A 5-year old autistic boy named Abubakar Tariq Nadamas died last week, most likely from the IV EDTA chelation treatment he was undergoing. This news sent a shock wave through the autism community. This makes total sense when you read page 4 of " Treatment Options for Mercury/Metal Toxicity in Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities: Consensus Position Paper" which states in a survey of 23,000 autistic parents, 73% found mercury detoxification to be the most beneficial biomedical intervention for their autistic children.
I posted about Abubakar's death here. Ginger from Adventures in Autism, and Craig Westover especially have both done exceptional jobs tracking the story. David Kirby, Evidence of Harm author, also weighed in with thoughtful commentary. I'm sure that Dan Olmsted will be covering this story soon in his ongoing The Age of Autism series. And of course Orac, the outspoken anti-mercury/autism connection advocate, weighed in on this news by blistering Kirby for basically covering his own posterior.
Well, there's more news... Sure to be fuel for the fire for the Orac's of the world as much as it is likely to be very insightful for those on the flip side of the coin.
On Friday afternoon, my son Patrick emailed Dr. Rashid Buttar -- known by his critics as the "snake-oil selling, miracle-cream quack" -- to ask for his permission to post an email he sent to me on July 20th as both my son and I felt the contents of that email would actually help to shed some much needed light on the events of last week and the ensuing commentary.
Dr. Buttar replied back on Saturday:
Here is the text of the other email he forwarded. It is his reply to the Dr. Steve Coles, the UCLA doc:
If this is factual, and I have no reason to believe it is not, then that is VERY interesting! There are still more details to be learned that only Dr. Kerry himself can give. I'm sure some may view this as Dr. Buttar covering his backside, or even worse, trying to use this opportunity to promote TD-DMPS. So be it. But having spoken to Dr. Buttar myself, I just don't buy it!
Going back to the original July 20th email, here is what Dr. Buttar sent to me, in an email that he initiated:
When I received that email a little over a month ago, it blew me away! I'm glad that Dr. Buttar is allowing me to post it publicly, though I am sure his detractors will pounce. Nonetheless...
DISCLOSURE: I have stated on several occasions now that I have no financial ties to Dr. Buttar or anyone selling any version of TD-DMPS. That is still the case. I just believe in TD-DMPS because it is working for me and because it lines up with so much of what I have learned and experienced since I had my 14 mercury amalgams removed in 1987.
In the interest of total disclosure, my book, WELLNESS PIECE BY PIECE, makes several references to Dr. Buttar and his testimony to US Congress in May of 2004 ( Autism, The Misdiagnosis of our Future Generations ). For this reason, and also because I believe he is truly an innovator, I asked him to write a "blurb" of endorsement for my book in March. After calling me to talk and make sure I wasn't a "crazy" I suppose, he promised that he would write something. (I haven't gotten the "blurb" yet, but he has emailed me several times since then to assure me that it is on the way, he has just been too busy to write one. I know the feeling well Dr. Buttar!)
Now, all of that should be moot anyway considering that the proceeds of my book are going to charity! But I disclosed it anyway.
I will also mention that while Jigsaw Health -- the company of which I am the founder and CEO -- has an article about Heavy Metal Toxicity, we sell NO mercury chelating agents. We do sell a highly therapeutic multi-mineral that we designed almost exclusively for my own use on TD-DMPS off days.
So enough disclosure...let the commenting begin.
And thank you Dr. Buttar for allowing your voice be heard! My prayers go out to you.
UPDATE: See my son Patrick talk to "brick walls" at Orac's blog.
This offer, dated January 29, 2001, has no expiration date unless superceded by a similar offer of higher remuneration.
RELATED STORIES ON PAT SULLIVAN BLOG:
Autism - If not mercury, then what? (8/31/05)
Dr. Buttar Provides Numbers (9/16/05)