likechoklit4choklit16 karma2019-10-29 16:04:06 UTC
have you looked at atmospheric deposition of elemental mercury? Some places like Utah have a yearly deposition of enough mercury to cause hand tremors in dentists, who, in their golden days, had a disproportionately high amount of suicides, possibly due to mercury exposure
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likechoklit4choklit14 karma2019-10-29 18:13:06 UTC
I pitched this as a study during my masters, where I would try to get access to the baseline data for the National Atmospheric deposition program maps, you can see here
Overlay that with suicide rates in a GIS program and see if anything statistically significant kicks out.
It appears that a stratified random sampling protocol for the country using piss tests for mercury could substantiate a relationship.
The problem is that suicide is a higher order condition, and the effects of mercury are an exacerbation of normal and common stress, bipolar, etc. symptoms found in people. So making the correlation without a biomarker tying them to exposure is almost worthless.
So if you got any environmental toxicology folks who are good at getting grant funding, this is an exciting potential option.
likechoklit4choklit2 karma2015-09-08 00:42:10 UTC
He hired a sherpa to answer all the questions for him to make sure that it was safe.
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