Interview with Andy Cutler


How many children do you know of personally who have recovered by your definition of not needing a diet. not needing supplements being totally normal?  How many children do you know of?  -Thailia

I interpret “personally know of” very differently than doctors do.  I don’t just take the word or some doctor.  I only believe if I met them in person or if I talked to a lot of people over a lot of years who are observing them.  So from that much more limited stand point where I could testify, yes this is true, I know of dozens.  There are probably many hundreds or even a couple of thousand.  I know of many, many hundreds who are dramatically improved but they do need some ongoing support and probably the number is much more than that.  -Andy

Just say NO to EDTA


There are many Docs out there who still use EDTA to chelate autistic children.  If you find yourself with a doctor who is recommending this type of chelation you should certainly run in the other direction.

There are many different methods of chelation being promoted today and we must be vigilant in choosing what is safe for our children.

There is a lot of hype in the media about the dangers of chelation therapy.  They regularly accuse chelation as dangerous, saying it has killed one child already.  They are correct.  IV EDTA has in fact killed a child.  A young boy died tragically and unnecessarily by improper use of a form of EDTA.

EDTA binds to other needed minerals as well as to heavy metals depleting the body of necessary nutrients.  What happened to this boy was a tragedy as the wrong medicine was administered.  CaEDTA is EDTA bound with calcium so that when it is administered it doesn’t deplete the bodies calcium levels. This boy was mistakenly given sodium EDTA instead of CaEDTA.  It was given in a high dose through and IV and the rapid excretion of Calcium caused him to suffer a cardiac arrest and die.  We feel very sad for this family just as we feel sad for the many children who have been injured by iatrogenic (doctor caused) means.

Unfortunately the negatives of EDTA do not stop by simply using the correct med (caEDTA) as those chelation docs would suggest.  There is a second insult which this medicine causes in our children.  Research by Boyd Haley has demonstrated that when used in the presence of mercury toxicity the EDTA binds with the mercury forming HgEDTA.  This substance has been shown to interact with brain tubulin (a neuroprotein) and increases the damage caused by mercury.

While EDTA is an effective treatment for cardiovascular plaques and is effective at removing lead, it should not be used in Autistic children (DMSA is an alternative chelator of lead and can be safely used orally).  For cardiovascluar patients who wish to pursue EDTA treatment it should only be used when preceded by safe mercury detox (using ALA) to clear mercury from fatty tissues including the brain.






Reduced levels of mercury in first baby haircuts of autistic children

Reported rates of autism have increased sharply in the United States and the United Kingdom. One possible factor underlying these increases is increased exposure to mercury through thimerosal-containing vaccines, but vaccine exposures need to be evaluated in the context of cumulative exposures during gestation and early infancy.

Differential rates of postnatal mercury elimination may explain why similar gestational and infant exposures produce variable neurological effects. First baby haircut samples were obtained from 94 children diagnosed with autism using Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM IV) criteria and 45 age- and gender-matched controls. Information on diet, dental amalgam fillings, vaccine history, Rho D immunoglobulin administration, and autism symptom severity was collected through a maternal survey questionnaire and clinical observation.

Hair mercury levels in the autistic group were 0.47 ppm versus 3.63 ppm in controls, a significant difference. The mothers in the autistic group had significantly higher levels of mercury exposure through Rho D immunoglobulin injections and amalgam fillings than control mothers. Within the autistic group, hair mercury levels varied significantly across mildly, moderately, and severely autistic children, with mean group levels of 0.79, 0.46, and 0.21 ppm, respectively.

Hair mercury levels among controls were significantly correlated with the number of the mothers’ amalgam fillings and their fish consumption as well as exposure to mercury through childhood vaccines, correlations that were absent in the autistic group.

Hair excretion patterns among autistic infants were significantly reduced relative to control.

These data cast doubt on the efficacy of traditional hair analysis as a measure of total mercury exposure in a subset of the population.In light of the biological plausibility of mercury’s role in neurodevelopmental disorders, the present study provides further insight into one possible mechanism by which early mercury exposures could increase the risk of autism.

via Reduced levels of mercury in first bab… [Int J Toxicol. 2003 Jul-Aug] – PubMed – NCBI.

Mercury concentration in ambient air and the risk of autism

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Ecologic studies of the spatial relationship between disease and sources of environmental contamination can help to ascertain the degree of risk to populations from contamination and to inform legislation to ameliorate the risk.

Population risks associated with persistent low-level mercury exposure have recently begun to be of concern and current reports implicate environmental mercury as a potential contributor in the etiology of various developmental and neurodegenerative diseases including autism and Alzheimer’s disease.

In this demonstration of preliminary findings, we demonstrate for Bexar County Texas and Santa Clara County California, the hypothesis that the spatial structure of the occurrence of autism has a positive co-variation with the spatial structure of the distribution of mercury in ambient air.

The relative risk of autism is greater in the geographic areas of higher levels of ambient mercury.

We find that the higher levels of ambient mercury are geographically associated with point sources of mercury emission, such as coal-fired power plants and cement plants with coal-fired kilns. Although this does not indicate a cause, these results should not be dismissed, but rather seen as a preliminary step for generating a hypothesis for further investigation.

via The value of ecologic studies: mercury co… [Rev Environ Health. 2011] – PubMed – NCBI.