Respectful Insolence

The commentary on the Arthur Allen-David Kirby debate is coming in fast and furious. The latest is this excellent deconstruction of Kirby’s parroting of the claim that autistic children are “poor excretor’s” of mercury. I guess I can say that Dad of Cameron took this one on so that I don’t have to…

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  1. #1 TheProbe
    January 24, 2007

    If Autistic children are *non-excretors* of mercury, and mercury is present in the air, water, etc., as per David Kirby, then they should eventually reach lethal levels of mercury and die. According to this theory, there should not be any adult autistics.

  2. #2 _Arthur
    January 24, 2007

    Apparently, these children don’t even excrete mercury in their bloodstream !!!
    That’s how sick they might be. The kids or the quacks doctor’s “non-excretors” theory.

  3. #3 Robster
    January 24, 2007

    They also shouldn’t be displaying improvement.

  4. #4 Do'C
    January 24, 2007

    Hi Orac.

    Thank you for the mention, and belated congratulations on 1,000,000 visitors.

    If Autistic children are *non-excretors* of mercury, and mercury is present in the air, water, etc., as per David Kirby, then they should eventually reach lethal levels of mercury and die.

    Hi Probe,

    Additionally, many of the mecury poisoning autism proponents cite studies (not to be found on PubMed) that claim to show way elevated urine mercury excretion of autistic children. That would seem to suggest a lack of “poor excretion”.

  5. #5 ebohlman
    January 25, 2007

    The fact that Kirby refers to glutathione as a “sulphur-based sulphur” simply indicates that he doesn’t have the slightest idea what it is.

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