In April of 2000, SafeMinds founders put forth the first definitive work reviewing the link between mercury and Autism Spectrum Disorders. This effort showed that the autism presentation mirrored mercury toxicity. This research was key to propelling the issue into the awareness of the public and government officials. The resulting report, “Autism: A Novel Form of Mercury Poisoning” (Bernard, Enayati, Redwood, Roger, Binstock) was and remains recognized as a cornerstone document to the discourse on medical mercury exposure and toxicity and its effects on health.
Since this historical report, SafeMinds has sponsored almost one million dollars in research related specifically to mercury and adverse neurological outcomes. This level of financial commitment establishes SafeMinds as the largest non-profit organization funding mercury and autism-related research. SafeMinds relentlessly pursues the scientific truth about mercury and neurodevelopmental disorders through direct funding of research, as well as providing constant surveillance and vigilance on misinformation about this issue in the media, government officials and agencies.
The work of SafeMinds’ parent advocate founders is documented in several highly publicized journalistic reports including Robert F. Kennedy’s 2005 Rolling Stones article “Deadly Immunity,” and David Kirby’s 2005 book Evidence of Harm, Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy.