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…

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…

Immune Dysregulation

Immune Dysregulation

Immune Dysregulation

Although there are many environmental factors that contribute to chronic illness in children, one of the most important outcomes of all these environmental influences is a dysregulated immune system. A dysregulated immune system simply means that an individual’s immune system is not working properly.  Here are some examples of what happens when an immune system malfunctions: It can over-react to innocuous stimulus (like cat dander) and cause symptoms like sneezing or itching. It can attack its host’s own cells and tissues (like what happens in an arthritic joint).  This is called autoimmunity. It does not have the ability to detoxify and eliminate harmful substances that enter the body. It cannot effectively combat pathogenic (disease-causing) microbes (germs!) that invade the body. It can keep the body in a heightened state of “attack” causing inflammation and oxidative stress which can lead to disruptions in cellular functions and operations. The immune system is how the body defends itself from harmful substances in the…