Is there really a causal relationship between mercury exposure and autism? Some evidence to the contrary! October 23, 2013Posted by Nancy Hepp in guest commentary.
Tags: acrodynia, autism, mercury poisoning
written by Arnold P. Wendroff, PhD
In response to the publication of an article and video, Dr. Wendroff submitted these comments to the publishers:
Dear Age of Autism Editors,
I was prompted to write to you by the article in today’s Age of Autism.
If in fact there was a valid correlation between mercury exposure as a cause of autism, one would expect that the Caribbean and Latino populations who are exposed to elemental mercury via its magico-religious use would experience a considerable excess of autism, which they apparently do not.
Attached are two papers (links below) describing a case of acrodynia, apparently from exposure to mercury vapor from a magico-religious mercury spill by a prior occupant of the Puerto Rican family’s apartment. Not described, but discussed in my accompanying comments were the two siblings and the mother who were also exposed, and chronically poisoned.
These exposures are relatively commonplace, as predicted by the papers by Zayas & Ozuah (1996) and Ozuah et al 2003, yet no excess cases of autism have been reported in these Caribbean and Latino populations.
If you are aware of any such correlation I would be most grateful to be informed.
Links to papers