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Toxic metals and autism

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Giullio Filippo Tarro corresponding author
Minguzzi Renato
Verzella Franco


Toxic metals (MT) are the major pollution to the land (37.3% in Europe), which are produced mainly by industrial activities, entering a far part of our life cycle, through the skin, breathing, ingestion of foods and water. Especially children in the first three years of life are biologically more vulnerable. The spreading epidemic of Autism and developmental disorders, that has been recorded in industrialized countries during the last 20 years is a sensitive thermometer of the pollution. Tests were carried out on 20 MT in a group of 73 subjects diagnosed with autism, the mean age of 8 years old. All 73 patients were over threshold for at least one metal. Seven metals (mercury, lead, antimony, tin, arsenic, thallium, cesium) had  values over 50% (thirty-seven patients). The 26% (nineteen patients) exceeded the threshold for ten or more metals. Gadolinium 1521.21 exceeds threshold times. Mercury (x 379.95), tin (x 118), lead (x 108): presenting the coefficients more elevated. The average values exceed the threshold a lot: Mercury (x 28.14), Lead (x 10.56), Tin (x 9.98). With age increases the  threshold exceeded for a lower number of metals. The analysis shows that gender has no significant difference, possibly results from the reduced number of females (18%). A future comparison research remains. We will explore the detoxification capacity difference between two genders affected by autism.

toxic metals; autism

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Giullio Filippo Tarro, Committee on Biotechnologies and Virus-Sphere World Academy Biomedical Technologies, UNESCO, Italy

Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Giullio Filippo Tarro,  graduated from Medicine School, Naples University in 1962.

--(1965-1968) He was a Research Associate in Division of Virology and Cancer Research, Children’s Hospital;
--(1968-1969) Assistant Professor of Research Pediatrics, College Medicine, Cincinnati University, Ohio;
--(1972-1985) Dr. Tarro was responsible for the discovery of an RSV virus related to infant deaths in Naples(1979), and he was an Oncological Virology Professor, Naples University;
--(1973-2003) He moved forwards as Chief Division in Virology, before moving into Head Department Diagnostic Laboratories, (2003-2006);
--He was an Emeritus in D. Cotugno Hospital for Infectious Diseases, Naples from 2006 till up to date;
--Since 2007, Professor Tarro is the Chairman Committee of Biotechnologies and VirusSphere, World Academy Biomedical Technologies, UNESCO;
--He is also Adjunct Professor Department Biology, Temple University, College of Science and Technology, Philadelphia;
--He was the recipient of the Sbarro Health Research Organization Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and President Foundation de Beaumont Bonelli for Cancer Research;
--His basic researches deal with early antigens of herpes-virus and tumor proteins induced in lung cancer;
--He has published more than 500 academic articles by now.


How to Cite
Tarro, G., Renato, M., & Franco, V. (2017). Toxic metals and autism. Theory and Clinical Practice in Pediatrics, 1(1), 18-27.


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