Boyd Haley Ph.D.
Boyd Haley Ph.D.
Dr.Boyd Haley RESPONSE TO
2008 R. SCHECHTER AND J. GRETHER PUBLCIATION Autism was not a known,
described illness until about 1941-3, 8 to 10 years
after the introduction of thimerosal and similar organic
thiol-mercury compounds in biological mixtures used in medicine and other
areas. This argues against autism being a genetic illness.
In 1977, 10 of 13 infants treated in a single hospital by topical application of thimerosal for umbilical cord infections died of mercury toxicity. This same topical was used on adolescents without obvious ill effects which strongly supports the concept that infants are very susceptible to thimerosal toxicity.
The recent increase (starting about 1990) of autism spectrum disorders correlated well with the advent of the CDC mandated vaccine program which increased thimerosal exposures with increased vaccinations. Due to its toxicity, thimerosal would have to be suspect for causing autism.
As expected by science, extensive searching for a genetic cause of autism has not turned up a significant find that would explain the recent increased rate in autism. The latest genetic find, at best, might explain 0.5% of autism causation. Most agree that a genetic predisposition is likely (like those that lead to low glutathione levels), but that a toxic exposure is absolutely needed. Consider also, that this increased toxic exposure would have had to occur in all 50 states at about the same time as all states have reported similar increases in autism rates. Only something like the government recommended vaccine program fits this need for a time dependent, uniform exposure of a toxin throughout all the states.
In the Schechter-Grether study it is implied or assumed that all thimerosal containing vaccines were gone by the end of 2002 due to their expiration dates. I don't think this is a valid assumption. I have talked to mothers who asked to see the vaccine inserts as late as 2004 and found thimerosal present as a preservative in infant vaccines being used in certain clinics. Also, in 2004 the influenza vaccine was recommended by the CDC for infants 6 months of age and older. It would appear as if a thimerosal free vaccine time-frame would be very hard to identify, if one ever existed.
..........The study of non-vaccinated populations is a very obvious experiment that the CDC and its supporters appear to refuse to consider. This makes me suspicious that this knowledge exists and is being suppressed because knowledge of the rate among the non-vaccinated population would answer many questions.
BOYD HALEY comments: IOM
To Hold Workshop on Autism (& not
This is the old ploy of "looking were it ain't" if you don't want to find something. I have encouraged parents of autistic children in the USA to get urinary porphyrin profiles done to determine if their child shows signs of mercury toxicity. It is almost 100% that these children, at least those that have reported back to me, are moderate to extremely mercury toxic with regards to this clinical testing procedure. Just where would children less than 7 years of age obtain enough mercury to inhibit their porphyrin pathways? So the IOM suggests looking everywhere except where the most logical place would be, in the vaccines given to these children that contained thimerosal. The IOM ought to be ashamed of itself, if not for doing something scientifically dishonest, then for being so inept as to think vaccine exclusion from consideration of exclusion for autism causation would be accepted by the American public. Most importantly, while they are looking everywhere else these children lose time before an acceptable treatment for mercury toxicity can be developed---and at least a significant number of autistic children are definitely mercury toxic. Boyd Haley
I think that the biological case against Thimerosal is so dramatically overwhelming anymore that only a very foolish or a very dishonest person with the credentials to understand this research would say that Thimerosal wasn’t most likely the cause of autism.---Interview of Dr. Boyd E. Haley by Teri Small:
"You couldn't even construct a study that shows thimerosal is safe. It's just too darn toxic. If you inject thimerosal into an animal, its brain will sicken. If you apply it to living tissue, the cells die. If you put it in a petri dish, the culture dies. Knowing these things, it would be shocking if one could inject it into an infant without causing damage." ----Dr. Boyd Haley, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Kentucky and one of the world's leading authorities on mercury toxicity.
"A July 2000 report from a National Academy of Sciences study states that 60,000 children are born at risk for adverse neuro-developmental effects each year due to their mothers' exposure to methyl-mercury. A Center for Disease Control and Prevention study in March 2001 (in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) indicates that about 10% of American women of child-bearing age are at risk for having a baby born with neurological problems due to in utero mercury exposure (statistically representing about 375,000 babies/year). The fact that amalgams are most likely the major contributor to the mercury levels in American citizens should be clearly presented to the public. Yet all the American public hears is concerns about mercury in fish."---Boyd Haley, Ph.D. (Testimony Before the House Government Reform Committee)
"A single vaccine given to a six-pound newborn is the equivalent of giving a 180-pound adult 30 vaccinations on the same day. Include in this the toxic effects of high levels of aluminum and formaldehyde contained in some vaccines, and the synergist toxicity could be increased to unknown levels. Further, it is very well known that infants do not produce significant levels of bile or have adult renal capacity for several months after birth. Bilary transport is the major biochemical route by which mercury is removed from the body, and infants cannot do this very well. They also do not possess the renal (kidney) capacity to remove aluminum. Additionally, mercury is a well-known inhibitor of kidney function."--Boyd Haley Ph.D.
"If the epidemic is truly an artifact of poor diagnosis," scoffs Dr. Boyd Haley, one of the world's authorities on mercury toxicity, "then where are all the twenty-year-old autistics?" (Excerpts from Deadly Immunity)
"Studies on the toxicity of mercury to mammalian neurons in culture demonstrate that low nanomolar levels can have lethal effects. Experiments using this system have also demonstrated, in agreement with published literature, that many antibiotics, other heavy metals and chemicals increase the toxicity of mercury and thimerosal (ethyl mercury). Additionally, in this same system the female hormone estrogen decreases thimerosal's toxic effects. In contrast, the male hormone testosterone greatly increases the toxicity. This may explain the 4 to 1 ratio of boys to girls that become autistic and the observation that boys represent the vast majority of the severe cases of autism. "---Boyd Haley, Ph.D. (Testimony Before the House Government Reform Committee)
Well, there are a lot of things that happen, and on top of inhibiting their
ability to make hemoglobin, which we just talked about in detail, let’s talk
about the affect on the immune system. What we know is that Thimerosal, at one
nanomolar or lower concentrations—and when we say nanomolar, let’s put it in
perspective—the vaccine contains 125,000 nanomolar level of mercury if it has
Thimerosal as a preservative. That’s a huge amount. And one nanomolar levels in
the baby will prevent the macrophages from going through phagocytosis. In other
words, they will lose their ability to eat viruses and bacteria that are in
the blood that shouldn’t be there, and so Thimerosal suppresses the
immune system. This is well known and has been well described in the literature
for a long time; that mercury is an immune system suppressor and you see that
these autistic children have a truckload of immune problems. So you would
prevent that from occurring. That is documented research and I don’t know how
the government can even ignore it, or the agencies of the government can ignore
Now the other thing, there was a paper that came out from the University of California at Davis just recently showing that very low levels of Thimerosal inhibited dendritic cell development that’s important in brain and the immune system development, and this was at amazingly low concentrations. This again, while you can’t do the experiment on the child, it does show that toxicity of Thimerosal is much, much lower than what the “experts” from Rochester and other places like that suggest that it was by looking at the death of certain cells. They did not look at depletion of the immune system. They did not look at depletion of your ability to excrete other toxins such as indicated by the inhibition of porphyrin profiles. They have only looked at death. Death is not a good endpoint for looking at toxicity because these autistic children aren’t dying; they’re being damaged. You can have damage done at much, much lower concentrations than where death is induced.
So we need to take this methylmercury/ethylmercury argument that they throw out there in context. They’re talking about significant damage that you can see with a microscope, and the rest of us are talking about damage you only see in the resulting child who has immune problems, “mental” [cognitive] problems, and numerous other problems. So I think that the biological case against Thimerosal is so dramatically overwhelming anymore that only a very foolish or a very dishonest person with the credentials to understand this research would say that Thimerosal wasn’t most likely the cause of autism.
Any child that is lead toxic or has a burden of lead will be much more susceptible to mercury toxicity than one who is totally free of lead. Again, that’s something that’s been known for 30 or more years. And again, the people on the opposing side totally ignore that factor, yet in the paper – the newspaper – day after day we see reports of lead toxicity of children in specifically the eastern cities where the lead paint is still on the old houses and in the ground, and wherever they’re getting it. I mean multiple things… Maybe in the pipes that they’re drinking water from. If you have a lead toxic child who might survive and might be capable of developing a good I.Q., if you take that lead toxic child and give him an exposure to mercury, you could cause him severe problems—quite different than a child who’s not lead toxic. Also, it’s not only those children, but those who are on antibiotics are much more susceptible to all types of mercury toxicity, because antibiotics have been shown in experiments with rats to prevent the excretion of mercury. So, it builds up in the bodies of these children.
The same thing with diets: milk diets increase the retention of mercury in the bodies of children. This is a well-published fact. So with all of these things, the diet, the antibiotics and what we call synergistic toxicity of the exposure to other heavy metals, which is rampant in this country—it’s all over the place—I mean lead exposures, arsenic exposures, cadmium exposures that we can’t even explain where they come from, or even copper—we have to consider that that toxic profile; we’re taking on top of that and purposely injecting mercury in these children. We’re not giving them much of a chance, and I think we need to get politically active about this and make laws to stop it. Interview of Dr. Boyd E. Haley by Teri Small:
You know, I’m not suggesting that. I am absolutely accusing them of that,
because I’ve seen it happen. For example, this was done at the University of
Kentucky where I’m located, and they did a study and they published it in the
Journal of the American Dental Association: a study that was earlier rejected by
the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New Eng-land Journal of
Medicine. So they published it in the Journal of the American Dental
Association, which isn’t a refereed journal… which isn’t a journal that would
normally address neurology or Alzheimer’s disease at all. I mean they’re not
competent to review research in this area. Dentists don’t know neuro-chemistry.
Then they called a press conference and announced the release. What they
actually did report in this JADA study was that they couldn’t find increased
mercury level in people who had huge numbers of amalgam fillings. It is the only
study that’s ever said that, that you can have a large number of amalgam
fillings and they couldn’t find elevated mercury in these subjects, any
elevation of mercury even though they were massively exposed to mercury versus
those that weren’t being ex-posed at all. So, they found no differences. They
didn’t find that amalgams weren’t correlated. They didn’t find amalgams were
correlated or not correlated to anything. In my opinion, it was the assumptions
made in the dental amalgam indexing that ob-fuscated the final analysis.
So again, it’s the construction of confusion by these people by publishing papers that are poorly done, poorly designed, and give them the answer they want which is, “We didn’t find any-thing wrong, therefore everything is okay.” It’s that old saying you know, “Absence of proof, isn’t proof of absence,” and they try to modify that and say, “Well, if we don’t find anything, we can still say it’s safe.” That’s exactly what they do. The study that was negative, they couldn’t find anything. The only people in the world who ever did a study to show that there was no correlation between mercury, blood or body burden and amal-gams, and then announced it saying, “Therefore amalgams have nothing to do with Alzheimer’s disease.” Interview of Dr. Boyd E. Haley by Teri Small:
Look, over the 90% of the mercury – and this is on an average person with
four or five amalgam fillings – over 90% of the mercury in the bodies of mothers
who give birth to autistic children, and in the blood of not only the mother but
anybody else that has amalgam fillings, it comes from their dental amalgams.
And yet our government will absolutely – and when I say ‘our government’ I mean
the dental branch of the Food and Drug Administration and the National
Institutes of Dental Research – will do everything they can to protect and
defend the use of amalgam fillings and to keep this data from being known to the
For example, there is a children’s amalgam study that was done on four children on the East coast and children in Lisbon, Portugal. It was funded by the National Institutes of Dental and Cranial Facial Research, put in the hands and under the control of dentists who said the objective of the thing is to show that amalgams are safe for children. Not to test whether or not they’re safe or not, but to show it. So they’ve done this study, and they’re going to report on it in the next few months. And they’re going to find out they couldn’t find anything wrong. But the one thing is, all they did was measure urine and hair and blood mercury levels at the most. They didn’t look at fecal levels where 90% or plus of the mercury is excreted, so they’re going to say they didn’t see much mercury in these children, probably. They didn’t do the porphyrin profiles. That’s what was needed to be done to show if a physiological system in the child was being damaged. They’re looking at things where you don’t find anything different.
Again, it’s symptomatic of that Danish study where you did a Thimerosal causal on a population that doesn’t have an autism epidemic, and you find nothing. So this is, again, it’s part of the government; look where you won’t find anything and when you don’t find anything, then sell it to the American public because if, “Well, if we didn’t find anything therefore it’s safe.” And you’re going to see that come out and that is done by taxpayer dollars and people ought to be extremely mad about it. Interview of Dr. Boyd E. Haley by Teri Small: