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Comments for: Report suggests songbirds, bats at risk of mercury poisoning

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  • Anonymous

    “Although the authors acknowledge more study is needed, they said the results suggest that the neurotoxin may be taking a toll on species previously overlooked by scientists.” thats statement bothers me. Why release a “study” if more work has to be done?

    • Anonymous

      To give other researchers the information they have gathered so far, so they can choose a narrower slice of information to examine. This study looked at 1900 birds and 800 bats, without (apparently) breaking it down to the species level. So they can’t say whether this or that species is more or less affected than this or that other species. Other factors may also be able to be isolated better in future studies. In scientific investigations like this, one study is never enough to make a final conclusion. Many studies are combined in order to be as certain as possible about the implications.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed, although I will argue the fact that a study can draw a final conclusion if that study is done correctly. My point is, why release a “study” to the media or scientific world that draws no conclusions. I am sure researcher at BioDiversity Research Institute are in contact with other researchers, so why not tell them and be done with it.

        Also a test group of 1900 birds and 800 bats (without breaking it down to a species level) seems too small to draw any conclusion from. With a test group that small, a few birds with extremely high levels of mercury could skew the results of the test. Also without breaking down to a species level, leaves any possible conclusions hidden.

        So my orginal question still stands why release a study that is not done?

  • Something should be done to stop the continuing contamination of our waters by dentists who are polluting with mercury daily. Requirements to utilize amalgam seperators are uninforced. Seperators are not effective and are not being maintained. EPA has a hands-off attitude when it comes to dentistry, Maine’s largest polluters of mercury. Money talks.

  • HowdyNeighbor

    They’re worried about bats and birds yet parents allow big Pharma and doctors to inject Mercury, a known neurotoxin, directly into their children’s veins via vaccines every single day.

    • Anonymous

      Nope.  Stop your incessant repetition of non-facts.

      • HowdyNeighbor

        The article above clearly states Mercury is a neurotoxin. Mercury is in some vaccines (most notably the flu vaccine). It’s injected directly into children’s veins. All facts.

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