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The University of Calgary did a study and video of what happens to neurons when exposed to mercury.   This is a five minute video.   Truly another eye opener for all!  Neural degeneration was clearly shown in this 1999 time lapsed video.  You may need high speed Internet to view this.  What the video shows is neurons shrinking to less than 1/2 their original size within 30 minutes of mercury exposure - neurons left completely devastated by mercury - impairing future neural growth as well!  It takes a while for this video to load, however, it is well worth the wait.   The video is only about 5 minutes long but it is truly a "jaw dropper" in terms of what it shows and as such, it is worth taking the time to allow your computer to load this video in order to view it... and for some computers, it can take quite a while to load...

Mercury has a half life of 20 years - once it is in the brain/body, it is pretty well there to stay!  Half life is the time it would take for 1/2 of the molecules to decay.   Obviously, as more mercury is added to the system via vaccines, dental fillings, etc., the impact of mercury on the body must surely be enhanced!

Note, you need Quick Time to view this online.   This link allows download.

Below are reproductions of what this critical video revealed when it comes to mercury:

Images above taken from:  University of Calgary School of Medicine,  Leong CCW, Naweed IS, Lorscheiderae FL, Retrograde degeneration of neurite membrane structural integrity of nerve growth cones following in vitro exposure to mercury, published in Neuroreport Volume 12, Number 4, 26th of March 2001, pages: 0733-0737. 

Note that time elapsed between BEFORE and AFTER image was about 40 minutes and that this experiment had used 30 micrograms of mercury.  Via vaccines, some children have received up to 237 micrograms of mercury - a far greater amount of mercury than the only 30 micorgrams needed to completely destroy over half of the neuron in the images above!. 

As parents of children on the autism spectrum, I think we can all agree this just might result in "epilepsy" or "improper neural firing" or "improper communication" in our children's brain.   Hence the reason for which I now believed autism-schizophrenia-Alzheimer's (3 disorders I now came to see as one and the same over the life spectrum) may be epilepsy at its worse!  For a whole lot more on the these issues, see my Research File - very eye opening to say the least!

The video showing neural degeneration as a result of mercury exposure can be viewed online by going to one of the following sites (note, it may take a little while to load, but be patient, this is very much worth the time  - a must see for all parents of the autistic!).

or at...

Remember to click the arrow on the lower left to start the video clip (after giving computer enough time to load it):

Note a critical comment in this video - that brain lesions were said to be like those found in 80% of human Alzheimer's brains.  Note also that the online video on neural degeneration states that neurofibrillary tangles form after mercury exposure.   Such "tangles" are one of the hallmarks associated with Alzheimer's

In their research, Dr. Fritz Lorscheider and  Dr. Naweed Syed  of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary as well as medical student Christopher Leong showed that mercury causes brain neuron degeneration.   

Those interested in reading more on this subject could do so by going to: 

Researchers and parents wanting more information on this subject may contact: Dr. Fritz Lorscheider, (403) 220-6892, email, Dr. Naweed Syed, (403) 220-5479, email .  More information was also available by going to  These results were published in the British journal NeuroReport (Leong CCW, Naweed IS, Lorscheiderae FL, Retrograde degeneration of neurite membrane structural integrity of nerve growth cones following in vitro exposure to mercury, published in Neuroreport Volume 12, Number 4, 26th of March 2001, pages: 0733-0737.   Although researchers speak of dental fillings as a source of mercury, it is interesting to note that the amount of mercury used in the experiment was shown in the video to be significantly less than that given to children via their vaccinations.  I encouraged all parents of the autistic to obtain a copy of this video or view it online and to take the time to read the materials I referenced on this subject.  Truly an eye opener! 

Interestingly, evidence presented in congressional hearing seemed to indicate that there were virtually no long-term studies related to vaccines and/or immunizations.   Could this be why the CDC was refusing to allow documents relating to vaccination research to be made public – because, perhaps, they simply did not exist?  

Although thimerosal (mercury) had been used as a preservative in vaccines since the 1930s, it was only in 1999 that the FDA was forced by a Congressional mandate to disclose how much mercury there really was in vaccines.   Upon mercury content information being disclosed, needless to say, many parents, professionals and government personnel alike became, justifiably, gravely concerned over the fact that for years infants had been routinely given 25 to 50 times more mercury than considered safe by the US Environment Protection Agency standards.  Government officials, scientists and parents were now realizing that by age two, children, via vaccinations, could have been exposed to up to 100 times what had been considered safe levels of mercury by the EPA.

Up to 12 of the 18 childhood vaccinations contained thimerosal.  Although the government to this day denied any link between vaccinations and autism, perhaps this helped explain why by 2001 all vaccines were now to be free of thimerosal.  

It appeared the government and the pharmaceuticals, in their zeal to promote vaccinations and eradicate diseases had themselves, perhaps, been asleep at the switch – for decades! 

The pieces of the puzzle were now truly falling into place!   Mercury had scientifically been shown to cause neural degeneration.   This, in turn, fit hand in hand with my theory that the autistic brain was basically devoid of communication among its various parts… all parts of the brain acting almost independently from one another!

The allusive “missing link” had been missing and allusive for so long because in looking for a “missing link” we failed to see - or admit publically - that the answer lay in the fact that there was  - “no link” – in anything!   And now, this missing link – if indeed the true missing link - connected with absolutely all aspects of society - worldwide!   Everything we saw in the autistic child could now be integrated by my theory that the autistic child had a breakdown of all sensory input integration, processing and relaying of information between the central nervous system and peripheral nervous systems!

The following screenprint is taken from the website of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology,  IAOMT, and provides a picture (left) of a tooth that was extracted over 25 years ago... note the mercury fumes still coming out of it after 25 years (mercury can potentially leak like this for up to 40-50 years according to some).  The picture on the right is for a study showing neurons shrink to about 1/2 their original size within about 40 minutes after exposure to mercury.   You can view/order these videos/presentations/pictures by going to the site of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) at:

I strongly recommend everyone take the time to go to this website and view these short presentations... they speak volumes!  This site also provides information on safe removal of dental amalgams and a list of mercury free dentists!

It is also interesting to read some of the "other headings" on this screenprint... those speak volumes too (note bottom right in the colored area...)!

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