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Doing Harm \u2013The Mercury Scare
A critical, Science\u2010based Analysis of the Chicago Tribune
\u201cMercury Menace\u201d Series
(December 11-13th, 2005)
www.scienceandpublicpolicy.org
[202] 288\u20105699
Robert Ferguson
July 2007
By
2
Table of Contents
Foreword
6
General Overview and Summary Conclusions
8
Introduction and Background
10

Why this response?
Contextual background on mercury toxicity and epidemiology: Japan and Iraq
Japanese fetal exposures
Iraq exposures
Exposure history
What constitutes real \u201cdevelopment disability?

Section 1: The Phantom Menace
15
EPA\u2019s Mercury Reference Dose
Definition and description
The Problematic Faroe Islands Study

Inappropriateness
Boston naming test problems
Summary of Faroe Islands study problems

Superior Seychelles Islands Studies
An appropriate study
Highlights of Seychelles children studies
The New Zealand Study
Iraqi Poisoned Grain-based RfD
Miscellaneous
Fish and Human Health

The heartbreak of pre-term delivery
Postpartum depression and low seafood consumption
Improved fetal and child development
Breast cancer
Kidney disorders
Stroke in men and women
Adult type 2 diabetes
Alzheimer Disease (AD) and adult cognitive abilities
Prostate cancer
Summary of health findings
Dietary benefits

Conclusion
Section 2: An Extraordinary Popular Delusion: Myth of the Mercurial
Hundred Thousands
33
Statistical Manipulations
Revisit the RfD
Additional Considerations
3
No Bright Line of Harm
General Summary of mercury RfD talking points
Conclusion
Section 3: Misrepresenting the FDA
40
Conclusion
Section 4: How Safe is \u201cSafe\u201d?
44
Freshwater Sport Fish
Conclusion
Section 5: Mercury, Mercury Everywhere\u2026Forever
49

Burying the lead
Mercury Deposition in Illinois
Accounting for Natural Sources
From Hg to MeHg

Section 6: Poisoning Sophie
55
The Sophie Chabon Case
Poisoned tuna?
The Waldman confessional
Conclusion
Section 7: The NRC and the Mercury RFD
59

Unscientific Policy Proposal
The NRC Panel
Conclusion

Section 8: Cardiac Arrest
62

Study Problem
Cardioprotective Benefits
Conclusion

Section 9: Understanding the Hightower Paper
68

Personal Opinions are not Science
\u201cTreating\u201d Sophie
Contradictions
Reinterpreting the RfD
Conclusion

Section 10: Through the Looking Glass
72
Political Wonderland
Bad Science
Section 11: The Selenium (Se) Factor
76

Swordfish Guidelines vs. Confiscation
The Canadian Approach
The Selenium Factor

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