Succimer found ineffective for removing mercury – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. While some families have turned to a drug used for treating lead poisoning as an alternative therapy for autism, data does not support this practice. The drug is called succimer.
Rogan: It is a kind of a general purpose metal chelator.
Narrator: Dr. Walter Rogan at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences explains a chelator helps metals stored in the body pass more easily. But he warns of succimer:
Rogan: Itís not as effective a chelator for mercury as it is for lead.
Narrator: Dr. Rogan reports that some believe that conditions like autism are caused, in part, by mercury. For details on succimer, visit www.niehs.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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