Dr. Stephanie Cave, M. D. specialized in family practice in Louisiana, presented her testimony regarding Autism and Mercury before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 18, 2000. The hearing was part of an ongoing Committee investigation into vaccine policy.
In this testimony, Dr. Cave highlighted the overwhelming numbers of children with autistic problem and presented concrete evidences linking autism to Thimerosal, the mercury containing preservative used in vaccines production.
The timing of infant and toddler vaccination is very critical. At that early age, their blood brain barrier is not fully developed. The organic mercury form injected as preservative with the vaccines, easily finds its way into their brains where it converts into an inorganic form which cannot cross back over the blood brain barrier to be detoxified and excreted by the body. According to Dr. Cave, this form is more likely to cause autoimmune antibodies to brain tissue, the same antibodies found in children suffering from autism.
Dr. Cave sees the introduction of the hepatitis B vaccine in 1991 as the trigger that sparked the recent epidemic of the disease. Now the children are exposed to a cumulative dose of the mercury preservative found in different vaccines they are receiving (HepB, DTP and HIB). The two- month dose of mercury became 30 times higher than the recommended daily maximum exposure to the metal as set by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
Our children are also exposed to mercury through other sources even before birth. The fetus is at risk of exposure to mercury from contaminated seafood eaten by the mother, from heavy metals amalgam fillings in the mother’s mouth, from mercury in Rhogam given to Rh negative pregnant mothers, and from the influenza vaccine given during pregnancy. Mercury can also reach the infant through breast feeding at a time when his newly born liver is not yet equipped to deal with such heavy load of toxicity.
The link between mercury and autism is further strengthened by the fact that mercury affects precisely those parts of the brain affected in autism: the cerebellum amygdala, and frontal cortex. The signs and symptoms of mercury poisoning are very similar to the symptoms of autism: “social withdrawal, depression, lack of eye contact, delayed speech, increased sound and touch sensitivity, tremors, seizures, poor concentration, poor memory, repetitive behaviors, sleeping problems, self-injurious behaviors, rashes, anorexia, accelerated cell death in the central nervous system, and prevalence of autoimmune disorders”. The abnormal findings that we see in autism involving the immune system, GI tract, and central nervous system are also seen in mercury poisoning. Autistic children are responding well to the use of oral chelators, nutritional regime and supplements which aim at improving their liver detoxification potentials and take out the heavy metals from their bodies. This may be good news, yes, but why do we stuff them with heavy metals and mercury in the first place?
Autism is not the only result of the prevailing mercury intoxication. Elevated levels of mercury are found in other children with milder difficulties like learning disabilities, ADHD, and Asperger's Syndrome, which points at some link between the metal toxicity and these diseases too.
Thimerosal-free vaccines are now available. Please check with your physician before giving the vaccines to your children. And don't administer 'optional' or un-necessary vaccines. I wouldn't give influenza vaccines to my children nor chicken pox vaccines for that matter.
Meanwhile, let's all pray to see the day when our environment and all our foods and medicines are toxins-free!!!