The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-Made Epidemic

The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-Made Epidemic

by Dan Olmsted, Mark Blaxill
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The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-Made Epidemic by Dan Olmsted, Mark Blaxill

Much of the public discussion about autism has missed the point about the possible causes. To solve this question, two writers began digging into the history of other degenerative neurological disorders. Their research led them to discover incredible and previously unacknowledged links between a strain of syphilis which left suffers raving mad, the spike in incidence of schizophrenia during the Industrial Revolution, and the hidden commonalities between the parents of the first children diagnosed with autism in the 1930s.

The Age of Autism connects these dots to form a startling new thesis: behind each of these disorders – and many more – was exposure to mercury, the most toxic non-radioactive substance known to man.

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ISBN-13: 9780312545628
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/14/2010
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 9.54(w) x 11.08(h) x 1.45(d)

About the Author

DAN OLMSTED is an award-winning journalist and MARK BLAXILL is the author of several scientific papers challenging mainstream research on autism. Together they manage the blog Age of Autism.

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Steppenwolf77 More than 1 year ago
Having heard quite a bit about mercury in the news, I was curious to find out the real story behind the possible threat. I was amazed to learn that not only has mercury been used for centuries in various medical treatments, but in every case there seems to be a corresponding disorder which stems from its use. The first half of the book explores these episodes of medical history including the rise of syphilis, the cases of hysteria in Freud's Vienna, and the spike in mental illness which occurred during the Industrial Revolution. This section is truly eye opening about how environmental agents have been affecting human health for a long, long time. In the second half of the book, the authors recount the first diagnosed cases of autism. In researching these anonymous case studies, they managed to identify the children and their families, and in doing so, uncovered a shared element between the parents of the kids. Almost all of them had some form of chemical connection to mercury compounds through their profession- they were doctors, lab technicians, scientists, biologists, all dealing with chemical compounds which contained mercury. I found the combination of historical case studies with their review of the biology of autism made a very strong case for an environmental model of this disorder--which has implications not only for autism but for the way we currently perceive disease. I was skeptical in coming to this book to see how they would treat the controversial vaccine issue. I am hesitant about anyone claiming that we should stop vaccinating our children, but I found no such argument in this book. The authors stress that they support vaccine safety, not vaccine cessation, and the information they provide about the history of mercury in vaccines is invaluable for any parent. Thought-provoking read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You actually have the nerve to call me a scourge based on something you know nothung about? And to think people mistake US for Sociopaths. Here's sometjing I never did. I never doomed countless infants to preventable diseases because of a hunch that they would be different if I didn't. I never tried to convince people that being different was a punishment. I NEVER TRIED TO SELL AN ENTIRE GROUP OF HUMAN BEINGS! All of these are things you have done simply by publishing this. You are a monster.
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