the Autism-Mercury list, mercury detox in general, and biomedical treatments
for autism spectrum disorders......
The following terms are used on the autism-mercury
list. (Some are generally used internet words, some are specific to chelation,
etc.) The definitions given should be taken as approximate, please.
If you can provide a more precise or correct definition, please do: email@example.com
Also send any suggestions for additional terms to add to the list.
last updated 11/23/2003 by Moria Merriweather.
copyright June 2002, March 2003, November 2003 Moria
First, let me direct
you to some additional sources of information:
Here is an online medical dictionary.
Their definitions for many of the terms listed here will be much better
than mine are. I tried it and found they have reasonable and useful definitions.
Here is a list of MANY specialized online medical dictionaries.
May be useful if you are looking for something REALLY specialized: http://www.yourdictionary.com/diction5.html#medicine
Here is a list of internet abbreviations:
Here are some lists of autism-related abbreviations
Here are some sources of info on computer-related,
disability-related, and education-related acronyms:
Scroll down to find the section "acronyms"
3/4 or 3/11
or 7/7 or other numeric representations
of this type - this is a "shorthand" for the length of a chelation "cycle".
The first number represents the number of days ON the chelator; the second
number represents the number of days off. For example, "I'm chelating
using 3/11" means "I give or take the chelator for 3 days, then I don't
give or take it for 11 days".
ABA - Applied Behavior Analysis.
A form of interactive therapy commonly used with autistic children.
also known as Pink disease - a disorder which was (in the past) caused
by teething powders which contained mercury.
ADD - attention deficit disorder
ADHD - attention deficit hyperactive
disorder (a diagnosis)
AFP Peptizyde - a enzyme product
made by Houston Nutraceuticals. Related to Peptizyde, but made without
the fruit enzymes papain and bromelain, for kids who don't tolerate the
fruit ingredients. AFP = all fungal protease.
AIT - Auditory Integration Therapy
AKG - Alpha Ketoglutaric Acid
ALA - alpha lipoic acid - a chelator.
see also http://home.earthlink.net/~moriam/HOW_TO_buy_DMSA.html
alternate meaning: the abbreviation ALA is also used for "alpha lenoleic
acid" which is an essential fatty acid. On this list it is NOT used
to mean this (almost never)-- rather, it is used for alpha lipoic acid,
the chelator. This list is about chelation. However, you might see the
other meaning (referring to the essential fatty acid) in books, or on supplement
amalgam - a silver-colored material
used for dental fillings, which is over 50% mercury
Amy Holmes or Dr.
Amy or Dr. Holmes - A very
well known DAN! doctor, whose practice focused on children with ASD. http://www.healing-arts.org/children/holmes.htm
Dr Amy is no longer practicing medicine.
Andy or Andy
Cutler or Andrew Hall Cutler
- see description here: http://home.earthlink.net/~moriam/ANDY_INDEX.html
(look for "who is Andy Cutler?")
AS - asperger's syndrome (a diagnosis).
A high-functioning form of autism.
ASD - autism spectrum disorder
(a group or range of disorders)
ATEC score - ATEC is the Autism
Treatment Evaluation Checklist, a system for rating symptoms of autism.
BAL - a
chelation agent. (used more in the past)
BBB - short for "blood-brain barrier".
A fatty membrane which separates the brain's cells from elements in blood.
BodyBio - an organization
which uses a treatment plan which involves nutritional supplements. http://www.bodybio.com/
Discussion of BodyBio and Kane on the autism-mercury list has been highly
inflammatory, at times, in the past.
a product which claims to chelate heavy metals http://www.targetyourhealth.org/
BTW- short for "by the way"
CAPD - Central Auditory Processing
Disorder. (a diagnosis.) A disorder in which the individual is unable
to process some kinds of auditory information.
challenge test - A test in which
a chelation agent is used prior to testing. Usually a urine test. Usually
done using unsafe dosage and dose timing. Also called a "provoked" or provocation
chelation - [pronounced:
Kee - LAY- shun] - As used on this list, it means mercury detoxification,
or heavy metal detoxification. There is also a form of chelation
that is done to clear blocked arteries of cholesterol/plaque. (This is
not usually discussed on this list.) Chelation also has other, more precise,
chemical meanings or implications.
chelating - this can be used in
a general way "Mary has been chelating her son." or it can be used to refer
to just the time period when one is actively doing chelation (the "on"
part of the cycle), e.g. "I am chelating today".
chelator or chelation
agent - a drug, supplement or substance used to remove mercury
or other metals. To be a mercury chelator, an agent
needs to have 2 thiol groups. Again, there is also a meaning (not usually
used on this list) which refers to cholesterol chelation. See "chelation"
Chemet - a brand of DMSA.
This is the same as saying "DMSA", it is simply the product name of a specific
prescription form of DMSA.
CLO - short for Cod Liver Oil.
(A supplement used to provide vitamin A and D.)
"counting rules" - A set of guidelines
for interpreting a DDI hair test. Invented by Andy Cutler. The "rules"
tell you specific values to "count". See: http://home.earthlink.net/~moriam/HOW_TO_hair_test.html
has something to do with sulfur. NOT the same as cystine. Andy recommends
a plasma cysteine test to find out if a child/adult is "high sulfur" or
"low sulfur". (see http://home.earthlink.net/~moriam/ANDY_INDEX.html
for further details. Look for the section about sulfur and thiols.)
DAMS - an organization: Dental
Amalgam Mercury Syndrome. 800-311-6265
DAN or DAN!
- an organization, "Defeat Autism Now". See http://www.autism.com/ari/
DAN doctor - a doctor who is listed
on DAN's list of doctor. This does not imply certification. See http://home.pacbell.net/cscomp/dan01doc.htm
regarding DAN doctor's not being certified. See http://www.autism.com/ari/
a link to a list of DAN doctors. See
for more info on doctors, in general
DAN protocol - a treatment protocol
created by DAN! There is a general DAN protocol for the treatment
of autism (including diet, testing for yeast, etc.). There is also a DAN
protocol for mercury chelation. As used on the list, "DAN protocol"
generally refers to the DAN mercury detox protocol.
dd or DD
- stands for Dear Daughter or Darling Daughter. I have also heard it used
for Developmentally Delayed!
DDI - Doctors Data Inc. - a lab
that does testing of hair, urine, blood, etc. See http://www.doctorsdata.com/
also see http://home.earthlink.net/~moriam/HOW_TO_hair_test.html
DH - Dear Husband or Darling Husband
DLS or Direct
Lab Services -- a company that does testing. See http://directlab.com
for more information
dmg - dimethylgycline
DMPS - a chelator -- Sodium dimercaptopropane
sulfonate see also http://home.earthlink.net/~moriam/HOW_TO_buy_DMSA.html
DMSA - a chelator -- Dimercaptosuccinic
acid. see also http://home.earthlink.net/~moriam/HOW_TO_buy_DMSA.html
ds or DS
- stands for Dear Son or Darling Son
Dx - short for "diagnosis"
dyslexia - a diagnosis
EDTA - a
chelation agent, particularly used for chelating cholesterol/plaque deposits
(in the arteries).
EFA - Essential Fatty Acid.
Stuff that is a part of fats/oils and which are required in the diet for
health. Includes "omega 3" and "omega 6" acids.
ELD - Expressive Language Delay
FGF2 - "Fibroblast Growth Factor
2". An "alternative" or biomedical treatment for autism. FGF2 is an injectable
intramuscular bovine protein which is used to stimulate growth of new neural
connections in the damaged areas of the brain. http://www.iinedec.org
FWIW - short for "for what it's
GDD - Global Developmental Delay
GFCF or GF/CF
- gluten free casein free diet
glutathione - a supplement. Lots
GSDL - Great Smokies Diagnostic
Lab - a lab that does testing of hair, urine, blood, etc.
GSE - GrapeFRUIT Seed Extract.
(NOTE: this is NOT the same as Grape Seed Extract!) An OTC substance
used for combating yeast. See http://www.danasview.net/yeast.htm
HF - high functioning
HFA - high functioning autism (a
HFS - abbreviation for Health Food
HTH - abbreviation for Hope That
Helps or Hope This Helps
homeopathic remedy - Homeopathy is a school
of medicine, based on treating symptoms with minute amounts of those agents
which CAUSE the symptoms. Homeopathic remedies often do not contain
a detectable level of the agent being used (they are extremely diluted.)
hot lots - lots or batches of vaccines
that have larger-than-average number of negative reports. [ I do not think
this is a very precise definition (someone correct me, please!) ]
There is also some contention (from officialdom) whether such a thing as
"hot lots" exist. see: http://www.909shot.com/Issues/hotlots.htm
A list of "hot lots" can be found at: http://www.vaers.org/data.htm
Houston Nutraceuticals Inc or
- company that makes enzyme products. See http://www.houstonni.com
The principal is Devin Houston.
IEP - Individual Education Plan
IMHO - short for "in my humble
IMO - short for "in my opinion"
JMO - short for "just my opinion"
Kirkman - company that sells supplements
(etc.) for autistic children/adults. http://www.kirkmanlabs.com/
LD - Learning Disability
LOL - short for "lots of laughs";
often used in ironic or sarcastic context. Or (alternate): Laughing
metal free -
a product sold which says it chelates heavy metals. One of a few products
which come up on the list repeatedly. http://www.bodyhealth.com
- a metal storage protein. (see also MT listings)
MIL - short
for "mother in law"
MT - short for metallothionein.
MT deficiency or MT
dysfunction - There is a general opinion that many children
with autism have an MT deficiency. There are also THEORIES that say
that this results in an inability to detox mercury/metals, and there are
THEORIES that say that mercury toxicity results in MT deficiency. According
to Pfeiffer Treatment Center: "most autism-spectrum patients exhibit evidence
of an MT dysfunction"
MT primer and MT
promoter - A form of therapy that is supposed to correct MT
deficiency. This is largely promoted by Bill Walsh and Pfeiffer.
See also http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Autism-Mercury/files/INDEX_MT
milk thistle - a herbal supplement,
good for the liver. Made from the seeds of milk thistle plant.
NAC - a supplement. Lots of sulfur.
NAET - Nambudripad's Allergy
Elimination Technique; a technique used to eliminate or reduce allergies.
Considered "alternative". Involves muscles testing, and stimulation of
acupuncture points (by rubbing or with needles).
NDF - a product
sold which says it chelates heavy metals. One of a few products which come
up on the list repeatedly. http://www.bioray2000.com
NIDS - an
organization - Nuero Immune Dysfunction Syndrome - Principal is Michael
No-Fenol - a enzyme product
made by Houston Nutraceuticals. It is used to reduce the effects of phenols
NT - neurological typical ("not
OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
off or "off"
- refers to time when one is not taking a chelator. e.g. "my son shows
improvement during the off time."
OMG - short for Oh My God.
on or "on"
- refers to time when one IS taking a chelator. e.g. "I feel tired
and cranky when during the on cycle"
OT: - short for "off topic". Usually
used in the "subject" of a post, e.g. "OT: movies about autism". Another
meaning is: Occupational Therapy, or Occupational Therapist
OTC - "over the counter".
This means the substance can be obtained without a prescription. e.g. "I'm
using OTC yeast remedies."
Patricia Kane or Pat
Kane - Director of an organization BodyBio. This is a
treatment plan which involves nutritional supplements. Discussion of BodyBio
and Kane on the autism-mercury list has been highly inflammatory in the
Pb - the (toxic) element lead
phenols - a component of foods,
which some or many ASD children are reactive to. See PST deficiency.
Plumbiferous - containing lead
Plumbism - lead poisoning
PCA or PCA-Rx-
a product sold which says it chelates heavy metals. One of a few products
which come up on the list repeatedly. PCA is made by Maxam labs http://www.maxamlabs.com
PD - Parkinson's Disease. A diagnose.
(generally of adults, I believe.)
PDD - pervasive developmental disorder
or pervasive developmental delay (a diagnosis)
PDD-NOS - PDD not otherwise specified
Pep - a enzyme product made by Houston Nutraceuticals
Pfeiffer Treatment Center - http://www.hriptc.org/
pink disease -
also called acrodynia
- a disorder which was (in the past) caused by teething powders which contained
plasma cysteine -
A blood test of cysteine level. Andy recommends a plasma cysteine test
to find out if a child/adult is "high sulfur" or "low sulfur". Cysteine
has something to do with sulfur. NOT the same as cystine!! (see http://home.earthlink.net/~moriam/ANDY_INDEX.html
for further details. Look for the section on sulfur and thiols.)
- any of a group of disorders involving excess accumulation of porphyrins
a chemical containing a porphyrin ring which is composed of four linked
pyrrole rings. Porphyrins are found in various blood and respiratory
pigments and are the basis of heme (part of the bloods haemoglobin which
carries oxygen to body tissue)
POV - short for "point of view",
e.g. from "my POV, that seems silly."
living agents which are supportive of colon health. Lactobacillus acidophilus
is probably the best known probiotic organism. Used to help maintain healthy
balance of yeast.
provoked test - A test in which
a chelation agent is used prior to testing. Usually a urine test. Usually
done using unsafe dosage and dose timing. Also called a "challenge" test.
PST deficiency - a condition of
intolerance of phenols in food, or difficulty with processing of phenols
Rhogam - an injectable agent used
during pregnancy when the Rh factor of the mother and fetus conflict. Often
contains thimerosal (mercury).
RLD - Receptive Language Delay
round or round
of chelation - Refers to a period of taking/giving a chelation
agent, followed by a period of not taking/giving a chelation agent.
The period of taking/giving a chelation agent is usually a few days. Chelation
proceeds in a series of these "rounds". See also on, off
and 3/4 (in this glossary)
Rx - prescription, or agent which
requires a prescription. e.g. "DMPS requires an Rx in the US."
SAHM - Stay At Home Mom
SCD - Specific Carbohydrate Diet
-- See http://www.scd.freeuk.com/
SID - Sensory Integration Disorder
secretin - an "alternative" or
biomedical treatment for autism. Secretin is a natural hormone that acts
as a neuro-transmitter. It is present in the gut, and signals the pancreas
to release digestive enzymes when food enters the small intestine. It is
also present in the brain. Secretin is currently being studied by
SNT - Super NuThera - a supplement
formula made by Kirkman's
stim (or stims
- short for "self stimulation" or, something like that. It
refers to a whole range of behavior--- hand flapping, rocking, hair twirling--
things someone does for stimulation-- I think of it as "in a self-aborbed
SSRI - Selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitor. A type of antidepressant drug.
"the counting rules" - A set of
guidelines for interpreting a DDI hair test. Invented by Andy Cutler.
The "rules" tell you specific values to "count". See: http://home.earthlink.net/~moriam/HOW_TO_hair_test.html
thimerosal - a preservative which
contains mercury, used in vaccines and other products.
thiol - (from Andy:) A sulfur with
a hydrogen stuck to it, and then it is stuck to an organic molecule.
The sulfur + hydrogen is the thiol group.
TIA - abbreviation
for "thanks in advance"
TTFD - thiamine
tetrahydrofurfuryl disulfide: the "synthetic counterpart" of allithiamine,
which is a disulfide derivative of thiamine (Vitamin B1), which is the
substance that occurs naturally in garlic. A number of doctors and others
use TTFD and believe it is a chelator.
tincture - an herbal extraction,
made with alcohol, vinegar, glycerin, etc.
titer - a type of test to check
existing immunity level. For example, some kids don't need vaccine boosters
because they already have adequate immunity.
tmg - trimethylglycine
unprovoked test - A test in which
a chelation agent is NOT used prior to testing. Just a "regular" test.
See also provoked test and challenge test.
VRP - Vitamin Research Products
-- a company that sells supplements, including DMSA.
y.o. or YO
- short for year old; e.g. "I have a 10 YO son"
Zyme Prime or
ZP - a enzyme product made by Houston Nutraceuticals