Dr. Mercola Weighs In On Autism

sealpupThank-you for Dr Mercola for this summary: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/04/02/autism-rates.aspx?e_cid=20130407_SNL_MS_1&utm_source=snl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ms1&utm_campaign=20130407


Parents, the time has come to do things differently.  Business as usual is simply no longer acceptable. With autism now at 1 in 50 and rising, we simply MUST do everything we can to prevent toxins, and shift the balance of proof such that interventions (anything we do to our bodies) must be considered a risk factor until proven otherwise.  The proof must be genuine prospective studies, not the epidemiological statistical manipulations that have been used in the past, for example, to prove that vaccines are safe. Since the human body is magnificently made and will be healthy if given the right nutrients and shielded from toxic insults, the time is now to challenge all previously held notions of what is safe and what is not safe. 


I agree with the key points made here by Dr Mercola and Dr McBride. 

Autism is not genetic in the sense of your genes causing it.  The environment and it’s interaction with our genetics (epigenetics) is the place to look. Since we cannot change the genes we are born with, our focus has to be in changing the environment.


New moms-to-be, and future moms, can begin by living a clean life-style.  Eat organic, eat lower on the food chain, avoid antibiotics, take your vitamin D, prenatal vitamins, and fish oil ,and I would add probiotics. Do not get silver (mercury) fillings in your teeth EVER. If you already have some, do not get them removed while you are pregnant as there is a release of mercury vapor during the removal process.

There are certain family history risk factors that put your future child at greater risk of autism: auto-immune disorders like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, MS, diabetes, SLE (lupus), etc.  Having a family history of someone on the autism spectrum, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, or other sensitivities will increase risk.  Those with GI issues in their families are at higher risk.


If you are pregnant, I would not get the Tdap while pregnant as that vaccine has at least 330 micrograms of aluminum.  Aluminum has been used in many vaccines as an adjuvant (immune stimulator). It was grandfathered in as safe, meaning it was never put through the typical rigorous testing that would be required today to include a substance in a vaccine that is being given to young children, let alone to pregnant women.


The whole vaccine issue must be re-examined.  It is sad that the clear association over the past 20 years between increased vaccines and increased autism is being ignored by the CDC, ACIP, and AAP, who make the vaccine recommendations.  There are no long-term studies being done. We, the children, are the long term study.  The link seems obvious. The actual study, looking at children with similar risk factors and following them over years from birth through school age and comparing those who gets no vaccines with those who do get all or some vaccines, needs to be done. 


The study in JAMA Feb 13, 2013 that showed Norwegian women who took folate during pregnancy and had their children followed for an average of over 6 years, had an autism spectrum rate of 1 in 1000.  Those who did not take folate had a rate of 1 in 500.  Clearly, pregnant moms should be sure you take folate.  This study of over 85,000 pregnancies and children answers once and for all that the environment has a lot to do with autism!  What wasn’t explicitly said in this study was that in Norway, they do NOT give the Hepatitis B vaccine to newborns, 2 month olds, and 6 month olds.  The Hepatitis B vaccine has 250 micrograms of aluminum.  This study may be the red flag for the vaccine industry and those who make recommendations. Here in the USA, the autism rate for our moms (who all take folate) is 1 in 100.  If we are to first do no harm, then we certainly should take this well-done, large study as adequate proof to at least halt the unnecessary injection of 250 micrograms of aluminum into newborns who are not even at risk for hepatitis B.  Reducing the rate of autism spectrum in the USA from 1 in 100 to 1 in 1000 would lower the numbers of autistic kids from 40,000 to 4,000, saving 36,000 families the challenges involved with raising and caring for an autistic child. 

Phthalates, flame retardants, and other persistent organic pollutants are known to disrupt brain development. 


Neurologist Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride recently shared a common thread that may be linking these and other environmental factors together, namely brain toxicity stemming from gut toxicity, otherwise known as Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS).  

The connection with abnormal gut flora and alterations in the immune system is well known and the topic of a recent blog of mine suggesting that moms start the HMF Natogen probiotic during the third trimester, and that newborns be started on HMF Natogen right at birth. 


For those wanting more details on the GAPS approach, I would refer you to the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome.

 Dr. Paul



  • Lisa

    In the article it’s mentioned that “There are certain family history risk factors that put your future child at greater risk of autism: auto-immune disorders like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, MS, diabetes, SLE (lupus), etc. ” If we (the parent) have one of these disorders should we tell you so it can be in our children’s charts? Also, if we have one of them what does it mean in terms of how we should vaccinate our children? If we are planning to get pregnant are their things that we should be/should not be doing before and during the pregnancy to decrease our child’s risk of autism?

    • Paul Thomas, M.D.

      Absolutely! Tell us and remind us each time we are talking vaccines. I happen to feel there is potential added risk for those with autoimmune issues to things like heavy metals that affect the immune system. Hence if it were my wife or daughter I would not have them get any vaccine while pregnant. I would avoid aspartame like it’s a poison (which it is) and consider vaccination on a slower schedule.

      Please do not consider this medical advice which is reserved for doctor/patient visits and may be different or change given specific circumstances of each child.

      Dr Paul

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