Mercury Pollution and Autism Linked

March 20 22:24 2005 Print This Article

It has been reported of the link between vaccinations and autism, including a special report it published by Dr. Russell Blaylock.See also Birth Defects caused by Workplace and Chemical exposure.

Blaylock claims that many vaccines include toxic mercury.

More evidence of a mercury-autism connection: University of Texas researcher Claudia Miller says data indicate that mercury released mostly from coal-fired power plants may be boosting the cases of autism.

Reuters reports that Miller’s study found the incident of autism — a complex developmental disability that affects an individual in the areas of social interaction and communication — has risen dramatically in Texas counties where mercury emissions also rose.

Hundreds of coal-fired plants release about 48 tons of mercury into the air each year in the U.S.

“The main finding is that for every thousand pounds of environmentally released mercury, we saw a 17 percent increase in autism rates,” said Miller. “The study shows that there may be a very important connection between environmental exposure to mercury and the development of autism.”

“Now we think that due to the rising exposures to pollutants like mercury, they may be at the root of some of these cases,” she said.

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