Sunday, March 12, 2006


Leading Education and Learning Disability Advocates Issue Alert to Parents Linking Toxic Mercury and Learning Disabilities

The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), the National Education Association (NEA), and The Arc of the United States have released a new brochure that identifies mercury pollution as one of the greatest threats facing developing fetuses, infants and young children. This publication also shows parents how exposure to this potent neurotoxicant can adversely affect their child's learning potential.

Mercury air pollution poisons the nation's lakes, rivers and oceans. Coal-fired power plants are the nation's largest uncontrolled source of mercury. Mercury contamination in fish across the U.S is so pervasive that health departments in 45 states and U.S. territories have issued food consumption advisories for freshwater and coastal fish. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and EPA specifically warn pregnant women, women of childbearing age, nursing mothers, and young children to limit their consumption of fish.

The brochure, designed for parents, explains where mercury comes from, provides food consumption advice, offers ways to help stop mercury air pollution at its source, and helps parents identify clues to learning disabilities.

Find Out More:

Download Mercury and Learning Disabilities

Download Mercury and the Developing Brain

Autism, mercury & politics by Robert Knnedy, Jr.posted by NHNA @ 7:12 AM

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