Trace Amounts: Autism, Mercury, and the Hidden Truth
Faze Films Production
Autism affected one in ten thousand children in the United States up through the 1980s. In the 1990s it jumped to one in five hundred. In 2000 it was one in two hundred fifty. In 2007 it was one in one hundred fifty. In 2014 it was one in sixty-eight. Some might consider this trend worrisome.
Eric Gladen, the producer of this video, gives viewers a tour of the disease from his first-hand experience. He rather suddenly developed symptoms of autism just after receiving a tetanus shot. This is unusual for a twenty-nine-year-old man. He set out to study what happened to him. After spending some time he came up with a number of factors that all pointed to one thing: mercury.
It was shortly after thimerosol (a preservative containing mercury) was invented that the first official case of autism was documented. Eric’s case came just after a mercury-laden tetanus shot. With a mercury detox protocol he was able to recover, but then suffered a relapse after exposure to broken fluorescent light bulbs (which contain mercury). The sudden rise in autism cases in the 1990s occurred just as the vaccine schedule was greatly expanded to include more vaccines and the mercury that goes with them.
There are at least two notable groups in the United States that seem to be largely autism-free: the Amish and a group of many thousands of homeschooled children. Both groups forego vaccines. Boys are several times more likely to be autistic than girls. Studies show that mercury combined with testosterone is much more toxic. Other studies have shown that some people have higher glutathione levels than others. Those with the higher levels are less likely to be autistic.
One might argue that this is all circumstantial evidence. Perhaps so, but there is enough of this evidence to make it impossible to justify the claim that the science is settled and there is no danger involved. Nothing else has been identified that explains all those associated factors.
The video shows a brief scene which goes by quickly and the people in it are not clearly identified but I believe it was Matt Lauer interviewing a doctor on the subject of vaccines. He is barely able to make a point about the controversy surrounding vaccines before she starts babbling irrationally that there is no controversy. Mr. Lauer is somewhat incredulous as he tries to point out they are, as they speak, arguing. How is that not controversy? But no, she insists there is no controversy. Either she doesn’t understand what that word means or she has her head so deeply buried in the sand (or money) that she can’t hear him. Medical authorities like her will warn pregnant women against eating fish while urging them to get that flu shot.
We also see leading vaccine pusher Paul Offit’s smug little face making equally irrational noise. He demonstrates his complete ignorance of what conflict of interest means when he claims to have none. He claims the increase in autism is due to better diagnosis but that doesn’t explain where all the thirty- to forty-year-old adults with autism are hiding. He refers to a study by William Thompson of the CDC as definitively establishing the safety of vaccines. In fact, that study explicitly excluded autism from consideration.
Gladen makes it clear that this is not a movie about vaccines but about mercury. He makes the point that mercury is only used as a preservative and not functionally necessary for a vaccine. It is the cheapest option, which tells you what mercury in vaccines is really about. It’s not the greater good but the greater greed. Much more could be said about vaccines but that is beyond the scope of this movie and this review. Thumbs UP.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Summer 2015