Since the inception of Autism Speaks the Wrights have raised 10's
of millions of dollars for research. Much of the
research focus was trying to find the gene or genes that is the
suspected cause of Autism.
While no one disputes autism has a genetic underpinning, there is a
fierce debate over the potential role of environmental influences,
particularly mercury and very particularly mercury in vaccines.
One of the best books on the subject is entitled
Autism Symptoms and Treatments
by Dr. Sandy Newmark, a physician with 19 years of experience in
pediatrics has been practicing medicine since 1984. A specialist
with interest in Behavioral Problems such as ADHD and Autism,
Newmark completed a two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at
the University of Arizona under the leadership of acclaimed
best-selling author and world-renowned pioneer in integrative
medicine, Dr. Andrew Weil.
Autism speaks is at present staying neutral on the subject officially
although there may be a division at the upper levels of the
Now however, Christian the young boy who was the impetus behind Autism
Speaks is now getting better. This is of course great news. However,
genetic disorders don't typically improve on their own. Christian has
started to speak and the big question is will Autism Speaks and the
other medical research communities listen.
This week April 2007 Christians mom made a post at Yahoo's EOH list.
This group was named after the book, "Evidence of Harm by David Kirby.
The group is at
www.groups.yahoo.com/group/EOHarm Christians mom Katie did not
"I believe that Christian's regression and
subsequent autism was the result of receiving 6 vaccines during 1
office visit at 2 months of age," she wrote. "He screamed for 12 hours
and had a 104 degree fever nearly the entire time. His vaccines
contained thimerosal," the mercury-based preservative.
"It is devastating," she added, "because so much of
this is preventable."
Since then, Katie said, she and her husband took
Christian to doctors belonging to a group called Defeat Autism Now, or
DAN. "DAN Doctors" believe that mercury and other environmental
factors are what triggered most cases of autism, and have developed a
controversial protocol of "biomedical interventions" aimed at removing
heavy metals from autistic children and trying to repair some of the
metabolic damage they may have caused.
"He's definitely getting better," Katie told me by
phone. "He was a very sick kid, with an extended gut and inflamed
intestines. We couldn't do anything until we got that under control."
But once Christian started to improve physically, she said, he also
began to get better emotionally, mentally and cognitively.
When Christian's gut improved, his parents began
trying other, still-unproven treatments like dietary changes (no wheat
or dairy) chelation therapy (removal of heavy metals from the body)
and methyl B-12, which could help restore a critical process called
methylation - a needed tool for detoxification and proper nerve
function that is apparently deficient in some autistic children.
"Christian is speaking now, though only when
prompted," Katie told me. "His eye Nutrition & Vitamin Store is returning, and his
crying and tantrums have subsided." And she said, "His ability to
attend has returned. Now he can sit and do his lessons and learn,
whereas before he would just lie down and scream in pain, because his
abdomen hurt so much. But he still has a long way to go."
The medical community also has a long way to go
when it comes to any alternative practice. The people involved in
trying to change any long standing thought must stay focused and stay
positive. The challenge is always worth it because so many lives can
be made better. Note below that doctors are using
A web site featuring
Amy S. Holmes M.D. a Dan Doctor which was mentioned in the quotes
above by Christians mom Katie. "Autism and disorders resembling autism
can be caused by a number of disorders, 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 insult". The
bold portion by editor.
Dan doctors recommend
DMSA as the chelator of choice agreeing that it does the best job. It
is approved by the FDA as a chelator of lead in children.
Dr. Garry F. Gordon MD DO has used a formula of EDTA, organic
garlic and Cysteine to safely remove mercury from babies of as little
as 30 lbs.
Dr Gorden states "I have a lot of
experience in successfully treating some of the toughest cases of
autism where NOTHING in the entire alternative field had previously
seemed to work, and thus I bring a different perspective to this
Dr. Gordon is a huge proponent of EDTA
chelation for autism, vascular disease and more. His primary reason is
EDTA has proven to be safe over an extended period of time.
The final portion of this article is that if you want to beat the
conditions you may now have you have to be proactive. "Take the bull
by the horns" like Christian's mother did. The internet is full of
information and full of stories about how people did it. I found my
solution and I hope you find your solution too.
My chelation story.
Some of This Information From The
Huffington Post From A Post By David Kirby.
and Chelation Information