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Fathers’ Sperm May Predict Autism

Disease-causing mutations found in a father’s sperm could predict the risk of autism in children, according to a report on Media Entertainment Arts Worldwide.

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A team of scientists and researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine made the discovery. The report also noted that the causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children are not fully understood, and researchers believe that both genetics and the environment are involved.

There are many theories on what may cause autism, and even though medical professionals continue to see an increase in ASD, they lack proven, effective strategies to prevent ASD or counsel families.

A 2014 study showed that use of acetaminophen during pregnancy was associated with a 37% increased risk of the child being diagnosed with a severe form of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A more recent 2019 study found that babies born to mothers who took a higher doses of acetaminophen during pregnancy had a 286% higher risk for ADHD and a 362% higher risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by the time they were about 9 years old.

Many view over-the-counter (OTC) drugs as safe because they don't require a prescription, which is simply not the case. The pain reliever acetaminophen (sold under the brand name Tylenol among others) is one of the more dangerous OTC drugs.

Other studies have found an association between C-sections and autism, including one that showed children born by C-section had a 21% higher risk for developing autism.

Folate deficiency has been shown to raise a child’s risk of autism by inhibiting the detoxification of pesticides. Taking folate — which is in prenatal vitamins — during pregnancy has been shown to lessen the risk by as much as 30%.

Taking the recommended amount of folic acid at conception also lowered the child’s risk of pesticide-related autism.

The reason is that pesticides, especially glyphosate, and C-sections both have an adverse effect on the child’s gut microbiome, thereby raising the risk of autism. Glyphosate is widely used on genetically engineered crops, and because the pesticide cannot be washed off, it’s absorbed into every cell of the plant. As a result, nonorganic foods are a significant source of glyphosate exposure.

Other studies have shown that pregnant women with relatively high levels of certain PCBs had children who were 80% more likely to be diagnosed with autism and double the risk of intellectual disabilities without autism than children born to women with lower levels of PCBs.

There’s also the controversy over vaccines you’ve probably heard about — that vaccines may be the cause of autism.

Consider that in 1985, children received 23 doses of seven vaccines and the autism rate was between 1 in 5,000 or 1 in 10,000 (depending on the data source). Today, the CDC recommends that infants and children receive 49 doses of 14 vaccines by age 6, and the autism rate is 1 in 35.

Many pediatricians are incentivized by insurance company bonuses to maintain high vaccination rates with all federally recommended vaccines and this well-hidden conflict of interest may place your child’s health in jeopardy.

There are many studies and many theories on what might lead to autism, but to date, there are no conclusive answers.