Mercury in Drugs and Environment Linked To Autism

by Dr. Robert O. Young

How do mercury emissions affect pregnant mothers, the unborn and toddlers? Do the level of emissions impact autism rates? Does it matter whether a mercury-emitting source is 10 miles away from families versus 20 miles? Is the risk of autism greater for children who live closer to the pollution source?

A newly published study of Texas school district data and industrial mercury-release data, conducted by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, indeed shows a statistically significant link between pounds of industrial release of mercury and increased autism rates. It also shows -- for the first time in scientific literature -- a statistically significant association between autism risk and distance from the mercury source.

"This is not a definitive study, but just one more that furthers the association between environmental mercury and autism," said lead author Raymond F. Palmer, Ph.D., associate professor of family and community medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. The article is in the journal Health & Place.

Dr. Palmer, Stephen Blanchard, Ph.D., of Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio and Robert Wood of the UT Health Science Center found that community autism prevalence is reduced by 1 percent to 2 percent with each 10 miles of distance from the pollution source.

"This study was not designed to understand which individuals in the population are at risk due to mercury exposure," Dr. Palmer said. "However, it does suggest generally that there is greater autism risk closer to the polluting source."

"The study should encourage further investigations designed to determine the multiple routes of mercury exposure, including the many childhood vaccinations that contain over 25 mcg. of mercury, states Dr. Robert O. Young, a research scientist at The pH Miracle Living Center.

"The effects of persistent, low-dose exposure to mercury pollution, in addition to fish consumption, deserve attention," Dr. Palmer said. "Ultimately, we will want to know who in the general population is at greatest risk based on genetic susceptibilities such as subtle deficits in the ability to detoxify heavy metals."

"We suspect low-dose exposures to various environmental toxicants, including mercury, that occur during critical windows of neural development among genetically susceptible children may increase the risk for developmental disorders such as autism," the authors wrote.

Study highlights:

* Mercury-release data examined were from 39 coal-fired power plants and 56 industrial facilities in Texas.

* Autism rates examined were from 1,040 Texas school districts.

* For every 1,000 pounds of mercury released by all industrial sources in Texas into the environment in 1998, there was a corresponding 2.6 percent increase in autism rates in the Texas school districts in 2002.

* For every 1,000 pounds of mercury released by Texas power plants in 1998, there was a corresponding 3.7 percent increase in autism rates in Texas school districts in 2002.

* Autism prevalence diminished 1 percent to 2 percent for every 10 miles from the source.

* Mercury exposure through fish consumption is well documented, but very little is known about exposure routes through air and ground water.

* There is evidence that children and other developing organisms are more susceptible to neurobiological effects of mercury.

"We need to be concerned about global mercury emissions since a substantial proportion of mercury releases are spread around the world by long-range air and ocean currents," Dr. Palmer said. "Steps for controlling and eliminating mercury pollution on a worldwide basis may be advantageous. This entails greener, non-mercury-polluting technologies."

Dr. Young states, "mercury is a major acidic contributor to the body, especially the brain. A baby would receive 25 µg of mercury in a single 0.5 ml vaccination does of DPT which is 25 times greater then the daily allowance of 1.0 µg for a baby that weighs 6 pounds."

"If 8 doses of thimerosal-containing vaccine were given in the first 6 months of life (3 DPT, 2 HIB and 3 Hepatitis B) the 200 µg of mercury given, say an average size of 12 lbs would be about 87 times greater the the daily allowance of 2.3 µg of mercury for a baby of that size."

"There is no question in my mind that mercury or thimerosal contained in many childhood vaccinations and drugs is a primary contributor to autism in children and should be avoided at all cost. The mercury poisoning risk is far greater then the illusionary benefit of the vaccination."

"There is no scientific proof of the safety or the effectiveness of drugs and vaccinations. According to the journal, BMJ Clinical Evidence, about 2,500 drug treatments offered in conventional medicine produce the following results:

1) 13 percent are beneficial to the patient

2) 23 percent are likely to be beneficial

3) 8 percent is a trade-off between benefits and harm

4) 6 percent are unlikely to be beneficial

5) 4 percent are likely to be ineffective or harmful, and

6) 46 percent have unknown effectiveness.

There is a 64% risk that the drug or the vaccine treatment you or your child receive will cause harm, will be ineffective or may have unknown side-effects."

"The safe and effective way to have health, energy and vitality is to simply maintain the alkaline design of the body with an alkaline lifestyle and diet."

"Health is all about maintaining the delicate alkaline pH of the blood and tissues," states Dr. Young.

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