Dr Boyd Haley: Autism, Mercury & Thimerosal* (2005)
Dr Haley has been a tireless advocate, teacher and researcher on the role of mercury in degenerative disease for well over three decades,
And has championed reason and sound science relentlessly throughout. (Despite a near constant head-wind of horsemanure, groupthink, needless controversy, and pathological denial.)
He received his BS in Chemistry/Physics from Franklin College in 1963; Completed a stint in the U.S. Army, and then his M.S. in Chemistry at the University of Idaho in 1966; Completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry/Biochemistry at Washington State University in 1971; Was an NIH Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Physiology, Yale University Medical School from 1971 to 1974; Was appointed at the University of Wyoming in 1974, and promoted to full professor in 1983; Was the first scientist hired in the Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky in 1985, with academic appointments as professor in the College of Pharmacy and the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Kentucky Medical Center; Was named Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry in 1996, and served out this position until his retirement in 2008.
5. For some great presentations on mercury detoxification, see the work of Dr Chris Shade (gut pathways & Chorella), Dr Russell Jaffe (vitamin C), and countless others all over YouTube and the web.
And also have a look at the subjects of anti-inflammatory diets (more Omega 3s, less Omega 6s, and less grains...) too.
Old legacy links:
"To summarize, of the 58 empirical reports on autism and heavy metal toxins, 43 suggest some link may be present, while 13 reports found no link. Even with the tendency for null results not to be reported, it cannot be said there is no evidence for a link between heavy metal toxins and autism: although the question may still be open-in sum, the evidence favors a link." - DeSoto and Hitlanby; Acta Neurobiol Exp. v70, p165-176, 2010 (An objective review of the primary research; full pdf here: http://www.ane.pl/pdf/7021.pdf )
“Exposure to mercury can cause immune, sensory, neurological, motor, and behavioral dysfunctions similar to traits defining or associated with autism, and the similarities extend to neuroanatomy, neurotransmitters, and biochemistry. Thimerosal, a preservative added to many vaccines, has become a major source of mercury in children who, within their first two years, may have received a quantity of mercury that exceeds safety guidelines. A review of medical literature and US government data suggests that: (i) many cases of idiopathic autism are induced by early mercury exposure from thimerosal; (ii) this type of autism represents an unrecognized mercurial syndrome; and (iii) genetic and non-genetic factors establish a predisposition whereby thimerosal's adverse effects occur only in some children.” - "Autism: A Novel Form of Mercury Poisoning" - S. Bernard, L. Redwood, et al. (2001). [ http://www.ane.pl/pdf/7021.pdf ]
"From a cellular perspective, it would appear that the existing scientific literature supports the biological plausibility of a Hg-based autism pathogenesis." - 'The Plausability of Mercury in the Etiology of Autism', M. Garrecht & D.W. Austin, 2011. (Full article here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic... )