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And you really think that Barrett is going to tell the truth about anything 
adverse having to do with the pharmaceutical industry? LOL.

Jonathan
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From: "Eric Entemann" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 8:40 PM
Subject: Re: mercury and autism


> Quackwatch article on thimerosol and autism: 
> http://www.quackwatch.org/03HealthPromotion/immu/thimerosal.html
>
> ----Original Message Follows----
> From: Michael H Goldhaber <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: Science for the People Discussion List 
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> Subject: mercury and autism
> Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 16:07:34 -0800
>
> Given the debate about Thimerosol, I thought this report, published  in 
> that disreputable capitalist rag, the NY Times, and undoubtedly  based on 
> a study financed by Big Phish, lends an ironic note.
>
> Best,
> Michael
>
>
> February 27, 2007 New York Times
> VITAL SIGNS
> Nutrition: Study Questions Limits on Fish in Pregnancy
>
> By NICHOLAS BAKALAR
> The Food and Drug Administration advises pregnant women to avoid  eating 
> certain fish entirely, because they may contain unsafe levels  of 
> methylmercury, and to limit seafood to 12 ounces, or about two  servings, 
> a week. But a British report, published in The Lancet on  Feb. 17, 
> suggests that this may not be the best advice.
>
> In an observational study of more than 8,000 pregnant women and their 
> children, the researchers found that the children whose mothers ate  less 
> than 12 ounces of seafood a week were about 45 percent more  likely to 
> fall into the lowest 25 percent in I.Q.
>
> The researchers had the mothers fill out questionnaires about their  diet 
> during pregnancy and then report periodically on their children  through 
> age 8. After controlling for more than two dozen diet and  other 
> variables, the researchers found that greater maternal intake  of omega-3 
> fatty acids in fish was associated with better fine motor  development, 
> more prosocial behavior and better social development.
>
> They found no evidence that a mother's consumption of more than 12  ounces 
> of seafood a week had any adverse effect on a child's  development.
>
> "The risks of methylmercury in seafood, many scientists think, have  been 
> radically overestimated in an effort to protect children," said  Dr. 
> Joseph R. Hibbeln, the lead author of the study. "The problem  with the 
> formulation of the advisory is that there was no calculation  of the 
> benefits of seafood."
>
> Dr. Hibbeln, a researcher at the United States Public Health Service, 
> declined to provide diet recommendations. "We are not offering  advice," 
> he said, "just doing a scientific study to provide  information to the 
> other agencies that formulate advice."
>
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