Understanding Heavy Metal Toxicity and Chelation

Understanding Heavy Metal Toxicity and Chelation

Understanding Heavy Metal Toxicity and Chelation

By Kelly Dorfman, M.S., L.N. Experts have long recognized heavy metal toxicity as a cause of or contributor to developmental delays, autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder.  Recently mercury has replaced lead as the primary culprit because children readily accumulate high levels of mercury from mandatory immunizations. How do we protect against heavy metal toxicity? Resist absorption of heavy metals with a diet rich in anti-oxidants.  Both a comprehensive nutritional supplement regimen and a healthy diet are essential. In a perfect world, one avoids absorbing lead and mercury altogether by taking in adequate amounts of anti-oxidants (such as vitamin C and selenium).  Children on diets low in anti-oxidants (usually from a lack of fruits and vegetables) are much more likely to absorb poisons of all sorts. If several children are exposed to the same amount of heavy metal, the ones in the best nutritional shape will take in less and more efficiently excrete what is absorbed.  This is why injected…

Vitamin A Autism Treatment Spurs Breakthrough for Child

Vitamin A Autism Treatment Spurs Breakthrough for Child

Vitamin A Autism Treatment Spurs Breakthrough for Child

by Alberta Lindsey, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer Until he was about one year old, Wesley Sykes had a bright smile and was a lively, robust child. Then his parents, Seth and Lisa Sykes, noticed he wasn’t picking up words as other children were, and the wordlike sounds he had been making stopped. His smile disappeared. At 18 months, he stopped responding to his name. At 21/2, Wesley was diagnosed with autism. Wesley would sit on the floor and spin plates. He would dangle a string in front of his face. He would go into the middle of a room and just spin. He would sit for hours sifting sand or dirt through his fingers, without building anything. “This is a horrific illness,” Mrs. Sykes said. In October, Wesley began taking natural vitamin A in a study conducted by Dr. Mary N. Megson, a developmental pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia. The change in…

The Vaccine Debate

The Vaccine Debate

The Vaccine Debate

Harris L. Coulter, Ph.D. Although the public debate over childhood vaccinations began in the 1970s and early 1980s, it intensified after the 1985 publication of DPT: A Shot in the Dark, co-authored by Barbara Loe Fisher and me, and the 1989 publication of my book Vaccination, Social Violence. and Criminality.  Today, many years later, what has been achieved by the vaccine debate?  Where are we heading? An organized movement against childhood vaccinations has emerged.  The public today is more educated and realizes that the vaccination issue is complex.  Also, the medical community now acknowledges some of the damage that vaccines may inflict on children. However, many physicians still refuse to admit that vaccines are overused in American society and should be curtailed, suspended, or abolished – or at least made voluntary instead of compulsory.  In general, physicians still cling to their central thesis that vaccinations are, on balance, a great benefit. This medical stance coincides with the economic interests of…

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Polio Vaccine: Time For A Policy Change

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by Barbara Loe Fisher Co-Founder and President of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) / Co-Author of A Shot in the Dark Polio is a contagious disease caused by an intestinal virus that may attack nerve cells of the brain and spinal chord. Symptoms include fever, headache, sore throat, and vomiting. In the 1940′s and 1950′s, when polio was prevalent in the United States, the majority of people who came down with a three or four day bout of polio recovered without permanent damage. However, others developed neurological complications, including stiffness of the neck and back, weak muscles, pain in the joints, and paralysis of one ore more limbs or respiratory muscles that lasted for several weeks before recovery. A fewer number of these were left with permanent paralysis or weakness in one ore two limbs. In rare cases, an attack of polio left the individual totally paralyzed and dependent on a respirator to breathe. Some of the most severe…

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The Facts About the “P” in the DPT Vaccine

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by Barbara Loe Fisher, Co-Founder and President National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) and Co-author of A Shot in the Dark In the early 1980′s, when Dissatisfied Parents Together (DPT) was founded and parents of children who had been severely injured or killed by childhood vaccines started coming forward and demanding that the government and doctors answer questions about vaccine safety and effec­tiveness, there were few who would listen. Today, it is parents of healthy children as well as those with autistic behaviors, developmental delays and autoimmune disor­ders who are asking the most questions about the link between vaccinations, the immune systems and neurologi­cal disorders. And, today, more people are willing to listen because more Americans are coming to the realization that medical doctors heading government health agencies as well as those administering vaccines in pediatrician’s offices around the country do not have the answers. One vaccine which has recently been in the news because questions are being asked about its safety and effectiveness…

How My Heavy Metal Poisoning Damaged My Sons

How My Heavy Metal Poisoning Damaged My Sons

How My Heavy Metal Poisoning Damaged My Sons

After finding out that I had heavy metal poisoning, I immediately thought about my sons.  Was it possible that I had passed any of this on to them? Could this be responsible for their sensory processing disorder (SPD), asthma, allergies, eczema, acid reflux, and developmental delays? Would I finally find the common thread that I had been looking for all along that tied all of these conditions together? Yes, unfortunately. My Sons’ Heavy-Metal Toxicity After finding out about my toxicity, I had both sons tested with a heavy-metal hair test because it’s not invasive.  My older son was in the 97th percentile for heavy-metal toxicity; my younger at the 90th. That means that my older son had more heavy metals in him than 97% of people in the reference group, which contains roughly 40,000 people. Heavy Metal Reference Range (g/g) Older Son (g/g) Younger Son (g/g) Aluminum <8.000 16.000 13.000 Antimony <0.066 0.110 0.210 Arsenic <0.080 0.047 0.098 Barium <0.500…

Alexa and Sergio: Recovery from Lyme and Autism

I have a 7 year old daughter and a 5 year old son. Our healing journey really began when they were 3 and 1 years old. I now know that both of them had gut dysbiosis and dysregulated immune systems which presented in very different ways for each child. Learning  that they had gut dysbiosis and immune dysregulation was like finding the missing link. Learning about these conditions and how to overcome them was what really put us onto the path of healing. Oral Thrush Just the Beginning Soon after Alexa was born, she developed oral thrush and was treated with Nystatin.  This seemed to clear up the thrush, yet Alexa had €œfoamy€ diarrhea and painful gas constantly. Nursing became increasingly difficult as Alexa struggled to stay latched on as if she was choking on the milk. My pediatrician at the time instructed me to reduce my diet to chicken, rice and a couple of vegetables.  She also told me…

Ethan: Recovery from Asthma, Allergies, Sleep Apnea

Ethan appeared to be a very healthy baby at first.  Aside from a little baby acne and some toenails that looked a little misshapen, all seemed well with him. Adverse Vaccine Reaction When he was four months old he had a bad reaction to a DTaP vaccine and his doctors recommended that he no longer receive this vaccine. He developed chronic constipation, chronic sinus congestion, and snoring that was later diagnosed as sleep apnea. The pediatrician recommended that he go on Zyrtec daily but his mother felt more comfortable with giving him children’s Benadryl instead.  He lived on Benadryl for years and his symptoms did not improve. New symptoms developed.  His constipation got so severe, that he would only go once every 5 days or so, and his stools became smelly and loose when he did go. At age 5, he was diagnosed with asthma, allergies, and sleep apnea.  He began treatments with Pulmicort, prednisone, and albuterol. The pediatrician also…

Vaccines and Autism, ADHD and Asthma

Vaccines and Autism, ADHD and Asthma

Vaccines and Autism, ADHD and Asthma

Immunizations and the Immunocompromised The subject of childhood immunizations is extremely controversial, but it may be an important piece of the puzzle concerning the epidemic of chronic childhood illness. The divide that exists between those who are vaccine advocates and those who are vaccine safety advocates is wide, but these two sides need to establish a civil dialogue so that we can assure that America’s childhood infectious disease eradication program is as safe and effective as possible. Vaccine advocates argue that vaccines have been vindicated by scientific research, and that there is no proven link to autism or other chronic illnesses. Vaccine safety advocates argue that many of these studies are flawed and that vaccines are either “poisoning” children (citing vaccine additives like aluminum and mercury) or that they are in some way dysregulating the immune system (e.g., causing immune responses to become altered and harmful). Dr. Bernadine Healy, former head of both the National Institutes of Health and the…

The Perfect Storm

The epidemic of chronic childhood illness in America is the product of  “a perfect storm” of environmental factors including: the overuse of medications (especially antibiotics) poor diet and nutrition lifestyle factors such as excessive hygiene, indoor sedentary lifestyles, modern birthing and infant feeding practices excessive or improperly administered vaccinations continuous exposure to a panoply of environmental toxins Together (or in varied combinations), these environmental factors can initiate a vicious cycle of biological dysfunctions in our children’s bodies. These underlying biological dysfunctions are what cause the symptoms that we then classify as “chronic illnesses”, such as autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, diabetes, and many others. To be sure, genetics and genetic history play a role in the development of illness for particular children, but genetically-based explanations do not explain the widespread prevalence of biological dysfunctions among children today. There are simply too many sick children to substantiate the theory that genetics cause their illnesses.  Epidemics are not genetic. To understand how the…