Chelation and Autism

July 7th, 2010

Chelation Summary

Vaccines, chelation, and autism seem to be in the news on a regular basis. There are as many studies that report vaccines do not cause autism as there are studies that report that vaccines do cause autism. This document attempts to provide information for families and outlines basic information and some research links for review before considering chelation for a child or adult with autism. Vaccine information and links are also outlined.

Chelation is the process of removing toxic metals from the body. Toxic metals are said to come from many sources including our environment, fish, and vaccines. There are natural chelators found in supplements and there are medically prescribed chelators available as options. Please note, the chelation process is a medical procedure and any medical procedure carries risks. Please consult with your doctor prior to pursuing chelation.

An important paper to read that discusses why chelation may be considered as an option is available from Dr. Amy S. Holmes. Dr. Holmes is part of the Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) team and an early “think-tank” researcher on chelation protocols for children.


As sited in the Dr. Holmes research

The following are prescription-only chelators:

  • DMPS (2,3 dimercapto-propane sulfonate)
  • DMSA (meso-2,3 dimercaptosuccinic acid)
  • Lipoic acid (also known as ALA)
  • BAL - Dimercaprol - [Not Recommended by Dr. Amy Holmes]
  • Allithiamine (also known as “TTFD”) A source for TTFD is Coastal Compounding Pharmacy in Savannah, GA. Phone: (912) 354-5188. NOTE: Physician’s prescription required.
  • OSR - an antioxidant created by Dr Boyd Hayley

Natural chelators include the following:


  • Some prescribed chelators such as DMSA can promote yeast growth. If used, yeast levels should be assessed by a doctor during the chelation process.
  • Concerning natural chelators, some doctors may use a combination of these natural chelators based on the individual’s situation.
  • Doctors will recommend which chelator to start with, for how long and how to take it, and if and when a chelator needs to be changed. Please consult with an experienced doctor verification.

Administration of Chelators

Administration of chelators depends on doctor preferences, the age of the patient, medical test results, and the metals to be removed. Some doctors have a preference for using a topical lotion as the primary chelator. Other doctors may prefer oral medications, suppositories, or IV (intravenous) applications. Please consult with your doctor about the protocols they wish to use, as well as what is best for your child.

How Long Do You Chelate?

How long your child must chelate is a common concern and a difficult one to answer except in general terms as outlined in this document. The experts on chelation tend to agree that you chelate until no more metals appear in the test results. This process can be six months, several years, or longer depending on the individual child.

For information about medical tests that test for metals results, please refer to Doctors Data Labs or Great Plains Laboratory.

Finding a Doctor Experienced with Chelation

This is the most difficult task to complete, because not all doctors appeal to all people. In addition, each doctor has a different protocol, preference, and personal chelation beliefs. Before selecting a doctor, it is recommended that you interview 2-3 doctors and get references (whenever possible). Several references for doctors may be found through the Provider Directory and at the Autism Research Institute.

A good way to meet other parents is to attend a TACA meeting or other similar support group and ask about recommended doctors.

Chelation Education, Printed Materials, Videos and Audio Tapes

The Autism Research Institute’s (ARI) site includes resources (in print, webcasts, and audio tapes) on chelation. A good resource would be any of the latest DAN! Conference audio tapes and recordings. Free webcasts (online videos) of the most recent DAN! conferences are also provided on ARI’s website. For audio and video recordings (available as DigiVision discs; DVDs upon request, check with the company) of recent DAN! Conferences, visit Insta-Tapes online or call (800) 669-8273. Ask them for the latest DAN! Conference recordings – check for vaccines and chelation topics/titles, which can be ordered separately.

Another important paper to read is also from the Autism Research Institute:

The Autism Research Institute’s Consensus Report on Mercury Detoxification. Recommendations from an expert group of 33 physicians and scientists on preferred treatment methods for removing mercury from affected autistic children.


Vaccine Information:

Doctors References

Great Parent Site on Chelation results from her children:

  • Dana is a great resource. is a complete chelation summary and her journal regarding chelating her children with autism.

Best Web Site Outlining Research & Parent Feedback:

  • Generation Rescue - This web site hosts all the latest research and articles on chelation including valuable parent feedback.

DISCLAIMER: Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) provides general information regarding medical research, treatment options, therapies and nutrition to the autism community. The information comes from a variety of sources, and TACA does not independently verify any of it. Nothing on this website/document should be construed as medical advice. Always consult your child's doctor regarding his or her individual needs.

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