weeks. While hair analysis isn’t very accurate insofar as amount in the body, it’s veryaccurate as to what’s been excreted over time.A hair analysis would be my first step towards solving the autism problem.Supposing that the hair analysis came back showing large amounts of mercury. Whatto do next? The answer is some form of chelation.Chelation means “to grab onto”. There are several drugs that do this for minerals. Inthe blood stream, these drugs (EDTA and others) literally grab onto minerals, and allowthem to exit the body thru the kidney/urine excretion system. This usually involvesgoing to a chelation clinic, sitting for an hour or so with a needle in the arm. It’s not thatuncomfortable, although a small child might find it so. This procedure is done severaltimes over a period of several weeks.. One problem with this is that because the chelation agent (drug) “claws onto” allminerals in the blood stream, it takes out essential minerals as well as the toxic ones.So, it becomes very necessary to supplement the minerals our bodies need for everyday use. In effect, taking all out, good and bad, and putting back the good.It’s also not cheap, as it involves “doctor time”.I successfully used a cheap and effective alternate in my practice. Vitamin C. VitaminC combines with minerals in the bloodstream metabolically to form a mineral“Ascorbate” combination that is also water soluble and passes out thru the samekidney/urine exit.There are several advantages to using Vitamin C instead of drugs. It is a naturalantibiotic that kills both viruses and bacteria in the bloodstream. So, people who use itwill be healthier than most, AND they’ll be getting rid of toxic minerals at the same time.The same thing happens as does with drugs. Since vitamin C combines with ALLminerals, we are taking out the essential ones along with the toxic ones. So, all theessential ones must be supplemented daily.Few people realize the truth about vitamin C today, in spite of the work done by LinusPauling, a true genius. The “spin” by nutritionists and MD’s and the RDA has us takingvery insufficient amounts of vitamin C for daily use. Did you know that the veterinarianRDA for a 150 pound ape is 4000 mg (4 grams) per day? We humans and other primates such as that ape handle vitamin C exactly the same. The RDA is under 100mg (0.1 gram).For schizophrenic adults I worked with in past years, I used 10 grams per day in splitdoses. For these patients, their schizoid symptoms seemed to disappear within twoweeks or so, but surprisingly, a six month hair analysis showed even high levels of copper. Carl Pfeiffer, a mentor, and a good friend, explained that the body is nowallowing more toxic material out of storage into the bloodstream so that it can beexcreted safely. Most goes out via the kidney/urine pathway, but also hair. To mysurprise, this increase in hair levels was actually good.