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TEXAS MEDIA NEEDS TO LEARN KIDS' METAL LEVELS

Metals_testBy Anne Dachel

Texas is talking about the research by Raymond Palmer, associate professor of family and community medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  Palmer's study found that the closer a school is to a mercury source, the higher the rate of autism among the students.  Dr. Lucy Frazier, a toxicologist hired by coal businesses discounted the study.  We're of course used to scientists with ties to industry rejecting any link between exposure to toxins and autism, but this news puts the issue out there. 

The media needs to hear from parents!

If all these news sources receive emails from parents living everywhere in the U.S. and beyond telling them about the heavy metal levels in children with autism, pointing out the changes that occur after chelation and other bio-medical treatment, they may write more.  We need to make it clear that something terrible is happening to our children but that there is hope.  We can stop the exposure to toxins and we can recover these kids. 

Email addresses are included with the news outlet and parents can easily send the same message each of them separately.

Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX
JAN JARVIS

jjarvis@star-telegram.com

Mika Bradford of Keller, who has two children with a type of autism, said the study draws attention to the need for people to be more proactive in addressing mercury emissions. "This may be the canary in the coal mine, and it is having an effect on what we all breathe," she said. Three new coal-fired power plants are planned in Texas, which is the worst in the nation for coal plant emissions, according to Karen Hadden of the Sustainable Energy & Economic Development Coalition. Read the full article HERE.

Texas Cable News, TX
MACIE JEPSON / WFAA-TV

mjepson@wfaa.com

That is the reason why Keefe and other parents of autistic children have petitioned the government to cut back on coal-sourced energy from plants they believe emit mercury into the air. “When we know we've found a needle in a haystack, we need to remove it and be responsible for the information we have found,” said Mika Bradford, Keller.
Parents publicize reported link between coal plants and autism.
Read the full article HERE.

CW33 Dallas/Fort Worth KDAF-TV, TX
Sandra Hernandez

cw33news@tribune.com

For the last three years the McDermott's have been testing Ty's urine up to four times a month and each time find high levels of mercury. "He hasn't been vaccinated in four years. We're still dumping metals," said Tracy McDermott, Ty's mother. "If any mainstream medical doctor can please tell me, where is he getting this exposure?"  Read the full article HERE.

CBS 11/ KTVT TX
Seema Mathur

news@ktvt.com

Mara was among the mom's holding signs at the rally because they believe the results of the new research. "We lived about 10 miles downwind from a coal burning plant and so I do think that it plays a role," Mara said. "I don't think it's the absolute only cause of autism but I do think it plays a significant role."

Many doctors agree that environmental mercury carries neurological risks, saying that's why pregnant women are advised not to eat fish containing high levels of mercury.
Read the full piece HERE.

Autism Risk Linked To Distance From Power Plants
Science Daily

editor@sciencedaily.com
 
The study should encourage further investigations designed to determine the multiple routes of mercury exposure. “The effects of persistent, low-dose exposure to mercury pollution, in addition to fish consumption, deserve attention,” Dr. Palmer said. “Ultimately, we will want to know who in the general population is at greatest risk based on genetic susceptibilities such as subtle deficits in the ability to detoxify heavy metals.”

The new study findings are consistent with a host of other studies that confirm higher amounts of mercury in plants, animals and humans the closer they are to the pollution source. The price on children may be the highest.

“We suspect low-dose exposures to various environmental toxicants, including mercury, that occur during critical windows of neural development among genetically susceptible children may increase the risk for developmental disorders such as autism,” the authors wrote.
Read the full article HERE.

North Texas e-News, TX 
Allen Rich

arich@ntxe-news.com

Families concerned about higher rates of autism in children living ... Read the full article HERE.

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I wanted to inform the readers that Professor Palmer's research was originally mis-quoted, by at least two different media reports.

Professor palmer, in his original interview with United Press International, reported a 61 % (that's 61%, please remember) increase in rates of autism reported, per 1,000 pounds of airbourne mercury .

However, the figure reported by both UTHSCSA (South Carolina U) Will Sansom, and by REUTERS Claudia Miller, mis-quoted the figure as 17 % (that's 17 %, remember) whch is close to a 50% percent difference in figures. I wonder if Professor Palmer ever found out about this error? And also, how many other non-reading media reporters also mis-quoted the same figure?

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