"Mad as a Hatter" "Physical symptoms include trembling (known at the time as hatter’s shakes), loosening of teeth, loss of co-ordination, and slurred speech; mental ones include irritability, loss of memory, depression, anxiety, and other personality changes. This was called mad hatter syndrome."
Mercury-free NIH The NIH is the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health...if it's so safe for us, why is the NIH trying to get it out of their offices? (dated Wednesday, December 31, 1969?! web site created 4/2/2001; the final entry seems to be 11/19/2001)
Mercury from maternal "silver" tooth fillings in sheep and human breast milk
A Look at Mercury Amalgam Toxicity
Dental Group Defends Mercury Amalgams: No Autism an opposing view by the ADA
Are 'silver' dental fillings safe?
History of Amalgam Fillings
Mercury Dental Amalgams: Analyzing the Debate in 3 parts
Amalgam-Related Illness FAQ
International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology scientific rebuttal to ADA's statements
Before 1980, autism was diagnosed in 1 in 10,000 children; in 2002, the National Institutes of Health raised that figure to 1 in 250 children. In some pockets, such as Silicon Valley in California, it has been estimated that the incidence of autism in infants currently runs as high as 1 in 150 children.
(Note: thimerosal is also an ingredient in some nasal sprays and mascaras.)
The oddest thing of all is that the Homeland Security Bill contains a clause that limits the ability to sue the drug companies for thimerosal claims, making it impossible after 3 years (most cases of autism are diagnosed long after that). Why? And why that particular bill, which has nothing whatsoever to do with health, but was absolutely certain to pass after 9-11?
NEW History of Mercury Poisoning from vaccine Dr Joseph Mercola
The Man Behind the Vaccine Mystery the man who put the thimerosal provision into the Homeland Security Bill
Bush administration moves to suppress documents on vaccines
Mercury and Autism Resources
Slack/Davis PDF file; see page 15 for information on thimerosal
Thimerosal FAQ includes a list of the vaccines that contain thimerosal
Autism in a Needle? By Annette Fuentes
Vaccines and Autism, Beyond the Fear Factors New York Times 25 March 2003
Briefing on mercury and autism The National Autistic Society
Thimerosal & Vaccines CDC
DMPS Backfire is a must-read.
Chemicals commonly used in mercury chelation:
EDTA - ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (Endrate, Edetate, Versene)
DMPS - dimercaptopropanesulfonite (Dimaval, Unithiol)
DMSA - dimercaptosuccinic acid (Chemet)
BAL - British Anti-Lewisite (dimercaprol, dimercaptopropanol)
BAL is a very early drug. Rarely used any more. DMSA may be safer than DMPS, but this is still open to discussion. DMSA is usually given by mouth, DMPS amd EDTA intravenously. EDTA is normally used for "other" heavy metal toxicity. such as lead, as it is a poor chelator of mercury. BAL is known to be toxic on its own.
Chelation therapy can run into the thousands of dollars. Some people claim to be able to cure atherosclerosis by chelating calcium. The calcium chelators have banded together, formed their own university (American College of Advancement in Medicine; ACAM), and gotten legislation passed protecting their right to practice, despite the fact that the greater medical establishment insists that calcium chelation is ineffective or even harmful. The jury is still out.
Quackwatch Canadian site
The main danger of chelation therapy for mercury toxicity seems to be that it can cause mercury that exists inside living cells to "come out" into the bloodstream, where it can move around the body and be taken up again by other tissues, causing a second poisoning. Chelation chemicals can leech mercury directly from mercury amalgam fillings, and thus should NEVER be attempted in anyone who has any amalgam fillings in their teeth at all, as it may simply cause them to become acutely poisoned.
January 21, 2005