Steve Dye sldye at
Wed May 8 12:31:50 EDT 2002

Hey, I'm new to this but I thought this was about Walker Percy????
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From: "Wade Riddick" <riddick at>
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Sent: Wednesday, May 08, 2002 12:15 AM
Subject: [percy-l] Re: Autism

> It's interesting to me personally that Karey Perkins brings up the topic
> autism.  I'm currently being treated for several metabolic conditions in
> Baton Rouge by Dr. Stephanie Cave, a figure in the autism community.
> of the opinion that autism is a special case of mercury poisoning which
> arises in a segment of the population with a defect in the natural
> chelating gene.
> Chelation is the process whereby the body grabs metal toxins floating
> around in the body and gets rid of them.  In the case of autism it's
> theorized that childhood exposure to mercury unnecessarily used as a
> disinfectant in vaccinations (Thimerosal) affects brain development.
> autism now affects more than one in five hundred people, this is a major
> medical problem.  Dr. Cave reports great progress treating autism as a
> of mercury poisoning - the standard treatment being a monthly course of
> DMPS shots.
> There is still some controversy as to whether or not the mercury we're
> needlessly shooting into the arms of our babies is making them sick.  I
> simply offer the following paper for those interested.  A web search
> turn it up quite easily.  Bernard, et al. published a paper in 2000
> connections between genetic inheritance, mercury poisoning and autism
> called "Autism: A Unique Type of Mercury Poisoning."  There is a strong
> correlation between exposure to mercury in Thimerosal and incidence of
> childhood autism.  Until Thimerosal was introduced in vaccines in the
> 20th century, there was never a documented case of autism.  The rate of
> autism has increased in direct proportion to mercury exposure received
> through the new vaccines, the most recent being one for Hepatitis
> introduced in the early '90s.  Evidence of a genetic component becomes
> apparent when you examine twins with different vaccination records.  The
> twin with lower exposure had a statistically lower chance of getting
> with proportionally less severe symptoms.
> I can speak first hand about the cognitive effects of such disorders.
> My own exposure to mercury came through the four amalgam fillings in my
> teeth.  Despite two knee surgeries, severely pulled muscles in my neck,
> chest pain and cubital tunnel syndrome by age twenty, the dentists who
> installed those fillings never bothered to examine me for sleep
> apnea/bruxism.  The bruxism caused me to grind my teeth at night and
> there's only so much even a normal body can do to get rid of mercury.
> the next decade, I developed an inevitable case of mercury poisoning.
> a little bit of the metal can wreak havoc on every system in the body,
> particularly glands and neurological tissue.
> I'm now so sensitive to the metal, I can't eat seafood any longer thanks
> the mercury-rich drilling mud the offshore oil industry has been tossing
> into our oceans for decades.  If you don't believe me about mercury levels
> in fish, go buy a piece of fish from the gulf and have it tested.  Tuna is
> one of the worst, although the FDA has been bribed to put out statements
> the contrary.  Pregnant women are most at risk to this kind of exposure.
> Despite that doctors continue to give pregnant women in utero inoculations
> containing Thimerosal.
> Combined with the exhaustion caused by apnea and a nearly lifetime yeast
> infection brought about by overexposure to antibiotics (called Candidiasis
> or Leaky Gut Syndrome), I had a severe crisis last fall which had quite
> substantial effects on my cognition.  The naturally occurring yeast in my
> intestines are fungi and so were unaffected by the antibiotics.  They fed
> on the sugar, carbohydrates, caffeine and other unhealthy components of
> modern diet - even common medications like Advil.  Lacking bacterial
> competition to balance them, the yeast exploded, causing a host of
> allergies and other subtle problems doctors are only now beginning to
> recognize.  Without symbiotic bacteria, I had nothing to help me process
> and absorb necessary nutrients like Vitamin B complex.  No vitamin B, no
> cognition - literally.  It hasn't helped that omega-3 oil levels in the
> American diet have dropped precipitously over the last century.
> Every single one of these conditions I've described is quite common, but
> most doctors are not trained to spot and treat them.  I would not be
> surprised if half the people on this list had some sort of yeast problem
> they have dismissed as acne, athletes' foot, hay fever or any of a hundred
> other things.  It's easier to get a cream or salve or pill to treat the
> symptoms instead of giving up all those modern foods most bodies aren't
> evolved to handle.
> Yeah, I know.  I come across as a vitamin-pushing Scientologist - except
> there are plenty of boneheaded leftists hurting themselves on vegetarian
> diets too because their ideologies blind them to scientific truth the same
> way politicians and the dairy lobby are trying to convince us that cow's
> milk is really healthy for our children.
> Who would have ever thought the healthiest item on the McDonald's menu is
> the patty - well, assuming it's not fried in hydrogenated oils.
> What I've done to treat myself is based on solid diagnostic bloodwork.
> You will say, oh, that's a lot of B.S.
> I ran out of alpha-ketoglutaric acid pills this weekend and my hands got
> dry and swelled back up.  The insomnia came back and I couldn't focus long
> enough to read a single newspaper article.  What's worse, I didn't want
> This happens to me now if I run out of calcium, magnesium or any of a
> other pills.  In the last six months I've quite literally lost sixty
> without changing how much I eat or exercise.
> While I may have been at death's door six months ago, I do consider myself
> fortunate in that I will not have to wait until I'm sixty and riddled with
> some sort of prostate cancer to find out the toll modern living has taken
> on me.  By then it's too late.
> You can't turn medical treatment into religion, but in the context of
> discussions on cognition I thought you would find my experiences
> enlightening.
> Whether it was the mercury or the Vitamin B deficiency or some
> I'll never truly know.  I do know for the last few years my ability to
> concentrate and read large books has been affected.  I can concentrate as
> long as I'm writing, but it's become difficult to write too.  Certainly
> mathematics and computer programming skill has gone out the window.  I
> never understood why.  It's more a question of inclination than ability,
> but if you can't coax your toe into the water you can hardly swim the
> I still am startled by loud sounds.  I still have days when I am fuzzier
> than others.  At the absolute nadir of my condition, I stood, painfully,
> the living room trying to have a conversation with my father.  While it
> took everything I had to listen to him, I knew what I wanted to say in
> response but suddenly everything froze and I couldn't speak.  As soon as I
> started thinking of my response, the inner voice that made me *me* was
> suddenly ten feet under and gasping for air.  This lasted almost a minute.
> The whole world was crawling by anyway - my perception of time had long
> been screwed up - but it wasn't like one moment I had seen something and
> the next minute the whole arrangement had changed.  It wasn't like being
> suddenly transported into the future.  I knew my father was moving around
> waiting for an answer but then again I didn't really *know* that either.
> It's hard to explain.  It was like my brain skipped a beat, but that
> quite it either.  True, words and memories had become inaccessible to me
> awkward moments but it's as if my speech centers had ceased to exist.
> Sometimes I'd watch a stupid sitcom and get the joke a half-hour later.
> The scene I had just watched would suddenly register after all that time.
> It's like I had seen it and now I was finally getting around to *watching*
> it.  (Forget laughing.  My facial muscles physically hurt even if I felt
> like it.)
> I used to blank out like this with doctors.  Sometimes, literally, no
> matter how hard I tried I could not listen to people.  Sometimes I
> stop talking.  Then I'd be so sluggish sitting there with doctors I
> couldn't manage a word.  The best strategy I adopted when talking to
> doctors was to imagine what they were saying as words typed on a screen
> then read those back to myself in my mind's eye.  That worked.  I could
> attention and understand then.  It wasn't like rainwater rolling off the
> eaves; it stuck.  I'd type what I wanted to say back and read it to them.
> I found when I thought in text there were a lot fewer dropped words and a
> lot fewer missed memories and a lot fewer halting conversations.  I have
> idea why I was still able to do this.
> I had serious trouble reading.  While I had trouble getting the urge to
> down and type, once I started I was fine.  If it weren't for getting
> and chatting with others I would have never straightened out certain parts
> of my condition.  I could and still do write up a coherent storm.  I don't
> know why that part of me was spared but sitting down, writing up lists and
> trying to coordinate research really saved me.  I still download important
> articles but don't read them for a month.  I wish I knew exactly what was
> affecting me.  I do have faith that it will eventually go away.  I am
> getting better and I've had a few brief moments here and there where I'm
> again.
> I suppose the best way to explain it is to say it's like that worst moment
> you've ever had with the flu.  You role over in the middle of the night,
> look at the alarm clock, see "3:30" flashing at you and you wonder why
> dark outside and you haven't been fired for not showing up at work.  If
> it's so dark, why isn't it raining?  It's that sort of confusion, except
> all day long.  You can grab on to reality if you try, but it's like moving
> through mud.  It's so bad you can't feel sleepy.  That's how isolated you
> are from so many of the things essential to the human condition.  If
> emotion and mood were sharp cutlery, then it's like trying to dine on life
> with bowling balls.
> If you're interested, you can read more on my condition and others in the
> Yeast-L archives.
> Apnea is a life-threatening injury to the jaw that can kill you suddenly
> your sleep.  It doesn't necessarily involve snoring.  If you have generic
> joint pains, clicking sounds in your jaw, prematurely receding gums,
> popping ears, hearing loss or circles under your eyes, please seek out a
> qualified dentist for an exam.
> Wade Riddick
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