J.B. Handley Interview Autism & Mercury Poisoning
According to Handley:
"If you line up 100 symptoms of mercury poisoning and 100 symptoms of autism, they are exactly the same."
Handley claimed to know hundreds of children who have completely recovered from autism after undergoing Chelation therapy to remove mercury and other heavy metals from their young systems. He said the process can take up to 2 years. His son had been treated with chelation therapy for a few months and he claimed he was already seeing a lot of improvement.
The reason I think this is noteworthy is because last night I was watching KSPR News and they reported, or gave the impression (I can't remember their exact words maybe someone else who watched the broadcast yesterday at 4:30 p.m. can correct me on the details), that a new CDC study claims there is no link to autism and mercury (or maybe they said thimerosal, not sure), and went on to say something to the effect that mercury/thimerosal can even be beneficial...this is paraphrased because I wasn't able to locate information about it on their website, it might have been there, I just didn't find it.
So, I tracked down this article about the study. Here are some excerpts:
"We found no consistent pattern between increasing mercury exposure from birth to seven months and performance on neuropsychological tests," concluded the study's authors in the Sept. 27 New England Journal of Medicine....
"...the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains there is no scientific evidence of such an association. And this latest CDC study did not specifically look at links between thimerosal exposure and autism. According to the study authors, a separate CDC case-control study focused on autism and mercury exposure, is currently under way."
Read the whole article. It didn't seem very convincing or authoritative to me that there is no link between autism and thimerosal (a vaccine preservative containing mercury). As a matter of fact:
"...the researchers found that boys with the highest levels of thimerosal exposure had about twice the risk of evaluator-observed tics compared to boys with the lowest exposure."
Then, Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, who wasn't involved with the study in the first place, waived it all off as "chance:"
"Each test doesn't tell us as much individually," she said. "Chance alone probably explained these findings. The totality of the results are quite reassuring."
I'd say the verdict is still out on this one folks. I wasn't very reassured after reading the article about the study.