Friday, September 25, 2009

Monday, September 7, 2009

Are YOU Protected From Mercury?

I guess that's a silly question and I should come up with a better title for this post. Maybe I will.

So, where or how does one get mercury poisoning? Shots - right? Oh, but they removed all the mercury (thimerosol) from vaccines and immunizations - right? So, then - where does it come from!??!


I know, I have a bit of an attitude. Even though it's calm and quiet here, I know that today will be filled with drama and squeeling -- oh, and crying too. Not a day goes by without tears (Nick's, that is)...

Back to the mercury. Time to tell it like it is - no different than any other post. Below are a few facts about mercury from the SafeMinds website.

What is mercury?
Mercury is a developmental toxin that occurs naturally in the environment, as well as produced by human activities that increase occurrence in the environment. It exists in several forms: elemental or metallic mercury, inorganic mercury compounds, and organic mercury compounds.

What are the effects of mercury exposure?
Mercury in all forms is an acknowledged neurotoxin. High levels of mercury in the blood-stream of unborn babies and young children impairs brain development. Mercury has been linked to NDDs, such as mental retardation, Attention Deficit Disorder, autism and other impairments affecting behavior, mental and emo-tional health. According to the EPA, 1 in 6 women of child-bearing age already have levels of mercury in their bodies considered harmful to unborn children.

What is thimerosal?
Thimerosal contains ethyl-mercury, a documented and dangerous neurotoxin. It is used as an inexpensive preservative in vaccines. Developed in the 1930’s and marketed by Eli Lilly, thimerosal has never been tested using modern safety standards.

What amount of mercury in vaccines is safe?
The National Academies of Science set the safe standard for thimerosal based on The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) guidelines for methyl-mercury, 0.1 micro-grams per 2.2 pounds of body weight per day. Some vaccines, like the flu shot, contain as much as 25 micro-grams of mercury, over 10 times the safe limit for an infant.

Protect Yourself

10 Sources of Mercury That You Can Do Something About!

By Katie Weisman, SafeMinds Environmental Committee

Mercury is dangerous. Most of us know it but few of us really have a handle on all the places it is present in modern life. Few of us know how much mercury it takes to pose a threat or how to reduce our exposure. This new ongoing series of articles will clarify these issues and help you to protect yourself, your family and our planet.

These are potential sources of mercury that you need to be aware of. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but is intended to outline key exposures for large populations.

1. Fish consumption
2. Dental amalgam
3. Vaccines
4. Fluorescent Lighting
5. E-Waste
6. Batteries
7. Thermometers and Thermostats
8. Emissions and Occupational Exposures
9. Fungicides/Disinfectants and Paints/Glues
10. Plastics, Bleach and Other Chlor-Alkali End Products

Mercury has been used in the past in many more products than it is today and with far less attention paid to its toxicity. From candles to fishing sinkers to the children’s sneakers with the “light-up” heels, mercury has been removed from many consumer products. However, you need to be aware that the old chemistry set or blood pressure gauge sitting in your grandparents’ attic may be a threat.

  • When mercury is present in the body either from recent acute exposure or long-term chronic exposure, it can exponentially increase the adverse affect of other toxins 10-fold to 100-fold in a process known as “synergistic toxicity.”
  • Autism is closely correlated with a lessened ability to excrete toxins.

There is much evidence that autism is triggered by a toxic overload which adversely affects organs throughout the body, including the brain. Research indicates that several toxins and biological agents could be contributing to a toxic overload causing autism, including but not limited to:

  • ethylmercury in vaccines
  • methylmercury and other forms of mercury in the environment
  • organic pesticides
  • bisphenol A in plastics
  • aluminum hydroxide (used in vaccines to stimulate an immune response)
  • certain viruses

Q: Why am I on the mercury bandwagon again?

A: Come on over and live at our house for day and you'll know why.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

RotoVirus - From AoA

Every day there is drama with Nicolas. Every day.

And, every day I use all the patience I have. Every day.

And, not a day goes by that I don't think about what life is like to live in Nick's world. He is confused by what I say, every day. He gets tripped up over words, still. He knows that if he's confused by what I am saying, well - then, he is being too literal. He knows he is literal and yet, there's drama and confusion. He doesn't pretend to be cool and try to understand what I might be saying; he just gets upset and frustrated. Each an
d every day.

As his mother, I am well aware of his quirks and since I home educate him, I keep these things in mind when we do school, read, have fun and simply just do chores around the house. Try as I may, I cannot prevent Nicolas was getting upset. It's just the way it is. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of time to calm him down, explain the situation and give him a little "pep-talk" to get him back to "normal". This makes for a lot of starting and stopping of activities throughout the day. And, yes - it is tiring.
I know that people look at me and think , "Oh, I don't know how she does it!". I hear it all the time and my answer has always been and remains, "What else can I do?" - I really don't have a choice and neither do many of the other parents who have children in the autism spectrum or who have ASD kids or kids with food
allergies. What can we do? The only choice we have is to just keep on, keeping on.

I also have people tell me that they don't know what they would do if they had a child like Nicolas. Really?
I hear their fear and I understand. I do. But - there is a part of me that assumes they are ignorant. Nicolas did NOT used to be like this. I believe it has been an accumulation and combination of things that have led to the overload of toxins in his body. I know I've said this before, but - I can't help but say that he was completely non-symptomatic until the age of 4 1/2. That's when we started to notice things. Were they signs? Maybe -
or maybe not. Now, at the age of 8 - he is a completely different person.

And what would you do, if your child changed and someone told you that it could be from the poisons immunizations and vaccines that they had received? Would you continue to think that the CDC and government surely wouldn't allow anything bad to happen to our children? Or would you think that since your child has been fine after previous shots, that surely they would be fine? Or would you just pray that surely everything would be ok and give the doses anyway? It's something to think about, isn't it?

Here is a most amazing article I want you to go read. Please take 2 minutes and check out the rest of this post.

Rotavirus: The Vaccine Nobody Wants

UNWANTED By J.B. Handley

It started innocently enough, I just wanted to know which vaccines the State of Oregon “requires” children to get before entering kindergarten in a public school. (As we all know, but few other Americans seem to, “require” is a relative term because parents can opt out of any and all vaccine requirements if they so choose through exemptions.)

Click here to go to the rest of this post at Age of Autism.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Allergy News

A few weeks ago, I had Hubs take Nicolas to complete his allergy tests at our DAN! doctor's lab. All went well (which is unusual) and we have good news and not-so-good news, which I am trying to pretend is good news too.

The good news is that Nick tested negative to environmental molds! I was so worried, since I have allergies to molds. Dogs - negative. Birds - negative. Cats, gerbils, etc. -- all of our pets: negative! Great news...

The bad news that I am still struggling with is that Nick reacted to corn. In fact, I had it re-tested and then "challenged" the corn too, while on vacation (Dumb - very stupid move on my part!) and yes indeed, Nick is allergic to corn.

Oh no, say it isn't so... not corn...

Guess what I use in place of wheat products in muffins, pancakes, breads, etc.?
What yummy snack can I make in the air popper and drizzle with ghee and salt?
What are tortillas, nacho chips, Frito's and quesadillas made from?

C O R N !

Good-bye corn.