The Toxic Truth: Natural Health Expert Reveals What Possibly Causes Autism

Posted on February 26th, 2010 by Dr. Mercola  |  5 Comments »

Amid the rising numbers and the dire need to probe deeper into autism, a healing and natural health expert sheds light on what could possibly cause the condition.

Known for his successful practice of integrative medicine, Dietrich Klinghardt, MS, PhD sorts through the material and reveals some of the “toxic causes” leading to autism, which currently afflicts 1 out of 150 infants.

“Dr. Klinghardt helps make the picture become much clearer,” shares top natural health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola, who considers Klinghardt one of his primary mentors and a pioneer in natural medicine.

“One commonality among most people with autism is that their pathways of detoxification have become overwhelmed by both man-made and microbial toxins,” Dr. Mercola reveals, sharing some of Dr. Klinghardt’s recent findings on what possibly makes autism happen:

  • Autoimmune disease
    A precondition that “should be looked into,” according to Dr. Klinghardt,  are a greater rate of autoimmune diseases – food allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, to name a few – in parents of autistic children, especially mothers.
  • Gene mutations
    “Children with autism tend to have more gene expressions that are inefficient for detoxification,” quotes Dr. Mercola from Dr. Klinghardt’s findings, adding that these “mutations” tend to be unpredictable.
  • Lyme disease and chronic infections
    Extremely common in autistic children are chronic infections such as Lyme disease, which may even be causing the gene mutations. “Typically, the child gets the disease not from a tick bite but from their mother, who may be a silent carrier of the illness,” Dr. Mercola says, adding what Dr. Klinghardt discovered: 4 out of 5 children with autism who came to his office tested positive for Lyme disease. “Children with autism not only have overwhelmed detoxification pathways and often heavy metal toxicity, but, according to Dr. Klinghardt, they also have a silent, daily toxin production in their body caused by toxic microbes,” Dr. Mercola explains further.
  • Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from cellphones
    When toxic microbes in your body are exposed to EMFs, says Dr. Mercola, they think they are being attacked. In turn, they produce more biotoxins to prolong their survival.
    Dr. Mercola quotes from Dr. Klinghardt that this increase in EMF exposure not only causes autism, but also “helps explain the avalanche of children with neurodevelopmental disorders.”

And don’t forget about mercury, adds Dr. Mercola, especially delving on vaccines as toxic, mercury-containing offenders.

“Carefully review the vaccination issue, including the conventional vaccination schedule. Know that in most U.S. states, you have the right to opt out of vaccines,” he says.

In the article of Tim O’Shea titled “Autism and Mercury” and excerpted from The Sanctity of Human Blood,  American children by age 2 are seen to have received 237 micrograms of mercury through vaccines alone. This “far exceeds” current EPA safe levels of 0.1 mcg/kg per day.

Thus Dr. Mercola pushes for a multi-faceted approach to treating autism, which includes the following:

  1. Having informed choices on vaccines
  2. Eating according to Nutritional Type
  3. Avoiding pasteurized milk
  4. Completely eliminating sugars, juice, soda, French fries and wheat from diet
  5. Getting proper sun exposure
  6. Addressing emotional stresses through tools such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

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