The study, “Whole-genome sequencing of quartet families with autism spectrum disorder,” published in Nature January 2015 (and found here… ) shows that it is really the environment and not specific genes. In this study, they sequenced entire genomes of 85 families (340 genomes) and found that 69% of siblings had little to no overlap in the gene variations known to contribute to autism. Put another way, sibling pairs shared the same autism-associated genes 31% of the time.
Researcher Dr. Scherer says, “We believe that each child with autism is like a snowflake – unique from the other”.
The evidence keeps pouring in. Autism is not a single disease any more than obesity, cancer, or heart disease. These are conditions that result from exposure to environmental risk factors. Sure, some of us are more vulnerable than others. For example, some of us might carry the MTHFR genetic defect. In that case, we would be more vulnerable to toxins and to all three of the diseases I just mentioned.
But being vulnerable doesn’t mean you need to suffer from those diseases. This is where lifestyle and choices come in.
Since autism hits mostly in the first two years of life, we must do all we can to avoid toxins during the 9 months in the womb and the first two-three years of life.
Here is your list of what to do and what not to do:
- Eat organic, drink filtered water, and for those sensitive to it, avoid gluten, sugar, and grains all together for some.
- If pregnant, take your prenatal vitamin, iodine, vitamin D at 4-5,000 IU a day, methyl-folate and methyl-B12.
- Don’t receive vaccines while pregnant.
- Don’t give your newborn the Hepatitis B vaccine unless birth mom has Hepatitis B.
- Vaccinate carefully, not giving more than one aluminum containing vaccine at a time.
- Wait on the MMR until age 3 unless you will be in a measles outbreak area (3 or more cases linked in the same area)
- Get moving (exercise to the point of being a little short of breath) at least 30 minutes a day, 3-4 days a week.