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5 Things You Should Know – Part 253

Here are 5 things you should know.

1. One can of tuna contains more mercury than a kid might receive if they got a full round of vaccinations.

First and foremost: Eating tuna with moderation is A-OK! Tuna salad does not cause autism just like mercury doesn’t cause autism. There are, however, recommendations regarding intake that everyone should be aware of. If you are pregnant, are nursing, have young children (under 5) or have a compromised immune system, talk to your doctor. https://www.fda.gov/food/foodborneillnesscontaminants/metals/ucm351781.htm

There are different types of mercury with different properties. Ethylmercury a byproduct of vaccine component thimerosal. It can be toxic if inhaled in, you guessed it, toxic amounts. Methylmercury is highly toxic when ingested too often, is absorbed in the digestive tract and is found in fish like Albacore tuna and many other species of fish and shellfish. Your weight has an impact on how toxic a dose can be. https://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/Mercury_FactSheet.html

Thimerosal is a component of vaccines that breaks down into ethylmercury (eg non-toxic) that is barely used today. Overall, mercury is not used in vaccines. Thimerosal is mainly used as an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/patient-ed/conversations/downloads/vacsafe-thimerosal-color-office.pdf

The claim that mercury in thimerosal caused autism is false and came from Andrew Wakefield. His paper was retracted due to faulty methodology and he was disbarred as a doctor (and yes, that is apparently the right way to describe a doctor getting stripped of his medical licence). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3136032/

Here is the original paper: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673697110960/fulltext

Some people here played with the mercury from thermometers as children and now seem to collectively be waiting to die. If you are/were one of those children, you can breathe easy. It doesn’t really go through your skin. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3514464/

Toxic methylmercury accumulated in food chains and is not supposed to be at such high levels in porpoises, fish and shellfish.  https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0197220

Also, randomly, here’s a link to the brainchild of a 16 year old now spending his days cleaning up the oceans. https://www.theoceancleanup.com/

2. When giving your young children presents this year it is often a good idea to have the modest gifts be from Santa and the more expensive gifts from the parent.

Most schools have kids whose parents can’t give them the Christmas they want. So when your kid goes to school and tells his friends about the game console they opened that was directly “From Santa”, they may inadvertently upset a less fortunate child who Santa was only able to bring a new backpack. Besides, it totally gives you bragging rights to your kids when the best gifts are labeled as being from you.

3. If you’re in the U.S. and have a bill prior to 1996, you should exchange it for a newer bill at the bank. Some places may reject it due to the lack of watermark.

4. If you find someone’s iPhone, you can hold down the home button and ask Siri “whose phone is this” to pull up the phone owner’s contact info.

Image credit: apple.com

Can save a lot of grief if the person is nearby or if you know them.

5. You can recycle assorted plastics by bringing them back to your local grocery store, Walmart or Target.

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