Illnesses such as Autism are caused by genetic mutations passed on from parents and expressed in the sufferer. If these genes are not expressed in the possessor, they may simply be passed on through the bloodline until they are expressed further down the generations. Many factors, such as the parents’ age1, contribute to gene mutations, and among these factors are smoking, alcohol and vaccines.
Below is an excerpt from an article on CNN:
The cells in parts of the body that are directly exposed to smoke are particularly damaged, with 150 mutations found to occur in lung cells within one year, 97 in the larynx and 39 in the oral cavity.
“Tobacco smoking damages DNA in organs directly exposed to smoke as well as speeds up a mutational cellular clock in organs that are both directly and indirectly exposed to smoke.” said Ludmil Alexandrov of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, who led the study.
“Mutations caused by direct DNA damage from carcinogens in tobacco were seen mainly in organs that come into direct contact with inhaled smoke,” he added. “In contrast, other cells of the body suffered only indirect damage, as tobacco smoking seems to affect key mechanisms in these cells that in turn mutate DNA.”
As it mainly damages DNA in organs that come in direct contact with smoke, smoking can cause physical as well as mental illnesses in unborn children. Here is a excerpt on alcohol from ‘Science Alert’:
The culprit is a chemical compound called acetaldehyde, a byproduct of the alcohol metabolisation process.
When acetaldehyde isn’t broken down further – for instance, when one has consumed alcohol in amounts that the body struggles to metabolise – it builds up in the cells.
This is when it wreaks its merry havoc on DNA, according to researchers from Cambridge University’s MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology.
“How exactly alcohol causes damage to us is controversial,” lead author Ketan Patel told The Guardian.
“This paper provides very strong evidence that an alcohol metabolite causes DNA damage [including] to the all-important stem cells that go on to make tissues.”
The body does have a defence against acetaldehyde – a group of enzymes called acetaldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDH). When these are working properly, they neutralise acetaldehyde by converting it into acetate, which the body can use for energy.
In order to see how acetaldehyde affects cells when it builds up, the team had to genetically modify mice with a mutation that prevented blood stem cells from producing one of these enzymes, ALDH2.
“We saw huge amounts of DNA damage in these cells. Bits of DNA were deleted, bits were broken and we even saw parts of chromosomes being moved about and rearranged,” Patel said.
The third major factor mentioned in this article causing disabilities in children are vaccines. All vaccines contain preservatives to inhibit the growth of yeast or fungal contaminants, the most common of which is Thiomersal, which contains mercury. Few vaccines, such as the crucial MMR vaccine, contain alternative preservatives as Thiomersal would kill the immunizing components in certain kinds of vaccines, but the majority of vaccines contain Thiomersal and this information isn’t always made available to the public. On top of causing genetic mutations2, the mercury content itself can be passed from mother to child. A trace of mercury can remain in the body for up to two years, and the length of time it takes for the body to completely cleanse itself of mercury rises depending on the level present in the body with extreme levels ranging 15-20 years. Mercury is passed on to the developing fetus through the bloodstream during pregnancy. Mercury poisoning inhibits development in cognition, fine motor skills, speech and language and visual-spatial awareness in infants but can also cause problems with vision and hearing, muscle weakness and nerve loss in hands and face.
Mercury is unlikely to have any major effect on already born infants and children, hence the consistent ‘debunking’ of the theory that it causes Autism in children, but would affect a developing fetus during the 12 months it is exposed to the mercury present in the mother, for the same reason that even a drop of alcohol would cause Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the unborn child. So it would therefore be more accurately put that vaccines cause Autism in unborn children.