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MIT Aluminium Autisme

MIT Aluminium Autisme

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, 2227-2253; doi:10.3390/e14112227
ISSN 1099-4300
Empirical Data Confirm Autism Symptoms Related toAluminum and Acetaminophen Exposure
Stephanie Seneff 
*, Robert M. Davidson
and Jingjing Liu
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,Cambridge, MA 02139, USA; E-Mail: jingl@csail.mit.edu (J.L.)
Internal Medicine Group Practice, PhyNet, Inc., Longview, TX 75604, USA;E-Mail: patrons99@yahoo.com (R.M.D.)
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; E-Mail: seneff@csail.mit.edu;Tel.: +1-617-253-0451.
 Received: 24 September 2012; in revised form: 16 October 2012 / Accepted: 5 November 2012 /  Published: 7 November 2012
Autism is a condition characterized by impaired cognitive and social skills,associated with compromised immune function. The incidence is alarmingly on the rise,and environmental factors are increasingly suspected to play a role. This paper investigatesword frequency patterns in the U.S. CDC Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System(VAERS) database. Our results provide strong evidence supporting a link between autismand the aluminum in vaccines. A literature review showing toxicity of aluminum in human physiology offers further support. Mentions of autism in VAERS increased steadily at theend of the last century, during a period when mercury was being phased out, whilealuminum adjuvant burden was being increased. Using standard log-likelihood ratiotechniques, we identify several signs and symptoms that are significantly more prevalent invaccine reports after 2000, including cellulitis, seizure, depression, fatigue, pain and death,which are also significantly associated with aluminum-containing vaccines. We proposethat children with the autism diagnosis are especially vulnerable to toxic metals such asaluminum and mercury due to insufficient serum sulfate and glutathione. A strongcorrelation between autism and the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine is alsoobserved, which may be partially explained via an increased sensitivity to acetaminophenadministered to control fever.
autism; vaccines; MMR; HEP-B; glutathione; sulfate; cholesterol sulfate;aluminum; mercury; acetaminophen
2228PACS Codes:
87.19.xm; 87.19.xt; 87.19.xw; 87.18.Vf; 87.18.Sn; 87.19.lk; 87.19.lv;87.19.um; 87.19.uj
1. Introduction
Autism, and, more broadly, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a condition characterized byimpaired cognitive and social skills [1], along with a compromised immune function [2–5]. It can nowno longer be denied that the incidence of ASD is alarmingly on the rise in the U.S. [6]. While it has been suggested that the observed increase in rates may be due mainly to a change in diagnosis criteria,the actual criteria have changed very little from 1943 to DSM-IV-TR [7–9]. Despite considerableresearch efforts devoted to trying to uncover the cause(s) of autism, thus far no definitive answer seems available from the research literature. However, the fact that ASD rates have been rapidlyincreasing over the last two decades strongly points to an environmental component. Indeed, autism isrecently being reframed from being a strictly genetic disease to representing a complex interaction between genetics and environmental factors, suggesting that we should focus our attention more on“environmentally responsive genes” [10].The ASD community has maintained a long-standing conviction that vaccination plays a causativerole in ASD [11], an idea that has been vehemently denied by the vaccine industry [12], butnonetheless is still hotly debated [13]. A study published in 2011 has confirmed a positive correlation between the proportion of children who received vaccinations in each state over the interval from 2001to 2007 and the incidence of autism or speech and language impairment [14]. For each 1% increase invaccination rate, 680 additional children were diagnosed with autism or speech delay.In [15], we proposed that a causative factor in autism is an inadequate supply of cholesterol sulfate, both
in utero
and postnatally. Cholesterol sulfate synthesis in the skin is catalyzed by sun exposure [16].We hypothesized that autism may be induced by a combination of inadequate dietary sulfur andinsufficient sun exposure to the skin, for both the mother and the child. A meta-study involvingoxidative-stress related biomarkers present in association with autism identified a consistent deficiencyin reduced glutathione [17], an important sulfur-based antioxidant that also plays a role in detoxifyingaluminum. We proposed that cysteine, the rate-limiting amino acid involved in the synthesis of glutathione [18], is depleted through redirection into an alternative pathway to produce sulfate, due tothe impaired sulfate synthesis from thiosulfate in the skin.A recent study of biomarkers for 28 individuals with an ASD diagnosis showed reducedglutathione, cysteine, and sulfate compared to controls, and the authors proposed that a reduceddetoxification capacity might impede mercury excretion [19]. These same authors observed a markedreduction in serum sulfate in association with ASD in another paper [20]. In particular, the level of freesulfate in the blood stream was only 33% of the level found in control subjects. We hypothesize thatsulfate deficiency results in insufficient ionic buffering in the vasculature, with grossly inadequatesulfation of the extracellular matrix proteins that are essential for proper colloidal suspension of  particles and cells [21,22].
Glutathione [23] and sulfate [24] are also essential for the detoxification of xenobiotics andcommonly administered drugs like acetaminophen in the liver. Selenium, a trace metal in the samecolumn of the periodic table as oxygen and sulfur, has been shown to protect against acetaminophentoxicity [25], and it has also been shown to be severely depleted in hair and nail samples fromindividuals on the autism spectrum [26].A possible link has been found between acetaminophen and both autism and asthma [27]. Theassociation of both asthma [28] and eczema [29] with ASD can be explained as an inadequate supplyof filaggrin, due to the fact that cholesterol sulfate in the epidermis stimulates the production of  profilaggrin, its precursor [30]. Filaggrin plays an essential role in maintaining the epithelial barrier [31],and its impairment leads to increased risk of both asthma [32] and eczema [33,34]. Thus cholesterolsulfate deficiency provides an explanation for the multiple links among autism, acetaminophen,asthma, and eczema.It has been demonstrated that chronic aluminum exposure in rats induces depletion of glutathione inthe liver as well as a significant reduction in the synthesis of bile acids [35], which are conjugated withtaurine, the only sulfonic amino acid [36]. Taurine administration in conjunction with aluminumgreatly ameliorates the adverse effects of aluminum on the liver, and this was explained as possiblydue to the ability of the sulfonate group in taurine to bind with heavy metals such as aluminum [37].These results suggest that glutathione and taurine are both involved in aluminum detoxification in the liver.Many children with autism have a low amount of serum glutathione, with a larger fraction of itoxidized to GSSG [38]. Furthermore, increased use of antibiotics leads to an alteration in gut florawhich impairs the ability to detoxify toxic metals like mercury. Dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA), anorganosulfur compound with two thiol groups, has been found to be effective in ameliorating thesymptoms of autism in placebo controlled studies [39], likely through its ability to enable the excretionof toxic metals such as lead and mercury [40]. It also led to a normalization of glutathione levels in red blood cells [40].Vitamin D deficiency has been hypothesized to be a risk factor for autism [41]. The over-zealousapplication of sunscreen is strongly implicated in autism, not only because sunscreen interferes withthe production of vitamin D
and cholesterol sulfate but also because it often contains aluminum, particularly the high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) sunblock products. Aluminum, due in part to its +3ionic charge, is highly toxic to biological systems [42,43] as will be described more fully in Section 2.1.Indeed, there are no known life forms that utilize aluminum in any biological systems. The poorlydeveloped barrier function of the autistic child’s epidermis would likely lead to an increased penetration of aluminum through the skin. Furthermore, their serum sulfate deficiency leads to animpaired ability to dispose of aluminum. Aluminum would therefore be expected to accumulate over time, and, due to increased permeability of the blood brain barrier associated with autism [44], wouldalmost certainly interfere with neuron function.In the next section, we examine the evidence from the literature that aluminum toxicity may play arole in vaccine adverse reactions, and we describe available theories for the mode of toxicity of aluminum and other toxic metals.

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