There is emerging evidence that Autism is a multifaceted Nutrigenomic disorder (interaction between genes and nutrients). Since our genetic code is unlikely to have changed or mutated in the last 100 years, genetics cannot account for the rise in all modern diseases, including Autism, in that short period. According to the US Bureau of Statistics, the incidence of Autism has increased 870% in ten years. However, while genetics have not changed, our diet and food chain has changed dramatically in that time and may be responsible for the observed increase in Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Nutritional deficiencies interacting with pre-existing genetic flaws result in cellular structures and internal cellular apparatus that are less than optimum. When these cells are later exposed to toxic chemicals, heavy metals and antigens such as bacteria and viruses they can be easily damaged and consequently fail to perform their normal functions.
- The introduction of toxic chemicals (antibiotics, heavy metals, pesticides, additives and preservatives) in our food chain.
- The depletion of nutrients in our food due to high intensity farming of the same soil year after year for decades.
- Farming methods that substitute chemical fertilizers for the natural decomposition of organic matter by bacteria.
- Food processing methods that destroy nutrients.
- The excessive use of antibiotics in babies and children.
- The 20-40X increase of Omega 6 oils in our diet, and a reduction in Omega 3 consumption from fish. and Heating of these oils producing trans-fatty acids that damage cell membrane integrity
- Slow prolonged cooking methods that destroy vitamins.
- Microwave cooking that destroys some vitamins and bioflavanoids.
- A change in eating habits in the last 50 years: We have replaced natural nutrient-rich foods, such as organically grown fruit and vegetables, with nutrient-poor and processed foods.
- Chickens that are grown several times faster on a diet laced with antibiotics.
These cells are distributed throughout the body's systems, such as: Immune System, Central Nervous System, Gastrointestinal system, Neuroendocrine and musculoskeletal systems and others. Consequently Autism has been described as a multi-systemic disorder.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Our Diets Affect Our Genes?
The following sums up what I have been thinking - except in a much shorter and concise-ish kinda/sorta way...