The Truth About Mercury

mercury batteryAt IKEA a few weeks ago, I picked up a few things. Candles, a few Beskuren, some replacement Ivrig—you know, the usual essentials. And AA batteries, better known as Aklalisk in IKEAland. When I got those home, I took a closer look at the label where, to my surprise, I found that it listed “0% Mercury.” Do most other batteries contain mercury—and if so, what else? I decided to find out.  [Read more…]

How to Avoid Chemicals Linked to Autism

latino nurse giving african american girl an injectionIn case you haven’t noticed, there’s a serious debate going on among parents about whether or not vaccinations cause autism. And no wonder, as the numbers keep going up: New statistics from the CDC show that autism now affects a staggering one in 68 kids and jumped more than 400% in 20 years. Everyone wants to know why. And a recent study brings new evidence to support the theory that our environment—not our vaccines—is causing the autism spike. [Read more…]

Vaccines, By The Numbers

young boy receiving a shotI know that this post will get a lot of attention, and not all of it positive. The last time I wrote about vaccines—when Jenny McCarthy joined “The View”—it sparked a serious debate in the comments section.

But given the recent news of a New York City measles outbreak linked to so-called “anti-vaxxers,” I decided to break vaccines down by the numbers, as part of an month’s infographic-driven series. The facts are below, but here are three that I didn’t add:

In 2013, the Journal of Pediatrics found no connection between vaccines and autism.
In 2011, the Institute of Medicine found no connection between vaccines and autism.
In 2010, Andrew Wakefield, who first proposed the connection between vaccines and autism, was stripped of his medical license for fraud.

What do you think of the vaccine numbers? They seem incontrovertible to me. Is there something I’m missing? [Read more…]