You might recall we went to visit a school for kids with learning differences in Tennessee last summer? While we were waiting for Riley’s appointment, we were wandering the halls, looking around, and came across a wall dedicated to the periodic table. The kids had used something like styro-foam packing peanuts to build sculptures of the elements. Each one looked different yet they were all kind of the same. They were painted in different colors.
Riley, in her little blue sleeveless dress, made a B-line over to the wall, walked right up to one element in particular, and pointed to it. "Mommy...what’s that?"
I hadn’t even registered that it was the periodic table yet, but when I got to the sculpture she was asking about I almost fell on my butt. She was pointing to the chemical with the abbreviation, Hg.
This sculpture wasn’t her favorite( pink), it was green? What attracted her to that one out of the dozens up on the wall?
Children on the autistic spectrum often test lower for mercury in their blood than the general population. For a long time this was used as an excuse to dispel the link between vaccinations (with the mercury based preservative thimerisol) and autism.
What’s been discovered is that mercury doesn’t show up in the blood of autistic kids because it’s bound so tightly in their tissues. They aren’t actively excreting it like the rest of us, so it just stays in the body, building up with each exposure, wreaking havoc. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin. Once chelation therapy is underway, metals often start dumping out of these kids. Unfortunately it is a long process, taking up to 18 months.
Last February, we started Riley on chelation therapy. Every weekend, every three hours, round the clock, we apply the skunky smelling cream prescribed by her doctor. Lab tests (stool) have come back negative.
But lab tests are just a snapshot. They only tell if she’s pulling metals on the day of the test.
Should we be putting her through this?
Hang in there. It takes a long time.
She’s doing so well. Trust your instinct.
Friday we got our latest lab results in the mail.
Our girl is excreting mercury!
I knew she was.
Thinking back to that day in Tennessee I marvel at my beautiful daughter and her innate intelligence.