Locked-In and Threw Away the Key
Here is one of the bits of unreason sent to me - the data is apparently the date it was posted. My commentary is in italic.
1 Sept 2005
Dr. Buttar is a polarizing figure. Why?
1. He sat in front of Congress and said a very high number of kids recovered using TD-DMPS. But, he has never published anything, videotaped anything, or has shown us these kids. In a world where everyone has been burnt by a "cure", this will make parents very suspicious.
My thoughts exactly.
2. He apparently has a financial interest in TD-DMPS. I don't know if these means he gets $50 a year in royalties or $500,000 a year, but it makes him seem like a profiteer.
If he's only getting $50 a year, he's being cheated - his cream would have to be 36% gold (at 6 Sept 2005 spot prices) to cost $160 an ounce to produce.
3. He is a bull-in-a-china-shop personality. This guy is a formerArmy officer, a former bouncer, physically imposing, who happens to also be very smart. He suffers fools poorly and lacks a bit of the diplomacy that someone in his position may need to navigate these times.
In my experience, people who bluster and posture generally do so because they don't have the data to support their position.
4. Because of all of the above, it is a natural human behavior to project our intense frustration over what has happened to our children (and our respective lives) because of autism onto him. He is a very easy target.
So, the guy is polarizing. But, there is another side:
1. As someone who sees every email Generation Rescue receives, TD-DMPS is the overwhelming choice of parents reporting gains in their kids. Could this change? Absolutely. But, that's today's reality.
A very biased sample - I doubt that people who aren't chelating their children are going to report this to Generation Rescue.
2. We use 4 different Doctors to get advice about treating my son. After a long wait, we got a chance to speak with Dr. Buttar. My wife and I think we are pretty knowledgeable about our son. Buttar taught us things no other Doctor has. He knows his stuff. Period.
Buttar either taught them things they didn't know or things that weren't so - take your choice. He may know his stuff, but what is "his stuff"? How to maximize his bottom line?
3. If you spend time with him, most people quickly realize he is a God-loving Southerner who loves kids and wants, intensely, for them to get better.
Being charismatic is not the same as being competent - or even ethical. And Edgar Ray Killen is a "God-loving Southerner who loves kids" - let's hope this isn't what the author meant.
4. A film crew doing a documentary wanted to film Buttar and his recovered patients. I set up the visit. Buttar produced the families with the recovered kids. It's on tape.
Film of "recovered children" is just a testimonial on video. The plural of anecdote is not "data".
5. A Doctor has been out to review Buttar's records and claims. I know this for certain. This Doctor claims it is all true, I know this, too. Is that a peer-reviewed study? Hell no, but I'm not waiting.
Come on, "a Doctor"? Name? Purpose of the review? Good thing you're not waiting for Dr. Buttar to publish his findings - it would be like waiting for Godot.
6. If you can't find, on your own, the scientific proof that DMPS actually chelates mercury, you aren't trying. The only question is whether DMPS works in a transdermal form. Here are some thoughts:
- What doesn't the skin absorb that it comes in contact with? Isn't that part of the whole problem? Isn't that why my son has antimonypouring out of his body, because he absorbed it from his pajamas,matress, and car seat? It's our largest fu%%ing organ!!!
While the skin is the largest organ, it doesn't absorb MOST things it comes in contact with. If it did, we'd be in the same situation as the amphibians. Oh, and only a very small part of the skin is involved in "fu%%ing".
- If you think TD-DMPS doesn't work, here's a simple idea. Do a challenge dose on yourself. Just put 80 drops on your skin and seewhat happens. I try everything we put on or in my son. I did this. Just do it, then report back.
I'll bite - what happens? What happens when a neurotypical adult uses transdermal DMPS? Did you become less autistic? That's the REAL question, isn't it?
Leave Buttar alone. If you are venting at him, look inside yourself.If you don't believe in TD-DMPS, don't use it. Write to GenerationRescue and explain that you tried and it did not work. Don't roach other people's buzz because it did not work for you. Oh, and if you gave it less than 18 months, that may not have been enough time. Yes, that is a brutal paradox - we are running out of time!!! But, the sad reality is chelation takes a long time. If someone says, "I tried TD-DMPS for 3 months and it did not work" - that is not credible.
What?!?!? Chelating for less than 18 months isn't enought time!? Eighteen WEEKS is more than enough time, if you're using a competent chelating agent.
I might also point out that 18 months in the life of a young child is an EXTREMELY long time. Think of all the development that occurs in "typical" children in that time. My niece went from being able to say only a few fragmentary words to speaking in full sentences in that amount of time. Without TD-DMPS.
And I understand that Dr. Buttar wants parents to commit to a full two years of TD-DMPS treatment. At $160 a month (assuming you use an ounce a month), that's $3840 for two years. Add in the $800 an hour consultations, lab tests and travel expenses and you're talking about some real money.
And it seems odd to tell people that don't get any results from TD-DMPS to not "roach other people's buzz" - by which I assume the author means to keep quiet and not disturb other people with the possibility that TD-DMSP is a placebo. The phrase used is surprisingly apt - it suggests that the good feelings parents get from using TD-DMPS are as illusory as a marijuan "high". Very apt, indeed.
As you can see, the autism-mercury movement is not exactly in touch with reality as we know it. In this one post (authored by a prominent member of the autism-mercury movement), we see the following:
 Excusing a person who is clearly profiteering from the parents of autistic children because he is "on our side".
 Accepting the unsupported (by anything!) "word" of a man that the cream he makes and sells at exorbitant cost is the only treatment that will cure the mercury poisoning that he diagnoses in children during an $800 consultation. You'll note that Dr. Buttar is very clear that parents should "accept no substitutes!" (see here).
 "It works because I say it works!" - even the author could not explain how they knew that the TD-DMPS was absorbed, other than to say that they tried it on themselves and "knew".
 Discouraging people from discussing treatment failures. Both the "if you gave it less than 18 weeks, that may not have been enough time" and the apt "[d]on't roach other people's buzz" comments encourage the "proper" mindset - if the treatment fails, it's your fault and "we don't want any negative thinking".
So, uncritical acceptance of information from "our" people and actively discouraging a frank and open discussion of the limitations and failures of the treatment advocated. Sounds like Scientology, not science.
(Next: More from the EoH garbage bag).