Succimer found ineffective for removing mercury – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. In the belief that mercury poisoning causes autism, some families are turning to a lead poisoning drug as an alternate therapy. Dr. Walter Rogan at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences explains.
Rogan: We hear stories, newspaper reports, websites that say it’s used in kids with autism and autism spectrum disorders. And there is some belief that those disorders may have something to do with mercury exposure. And so if you’re contemplating using this drug for any reason that has anything to do with mercury, the take-home message . . . is, . . ., it’s not very effective at lowering blood mercury.
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