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Mercury and Vaccine Link to Autism

To long time readers of this Web site it is no mystery that vaccines and mercury are connected to autism. However, now new studies are confirming that exposure to certain neurodevelopmental toxins, like the mercury in the vaccine additive thimerosal, may increase the risk of autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The researchers found that exposure to toxins such as ethanol and heavy metals (including lead, aluminum and the ethylmercury-containing preservative thimerosal) interrupt growth factor signaling. This adversely impacts methylation reactions such as the transfer of carbon atoms. Methylation is critical to proper neurological development in infants and children.

The second study, issued by the EPA, (see Seattle PI link) showed that about 630,000 children are born each year at risk for lowered intelligence and learning problems caused by exposure to high levels of mercury in the womb. The new estimate is based on data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and recent studies that show the level of mercury in the umbilical cord blood of newborns is 1.7 times higher than the mercury level in their mother's blood. According to the new estimate, one in every six women of childbearing age has enough mercury in her blood to pose a risk to her child, compared with previous estimates of one in every 12 women.

Molecular Psychiatry January 2004

Seattle PI February 5, 2004

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