Donald Triplett – Autism’s Patient Zero

27 Sep

Donald Triplett is (for he is still alive) Kanner’s Case 1. Recently the story in a lovely portrait in The Atlantic, Donald has also had the sad misfortune to slowly but inexorably become a poster child for the autism/anti-vaccine movement. As one of the leading autism/anti-vaccine proponents, Ginger Taylor, writes:

While Kanner’s other cases had poor outcomes, Donald did not. It turns out Donald received a medical treatment that Kanner never recorded when, as a boy, he fell victim to crippling juvenile arthritis. Donald was treated with gold salts and his brother reported that as a result, Donald not only recovered from the arthritis, but “the proclivity to excitability and extreme nervousness had all but cleared up.”

Donald began to recover from “autism.”

This is highly relevant to the autism debate because gold has an extreme affinity for mercury and pulls it from the body. It is also significant because arthritis links his “nervous disorder” to his autoimmune disorder. It is historical evidence that the claims that parents have been making, that their children with autism had regressed after their mercury-containing vaccines, and that treating them for their autoimmune symptoms makes their “autism” better.

Sigh. And so we see the same old merry-go-round that has engulfed Hannah Poling – a determination to see one end and one end only for causing autism – vaccines.

And yet…theres no evidence Donald Triplett was ever vaccinated with anything. Certainly not thiomersal. Indeed, those who ‘discovered’ that Donald was treated with gold salts – Messers Blaxill and Olmsted, had to find another method of Donald being exposed to mercury. They claim that Donald:

…lived in an area where a water-soluble form of mercury was first used in forestry.

Bit of a stretch much?

There are a few reasons I really think this is debatable at best.

1) Why was Donald Triplett the _only_ person in Forest, Mississippi to ‘get’ autism from pesticides used in Forestry?

2) The only person who has suggested Gold Salts could theoretically chelate mercury is one Boyd Haley. In fact as Prometheus said way back in 2005:

The gold used to treat Donald T’s RA was a salt – the gold was an ion and not able to amalgamate with metallic mercury. In addition, mercury in animal tissue is also either ionized or chemically bonded with organic groups (e.g. methyl, ethyl, phenyl…) and also not able to form an amalgam.

3) Lets say that the gold salts performed the impossible and chelated the mercury. Why didn’t Donald Triplett simply ‘get’ autism straight away since mercury continued to be used in the Forestry industry? Chelation is not a preventative.

So here is this young boy who’s exposure to water soluble mercury seems in extreme doubt to me, who’s vaccination record seems to be zero but who was also autistic.

I’m afraid that only points one way to me.

16 Responses to “Donald Triplett – Autism’s Patient Zero”

  1. Julian Frost September 27, 2010 at 11:42 #

    I actually put a blog posting up on Triplett: Such a pity the mercury militia have tried to hijack his story to further their ludicrous claims.

  2. Chris September 27, 2010 at 17:21 #

    Julian, all I get when I try to access your blog is:

    You don’t have permission to access / on this server.

  3. Liz Ditz September 27, 2010 at 18:16 #

    I haven’t read B&O’s book yet (not available at my local indie bookseller and not yet ordered by local libraries). Do they talk about Mercurochrome (merbromin)?

    Both my mother & grandmother were champion Mercurochrome swabbers. I spent most childhood summers with orangey stripes on my arms and legs, the consequence of any scrape or mosquito bite being swabbed.

    I’m not a chemist or pharmacist (US usages) so I can’t figure out what the concentrations would be but sure I was exposed to vast quantities of mercury — as were many many other children. If mercury is so terribly autismogenic, why did that exposure not result in autism?

    • Ashley January 25, 2013 at 23:41 #

      Ditz indeed. You had sufficient glutathione to carry it out of the body. You were not genetically predisposed to be unable to excrete mercury properly. Not everyone who is exposed to mercury becomes autistic. DUH.

      • Sullivan (Matt Carey) January 26, 2013 at 00:11 #

        And there’s no good evidence that there are “poor excretors” of mercury. There is much bad evidence. “If your hair mercury levels are high, you are a poor excretor” “If you hair mercury levels are low, you are a poor excretor”. “If some strange combination of other metals, not mercury, add up to some number, you are a poor excretor”.

  4. Clay September 27, 2010 at 19:30 #

    Years ago, Ginger Taylor made a little better sense. Now, I’m afraid, she’s swallowed the EoH/AoA messages hook, line, and stinker. 😉

  5. Sullivan September 27, 2010 at 20:43 #

    Interesting story in the Atlantic. I would venture a bet that it was read by far more people than “The Age of Autism” (the book) has and will be.

    That said, so there’s a complaint that The Atlantic did this story? Let’s see, Dan Olmsted discussed “Donald T.”, what, five years ago? Did he put some sort of journalistic “no trespassing” sign on it? Does he own the story now?

    Didn’t Dan Olmsted take on the “Amish story”, one that was floating around for years before he published on it?

    Did Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill attempt to seek out the autistics in the care of the California Department of Developmental Services who were born before 1930? The earliest birth year in the records I have (publicly available) is 1917. That was from a dataset in 1995. I don’t have the more recent datasets available.

    if you look at the number of autistics in the CDDS care by birth year, it is pretty flat from birth year 1917 to birth year 1940. It’s really after about 1943 that there is an increase.

    What’s very strange, from a vaccines-cause autism perspective, is that in that dataset (1995 CDDS), the number of autistics by birthyear is basically flat from 1963 to 1978 (it even looks like it went down a little in the sixties).

    Measles, licensed in 1971
    Rubella, licensed in 1969
    Mumps, licensed in 1967

  6. Chris September 28, 2010 at 00:59 #

    Sullivan, the MMR was licensed in 1971. There was a single measles vaccine licensed in 1963.

    • Sullivan September 28, 2010 at 01:05 #

      Thanks Chris!

      So, to make the point: the period that the number of CDDS autism clients per birth year is flat (or dropping) is the same time period that these vaccines came out. Not the most rigorous test, but this is the sort of logic that supports the vaccines-cause-autism theory. In this case, the data don’t show a correlation between autism “rates” and these vaccines.

  7. Joseph September 28, 2010 at 01:28 #

    While Kanner’s other cases had poor outcomes, Donald did not.

    Not all of Kanner’s other cases had poor outcomes. He talks about that in Kanner et al. (1972). There’s an earlier follow-up of his original 11 children from 1943 — Kanner (1971). Both Donald T. and Frederick Creighton W. are considered to have had good outcomes.

    Four of the 11 children had what one might call a “dismal” outcome. They all had been institutionalized from a very young age.

  8. Neuroskeptic September 28, 2010 at 20:14 #

    Pah, they’re clearly in the pockets of Big Gold. What are they paying you, Blaxill and Olmsted? How many ingots?!

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  10. Bebe Herrick January 16, 2016 at 02:35 #

    Well, I was raised in MS and 2 little tow heads ran out and breathed the dusting from crop dusting planes throughout my childhood. It was exciting to have them swoop down in the fields surrounding our house
    When my dad was battling prostate cancer later into bones, his Dr was in Senate hearings because Coahoma County had the highest rate of cancer per capita at that time.
    His death was in 1991 at age 77 with the heart of a 50 yr old–as Dr. told us .
    My younger brother died in 2004 at age 57 with cancer!
    My farming community of Clarksdale has had many such deaths and continues to do so.

    For these reasons I have no trouble believing the doubted findings in Forest, MS, for Donald Triplett’s autism.
    Chemicals are not good for anyone.
    Don’t even get me started on this subject—it is discussed anytime I am with any of my classmates of 1962–everyone has a story from their family!!!!
    Do more research!

    • Lawrence January 16, 2016 at 05:10 #

      Is that even English?


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