Great Smokies Medical Center of Asheville

Are Some Cases of Autism Really Mercury Toxicity?

Few parents who are required to consent to the administration of vaccines for their children are aware that ethyl mercury, a known neurotoxin, is used as a preservative in many childhood vaccines. Parents aren’t the only ones unaware — many physicians also don’t know the long list of ingredients that comprise vaccines.

A growing number of articulate parents who are reliable observers of their child have reported that their child was “never the same” after receiving a vaccination. They report that their once happy, loving, interactive child is replaced by a child who has lost his former personality, speech, and socialization skills.

Several factors result in infants being more susceptible to mercury toxicity than adults. Due to their immaturity, infants lack a blood brain barrier (BBB) that is a barrier to the entry of toxins into a more mature brain. Once in the brain, mercury is difficult to move back across the BBB. Also, for the first six months of life infants do not make significant amounts of bile, nature’s built-in detoxification system by which most mercury is excreted from the body. Additionally, injected mercury is far more toxic than ingested (dietary) or inhaled environmental mercury. Add the fact that the mercury in thimerosal is ethyl mercury, a form of mercury that is especially toxic to nerve cells. Lastly, there are many opportunities for children to become mercury toxic: The 2005 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) vaccination schedule recommends 22 separate vaccine injections to be administered before age two.

We think the ideal tolerated level for intentional medical exposure to mercury, a known neurotoxin that has no biological functions in the body, is zero. In 1992, a child receiving the recommended vaccinations was injected with 187.5 mcg of mercury by age six months. All children who receive thimerosal-preserved vaccines don’t become autistic because it appears that a genetic predisposition that renders a child unable to excrete mercury is also necessary for mercury to bio-accumulate to toxic levels.

The facts that the symptoms of autism and mercury toxicity are very similar, that most physicians lack awareness of the problem, and that physicians do not receive training in medical school in the diagnosis and treatment of heavy metal toxicity often delay an accurate diagnosis.
The biological medical assessment of autism should include an assessment to rule out mercury toxicity. When addressing mercury toxicity, early diagnosis and treatment is important to achieve the best possible treatment outcomes.

GSMC is not anti-vaccine, but is a strong proponent of safer vaccines.

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