Tactile Defensiveness & Mercury

by Gidget

My 7 year old son has always fought putting on socks, shoes, and clothes that have tags or are too tight, especially underwear, which we discovered recently he wasn't wearing at all to school - yikes!

He now receives a sticker on his "chore chart" when he puts them on without a fight.

Thankfully, we're in CA, so he can wear loose basketball shorts daily. But even on the west coast, flip flops are not a good option for winter time and so we struggle and sometimes there are "melt downs". We thought this was just a quirk until a neighbor let me read her copy of "The Out-of-Sync Child" and things began to fit.

With that said, we just got test results back that our son has mercury in his system. Since it's not from tooth fillings or seafood/fish because he doesn't eat it, the source is most likely from the Thimerosal preservative which contains mercury that was in his immunizations. We are now looking at ways to remove the heavy metal from his system since it causes much havoc in his body, from neurological to digestive.

While researching mercury toxicity, I was surprised to find that it affects nerve endings and can result in a tingling sensation or actual pain when being touched, etc. Our son will sometimes scratch his skin until he causes himself to bleed. When we ask why he's doing this, he claims because "it bothers him". Never understood what "it" meant, but I'm now thinking it may be his nerve endings due to the heavy metal poisoning he's experiencing.

I'm wondering if the issue of mercury or heavy metals have been connected with Tactile Dysfunction?

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Sep 28, 2017
Tactile defensiveness etc
by: Ginger Pett

Children can start out with mercury absorbed from mom in utero. I believe this was the case with my son who has many sensory issues.

Then, the toxic metals in vaccines (I am an ex-vaxxer) further exacerbated the issue.

Nov 01, 2016
thimerosal still in vaccines, lots of aluminum too
by: Anonymous

There is some misconception that mercury was removed from vaccines. It was remove from some, reduced in other vaccines and replaced with high amounts of aluminum which is also neurotoxic to the brain.

Traces (1-3mcg)of mercury are still in several infant vaccines. Booster shots are not mercury free or reduce mercury, that's the full dose.
Flu shots are also not mercury. Full dose there too.

You can find the ingredients in package inserts or from the government.

Parents should get the package insert that comes with the vaccine vial and read it first. At least you will have full disclosure on ingredients and possible side effects.

There was no recall of thimerosal vaccines in 2001. They were phased by waiting for the current stock to expire. They used them on children born as late as 2003.

You can read about this in the Simpsonwood Transcripts which are available to anyone online. It's long but it's worth it.

Subsequent to switching to reduced or no thimerosal versions of infant vaccines, they added in mercury containing flu vaccines for pregnant women and infants 6 months of age and up.

Mercury and aluminum are both highly neurotoxic to the brain.

There is a vaccine ingredient calculator on www.NVIC.org that you can use to figure out how much a child would receive of several ingredients in one vaccination appointment.

Sep 23, 2013
Thimerasol removed from routine childhood vaccines 1999-2001
by: SG MD, Pediatrician

Hello, Everyone! I wanted to remind you all that the FDA dictated in 1999 that all manufacturers of all routine childhood vaccines had to find non-thimerasol options in the preservation of their vaccine products. They had until 2001 to accomplish this and it got done. It was controversial because it was based on public fears rather than data but the FDA made the decision that it was better to give in than to do long-ranging studies - so it was done. By 2001, all routine vaccines of childhood were being manufactured either completely without thimerasol or, in just a couple cases where other preservatives were found to be incompatable with certain steps of production, thimerasol had to be distilled back out before the final vaccine product. In those few cases, you'll see in the "inactive ingredients" list half-way down the list "thimerasol 0.0057%" or a similar barely detectable amount. So, since 1999-2001, it's gone, except for the few vaccines in which they've removed as much as they can chemically remove before the final product is ready. I hope this helps. SG MD, Pediatrician

May 02, 2011
heavy metal detox info
by: Anonymous

There is some interesting information regarding heavy metal detoxification on this website:


I am just beginning to research treatments for my son who was diagnosed with this disorder 3 months ago. Probiotics and digestive enzymes are part of the biomedical treatment plan, and I've been giving both to my son since he was about 12 months for his tummy troubles, the probiotics come in capsules which I opened and mixed into juice or milk bottles, and papaya enzymes are chewable and taste like fruity candy. I only used these after discussing them with our family Dr, who suggested an appropriate pediatric starting dose.

The website above is geared towards autism, which I realize not all people with SPD have, but is the most informative site I have found to date regarding heavy metal toxicity. Good luck!

Oct 19, 2010
by: Anonymous

I did a one night sleep study of my son (7yrs with SPD diagnosed) and there was a lot of scratching of legs and restless legs with sudden jerks that woke him briefly each time. He was tested for lead when diagnosed with SPD in Singapore (private clinic) in April. There they recommended a 3 night sleep study but it wasn't available in UK where we did the study in the end. He's been on iron for restless leg syndrome. He always has bags under his eyes and is tired. He was born in Poland and raised in China and Bangladesh, which could be significant. There are so many symptoms I daren't think about them all. I'm hoping for a UK (national health service) assessment in December. I'll ask about testing for mercury. I'm not hopeful of getting OT in Bulgaria, where we are now.

Oct 11, 2010
Tactile defensiveness and metals
by: MercuryBabies

My son tested high for mercury, antimony, arsenic, lead, silver and tin. He is tactile defensive. There was a study done recently on infant monkeys that displayed tactile defensiveness after being exposed to aluminum. I've also read information about mercury causing the brain to wire differently that results in sensory integration problems.

I've no doubt that these metals caused some problems in the development of a normal nervous system. And for some children it led to SPD.
Our story and what we are doing about it:

My son has had improvements in his SPD with low dose chelation. He is not cured yet, I'm not sure if he will be or not, but it is helping where as nothing else has.

Dec 06, 2009
'Balance of the Senses is here'
by: Sherilyn

I am so pleased to see this information becoming apparent to a wider audience.

As parents, we are most likely aware that we need to keep our children's (and more importantly first and foremost our own) bodies clear of chemicals as much as possible. Mercury is just one that does produce a reaction in the body and toxic effects to the brain/bodily functions.

There are many more including natural ones that I have witnessed with myself, my clients and my own daughter to have a definite and strong effect on sensory processing such as all Volatile Organic Compounds (V.O.C's) in your household items eg hairspray, flysprays and other chemicals used around the home. This can create an increase in tactile, auditory sensory sensitivity but mostly I have witnessed it in the oral senses with increases in behavioral issues.

I highly recommend a low chemical diet overseen by a good dietitian (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital have a great elimination diet) and a holistic program that incorporates good sound therapy practices with great nutrition, a decrease in chemicals which brings about a more relaxed and peaceful state of mind/being.

'Balance of the senses'
is here!
Just tap into it.
Most of all, Trust your own intuition.


Sep 19, 2009
Tactile defensiveness and Mercury
by: Rosemary

I have noted that virtually evey child I have worked with that has sensory issues also has food intolerances (which lead to sometimes hitting, kicking and violent outbursts), and heavy metal poisoning (mercury, copper, tin, antimony, arsenic) - which leads to SPD. If your child only eats one or two food items and it is milk (casein) and cheerios or energy bars (gluten), the child has an intolerance to those foods. Mercury is not being excreted by these children - it is being stored. Your standard pediatrician will not understand. You have to look and think outside the box and get them tested for heavy metals (a urine test) and tested for food intolerances by someone who knows what they are doing.

Sep 11, 2009
Mercury Poisoning and Tactile Children
by: Anonymous

The mercury theory really peaked my curiosity. Although my daughter showed some signs of sensory processing problems in infancy, it wasn't until she started preschool/daycare that the clothes sensitivity started and after checking my immunization records she received a 2nd MMR shot around that same time. I'm not positive this was before the whole thing with shoes first started but I was reading today that sensory defensive was on the autism spectrum. Hmmmm! The sensitivity has worsened each school year however. I believe anxiety intensifies it.

Jan 15, 2009
Tactile and Mercury
by: Carol

I have a 3 yr old with Tactile and I also have it. Interesting I read the previous comments just before my visit with a Dr. friend of mine who uses Standard Process testing (the accuracy I find is phenomenal to say the least.)

At our visit today we first rechecked my 5 yr. old for high mercury levels, she is on Hepatica for the last two weeks. Mercury levels have dropped three levels, she is still quite high and we will continue. The mercury shows in the frontal lobe of her brain, the "mood and attitude" area (this was no surprise as she is short tempered.)

What I want to mention is that she also scratches her skin till she bleeds, like its a habit. They are old mosquito bites from last summer that she has not let heal. I have tried everything to get her to stop. (That is one reason I was surprised when I read the comment prior to mine.)

As for my 3 year old we had no plan to test her but she insisted. Dr. John was not looking for anything in particular but found a weakness in the thyroid area. To our amazement mercury levels were at their highest in that area. (There are no accidents in life and this just reminds me of that.) So we have began detoxing Catie for mercury, I will be excited to see if it helps her tactile.

I have never vaccinated my children, but I may have passed along through pregnancy not to mention the food we eat and air we breath.

Mar 07, 2008
Tactile Dysfunction and Scratching
by: Yvette R

Hello - My son is 6 and has all of the symptoms that your son has, except he is okay wearing his underwear. He often goes around the house in nothing but his underwear. He hates socks, tags and tight clothes. One thing you mentioned that really caught my attention was the mercury and nerve ending relation. My son continually scratches himself as well. At first, I thought it might just be dry skin, but he scratches even when he has lotion on.

He has not been tested for mercury, but I am going to request it from his Dr. I am going to research this more and will report back if I find my son also has high mercury levels. We do eat seafood, but he has also been immunized. I am very curious to find out if there is a relation. Thanks for posting!

Best Wishes!
Yvette Read

Feb 08, 2019
tactile sensitivity & mercury/copper/aluminum
by: Jenni

I started having tactile sensory issues a few weeks ago. This has happened once or twice before, but very mild.

This time, it's worse. I started having issues w/ touching paper, cardboard, and other dry similar materials. I get chills just thinking about it. I force myself to touch these things so I don't look like a crazy person, but I know something has to be causing it.

I did find out a while back while doing some testing for my adrenals that I had somewhat high mercury & aluminum (and also possible hidden copper toxicity, according to a doctor who analyzed my hair test). I am now doing a detox protocol to get the metals out, and I started having the tactile over-sensitivity a few weeks in.

I was wondering myself if it could have something to do with the metals being pulled out of my tissues and getting them circulating to get them out of my body. This is nuts.

I feel sorry for these kiddos that have to deal with issues like this. I wish there were more research on the subject.

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