Managing Editor's Note: Are you reading Spectrum Magazine? May we suggest you do? Click HERE. Dan Olmsted writes for Spectrum. Here's a slice of his latest. (Dan, thanks for a chance to Google Johnny Depp.)
Demon Barbers of Mercury Street: Most of us have a lock of our baby hair somewhere-mine is in a box in the garage. My older sister gave me my first haircut and eliminated my curls, something my mother was not happy about at the time.
This tradition now offers confirmation of a troubling truth: Kids with autism have far more difficulty getting rid of mercury than their neurotypical peers. A new study of first baby haircuts contains this cut-to-the-chase sentence (remember that Hg is the chemical designation of mercury): "These data are consistent with reports of high Hg body mercury in children with autism during fetal/infant development ... and thus early exposure to Hg appears to be involved in the etiology of autism."
Read Dan Olmsted's full article in Spectrum Magazine HERE.