Originally Posted by Eye-Kon
Your kind of missing the point man. Sure the actual disease autism might be a genetic condition with unidentified enviromental trigger but alot of the time children who are adversly effected by mercury are just diagnosed as being autistic when they would be perfectly fine if they were never bombarded with mercury. Oh and by the way, I don't think the bi-polar rates are going up what so ever.. so that just debunks your theory.
I love it when people say "I think" and expect you to take it as "It is". But anyway..... Yes, in fact the number of cases of various mental diseases, including bi-polar, ADHD, autism, Asbergers, and others is going up due to the improvements made in diagnosis and prevention as well as the decrease in stigma over suffering from a mental disorder.
Researchers from the state California Department of Public Health found the autism
rate in children rose continuously during the 12-year study period from 1995 to 2007. The preservative thimerosal has not been used in childhood vaccines since 2001, but it is used in some flu shots.
Doctors say the latest study adds to existing evidence refuting a link between thimerosal
exposure and autism risk and should reassure parents that the disorder is not caused by vaccinations. If there was a risk, they said, autism rates should have dropped between 2004 and 2007.
The findings show "no evidence of mercury poisoning in autism" since there was no decline in autism rates even after the elimination of thimerosal, said Dr. Eric Fombonne, an autism researcher at Montreal Children's Hospital who had no role in the research.
Some advocacy groups blame thimerosal for the impaired social interaction typical of autism. Nearly 5,000 claims alleging a vaccine-autism link have been lodged with the U.S. government, which is deciding whether victims should receive compensation from a government fund.
And dont even think to resort to the Special Pleading logical falacy by saying that this study was just a part of the conspiricy to keep mercury in our kids.