Sunday, February 7, 2010

Mercury and Autoimmune Disease

From the February 4th 2010 Issue of Johns Hopkins Newsletter:
Ellen Silbergeld, professor of Environmental Health Studies at Hopkins' School of Public Health discusses a study which examined the relationship between the immune system and mercury: 
"There is evidence that mercury can increase risks of both autoimmune disease and certain infectious diseases," Silbergeld said. "These consequences may involve a set of fundamental mechanisms in which the proinflammatory response is not counterbalanced."
The amounts of mercury used in this study were within the range of mercury exposure in the United States.
An interesting read that further explores yet another potential link between environmental toxins and the triggering of autoimmune response. You can read more about environmental mercury sources and risks here. 

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