Originally Posted by Eye-Kon
The video is you were talking about in a previous post was really quite irrelavent anyways. Elemental mercury is infact toxic not as much as methyl-mercury though. It doesn't matter anyways, elemental mercury get metabolized into organic mercury when its in someones body.
Yes, elemental mercury is toxic, but in FAR higher doses than what is required for toxicity of ethyl-mercury, the compound used in tiny amounts in Thimerisol. Methylmercury, its cousin, is far more toxic to be sure, but that isn't what is used.
Oh, and on the Autism front, a recent study identified common gene variations that contribute to the onset of Autism, leading further credibility to the hypothesis that it is primarily a genetic disorder. Also, a large study in the UK that looked at Autism cases by generations found that there was no percentage increase generation to generation of Autism cases. The same percentage of 50 year olds have Autism as 5 year olds. This lends credibility to the theory that the purported increase in Autism diagnoses is simply and artifact of improved techniques, and not due to any environmental concerns.