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Heavy Metal Detoxification: The Autism Connection

by Dr. David Minkoff November 28, 2016 4 min read 0 Comments

Heavy Metal Detoxification: The Autism Connection

The link between heavy metal toxicity and autism has been studied by doctors and health practitioners for decades. While a direct cause of autism remains to be identified and agreed upon by experts, numerous studies have found a link between autism and higher levels of heavy metal toxicity in the body.

Below, we have outlined some important facts and information you should know about heavy metal toxicity and its potential effect on people with autism spectrum disorders and others who may be particularly sensitive to the toxic metals.

Through highlighting first-hand accounts from two parents that have seen substantial improvements in the autistic symptoms of their children through a heavy-metal detox program, we wish to exhibit the potential benefits of chelation therapy and heavy metal detoxification in the treatment of autism symptoms.

Symptoms of Autism

First, let’s discuss what it means to be diagnosed with autism. Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a general term used to describe a wide spectrum of disorders that affect brain development. Symptoms of autism tend to become noticed in early development, around 2 or 3 years of age. These symptoms include lack of speech, lack of outward emotion, lack of eye contact, lack of communicative gestures or engagement and more.

There are many different symptoms of autism and varying levels of severity that can be experienced. For example, those with high-functioning autism are often found to live quite productive lives, perhaps demonstrate high proficiency with certain skills, like math or science, but have a harder time with other aspects of life, experiencing elevated levels of anxiety, sensory dysfunction and more. How severe the symptoms of autism will be and how these symptoms will affect someone with autism differs from person to person and can be influenced by a variety of factors.

Vaccinations and Autism

Heavy Metal Detoxification: The Autism ConnectionIn some cases, autism can also be marked by a sudden loss or reduction of speech and other social skills. This can happen despite a child or teen previously progressing at a normal pace, hitting each development milestone for their age up until that point. In many cases, these symptoms have been reported to occur after events involving certain medication or vaccinations, raising the question of whether this could be a potential cause or trigger for the disorder.

One parent shared: “For the first two years [my daughter] reached all her milestones and all seemed perfect. Then everything changed. A week after receiving her 2-year-old vaccinations she became silent. She no longer would talk and there was no eye contact. She also stopped playing with her toys and would not let anyone but myself touch her.”

Another parent shared a similar experience: “[My son] had surpassed all the expected milestones of a child his age. He was just learning to walk and talk clearly when the unexpected happened. Soon after his first birthday, Jerry was scheduled for a series of vaccinations and within hours, we noticed he was not feeling well. Days went by and we began to notice that he looked as if he were in a fog. Weeks went by, we saw no improvements.”

Unfortunately, cases like this are all too common, which has spurred a worldwide focus on the potential link between autism and vaccinations, with heavy metal toxicity being a key factor in the discussion.

Another common challenge for parents with children that suffer from autism is diet—it’s often very difficult for autistic kids to eat regularly and nutritiously, which is why addressing nutritional support for those affected is also important.

The Link Between Autism and Heavy Metal Toxicity

While specialists are still uncertain of the exact cause(s) of autism, there is research that suggests the occurrence of the symptoms of autism following vaccinations could, in fact, be triggered by a genetic susceptibility and extreme sensitivity to heavy metals in some vaccinations, due to a reaction triggered by the malfunctioning of the metallothionein protein (MT) in these children. If, in fact, children with autism have a higher disposition and sensitivity to toxic metals than do others, which can then impact brain development, ridding the body of heavy metals should be the first course of action.

Heavy metal toxicity is a condition that plagues our modern environment. From the air that we breathe, to the food that we eat, to the products we use on our bodies; we are being exposed to toxic heavy metals more than we realize. Heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, lead, cadmium and more can be found in many commonplace items like antiperspirant, makeup, dental fillings, cookware, etc.—not to mention in the air, food and water we consume, all contaminated through environmental pollution.

Ridding Your Body of Toxic Heavy Metals

People suffering from heavy metal toxicity can experience a wide variety of symptoms. Some are as mild as nausea and vomiting, while other symptoms can include a full-on attack on the body’s central nervous system, heart problems and more.

Metal-Free™ heavy metal detox is BodyHealth’s solution to help rid the body of toxic heavy metals. BodyHealth’s Metal-Free is composed of unique peptides, specially formulated to enhance absorption into the body’s mucosal cells. The peptides bind to heavy metals present in the body’s tissues, removing the toxic metals from the binding site and delivering them through the digestive tract to be eliminated through the body’s natural bile-bowel route. Without putting any extra stress on the kidneys, BodyHealth’s Metal-Free aids the body in its natural detoxifying process.*

To learn more about the benefits of BodyHealth’s Metal-Free and how it could be incorporated into a detoxification program in situations where heavy metal toxicity could be a factor, visit our website.*



* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego.

He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine.

In 1992, Dr Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr Minkoff is one of the most in demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein.

The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness.

Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 44 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teachers to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.



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