Thursday, May 26, 2005

Autism, Mercury, and Fish

The Age of Autism: Mercury and the Amish

"Environmental mercury is horrible...people with autism are the canaries in the coal mine."

Mercury Contamination of Fish
Mercury Fast Facts
Consumer Reports asks, Is the government too lax in advice on tuna consumption?

FDA Mercury Fish Warnings to Get 5 Times Stricter, Says Spokesperson: Physicians and Advocates Applaud New Standard To Reduce Mercury Exposure

Last July, FDA's food safety committee recommended that the agency publicize a scientific rational for continuing to use its action level, resume fish testing, add other high mercury fish to its "do not consume" list and warn pregnant women and young children to limit consumption of canned tuna, one of the most consumed fish in the U.S.

I'm curious as to whether we'll see a rise of autism in different types of communities, not necessarily geographic ones but perhaps class-based, due to the rising levels of mercury in certain fish. I used to eat canned tuna almost daily - it's my cheapest source of animal protein - but not anymore. Will other people on limited incomes make the same decision I made? Will folks who eat swordfish at swanky restaurants even realize their danger?

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