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Welcome to the Toxic Exposure Study Trust
(TEST) Foundation

 

The TEST Foundation  is the nonprofit research trust of ALT Inc. founded by Dr. Boyd Haley, Ph.D. Biochemist, Professor and Chair of Chemistry Department, University of Kentucky, and Dr. Curt Pendergrass, Ph.D. Toxicologist and President of ALT Inc.  These scientists have over 35 years combined research experience in the study of protein biochemistry, heavy metal neurotoxicology and neurodegenerative diseases. This site is equipped with many hyperlinks all of which are all indicated by RED text.

 

Our Motto

"Absence of proof is not proof of absence."

Our Mission
To study the impact of exposures to environmental toxicants on human health and disease.
To develop and promote the use of alternative in vitro toxicity assays which reduce the need for laboratory animals.
To promote the elimination of all needless and avoidable forms of mercury exposure including mercury in "silver" amalgam fillings and thimerosal in vaccines.

 

The Need For Research

"The developing fetus and young children are thought to be disproportionately affected by mercury exposure, because many aspects of development, particularly brain maturation, can be disturbed by the presence of mercury. Minimizing mercury exposure is, therefore, essential to optimal child health."

Source: Technical report: mercury in the environment: implications for pediatricians. Goldman LR, Shannon MW; American Academy of Pediatrics: Committee on Environmental Health. Pediatrics (2001) Jul;108(1):197-205. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/PubMed&list_uids=11433078&dopt=Abstract

 

Mercury in all of its forms is toxic to the fetus and children, and efforts should be made to reduce exposure to the extent possible to pregnant women and children as well as the general population.

Source: Technical Report: Mercury in the Environment: Implications for Pediatricians (RE109907) LIMITLES BRAIN AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, Lynn R. Goldman, MD, MPH; Michael W. Shannon, MD, MPH; and the Committee on Environmental Health, Pediatrics, Volume 108, Number 1, July 2001, pp 197-205

 

About 8 percent of U.S. women of childbearing age have enough mercury in their blood to be at risk. The National Academy of Sciences estimates that 60,000 newborns a year could be at risk of learning disabilities because of mercury their mothers absorbed during pregnancy.

 

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Primum non nocere  (First, do no harm.)

"As to diseases, make a habit of two things -- to help, or at least to do no harm."

Hippocrates in Epidemics, Bk. I, Sect. XI (tr. by W.H.S. Jones)

 

 

Disclaimer

All of the original research shown on this web site was wholly funded by ALT, Inc. and by other donations to the TEST Foundation. The purpose of this web site is to educate persons in the health care community and the public at large about the potential dangers resulting from exposure to mercury amalgam and to thimerosal containing compounds and substances.

Neither the TEST Foundation or ALT, Inc. has profited in any way from this research nor do either offer any goods or services which can be used to detect or monitor for toxicity resulting from exposure to mercury.

If you are interested in having mercury levels levels measured we suggest you contact a commercial laboratory that does that type of testing.

We at the TEST Foundation and  ALT, Inc. believe very strongly in eliminating all unnecessary and avoidable forms of exposure to mercury and mercury containing compounds.  This includes thimerosal in vaccines and mercury in dental "silver" amalgam fillings, two completely avoidable and unnecessary forms of mercury exposure.

This is especially true for infants, small children, pregnant women and women of child bearing age who are more susceptible to the toxic effects of mercury. 

 

"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."

W. A. Nance

 

 

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