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Hi, this looks like an old thread, not sure if it's worth following but here goes. I live in Japan, over 6yrs now, ds is 13mos. Mercury is a major concern for me since we eat a LOT of fish. I was able to get mercury-free shots while pg (I am Rh-) and am still debating vax, though local pediatrician has assured me that I can get single mercury-free doses.
ADD/ADHD and autism are on the rise here (or at least diagnoses are), much as in NA. Parents are JUST NOW starting to get together, study and share info. I have no idea about Alzheimer's, sorry.
Really, what troubles me the most here is the lack of readily available information. "Just go look it up" can turn into a very daunting task, language issues aside. By and large people still believe what government and big companies tell them... it takes a lot to get a straight answer out of anyone, even in social small talk. And yes there is just as much pollution and chemical dumping. Japan is highly industrialized and very densely populated: just under 1/2 the population of the US packed into an area slightly smaller than California.
The traditional JP diet is healthy, yes, but not terribly popular. Fast food abounds... and by the way hardly anyone eats brown rice here! People think we are such freaks for eating it.
Anyway I would love to know what the CDC says, cuz some info would be better than none at all.