Wednesday, November 30, 2011

SafeMinds - Autism Mercury Thimerosal - Research -

SafeMinds - Neurotoxicology Conference Initial Report

Report on 2011 Neurotoxicology Conference
From SafeMinds President, Sallie Bernard
The annual Neurotoxicology Conference took place in Research Triangle, NC on October 30-November 2. The conference title was “Environmentally Triggered Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Focus on Endocrine Disruption and Sex Differences in Autism, ADHD, and Schizophrenia.” One day of the conference was webcast and archived, courtesy of Susan Daniels of the Office of Autism Research Coordination which supports the Interagency Autism Coordination Commmittee at NIH. View here.  The conference proceedings are expected to be published in a future journal issue of Neurotoxicology.
A conference on mercury, the endocrine system and autism was conceived several years ago by SafeMinds after reading a review paper by Shirlee Tan, Jesse Meiller and Kathryn Mahaffey of the EPA, “The endocrine effects of mercury in humans and wildlife” (Crit Rev Toxicol. 2009;39(3):228-69). SafeMinds reached out to Drs. Pessah and Zoeller to move the concept forward. Dr. Cranmer, the chair of the conference, graciously adopted the theme. SafeMinds directors Lyn Redwood and Sallie Bernard attended the sessions, and SafeMinds was a co-sponsor of the event.
Findings presented at the conference on neurotoxicology provided evidence that the endocrine system is dysregulated in people on the autism spectrum and common toxins like mercury might be behind this condition. Invited scientists offered supporting data that these alterations might be reversible or prevented through a variety of interventions.
Findings of low levels of sulphate and sulphur-containing compounds like glutathione in autism may be a marker for a more fundamental alteration in selenium status leading to deficiencies in selenoenzymes, according to Nicholas Ralston of the University of North Dakota and a conference presenter. Low circulating sulphate has been a consistent finding validated in autism studies. Selenoenzymes are essential to thyroid hormone homeostasis, repair from oxidative damage in the brain and endocrine tissues, cell signalling, immune function and basic metabolic processes. Selenium is a target of mercury, which tightly binds the selenium molecule, making it unavailable for biological use and disrupting selenium biochemistry. Conversely, selenium can bind mercury, rendering it inert. Dietary selenium, especially from low-mercury deep ocean fish, can counteract the negative effects of mercury exposure. more

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Blog to Continue, End of Face to Face Meetings

“Parents of Individuals with Autism Support Group”
Sponsored by The McCarton Outreach Department
Facilitated by Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D, Nicole Pearson, M.A. & Kristin Foley, M.Ed.
The McCarton Outreach Parent Support Group is open to ALL PARENTS of individuals with autism across the age and ability spectrum. Offered as a free service to the autism community, the McCarton Outreach Parent Support Group is designed to facilitate parent-to-parent discourse and, in so doing, find solutions to some of the day-to-day problems they may face. The support group is an open forum wherein parents are encouraged to introduce topics of concern and interest at each meeting.
WHEN: 1st Tuesday of each month, beginning March 1, 2011
Future dates: April 5, 2011
                May 3, 2011
June 7, 2011
August 2, 2011
September 6, 2011
October 4, 2011
November 1, 2011
December 6, 2011
TIME: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
LOCATION: The McCarton School Auditorium (1st floor)
                     331 W 25th Street (bet. 8th and 9th ave)
                     New York, NY 10001
COST: FREE but RSVP required

Space is limited for support group meetings so please RSVP to Nicole at and you will receive a confirmation email reply. A monthly reminder will be sent and we ask that you please remember to RSVP each month.