Environmental Toxin and Specific Gene Interaction that Increases Risk of Autism

toxic plateWith funding directed to genetic research, this will be one of many, MANY studies that will be published in the years to come showing genetic links to autism, as well as most diseases and health conditions.  This study (you can read here… ) establishes a synergistic interaction between a genetic risk factor of having the METrs1858830 genotype and being exposed to air pollution as a cause of increased autism spectrum disorder.  

What I would love to see researchers do, is look at the metabolic pathways, like the methylation cycle and the sulfation pathway of detox to see how genetic factors cause weaknesses in pathways.  Once we know our genetic weaknesses, we can take the appropriate actions to supplement those nutrients that we need more of to support weak pathways.  I encourage all my patients with chronic diseases or conditions to get their micronutrients checked using the Spectracell test. I offer this test to children in my pediatric clinic www.drpaul.md and for adults at www.naturaintegrativemedicine.com  

Remember, regardless of your genetic risk factors (we each have between 40,000 and 100,000 SNP’s (single nucleotide polymorphisms), the key to health is avoiding toxins and making sure you have all the needed nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Eat organic whole-foods, drink purified water, and avoid GMO and processed foods.  Eating out is a sure way to expose your family to a host of toxins and inflammation inducing foods.  


Dr. Paul

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