New Study Connecting Flu in Pregnancy with Autism…is a Flu Shot the Answer?

November 13, 2012

A new Danish study published in the medical journal Pediatrics found that women who had the flu or ran a fever for more than a week during their pregnancy face a greater risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder.  There were nearly 97,000 children aged eight to 14 and born between 1997 and 2003 in Denmark whose mothers were surveyed, and one percent (976) of the children were diagnosed with autism.

Those mothers who had the flu during pregnancy were twice as likely to birth a child with autism, and those who had a fever that lasted more then seven days before 32 weeks gestation were three times as likely to birth a child with autism.

There was also an association found between antibiotic use during pregnancy and an increased risk of autism.

Articles are being written advocating that pregnant women receive a flu shot, as this was recommended by the researchers. We do not know the consequences of pregnant women taking a flu shot, that may contain chemicals like thimerosal…a mercury-rich preservative. The vaccine also is designed to illicit an immune/inflammatory response and inflammation from the flu is one very real consideration as to why the children of mothers with the Flu during pregnancy were more likely to be autistic. The flu causes inflammation in the body.  There are also questions as to the efficacy of the vaccine itself. There are naturopathic ways to boost immune function and lower inflammation in pregnancy. With the help of a licensed naturopathic medical doctor or qualified holistic medical doctor women can take active steps to safely nourish their immune system before and during pregnancy.

In health,

Dr. Gina

New Study Questions the Rationale Behind Vaccinations

March 28, 2012

A new groundbreaking study published this month in the journal Immunity contradicts the basis for the use of vaccinations. The current theory is that your body must produce antibodies to a virus in order to fight a viral infection. Hence the need for vaccinations that trigger a portion of your immune system,  the adaptive response, to produce necessary antibodies that will fight the virus if you are exposed.

Now we are learning that the innate immune response, that does not require antibodies to a particular virus to fight, is effective in fighting viral infections. This portion of the immune system uses macrophages and interferons to effectively prevent fatal viral infections.

Just prior to coming across this new research, I had listened to a continuing medical education seminar on Autism treatments where a pharmacist outright stated that we should simply stop conducting any research into the link between Autism and vaccines because there is none.  In light of this new information, that questions the very basis of vaccines, and begins the exploration into other means of preventing fatal viral infections, we should certainly be investigating the effects of vaccinations on our children and newborns, and whether the risks actually outweigh the benefit.

This is the most hope I have seen regarding the vaccine controversy.  We have other options for viral protection, involving stimulation and strengthening of the body’s innate immune response, rather then its adaptive response.  Breastfeeding, homeopathic preparations, and nutritional interventions all play a role in the innate response, that will likely gain more attention in the years to come.  That is good news for those physicians and parents concerned about the damaging effects of vaccines on our children.

In health,

-Dr. Gina

Mercury and Alzheimers

November 15, 2010

A telling news report was just released by Business Wire (reprinted below) about the close tie between mercury exposure and damage to the brain, leading to Alzheimer’s in at risk individuals. Interestingly, Maria Shriver recently was quoted as saying that this disease will bankrupt our country.  There is no question that free radicals, in the form of environmental toxins, heavy metals, food additives, and likely GMO byproducts, congregate in the DNA of cells and cause genetic damage. The brain is highly sensitive to free radical damage, hence the relationship between toxins and most health challenges that involve brain function including Autism, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety and Alzheimer’s.

Glutathione, healthy brain diet, purification, and resveratrol are among the favorite approaches for preventing and reversing free radical harm to the brain.

For those considering IV chelation, please work with a physician who is well balanced in his/her perspective regarding the safe use of IV chelation for significant heavy metal body burden, as sometimes this can cause an increased exposure of the heavy metal, such as mercury, leading to irreversible neurological damage in vulnerable individuals. For the most part chelation therapy is safe, and an excellent choice, when prescribed and monitored by a qualified physician. Oral chelation is an alternative option, that produces positive results, and is gentler on the body. It is worth starting with oral chelation to see how you respond before undergoing IV chelation.

In health,

Dr. G


Mercury Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease | Business Wire 11/15/10 6:20 AM

November 15, 2010 06:13 AM Pacific Time

Mercury Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

“The Disease Destined to Bankrupt this Nation”

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mercury likely plays a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to a review of relevant scientific literature published this month in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Joachim Mutter of Germany, Dr. Richard Deth of the United States, and other esteemed researchers collaborated on the groundbreaking article Does Inorganic Mercury Play a Role in Alzheimer’s Disease? A Systematic Review and an Integrated Molecular Mechanism, which clarifies the need for continuing research to understand the cause of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

The authors of the review use numerous peer-reviewed studies to suggest that a genetic predisposition and exposure to a neurotoxin such as mercury have to co-exist for Alzheimer’s disease to manifest itself. Dr. Richard Deth, co-author and professor of neuro-pharmacology at Northeastern University in Boston, explains: “Since the brain is more vulnerable to oxidative stress than any other organ, it is not surprising that mercury, which promotes oxidative stress, is an important risk factor for brain disorders.” Dr. Deth’s motto: “Mercury is bad for the brain.”

The research of the former chair of the University of Kentucky’s Chemistry Department, Dr. Boyd Haley, is congruent with Drs. Deth and Mutter’s findings. Dr. Haley, who has done research on the relationship between mercury and Alzheimer’s disease for more than twenty years, states: “Earlier research on the biochemical abnormalities of the Alzheimer’s Diseased (AD) brain showed that mercury, and only mercury, at very low levels induced the same biochemical abnormalities when added to normal human brain homogenates or in the brains of rats exposed to mercury vapor.”

Insofar as the genetic component, Haley contends: “The structure of the genetic risk protein for Alzheimer’s disease, called APO-E4, shows it has lost the ability to bind and remove mercury from the cerebrospinal fluid, the fluid that bathes the brain, when compared to the other forms of APO-E protein.”

Mercury has been the subject of controversy in various public health issues over the years, including its use in vaccines and dental amalgam fillings.

Norway, Sweden, and Denmark officially banned the use of mercury in dental fillings based on the Precautionary Principal, a protective doctrine requiring proof of safety — a doctrine rejected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Prior to these bans, the World Health Organization reported in 1991 that mercury fillings, routinely described as silver fillings to the public, are by far the greatest contribution to mercury in the human body.

This December, the FDA is expected to review scientific literature pertaining to the harmful effects of placing mercury fillings into the body. Scientists and experts in the field will present testimony regarding the relationship between mercury toxicity and neurological diseases, with a special focus on vulnerable populations including children and the unborn. Dr. Haley will be among the scientists presenting.

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Mercury Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease | Business Wire 11/15/10 6:20 AM


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or David Kennedy, DDS 619-222-8177

Lamenting that Alzheimer’s has reached epidemic proportions, California’s first lady Maria Shriver, in a recent interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, vehemently expressed the need to find the cause of AD, expressing concern that AD “will bankrupt every family in this country.” The Alzheimer’s Association estimates 172 billion dollars in annual costs to maintain AD patients, which makes it imperative for the cause of AD to be found.

Mutter and Deth’s research sheds strong light on the possible root of the sixth leading cause of death in America.

Dr. Matt Young, President of International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), an academy of dental, medical, and research professionals dedicated to safety in health care, which has held a continued focus on mercury’s effects, said, “Mercury must seriously be considered as a causal agent of Alzheimer’s. It is imperative that the National Institute of Health fund realistic research regarding the mercury Alzheimer’s connection, which heretofore has for the most part been ignored.”

Note: Mutter-Deth published article available by request. Interviews with quoted scientists can be arranged.




Talk About Curing Autism

October 6, 2008

I just returned from the Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) fund raising event hosted by Jenny McCarthy and Lance Armstrong. What a fabulous event. It was wonderful to see so many people bidding on auction items, gambling in the poker tournament, sharing stories with one another about their experiences with autism and seeing the hope they have for the future of children challenged with this condition.

The highlight of the evening was hearing Jenny McCarthy say that regardless of the disagreements about the safety of vaccines and the opinions about treatments for autism that she has been up against in the media lately, the things that Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) practitioners are using to treat these kids (she used more explicit language) works – bottom line!

In our brief conversation I mentioned that LTP Natural Medical Center has signed up to donate DAN! treatments for under-served children selected by her non-profit organization.  Graciously thanking me she commented that she sometimes feels like she’s in a Star Wars movie – fighting off the darkness and ushering in the light. As a doctor treating autism in my practice, I support what she is doing 100%. She is a doer, raising awareness and genuinely offering hope to families and children affected by autism.

Thank you TACA, Jenny McCarthy and Lance Armstrong for giving a voice to the children, families and doctors working hard to bring light to this condition.

In health,

Dr. Gina

FDA Admits Mercury in Amalgam Fillings is Harmful to Fetuses and Young Children

June 13, 2008

The Food and Drug Administration has been saying for years that mercury in amalgam fillings is safe. Now they have announced that mercury is harmful “in some.” Perhaps one day the FDA will assert that mercury is harmful to all…In the meantime this is a major step forward in helping to prevent neurological problems in developing children. Read more about this landmark announcement by the FDA by clicking here.

In our medical practice, patients often ask me whether or not they should get their amalgam fillings removed. I do not have a stock answer to this question. It depends on the number of amalgams you have, the state of health you are in, who is going to remove them, what they are going to be replaced with, and how committed you are to following a protocol to help minimize exposure and detoxify the body from any mercury exposure that comes from removing the fillings.

A good first step is to have your urine and/or blood tested for mercury load, and to work closely with a holistic dentist and a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor.

-Dr. Gina

The Vaccine-Autism Link Confirmed

June 12, 2008
Naturopathic Doctors have been warning parents about exposure to mercury in vaccines and amalgam fillings, and their effect on brain development and neurological function for years. I have also previously blogged about it, which you can read here. Finally the truth is being revealed about the detrimental effects of mercury on the body. This is the most recent study, published today, in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences.
At LTP Natural Medical Center a cornerstone of our treatment strategy is to test for, and then detoxify the body from heavy metals like mercury. The good news is that we have the tools to reduce and prevent the damaging effects of mercury, using safe and effective treatments that remove heavy metals from the body naturally, and without the use of IV therapies.
-Dr. Gina
Hidden CDC Data Confirms Vaccine-Autism Link

Press Release Contacts:

For Immediate Release CoMeD President [Rev. Lisa K. Sykes
(Richmond, VA) 804-364-8426]

June 12, 2008 CoMeD Sci. Advisor [Dr. King (Lake
Hiawatha, NJ) 973-263-4843]

WASHINGTON, DC – A newly published study in the Journal of the
Neurological Sciences,[1][1] the official journal of the World
Federation of Neurology,[2][2] links mercury from the Thimerosal in
vaccines with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

This study represents six years worth of effort by independent
researchers to gain access to hidden US Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) data in the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD). In
2003, the Government Reform Committee of the US House of
Representatives asserted, “(a)ccess by independent researchers to the
Vaccine Safety Datalink database is needed for independent replication
and validation of CDC studies regarding exposure of infants to
mercury-containing vaccines and autism.”

Nonetheless, this new analysis of some of the data in the carefully
guarded VSD database, documenting the mercury poisoning of a
generation of American children, would never have been possible
without the intervention of Congressional leaders, parent autism
advocacy groups, and legal experts. Ironically, only a few
independent researchers have gained even this limited level of
restricted access to the VSD database, despite the fact that the VSD
Project is funded by hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.

The new study, led by Dr. Heather Young, Ph.D., a professor of
epidemiology at the George Washington University School of Public
Health and Health Services, examined the CDC-supplied medical
vaccination records from the VSD of 278,624 children, born from 1990
through 1996.

This study calculated the average mercury exposure children incurred
from routine childhood Thimerosal-containing vaccines, by year of
birth, during their first year of life. After calculating average
mercury exposure by year of birth, the study then estimated the
prevalence rates of various medical diagnoses for children born in
each of the years examined.

The prevalence rate of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders
correlated with the average mercury exposure children received:
increasing/decreasing levels of mercury exposure from routine
childhood Thimerosal-containing vaccines resulted in corresponding
trends in prevalence rates of these diagnoses. By contrast, medical
outcomes presumed to be unrelated to mercury exposure did not
correlate with the average levels of mercury exposure from routine
childhood Thimerosal-containing vaccines.

Depending upon the specific neurodevelopmental disorder examined
(autism, autism spectrum disorder, tics, emotional disturbance,
attention deficit disorder-hyperactivity disorder, and
developmental/learning disorder), the observed overall risk of autism
and other neurodevelopmental disorders was significantly higher (about
2- to 6- fold) following an additional 100 micrograms of mercury
exposure. For autism alone, the overall risk was about 2.5-fold
higher following an additional 100 micrograms of mercury exposure.

These results demonstrate that the suspicions of those serving on the
Government Reform Committee were correct: “…(t)o date, studies
conducted or funded by the CDC that purportedly dispute any
correlation between autism and vaccine injury have been of poor
design, under-powered, and fatally flawed. The CDC’s rush to support
and promote such research is reflective of a philosophical conflict in
looking fairly at emerging theories and clinical data related to
adverse reactions from vaccinations.”

To financially support further research conducted by independent
investigators in the VSD, please use the PayPal link on CoMeD’s
website,, for your tax-deductible
contributions. CoMeD, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(C)(3) corporation
actively engaged in legal, educational and scientific efforts to stop
all use of mercury in medicine, and to ban the use of all
mercury-containing medicines.

[1][1] Young HA, Geier DA, Geier MR. Thimerosal exposure in
infants and neurodevelopmental disorders: An assessment of
computerized medical records in the Vaccine Safety Datalink. J Neurol
Sci. 2008 May 1 4. [Epub ahead of print] Article available at:

[2][2] The World Federation of Neurology is a non-governmental
organization associated with the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Mercury-Autism Connection

February 12, 2008

Child being immunizedThe debate continues on the link between mercury and autism. A new published article offers a sound perspective on this topic by the UK’s Boyd Haley – a leading mercury researcher and proponent of the autism-mercury connection. I cannot stress enough the importance for parents to educate themselves on vaccinations so that they can make an educated decision that is in the best interest of their child.

I see many patients in my medical practice with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asthma, chronic immune disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, where I am quite certain that mercury from vaccinations was a major underlying cause for their disease. Fortunately, we have a toolbox of effective natural medicines that help to treat these conditions.

Click here to view the article referenced in the post above

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