided an
answer. Hair samples in this study support the theory that persons with
autism may be less efficient at eliminating mercury. This would indicate
that vaccination with thimerosal laced vaccines is contraindicated in a
significant portion of the population, if not all.
Should thimerosal be eliminated from all childhood vaccines? It would
probably be a good idea based on these findings. Yet, New Jersey just
enacted a law to force children to receive a thimerosal laced flu shot each
year. New Jersey also has the highest rates of autism in the country.
Parents must wonder why lawmakers without medical degrees are calling the
Citation: Desoto MC, Hitlan RT. Blood Levels of Mercury Are Related to
Diagnosis of Autism: A Reanalysis of an Important Data Set. J Child Neurol.
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