Genetic testing has found that there are almost 100 genes related to autism. Therefore, there is an inherent susceptibility factor in the occurrence of autism.
What Role Does Genetics Play in Developing Autism
What are the similar personality traits of parents of autistic children?
Research has found that autistic parents usually have similar personality traits, such as introverted personality, stubbornness and rigidness, perfectionist, motivation for outstanding achievement, competitiveness, and attention to detail.
Parents of children with autism are likely to be in the following professions: accountant, lawyer, doctor, pharmacist, dentist, and computer engineer.
Genetic factors often influence these personality traits. The next generation of couples with those similar personalities will usually have more significant genetic issues.
Environmental Factors Contribute to Autism
Environmental issues also increase the risks of autism.
Parents who passed the peak productive age;
Mothers exposed to air and chemical pollution during pregnancy, like pesticides;
Mothers suffering from malnutrition, diabetes, obesity, and immune diseases;
Babies born prematurely;
Oxygen deficiency caused by Obstructed labor
The Dilemma and Challenge
According to the epigenetic theory, not all defective genes cause harm to us. Our bodies’ mechanisms, such as methylation, can control the expression of defective genes.
However, 98% of patients with autism are characterized by undermethylation. In other words, it has weakened control over the expression of the defective genes, and any kind of peroxidative stress caused by external factors will lead to the expression of defective genes.
If not vaccinated, children genetically predisposed to autism could develop autism due to viral and bacterial infections.
On the other hand, since vaccines use deactivated or dead viruses and bacteria to stimulate our immune system to produce antibodies, it may cause oxidative stress to our body, and consequently, trigger defective gene expression that may increase the risk of autism.
We Can Still Help Autistic Children
Understanding the epigenetic nature of autism opens doors and windows to new therapies that can help regulate the genetic expression and improve the physical and mental functions of autistic children.
Get Help at the Yang Institute
If you have children who have autism, you may consider an integrative medicine approach. Yang Institute treats autism and undermethylation with holistic and integrative medicine approach that combines Advanced Nutrient Therapy with Neurofeedback , and Neuromodulation Therapy.