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HiIm a norwegian mom with unidentical twin boys, born 1998

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Im a norwegian mom with unidentical twin boys, born 1998 both diagnosed with aspergers, I wonder if u ever heard of other twins, and i suspect that vaccines can have caused this, because they did not have sympthomes before the age of 5. is there anything I can do to remove the mercury from their bodies? Hope U understand my english.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Andy PhD DABT replied 2 years ago.
Hello,

The current state of knowledge about mercury causing autism and aspergers is that it does not cause these diseases. The appearance of the disease after vaccinations is just a coincidence, the studies done on this have not shown vaccines to be the cause. The cause of these diseases is still not fully understood. There is no need to try to remove any mercury from your sons.

Look at these links for further reading.
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/Concerns/thimerosal/
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/00_pdf/VSD_Chart_of_Autism_Studies-Updated_Sep_27_2010.pdf

I hope this helps.

Take care,
Andy
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I dont care about the goverment, or what they say, I still wonder if there are any way to remove mercury from vaccines from the human body.... of course they wont agree that vaccines causes autism,
http://www.navigate3d.no/mbbs22/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1774&start=1
Expert:  replied 2 years ago.
Hello,

I understand you are skeptical about what governments say. I can assure you that I have no financial stake in any vaccine producing company, there is no reason for me to not tell you the truth. The second link I had sent you is a summary of the studies done on this topic, you can read it yourself and see what the studies show. Also, realize in the U.S. and I think much of Europe, mercury was removed from almost all childhood vaccines in 2001 and the rate of autism/aspergers diseases has not decreased since then. Further, people in the U.S. used to be exposed to more mercury than what was in vaccines with the use of mercurochrome, and topical antiseptic used to treat minor cuts. However in 1998, mercurochrome was no longer available in the U.S. and again the rate of autism/aspergers has not decreased. It is much more important that money for research go toward finding the true cause of these diseases rather than get side tracked by studies on vaccines. Also mercury can come from eating fish and from the exhaust of coal burning power plants. So vaccines are only one source of mercury getting into your body.

If you are still not convinced then I suggest you ask your doctor to test your son's blood for mercury before trying any chelation therapy. The levels should be less than 100 mcg/L and more around 60 mcg/L or less. There are several chelators that can be used for mercury, but they have to be injected, these are not pills. They also have side effects such as causing kidney damage. All medicines should be taken with a risk to benefit analysis taken into account. If chelation can hurt your sons and there is no benefit to taking it, than you should not have them treated. Further, assuming you are right and mercury in vaccines does cause autism/aspergers, removing the mercury now would have little effect on reversing aspergers since the damage would have been done years ago. So if I am wrong about vaccines not causing autism/asperger then it still would not help to put your sons through chelation therapy.

My best advice to you is to learn all you can about aspergers and realize that there can be benefits to this disease. Many adults with these diseases are successful in life. Focusing on what they can do and what their strengths are instead of their limitations is a healthy attitude to take. I do not have aspergers, but I do have a similar disease, dyslexia, which can also be disabling if you let it. However, in my case, I looked at the benefits of my disease and focused on what I can do and my strengths and found help in getting passed my limitations. Doing this I, a person with learning disabilities, was able to get my PhD degree in pharmacology and have a successful career. I even helped develop a treatment (in mice) that can cure breast cancer and lymphoma. I have needed some help to get past my limitations, such as writing with a computer using spell check and reading audio books. Now I am not saying aspergers is the same as dyslexia, in fact some research shows it to be the exact opposite pathology (dyslexia tends to give you a more overall view of things, while autism/aspergers tends to give you a more detailed view of things - like the forest vs. trees point of view), but I think taking the same attitude is a good approach. Feed your son's strengths and learn to get passed or minimize their limitations and they can be successful. I do feel that my dyslexia does give me advantages over "normal" people. My way of thinking is different and in problem solving the point of view I offer often comes up with creative and effective solutions that others don't think of because their thought process is different. I don't think that I would have been able to get my PhD without being dyslexic, at least if I wasn't I don't think it would have been in pharmacology. It's funny, I can spell big scientific words without much effort, but have a very hard time spelling the most simple common words. I know my dyslexia has slowed down my reading and thinking process, so that I would not be very helpful in an emergency where I have to read and think very quickly, but when I am allowed the time to read and think at my own pace I can come up with some really good ideas and I have found a professional career that lets me do that. So a disability is only a disability if you let it be. If you turn a disability into an advantage your sons can succeed. I do know a very successful statistician who has aspergers.

Also, make sure you become your son's biggest advocates in school. In the U.S. schools are used to teaching "normal" kids, which is not so helpful for other kids. So make sure they get the help they need in school and again feed their strengths as much as you can in school and out of school. Several of my fellow dyslexic classmates in school did not get the support that I did at home and did not do so well in life. Helping your son's understand their condition, that they may be different, but that their difference holds many strengths will also help their self esteem.

This book is on dyslexia, but does compare it to autism/aspergers in one chapter (http://www.amazon.com/The-Dyslexic-Advantage-Unlocking-Potential/dp/1594630798/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338905977&sr=8-1).

Here are some links that are specific for autism/aspergers:
http://www.coachingasperger.com/advantages.htm

http://www.amazon.com/The-Power-Neurodiversity-Unleashing-Differently /dp/0738215244/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338906075&sr=1-5

http://www.amazon.com/Appreciating-Asperger-Syndrome-Looking-Positive/dp/1843106256/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338906075&sr=1-7

http://www.amazon.com/Glass-Half-Empty-Half-Full-Aspergers-Syndrome/dp/1412911621/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338906075&sr=1-8

I hope this helps, feel free to reply if you have any questions.

Take care,
Andy
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you Andy!
you answered my questions, my boys are not sick, ( by the way they are also dyslexic ) they are just seeing our world in another way, and about being their advocate, trust me I am :)
again, thank you for answering!

Cecilie
Expert:  Andy PhD DABT replied 2 years ago.
Hi Cecilie,

By the way, I am not sure about aspergers, but dyslexia is usually inherited, so chances are you or your husband have some aspects of it. My mother and her father have it.

lykke til dere (I hope that is correct I used Google Translate)

Take care,
Andy

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