15 MYTHS OF AUTISM

Myth # 1
We often say that a child "has autism" assuming that this is something it was born with or has acquired or get sick.

Autism is not a disease. Autism is a label for a number of symptoms or behaviours. There is no medical test for autism. These behaviours are usually diagnosed by means of systematic monitoring performed by charlatans officially called "psychologists" who presumably identify groups of atypical behaviours. According to the method DSM-4, these groups can be 12. If a child demonstrates any 6 of these 12 groups of behaviours then it is appraised as autistic and another child may have the same diagnosis in the presence of the other 6 different criteria which is odd. At the same time it is quite possible and even acceptable if a child diagnosed from 5 different psychologists to have five different diagnoses such as: Autism, ADHD, PDD-NOS, Asperger or just lagging behind in its development. In general, this is not very perfect and even subjective process that is based on the description of the symptoms and not the causes. So many autistic children have similar symptoms such as food allergies, gastrointestinal discomfort, depressed immune system, periodic ear infections, bacterial or fungal problems, stunted growth and impaired fine motor skills, problems with sleep and processing of sensory information or inefficient detoxifying system but these are not subject to systematic research and analysis by experts diagnosing autism. These are not even mentioned in the literature on autism although autism and mercury poisoning have identical symptomatic profiles - both physical and behavioural. These are practically one and the same problem. The existing paradigm on this subject does not help anyone. "Autism" will remain a mystery without treatment. However, when autism is regarded as a non-diagnosed mercury poisoning some things begin to clarify. All physical symptoms and behaviours are explained by the presence of mercury which is the reason thereof. Knowing it we can focus on its treatment. To cure autism is a miracle and to cure mercury poisoning is a medical procedure.

Myth # 2
Autism is a genetic disorder.

There is no evidence which confirms that autism is a genetic disorder. No gene is detected to cause autism. Autism is mercury poisoning. The truth is that some children have a genetic predisposition being unable to detoxify and remove heavy metals from their bodies. These children are prone to be affected by mercury. Anyway, all children and adults subjected to a large amount of mercury exhibit symptoms that otherwise we call autism. All children born after 1991 who are vaccinated have received high dose of mercury which has been found by government agencies. Mercury is everywhere in the environment: in fish, water, air. Acute mercury poisoning can lead to death. Two drops of the compound dimethyl mercury spilled on the glove a professor of chemistry at Dartmont - a leader in research on the relationship of mercury and cancer led her to progressive loss of balance, speech, vision, hearing and finally fall off in coma within a year of the incident. There is no such thing as "genetic epidemic". From 1991 until today there is a real dramatic rise in cases of infantile autism and autistic spectrum disorders. In 1970, 1 out of every 10 000 children is diagnosed with autism. In 1986 the ratio is 1 out of every 2,500. Nowadays this ratio is 1 in 166 as in some places it reaches up to 1 of 150. Statistics show that every sixth child has some kind of difficulty in learning the material at class. Epidemics can happen every 10 years but genetic changes in a single population require several generations.

Myth # 3
Autism is for life.

There is growing evidence that children treated properly for mercury intoxication fully recover their normal functioning and are virtually indistinguishable from their peers. Every toxicologist would confirm that mercury poisoning is temporary and treatable. Thorough removal of mercury will eliminate many if not all symptoms. Autism could be for life if mercury poisoning is not treated properly.

Myth # 4
Autistic children do not attach emotionally and do not like to be touched.

Many autistic children are unusually loving and really love to be hugged and feel physical intimacy. Some of them are looking even longing for the sense of touch which their muffled senses may offer. Mercury generally kills brain neurons and depresses the central nervous system which leads to interference in all senses and perceptions - sight, hearing, taste, sensations of smell, touch or vestibular ones. Some children develop a hyper-sensitivity in these systems, for example: intolerance to loud noise, very bright light, traveling in a car or to certain clothes caused by the touch of the fabric to their skin while in others - on the contrary - extreme insensitivity, for example: tingling, lack of fear of injury or a very high threshold of sensitivity to pain. Children who seem as if they do not like to be touched or hugged react this way because it's just painful for them. Touching is literally either painful or evokes too strong feelings. But despite the distortions that mercury poisoning causes them, deep inside each one of those kids wants to be cuddled and loved.

Myth # 5
Autistic children live in their own world and are not interested in other people.

Mercury intoxication strains senses and can make unbearable the light, sound, touch and smell. Sensory overloading causes the closure in itself as a means of survival. It's just a reaction of their body to deal with a massive overloading of their sensory system. Parents often note that once the mercury is removed from the child's body they see "their world" for the first time: focusing on people's faces, hearing the sounds and restoring its mind from the darkness and the light in its eyes. The elimination of mercury reduces the deformation and overloading of their senses and makes the world more secure, easier to understand and more tolerant to them. By using our own matrix of perceptions for comparison we are mistaken believing that the protective inner contemplation of autistic children is alienation or indifference to what is happening around them.

Myth # 6
If you have autism you are disabled person with mental and intellectual disabilities

Most children with autism perform poorly on IQ tests as a result of which they are put a similar label. These tests can not take into account the limited capabilities of an overloaded senses and the difficult operation of the brain and central nervous system. After their recovery many autistic children perform the same or even better than their peers in different disciplines. There is also some evidence suggesting that intelligence and inability of detoxification can be linked via the specific DNA and in practice, those who are most susceptible to mercury contamination are among the most intelligent individuals. Many parents of autistic children know how smart their children are and many medics who treated autistic children confirmed that these are one of the most intelligent patients they have.

Myth # 7
There is no epidemic of autism just better diagnosis.

This myth persists despite its repeated denial and refusal to accept from a wide range of scientists, researchers, policymakers and health organizations and the existence of a substantial body of evidence pointing epidemiological nature of the problem. The US Department of Education estimates that there is 714% increment in the number of autistic children in ten years (1992-2002). Today, the recognized number of autistic children in the United States is 1 to 166, and even the manufacturer of thimerosal indicates a ratio of 1 to 150. One of the most direct questions to those who claim that there is no epidemic is "Where are the autistic adults?" In a survey among pediatricians and teachers who were among children in the past 20 years confirm that there is an unprecedented situation of repeatedly increased number of children who talked to the end of their first year then they lost this ability and ceased to react to their names, to keep eye contact or exhibit bizarre, repetitive ritualistic behaviour: clapping hands, spinning and rolling unlike other children. Didn't parents notice 20 years ago these things?

Myth # 8
The reason that boys represent 80-90% of those affected by autism is the excessively systematic and precise "scientific" male brain.

Testosterone is toxicologically synergistic with mercury which means that it increases the toxicity of mercury in the body as estrogen in girls protects neurons and neural fibers of mercury intoxication. This synergistic toxicity is the reason for the high ratio between boys and girls with autism. According to some the best expert on mercury toxicity Professor Boyd Haley - head of the department of chemistry at the University of Kentucky examined the direct impact and relationship of mercury and testosterone and the different results in laboratory experiments with female and male hormones.

Myth # 9
Autism is epidemic with complex and multi-factorial nature.

There are many reasons that occur together. Mercury is one of the factors causing autism but it is quite simple to say that it is the only one. Autistic symptoms and other disorders and disturbances of the neurological development are identical to the symptoms of mercury poisoning. The rapid increase in the number of these disorders corresponds with dramatically increased amount of thimerosal (49.6% ethyl-mercury-based) constituting the recommended and oftenly compulsory vaccines for children of age up to 2 years. Combined with the addition of two new vaccines in the early 90's the amount of ethyl mercury compound has increased 246% compared to the past as most of this amount is given in the first 6 months of children's life when baby's nervous system, immune system and ability for detoxification are undergoing rapid change. Numerous studies demonstrate again and again the causal link between the disorders of nervous system development and mercury regardless of the source of intoxication. The most persuasive argument is that when the mercury is removed from the body through a process of chelation or other means of detoxification autistic symptoms disperse and fully dissipate. What makes mercury difficult for identification? This is the cumulative and progressive effect of mercury toxicity and its delayed impact over time. Mercury itself cannot become a cause of autistic symptoms. Rather it is the spark that ignites a cascade of damages in the body. Mercury progressively kills neurons in the brain and damages central nervous system leading to a wide range of neurological, cognitive and sensory dysfunctions. Mercury displaces specific and extremely important vitamins and minerals the loss of which continue to cause damage to the brain, immune system, hormonal system and virtually all other systems in the body. Mercury upsets the system providing the ability for detoxification of the body allowing all other toxins that are everywhere in the environment to accumulate and continue to harm the body. Mercury damages the gastrointestinal tract creating dysbiosis (imbalance of good and bad bacteria) and the growth of fungus. In turn it is a neurotoxin which allows their distribution and may cause miniature disorders, erosion of the mucosal surface of the gastrointestinal tract that cause permanent state of loose stools by which are distinguished great number of children with autism. The molecules of the digested food which are larger than typical are able to pass through these holes into the bloodstream where the body recognizes them as foreign invaders and thereafter increases the immune response causing food allergies and gastric disorders which can lead to chronic ear and other infections. Treating them with antibiotics only worsens children's condition as practice shows in many of the cases. Antibiotics exacerbate gastric dysbiosis and like testosterone become synergistically toxic in combination with mercury. Distortions of the gastrointestinal tract which is the first line of immune defence reduces the body's ability to perform one. Symptoms of mercury poisoning are various and complex. But the reason is simple - mercury poisoning. If we remove the spark the body has the chance to rebalance and heal.

Myth # 10
Recognition that vaccines can cause autism will become a reason for refusal of many parents to vaccinate their children leading to death in a lot of cases of childhood diseases that we have almost eradicated.

Thimerosal contains a combination of ethyl mercury which is a strong neurotoxin. Thimerosal administered via the vaccines is the main cause of mercury poisoning and is the root cause of the autism epidemic. Thimerosal has not been tested and is not needed as a stabilizer of vaccines. Today most vaccines are available with a reduced amount or no thimerosal inside (with the exception of the influenza vaccines which have 25 micrograms per injection) and still they are effective. Many health organizations, pediatricians and researchers all agree that there is no safe level of mercury. In other words to be against mercury is not like to be against vaccines. The use of powerful neurotoxins in vaccines given to babies and children seriously undermined public support to the immunization program.

Myth # 11
Does it mean that the claim that thimerosal in vaccines is the cause of autism rejects other contention that autism could be caused by the combined MMR vaccine?

The latter has never contained thimerosal. How can both statements be true? Unlike most vaccines MMR is a vaccine with live virus and due to this fact it does not need conservative as thimerosal. But the fact that it is a triple vaccine becomes part of the problem. The aim of the live virus is to pull the trigger of the weak immune system and create immunity. This can work in a healthy child but many children who develop autism have already been laden with mercury poisoning before the time when at 12-18 months they receive the MMR vaccine. The purpose of the virus is to find a hospitable environment and to reproduce itself. There is a scientific justification that the walls of the intestinal tract of many children are covered with pox virus as a result of MMR vaccine. The virus is able to become а hospitable master and to reproduce itself due to the already compromised immune system of the child. Some doctors believe that the pox virus entraps heavy metals in the body cells and continues to violate the body's ability to throw them away.

Myth #12
The mercury used in vaccines is very reliable type of mercury from which the body is released quickly.

The compound of methyl and mercury which is the type of mercury present in the fish is more widely studied and accepted that the compound ethyl-mercury which is the type constituting thimerosal. This has resulted in the erroneous belief and assertion that ethyl mercury is a safe form of mercury. The claim that some forms of mercury can be easily and quickly expelled from the body violates basic principles of physics and chemistry. There is no such thing as a safe form of the second most toxic substance on earth. Dozens of studies have demonstrated extreme toxicity of ethyl mercury and the fact that most autistic children retain robust amounts of mercury in their major organs after receipt of the vaccine in the composition of which is used thimerosal. Parents who have started the process of chelation of the body announced from 10 to 50 times larger quantities of mercury discharged from the body of their children after the testing of fecal samples, those of urine or in the study of locks of hair.

Myth # 13
Mercury obtained by the vaccine is not greater than that contained in a can of tuna fish.

Consumption of canned tuna certainly never caused autism. This myth got quite a publicity recently because it offers analogy that everyone can understand and that makes the link between autism and mercury to look trivial. Let us compare a man weighing 100 kilograms and a baby weighing 3.5 kilograms receiving a single vaccine Hep.B in the first day of its life containing 25 micrograms of ethyl mercury. At the same time every can of tuna contains an average of 30 micrograms of methyl mercury. The equivalent amount of cans of tuna for an adult would be 28 cans. When eating the stomach successfully absorbs and excretes about 90% of all foods containing mercury leaving only the remaining 10% to be absorbed into the bloodstream. In infants the vaccine is injected in 100% of the cases directly into the circulatory system. Given that the developing brain of the baby is between 5 and 10 times more sensitive than that of an adult and if we take the lower value of the impact of mercury on the brain of the baby - 5% and multiply it by 280 which is the number of cans we will get the following equivalent: the baby gets such amount of mercury by administration of the vaccine Hep.B in its first day of life which is the equivalent to the consumption of 1400 pieces of cans of tuna fish from a man weighing 100 kg.

Myth # 14
The mercury obtained by the vaccine was always in negligible quantities and never sufficient to cause autism.

The World Health Organization officially announced that there is no such thing as a safe amount of mercury. 246 micrograms of mercury is the amount received by children born between 1990 and 2002 before their second year of age as part of the mandatory immunization calendar. Even Dr. Pierre Lavigne spokesman for the Avensis Pasteur one of the largest vaccine manufacturers in the world says: "It is important to note that thimerosal is really problematic for pediatric vaccines for young children. Developing nervous system is very sensitive, so if exposed to mercury it is most likely to cause damage. Dr. Neal Halsey, former chairman of the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics made the following statement: "In most containers of vaccines, thimerosal is mentioned as a derivative / non-genuine element of mercury, which is 1/100 of a percent. In what I and everyone else believe is that indeed this was the amount of mercury, biologically insignificant amount. My sincere belief is that if on the label was written the amount of mercury in micrograms the problem would have been discovered much earlier but virtually no one made the necessary calculations."

Myth # 15
There are many autistic children who show no evidence for the presence of mercury after testing.

Therefore, the claim that autism is mercury poisoning is unacceptable. It is true that some autistic children tested for the presence of mercury provoked by a chelator, show no signs of rejection of metals. This is so not because these children are not mercury intoxicated but because most of them have extremely high concentrations of mercury. They are the so-called "non excreting" cases. "Non excreting" is this case in which even after the use of a chelating agent (particularly in typical testing) the child is unable to excrete any amount of mercury. The majority of autistic children are just that type as they usually have some genetic problems in their detoxifying chains. These difficulties are deepening at any subsequent acceptance of mercury from the body as the accumulated amount of mercury literally blocks exactly these chains and exacerbated the problem of poisoning. This phenomenon has been recently given proper and thorough examination and attention. Unfortunately for many autistic children after a single test which failed to show real separation of mercury hasty and even mistakenly has been said that there was no problem with mercury. In practice, these are precisely the children who have the greatest problem with the vast amount of mercury in their bodies. Only after several months of chelation could be expected actual separation of mercury. As Dr. Rashid Buttar (who have invented liquid transdermal formula TD-DMPS-chelator that years is widely used in the treatment of autistic people) noted in a recent study: "In practice, none of the patients tested did not show any amenable to evaluation significant amount of mercury after the initial tests. In contrast, however, the results after the start of the chelating treatment show a significant increase in the levels of mercury secreted." In his statement, Dr. Buttar, vice president of the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology, before the commission of the US Congress on May 6, 2004 says: "Mercury is the spark causing fire of autism and Alzheimer's disease. Autism is the result of acute mercury poisoning in infancy while Alzheimer's disease is a chronic mercury accumulated impact for many years. Can be treated "all fires but until the spark is not removed" there will have minimal hope for a full recovery. When the process of cleansing the body from mercury is activated the injuries are only limited and full recovery is possible."

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