Managing Editor's Note: Editor at Large Mark Blaxill wrote an Age of Autism post called Mercury is in the Air last spring.
Click HERE to read David Kirby's latest piece at Huffington Post on the Cornell study linking rain and autism. Click here (MERCURY MAPS) to see graphics on mercury in the air. In th HuffPo piece David says:
A new study out of Cornell University says that children growing up in the rainiest or snowiest areas of the country seem to have a higher risk for autism than children living in drier climates.
The authors estimated that removing precipitation as a factor in autism would slice the prevalence of the disorder by 33% to 43%.
Among the possible explanations given were: A lack of vitamin D from a sun-deprived life under the clouds, an increased amount of time spent indoors amid toxic household chemicals, or the presence of dangerous neurotoxins in the precipitation itself, which in turn might trigger a genetic predisposition to ASD.
One of the most omnipresent, growing (and obvious) air-borne neurotoxins in the world to consider, of course, is mercury...