Mercury and Chelation

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Mercury and Chelation
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Wed, 01-21-2009 - 9:18pm

I'm curious about your thoughts on this? Do you think that thimerosal is responsible, at least in part, for developmental conditions (notably autism)?

Many people that believe their children are mercury poisoned are using chelating agents to remove the residual metals from peripheral tissues and the brain and have reported that their children are better. Is this wrong? Is it right?

I ask, because apparently, the FDA has pulled DMSA - which actually has been used for a very long time to remove metals etc... and has been proven effective in animal models.

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Thu, 01-22-2009 - 12:40am
Pulled it why?
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Thu, 01-22-2009 - 10:25am

I recently saw some blog entries where some "skeptics" were analyzing data from a chelation study, and they concluded that it was dangerous. (A bit of overinterpretation, but that's to be expected) And, they haven't pulled it yet I've discovered - but they have threatened the supplement maker with legal action if they continue to sell it. They have retracted their previous statements that DMSA is a supplement, and are now considering it to be a drug. Some say this is a tactical maneuver because children on the spectrum are actually getting better by its use, and it's a way to push the mercury controversy to the backburner.

I've always thought these sick kids need to be studied, for some reason - this is discouraged.

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Thu, 01-22-2009 - 11:48am

"I've always thought these sick kids need to be studied, for some reason - this is discouraged."

I think I'll write the CDC and ask them why ;). Just for kicks.

I was reading some message board recently that described the government closing all the health food stores and mandating any vitamins and herbal-type products in the UK. I never looked into it - is that happening or being discussed in the UK or was it just conspiracy theorists on that board?

I've been meaning to look for myself, but I thought someone might know.

As far as the original topic, chelation - I say if it works then I would use it on my child if he/she were autistic. I have total faith in a parents ability to know if a treatment is working with their autistic child or not.

I think the parent and autistic-child relationship is a very intimate one. My mother is constantly apologizing to me. She THINKS that my childhood was somehow scarred by her spending more time and giving more attention to my brother. She's wrong, but just based on my own experience as a child of an autistic sibling, I have total faith in a parent's ability to judge improvements in their child. If they say its working, then I'm inclined to believe it is.

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Thu, 01-22-2009 - 11:57am

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Here is where the crux of the argument is... some in industry don't think you are qualified to make that assessment and that your mind will play tricks on you. And they are asserting that chelation isn't safe to boot (even though it's been widely used for almost 15 years). Some are very upset at the parents that are using this method to try to help their child and consider it abuse.

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Thu, 01-22-2009 - 1:02pm

"some in industry don't think you are qualified to make that assessment and that your mind will play tricks on you."

Isn't that crazy-ridiculous?

I'm sorry but a doctor spending a few minutes, even twice a week, with a child does not qualify them to judge improvements in basic skills that we all take for granted. The person LIVING WITH the child is best suited, how ridiculous to insinuate a parent's mind will play tricks on them....I guess they want parents to get certified in observing their own child??? In some cases, a parent spends every waking minute with her child...there's just no common sense in that thinking! I got news for them, the ability to assess one's own child comes with experience, and who's got more experience with an Autistic kid than his/her Mom? (Or perhaps a caregiver or teacher who spends all day with the kid.) Certainly not a doctor who sees the kid for a few minutes every so often...Ugh!

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Registered: 01-02-2009
Thu, 01-22-2009 - 8:32pm

Do you know how vaccines are tested? Among other things, they have parents fill out forms describing what occurred with THEIR child after they were vaccinated.

So parent's can observe their children after vaccination and report data which will be incorporated into a scientific study, but they cannot observe their children during and after biomedical treatment and report valid data.

Right.

http://insidevaccines.com/wordpress
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Registered: 04-09-2008
Fri, 01-23-2009 - 1:43pm

I don't know much about chelatin to comment on it, but, in my personal experience, I've come to realize that if it's FDA approved it means squat, and if the FDA is going after something to do with supplements or natural resources, it's because they're cutting into FDA's funds via their suppliers, which is ironically supposed to be those that they regulate.


Going through medical hell with everything "FDA approved" then finding cures of those things FDA claims that "no such statement of cure can be made", I say if FDA is going after it - there's a reason - and it surely isn't in the public's best interest.

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Registered: 10-18-2007
Fri, 01-23-2009 - 3:38pm

Know why my friend says?

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Fri, 01-23-2009 - 3:48pm

I think it's so sad that the fda works this way. DH and I were talking last night about the fda shutting down companies that claim their herbal and natural remedies help with cancer and other illnesses that the big pharm companies make a bundle off of selling prescriptions for.

Again, I must ask, when will we as a society say enough is enough.

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Sat, 01-24-2009 - 2:47pm

I can talk with experience about this.

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