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wtl
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Just thought this is interesting...

More interesting is that they linked this to parent education. Never thought that's the cause...
http://www.mercurynews.com/sunnyvale/ci_14126944?source=rss&nclick_check=1

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How ironic that it's called mercurynews and they write an article about autism with no mention of mercury or vaccines.
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well, I don't think they are linking it to parent education, they are saying that it is more documented in educated families. That could just mean it is because those families are more likely to have health care and therefore, access to an autism diagnosis.

In my opinion, I think that also says they may be more likely to be vaccinated. I read somewhere that autism started to spike when babies began to get the hep B shot at birth in the mid 1990's.

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After you said that I thought... well makes sense, no quack shows up to give you a hep B shot after you give birth to your kid in the back of an El Camino.

I've also read articles though that showed college educated people are more likely to avoid vaccines. So who knows. It would definitely seem smarter people would avoid vaccines if they are told the truth, but then again, when are they actually told the truth.

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I'm surprised there was no mention of the mercury pollution in the Bay Area water supply. That area is home to a bunch of shut down Mercury mines, like the one at Almaden.

This coupled with gestational Lyme could lead to a bunch of problems. The Bay area is well stocked with infected ticks.

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The Sunnyvale/Santa Clara area is home to EPA superfund sites because of leaking underground storage tanks. I remember researching this when we were moving there and I was shocked to see how many toxic areas there were.

BTW, the San Jose Mercury News is so-named because Mercury is the messenger god, so no surprise that they don't mention mercury in the article. Two very different "mercury"s.

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I'm sorry to report that the computer gadgets (which were largely made in silicon valley for a long time) are loaded with a lot more than just mercury. It has the highest number of superfund sites in a US city because of heavy metals, carcinogins, teratogens, and a large variety of other chemicals that are not conducive to organic life.

And drinking water is only one of many ways to be exposed.

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