Mercury Exposure Increases Risk of Autism in Future Generations

Pink disease: autism risk (Science Alert). Australian survivors of Pink Disease, who suffered a series of conditions caused by exposure to mercury containing teething powders, are reporting significantly higher rates of autism among their children and grandchildren than in the general population. Researchers surveyed over 500 survivors of Pink Disease and found a 1 in 25 rate of autism among grandchildren of survivors, compared with 1 in 160 in the general population.

Further research is needed to determine whether or not mercury exposure increases the risk for future generations to develop autism, as many children born in the 1990’s have been exposed to high levels of mercury through childhood vaccines, contaminated seafood, air pollution from coal burning plants, dental amalgams and other environmental sources.

Chelation studies to determine if reducing mercury body burden prior to child bearing will reduce the risk of autism and an evaluation of the effect of vaccinations on children and grandchildren of individuals with higher than normal mercury levels should be conducted to determine if risk can be reduced. Heavy metal testing should be made more widely available to those with known exposures.

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