Toxic Metals Linked to
Children with autism have markedly higher levels of toxic metals in their bodies than typical kids, a new study has found. Arizona State University researchers who conducted the study, published in the journal Biological Trace Element Research, said the findings indicate reducing early exposure to toxic metals may help lessen symptoms of autism. But they cautioned that the potential connection needs to be studied in greater detail.
Lead researcher James Adams, director of the ASU Autism/Asperger's Research Program, has previously found that the use of DMSA, a federally-approved medication for removing toxic metals, was generally safe and effective at removing some toxic metals. It also found that DMSA therapy improved some symptoms of autism, particularly among children with the highest levels of toxic metals in their urine.