A New Toxic Avenger

When I was pregnant with my little son, I tried to do all the right things. I didn’t eat tuna or any high-mercury fish. When I painted a room in our new home, I went to great lengths and paid double for the paint that had no dangerous fumes. I didn’t clean the oven. Heck, I didn’t even drink one caffeinated beverage for an entire nine months! We live in a house that was built in 2001 in a sleepy suburban neighborhood, far from the site of a power plant or a smokestack. I read the parent books to make sure we got the right crib, the right car seat, the recommended safety products for our new baby.

So, I feel a little disillusioned about the fact that I couldn’t protect my son from exposure to toxins that contributed to his autism. I wish I would’ve known what I could have done–even so, could I have done enough? Dr. Kenneth Bock says in his book Healing the New Childhood Epidemics that “Heavy metals and environmental chemicals are the greatest contributors to the epidemic of autism…If it not for the toxification from mercury, autism would probably not currently exist in epidemic proportions.”

We recently got our results from tests for heavy metal toxicity in Josiah because we’re about ready to start herbal chelation to rid metals from his body. It’s been a very successful treatment for kids with autism. Our DAN! (Defeat Autism Now) doctor informed us that Josiah had moderate mercury toxicity, and elevated levels of antimony and arsenic, among other things. These are pretty common build-ups in kids with autism because studies show that they have impaired detoxification abilities. The question is, where in the world are these toxins coming from? Unfortunately, they are everywhere, and they are invisible and odorless. Too bad they aren’t in the form of avoidable green goo. Here are some things this Toxic Avenger didn’t know then, but does know now:

  1. The Environmental Protection Agency that’s supposed to protect our kids from dangerous chemicals has “failed in its goal of providing the public and pediatricians with timely, useful information.” Regulations are rarely enforced. Read this.
  2. Amalgam fillings release small amounts of mercury into the system on a regular basis, and can have an effect on a developing fetus at a very crucial time. I have several of these.
  3. Thimerisol (a mercury preservative) is still present in the flu shot, which pregnant women and young children are encouraged to receive. It is also still present in trace amounts in vaccines, along with a lot of other known toxins. I was just made aware that thimerisol is in prescriptions like pink eye drops. After Josiah had a round with pinkeye in both eyes for two weeks, that’s when he dramatically began the ascent into autism.
  4. Crib mattresses are made with flame-retardant materials including phosphorus, arsenic and antimony that can generate toxic gas that our kids breathe, and has been theorized to be a cause of SIDS. Where is Josiah getting elevated levels of arsenic and antimony? Well, he does sleep on his crib mattress 10 hours a day. Getting a special safe bed wrap or organic mattress is recommended.
  5. Reports about lead in toys have been all over the news. Lead exposure impairs analytical thinking and is a dangerous toxin. Millions of toys have been recalled, but so many still remain on shelves because most states don’t have regulations that mandate removal. You can get a home lead test to see if your child is playing with or mouthing any lead toys.
  6. Baby bottles and other plastics like plastic sippy cups and teething rings have levels of toxins in them that kids are ingesting day in and day out. Instead, look for products labeled as PVC-free or use stainless steel; don’t microwave food for your child in plastic containers (use glass); use filtered drinking water (even bottled water may contain phthalates); dispose of all clear, shiny plastic baby bottles and use glass bottles; cook using stainless steel pans (no non-stick Teflon). Here’s a good site for alternatives, including a stainless steel sippy.
  7. Pesticides and herbicides in most of the foods we eat are not good for our kids. Washing fruits and vegetables off or peeling them doesn’t help–and you don’t even want to know about the issues with chicken and beef that aren’t organically raised. There are a lot of reasons to go organic, especially for kids with autism, or other issues like ADHD, etc.
  8. Regular household cleaners are highly toxic to kids with regular use over long periods of time. The recommendation is to go green with “free” cleaners like Seventh Generation.

It can drive a parent crazy. You think your child is being protected, but the very products created for them are too often dangerous to their developing brains and bodies. Well, this momma is going green and getting vigilant about reducing exposure to an already-affected child. Others can help to protect their children before issues begin. There are a lot of things we can’t control in the air we breathe and we’re ignorant to many chemicals, but we’ve got to do our best. Beyond that, we must pray the promise in Psalm 91:

Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
      I trust in you and I’m safe!”
   That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
      shields you from deadly hazards.
   His huge outstretched arms protect you—
      under them you’re perfectly safe;
      his arms fend off all harm.

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4 Responses

  1. […] Consumer Reports Health BlogReally interesting read I found today:It’s been a very successful treatment for kids with autism. Our DAN! (Defeat Autism Now) doctor informed us that Josiah had moderate mercury toxicity, and elevated levels of antimony and arsenic, among other things. … […]

  2. […] unknown wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptInstead, look for products labeled as PVC-free or use stainless steel; don’t microwave food for your child in plastic containers (use glass); use filtered drinking water (even bottled water may contain phthalates); dispose of all clear, … […]

  3. wow….I didn’t know a lot of that stuff!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. […] like me, then having to deal with autism really is not fun. Now on top of the autism, we’re dealing with all the toxic buildup my son has. It’s starting to really wear me down. In the past on a good day, I felt lucky to make it […]

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