At the Institute of Chronic Illnesses, Inc., in Silver Spring, Maryland, researchers examined 9 case studies of young autistic patients who exhibited impairments in social relatedness and communication, repetitive behaviors, and abnormal movement patterns associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). These symptoms are all associated with the cyto-toxicity of mercury within the body and the neurological, sensory, motor, and behavioral problems associated with cumulative mercury exposure. In fact, mercury toxicity and most cases of ASD share these basic similarities. All other causes for regressive ASD were ruled out in 8 of the 9 patients.
The study, approved by the Institutional Review Board of the Institute for Chronic Illnesses (Office for Human Research Protections, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, investigated nine patients who were presented to the Genetic Centers of America for a genetic/developmental evaluation. Eight of the patients showed elevated androgen levels and had significant amounts of mercury in their body (which was excreted through chelation). The high mercury exposure came from vaccines during fetal and infant development periods. The mercury did permanent damage to the glutathione pathways of cells, depleting intracellular glutathione function. Glutathione is the master antioxidant for the human body. The depletion of this master antioxidant resulted in severe oxidative damage. According to the study, " There was a significant dose-response relationship between the severity of the regressive ASDs observed and the total mercury dose children received from thimerosal-containing vaccines/Rho (D)-immune globulin preparations." The one patient that was not exposed to thimerosal-containing vaccines had Rett's syndrome, a genetic brain disorder.
Between 12 and 24 months, these previously healthy children suffered from encephalopathies caused by mercury exposure from vaccinations. All eight cases manifested with clinical symptoms consistent with regressive ASDs. The researchers warn, "Evidence for mercury intoxication should be considered in the differential diagnosis as contributing to some regressive ASDs."
To learn more, consult the case studies directly. Or check out the study showing how ethylmercury from some vaccines destroys glutathione and T-cells in the body.
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