Autism Spectrum Disorders & Mercury

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For years allopathic doctors have tried to downplay and dismiss the role that the toxic heavy metal mercury plays in the development of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

A recent comprehensive review of the literature has now set the record straight on this long debated topic within the Autism community.

Finally, we have concrete high-quality scientific evidence which now proves that mercury exposure does play a role in Autism Spectrum Disorders, as both a casual and/or contributory factor.

Parents of autistic children have known for many years now that their child often has heavy metal burden and elevated levels of toxic metals such as mercury, copper, lead and others.

However, many doctors can be often be very quick to dismiss the validity of these private health tests when presented with the abnormal results or will often claim that there is no scientific proof that mercury is even involved in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Primary routes for heavy metal toxicity in ASD individuals can involve numerous factors including glutathione depletion, reduced methylation capacity, abnormal transsulfuration metabolism, zinc deficiency, difficulties converting nutrients such as inactive vitamin B6 to active P5P, impaired liver detoxification and alterations of the gut microflora.

Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from the comprehensive review on the relationship between mercury and autism:

The Relationship Between Mercury & Autism Spectrum Disorders

Mercury & Autism Scientific Research“This review found 91 studies that examined the potential relationship between mercury and ASD from 1999 to February 2016.”

“Of these studies, the vast majority (74%) suggest that mercury is a risk factor for ASD, revealing both direct and indirect effects.”

“The preponderance of the evidence indicates that mercury exposure is causal and/or contributory in ASD.”

“The compilation of the evidence indicates that children with ASD are more susceptible to mercury than typically developing children, and that is reflected in significantly different levels of mercury, or biomarkers indicative of mercury, in the brain, blood, urine, baby teeth, hair, and nails.”

“In addition, many of these studies have found that the mercury, or biomarkers indicative of mercury, correlate with symptom severity such that the higher the mercury levels the worse the autism symptom severity.”

“The majority of the epidemiological research also support the hypothesis that mercury is a risk factor for ASD.”

“Based on the preponderance of the evidence, mercury exposure is causal and/or contributory in ASD.”

“With the increase in neurodevelopmental disorders in general, and especially ASD, the evidence suggests that governmental/public policy changes are urgently needed.”

References

[1] The relationship between mercury and autism: A comprehensive review and discussion

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0946672X16300931

The information in this article has not been evaluated by the FDA and should not be used to diagnose, cure or treat any disease, implied or otherwise.

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