In June, 2008, the FDA agreed to settle a lawsuit that I discuss below against the American Dental Association (the ADA), concerning dental mercury. In July, 2009 they reversed themselves in favor of the ADA. Well, isn't that a surprise. The ADA got to the FDA -- once again. Just like in 1990 when Morley Safer went "on air" with his CBS 60 Minutes show about the toxicity of mercury fillings. It didn;t make the ADA look good at all and the ADA got to CBS really fast. Only those who are hopelessly naive should expect the truth from the ADA and the FDA.
The FDA has agreed to settle a lawsuit concerning dental mercury. The first domino has fallen. Here is the link to the story on Bloomberg.com:
The case is: Moms Against Mercury v. Eschenbach, 07cv2332, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
In the settlement, the FDA agreed to bring to a conclusion by July 2009 a regulatory review of mercury in fillings that began in 2002. The process could result in a requirement that prescribing information warn dentists and pregnant women of nervous system dangers to fetuses and young children with developing brains. "Gone are all of FDA's claims that no science exists that amalgam is unsafe," said Michael Bender of Vermont, a plaintiff in the lawsuit.
There is growing body of evidence showing that mercury causes autism. Mercury in mother's metal fillings ("silver amalgam" fillings are 50% mercury and only 35% silver) crosses the placenta and is in the brain of the unborn child. Expectant mothers should never have dental work done on "silver amalgam" fillings. They could end up poisoning they unborn child. Nursing mothers with "silver amalgam" fillings are giving their babies mercury through their breast milk.
Thimerosal is the name given to mercury when it is used in vaccines, as an anti-bacterial agent, allegedly. Both dental mercury and thimerosal can be deadly for children. Below, I have documented the thimerosal issue and have added reference material concerning heavy metal chelation for children.
Below I have provided information about two lawsuits in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims regarding vaccines that contain mercury, better known as thimerosal when it is given to children. There are none such test cases at the present time in front of U.S courts.
Here is trial information posted on July 5, 2007 by Cliff Hutchinson
Toxicology Law: Autism-Mercury Link on Trial in Court of Claims For twelve days.
The Federal Court of Claims has heard testimony in the first test case brought by parents of autistic children who claim their condition arose from exposure to a mercury species in vaccines. The first test case brought under the Vaccine Act is on behalf of Michelle Cedillo, a twelve year old who suffers severe autism and other serious health problems. The Cedillos allege that initial thimerosal-containing vaccines caused immune suppression, which allowed a later MMR vaccination, to cause a viral infection that resulted in neurological damage. Special Magistrate George Hastings will consider the Cedillo case, while two other magistrates sitting on the Panel, Denise Vowell and Patricia Campbell-Smith, will consider the expert testimony on general causation -- whether MMR vaccines and thimerosal-containing vaccines can combine to cause autism. Petitioners' first expert, Dr. Vasken Aposhian, a professor from the University of Arizona, claimed that autism is an "efflux" disorder, meaning that children with autism do not metabolize and transport mercury out of their cells effectively. Accordingly, mercury metabolites stay in the brain for a long time and "the environmental stress of ethyl mercury goes on to cause immune dysregulation." Aposhian admitted upon cross examination, however, that he was not an immunologist and was "incompetent" to answer questions about immunology. Interestingly, although he is a toxicologist, Aposhian denigrated the dose response principle of toxicology, claiming that autistic children were "hyper-susceptible," and the exposure dose of mercury was not an important component of his analysis.
Here is a link with information about a thimerosol lawsuit. Here is a quote from this link:
"On June 11th 2007 the US Court of Federal Claims opened hearings on what has been dubbed the Autism omnibus trial. This omnibus trial stems from over 4,800 lawsuits that have been filed by families, claiming that thiomersal contained in earlier vaccinations and the measles in the mumps-measles-rubella (MMR) vaccine played a causal role in the development of autism in their children."
Here is a link providing more information about the above-mentioned lawsuit. Here is a quote from this link:
Plaintiffs in nearly 4,800 cases are watching nine test cases brought before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims concerning a link between autism and mercury in childhood vaccinations. Many experts say that there is no link, but some parents and watchdog groups claim otherwise. Since the diagnosis of autism is made around the time of childhood vaccinations, a suggested link between the two was made. Cases of autism have been on the rise and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that 1 in 150 eight year old children suffer from the condition. Since earlier numbers indicated that one in several thousand children had the condition, the disease represents an epidemic.
Mercury poisoning via "silver amalgam" fillings and thimerosal is a political issue. There is so much potential legal liability involved that the government goes out of its way, using tax payers' money, to prove that mercury does not poison children and does not cause autism. That is like trying to prove the sun doesn't rise in the east. Trying to prove that the most powerful neurotoxin on the planet is not toxic is, ipso facto, a story of government corruption.
Here are some remarks made by Congressman Dave Weldon, M.D. at an Institute of Medicine meeting on February 9, 2004 dedicated to an investigation of thimerosal poisoning in children. These comments are taken from the National Autism Association website at this site.
You can read the full text of Congressman Weldon's comments here.
"Many have described encountering apathy from government officials charged with investigating these matters, difficulty in getting their papers published, and the loss of other research grants. Others report overt discouragement, intimidation and threats, and have abandoned this field of research. Some have had their clinical priviledges revoked and others have been hounded out of their institutions."
"An example of the latter is Dr. Andy Wakefield who has described to me how the intellectual climate at the Royal Free in London became intolerable for me and he was forced to depart. Virtually all of his ongoing research has to be privately funded, while those seeking to disprove him receive government money."
"I witnessed some of this first hand at a hearing, when a Dr. Brent Taylor made
repeated inappropriate comments about Dr. Wakefield and his work causing me to seriously
question Dr. Taylor's integrity and motives."
"Mind you, half of Dr. Wakefield's theory has been proven correct and accepted in the medical community. Hundreds of children with regressive autism and GI dysfunction have been scoped and clinicians are seeing the inflammatory bowel disease he first described."
"A clinician in New York was poised to repeat Wakefield's work two years ago, but he ultimately was refused by his IRB and then subsequently has his clinical priveleges withdrawn."
"Last Wednesday I read an article by Dr. Deth in Molecular Psychiatry showing a
possible biomolecular mechanism whereby thimerosal may act as a neurodevelopmental
"This article was very intriguing. However, I did not expect this article to receive public attention. Amazingly the next morning my secretary told me she heard this study discussed on a local country music station. Is has also received widespread attention in Canada."
"A thorough medical literature search yields thousands of articles on thimerosal many of them delineating its highly toxic nature, including several recent studies reporting that thimerosal is as toxic as methylmercury. Amazingly, some if these have actually been published by government officials. Yet other officials clain the toxicity of thimerosal is unknown, or not likely harmful."
"I am concerned about the ability of the CDD's National Immunization Program to objectively investigate this matter. The CDC has a built-in conflict of interest that is likely to bias any reviews. CDC is tasked wtih promoting vaccination, ensuring high vaccination rates, and monitoring the safety of vaccines. they serve as their own watchdog - neither common nor desirable when seeking unbiased research. This has been a recipe for disaster with other agencies. [the Challenger disaster was sited in this discussion.]
Mercury poisoning is legal because "silver amalgams" and thimerosal are legal. It is no wonder that studies funded by government conclude mercury is OK for kids.
The exerpts, below, are quoted from
this site where Congressman Weldon also made his remarks, above.
1. "Association of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and MMR Vaccine: A Systematic Review of Current Epidemiological Evidence Kumanan Wilson, M.D., MSc, Division of Clinical Decision Making and Health Care, Toronto General Research Institute, Canada.
This presentation consisted of the latest numbers in Canada. Epidemiological
findings based on Canada's numbers showed no association [between thimerosal and
2. "Results of the Metropolitan Atlanta study of MMR and Autism William W. Thompson, Ph.D., National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Frank DeStefano presented Dr. Thompson's findings. DeStefano, also from the CDC, presented epidemiological findings which showed no correlation between autism and the MMR vaccine. DeStefano is also co-author of the recent CDC epidemiological study published in Pediatrics which found no relative risk between thimerosal and autism, and is under current investigation by Congressman David Weldon's office. "
3. "Exposure to Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines in UK Children and Autism Dr. Elizabeth Miller, Head, Immunisation Division, Public Health Laboratory Service, Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, London, UK. Dr. Miller's presentation stated epidemiological evidence from the UK which indicated no association. "
4. "Vaccine Safety Datalink Study: Autism Outcome Robert L. Davis, M.D., M.P.H., University of Washington Group Health, Cooperative Depts. of Pediatrics Center, for Health Studies and Epidemiology. Dr. Davis presented the Vaccine Safety Datalink study which was released in the Pediatrics in November 2003 indicating no link between thimerosal and autism. The study is under current investigation by Congressman David Weldon's office.
5. Study of the Association Between Thimerosal-Containing Vaccine and Autism in Denmark. Anders Peter Hviid, MSc, Department of Epidemiology Research, State Serum Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark This study discussed findings based on epidemiological research in Denmark. The findings show no association [between thimerosal and autism]in Denmark. "
Is it surprising that studies not funded by government show a link between mercury and autism? Government funding corrupts research results.
The following quotes are taken from the same meeting, above.
"Autism and thimerosal-containing vaccines: analysis of the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) Mark R. Geier, M.D., Ph.D., President, The Genetic Centers of America. Dr. Mark Geier, geneticist and PhD, along with fellow researcher David Geier, presented their findings which supports a link between thimerosal and neurodevelopmental disorders. By studying the government's own reporting system for adverse vaccine reactions, VAERS, the Geiers found that children were six times more likely to develop autism after exposure to TCVs. The two researchers also demonstrated that many childhood vaccines still contain thimerosal. One TCV vial shown during the presentation listed an expiration date of 2005."
"Etiologic factors and pathogenesis of autism: evidence from clinical studies and animal models Mady Hornig, M.D., Associate Professor, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Hornig went through the current research getting the IOM up to speed with where the issue/controversy is right now. Her presentation also discussed her research that consisted of injecting rats with thimerosal and then monitoring any behavioral changes. Video during her presentation showed rats that consequently developed harmful repetitive behaviors following the injections with thimerosal on a vaccine schedule that mimicked our children's vaccine schedule. One of the rats died as a result. "
"A Toxicologist's View of Thimerosal and Autism, H. Vasken Aposhian, Ph.D., Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Arizona. Dr. Aposhian told the committee that thimerosal might be causing autism. He said that the theory has "become more plausible than when your committee first discussed this."
"Relation of Neurotoxic Effects of Thimerosal to Autism David Baskin, M.D., Professor of Neurosurgery and Anesthesiology, Baylor College of Medicine Dr. Baskin presented his research that shows that thimerosal causes cell death. As with the December 10, 2002 House Reform Committee Hearing, he did an excellent job during the IOM presentation explaining the toxicity and effects of thimerosal. "
"Reduced Levels of Mercury in First Baby Haircuts of Autistic Children Boyd Haley, Ph.D., Chairman and Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky Dr. Boyd Haley demonstrated why boys are more susceptible to autism than girls. With a 4:1 ratio, Haley concluded that thimerosal is actually fueled by testosterone, while estrogen acts as a protector from the toxin and presented research that children with autism cannot detoxify heavy metals as easily as the rest of the population. He also showed that autistic children do not detoxify like regular children and that because of this fact, they hold onto the thimerosal which eventually makes its way to the brain and causes neurological disorders. "
"Parents who addressed the panel sited research and presented evidence to the panel that showed their autistic children suffer from active measles infections and heavy metal poisoning and disagreed with epidemiological findings showing no substantial link. All requested that the epidemiological studies cease. They asked for additional research money and unbiased research studies to study the children to know the cause and find the cure. By their appeals, they put faces on the epidemic. They were emotional, forceful and compelling."
For your further personal research, if you do a Google search using the keywords
dmsa clinical studies nih
you find many useful links.
If you do a Google search using the keywords
you will find many useful links, as well.
DMSA chelation has been used successfully to remove mercury and other metals from the brains of children. DMSA is an FDA-approved drug. It has also been used successfully in the chelation of adults. Here are a number or references taken from the above-mentioned meeting regarding DMSA chelation.
A clinical trial of combined anti-androgen and anti-heavy metal therapy in autistic disorders.
"Geier DA, Geier MR. Institute of Chronic Illnesses, Silver Spring, MD 20905, USA. BACKGROUND: A medical hypothesis has suggested that some autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) may result from interactions between the methionine cycle-transsulfuration and androgen pathways following exposure to mercury. METHODS: The IRB of the Institute for Chronic Illnesses approved the present study. A novel treatment was utilized combining LUPRON (leuprolide acetate, TAP Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) and CHEMET (meso-2, 3-dimercaptosuccinic acid--DMSA, McNeil Consumer Products Company) on 11 consecutive children with ASDs. RESULTS: A significant (p<0.01) overall improvement from the 70-79th percentile of severity (median baseline score=87) at baseline to the 40-49th percentile of severity (median end of study period score=63) at the end of the study was observed for patients treated for a median of approximately 4 months. Significant improvements in sociability, cognitive awareness, behavior, and clinical symptoms/behaviors of hyperandrogenemia were also observed. Significant decreases in blood androgens and increases in urinary heavy metal concentrations were observed. Minimal drug adverse effects were found. CONCLUSION: This study provides the first clinical evidence for the benefit that combined anti-androgen and anti-heavy metal therapy may have on some children with ASDs. Additional studies should examine androgen and heavy metal mechanisms of action in ASDs, and future ASD treatment protocols should consider androgens and heavy metals. "
Here is a link about chelating children.
"The role of chelating agents for the prevention, intervention, and treatment of exposures to toxic metals was the topic of a conference held at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, 22-23 September 1994."
"The objective of the conference was to review experimental and clinical studies concerned with the effectiveness and potential toxicity of chelating agents used to reduce the body burden of various metals and to identify research needs in the area of chelation. The conference was prompted by emerging evidence that low-level exposures to metals may result in toxic effects not previously recognized. For example, the recent interest in use of chelation as an intervention strategy to reduce blood lead levels followed the awareness that exposure to lead in infants and young children resulting in blood lead levels as low as 10-15 micrograms/dl may impair cognitive and behavioral development (1). The question increasingly asked is to what degree, if any, does increased excretion of a toxic metal reverse established toxicity? For example, does reduction in blood lead levels reverse the impairment of cognitive and behavioral development in children? Does the process of chelation cause potentially dangerous redistribution of lead to susceptible organs from those less susceptible to lead toxicity? While intervention for toxicity from any metal includes removal from exposure, what are the indications for using chelating agents that enhance excretion of metals? Complete answers to these questions may not be currently available, but discussion of benefits and problems related to chelation therapy should help identify areas needing further study. The conference participants were asked to share current data and to identify gaps in data necessary to obtain a better understanding of the proper place of chelating agents in the management of metals exposure and toxicity."
Tom Warren wrote a book called Beating Alzheimer's. Alzheimer is just the name of a doctor that is used to hide the true nature of Alzheimer's disease that often originates with the 50% mercury in "silver amalgam" fillings. Tom Warren discovered this and recovered from this terrible "incurable" disease like I recovered from "incurable" Multiple Sclerosis. More to come.
Read about my step-by-step program for detoxification and revitalizing the immune system in My Recovery Protocol.