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May 10th, 2010, 05:09 PM
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The Associated Press: Mercury high in Japanese town that hunts dolphins

I wonder why there isn't any mention of autism among the people of this region who are consuming a lot of dolphin (as well as tuna) if their mercury levels are soooo high from it. I know mercury isn't good for you, I have completely stopped eating tuna because of it (and you should too, it's terrible!) but if mercury is the cause of autism, like so many in the anti-vaccine camp claim, why isn't there any of it among these people, particularly since they're consuming dolphin during pregnancy and exposing their fetuses at the most critical stages of development? I've followed the story of this town quite closely and have never seen a single case of autism mentioned. Why could that be? I'd *really* like to see this studied further and see some hard numbers on the incidence of autism among people with high mercury levels in Taiji, if there are any at all.
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May 13th, 2010, 07:36 PM
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Honestly, I think it would be a waste to study autism rates there. Most scientists say there's no link and even if they could demonstrate once again that there was no link, the anti-vaccine camp wouldn't buy it.
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May 13th, 2010, 08:53 PM
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You're probably right. Antecdotal evidence > Science, apparently. I find it incredibly interesting that these people appear to be suffering no ill effects from their high levels of mercury. Perhaps it's not as dangerous as once thought?

I know I sure do miss tuna salad... I guess saving the bluefin is reason enough to stop eating it, but the high mercury content helps my will power quite a bit.
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May 13th, 2010, 10:11 PM
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Yes, the autism vaccine debate is really over, the myth has been busted, it would be a waste of money and effort to continue to try to convince those yet unconvinced.

I wonder if perhaps the people developed a tolerance to mercury over time because of their diet...
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May 14th, 2010, 07:32 AM
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I wonder if perhaps the people developed a tolerance to mercury over time because of their diet...

Now THAT would be an interesting thing to study!
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May 18th, 2010, 03:26 PM
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Yes, the autism vaccine debate is really over, the myth has been busted...
Totally agree with that but still worried that 'the damage has already been done' Ugh. We've come a long way but still such a long way to go!
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