Why Autism Happens

Fathers & Autism

Question: What causes autism? Why does autism occur?

Answer: There are a number of autism causes: pollution, drugs, genetic constraints, and occasionally immunizations. Surprisingly, however, new research has found fathers cause 80% of autism. An environmental pollution affecting men was introduced to our society around 1995, causing autism to spike since that time.

Fathers and Autism

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, made a 2012 press release announcing fathers are four times more likely than mothers to transmit DNA glitches leading to autism.

That fathers are causing 80% of autism should change the way you think about autism.

These four studies show fathers are causing 80% of autism: Sanders SJ et al 2012 Study #1, O'Roak BJ et al 2012 Study #2, Neale B et al 2012 Study #3, and Kong A et al 2012 Study #4. A New York Times article discusses these studies, as does this Autism Speaks article.

What has happened to men's reproductive DNA? This is the biggest health mystery of the last 20 years, and the answer lies in a law of physics from 1785, based on the same forces described by Isaac Newton.

Coulomb's Law

The missing link explaining why men are the silent carriers of autism is actually a simple law of physics called Coulomb's inverse-square law. The discussion notes of this study on cell phones and autism explain the physics behind our autism spike:

Based on Coulomb’s inverse-square law, the comparative force of RF energy on reproductive DNA between the sexes may be calculated. When carried in a front trouser pocket, a mobile phone is in the order of 20 centimeters in distance from female reproductive DNA, but only 5 centimeters in distance from male reproductive DNA. By Coulomb’s law, as distance is increased by a factor of four, electrostatic force is decreased by a factor of 16. In our trouser pocket scenario, male reproductive DNA receives 16 times greater force of RF radiation than female reproductive DNA.

When men and women put their cell phones in their front pockets, men's reproductive DNA is getting 16 times more genotoxic radiation. And this explains how fathers have come to drive a worldwide autism spike. It's that simple.

Are we saying cell phones are causing all autism? No; we're saying the way men carry cell phones is causing a high rate of fragmentation in their reproductive DNA, which is causing the spike in autism since 1994.

What the Physics Looks Like

The inverse-square law and force intensity dates all the way back to Isaac Newton's Principia and universal gravitation. Quite simply, as distance doubles, force decreases by a factor of four. Follow the red square here to see how radiation diminishes rapidly with distance:

Now let's apply this principle to cell phones in front pockets. The black dot is the cell phone. Men's sperms cells are all within the blue dot, two inches away, and covered with radiation. Women's egg cells are the pink dots, eight inches away, and receiving only about 6% of the genotoxic radiation.

There is no fancy math here. The inverse-square law has been around for hundreds of years and describes the force intensity of gravity, sound, light, etc.

Applying these physics to the way men and women carry cell phones explains why fathers have driven a large autism spike in recent decades.

Coulomb's Law in Action

We ran the following test to see Coulomb's law in action. Using a 2012 model smart phone on a major carrier's network, we opened a common mapping application on the phone to simulate common phone activity. Then we closed the app and manually put the phone into sleep mode. We measured for peak RF energy transmission for the first 60 seconds the phone was in sleep mode. We used a TriField 100XE Meter, which has a capacity to measure RF radiation from 0.01 to 1.0 mW/cm².

We ran the same experiment at two different distances to simulate the asymmetric radiation exposure between the sexes when cell phones are in front pockets. Eight inches of space for women; two inches for men.

Test Number Women, 8 in. (mW/cm²) Men, 2 in. (mW/cm²)
Sleep Test 1 0.15 > 1.0
Sleep Test 2 0.23 > 1.0
Sleep Test 3 0.40 > 1.0
Sleep Test 4 0.30 > 1.0
Sleep Test 5 0.20 > 1.0
Sleep Test 6 0.03 > 1.0
Averages (Peak) Women's Avg 0.2 Men's Avg >1.0

This table is a numerical expression of our autism spike. When cell phones are in front pants pockets in sleep mode, they are giving tiny hits of radiation to our reproductive cells. But those hits are 16 times stronger for men. This asymmetric genotoxic exposure is driving our autism spike.

Audio Demonstration of RF Radiation

This video shows radiation from a smart phone affecting a pocket radio, which is attached to a standalone computer speaker so we can hear. The disruptions you'll hear are from RF energy, which studies show causes sperm cell abnormalities and DNA fragmentation. Note: this cell phone is in sleep mode.

This is the sound behind our 20-year autism spike.

The average man's reproductive DNA is being "zapped" hundreds of times a day. This explains why 80% of DNA mutations leading to autism are from fathers, per this U.S. government press release.

CDC and FCC Data

Do cell phones cause autism? Yes, they are associated. This cell phone autism study shows the association. The study uses publically-available CDC and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) data to show that U.S. states with high rates of cell phone subscribers have much higher rates of autism.

At the same time, a cohort study based on Amsterdam Born Children found that maternal mobile phone use during pregnancy does not increase the odds of behavior problems in their children. This is another expression of Coulomb's law; our autism epidemic is from men's radiation-damaged reproductive DNA.

Older Fathers Theory

There's a popular theory that the increase in autism is simply because fathers are older these days. This theory is wrong.

According to a CDC report, as of 2010, the mean age at first birth for men is 25, which is unchanged from 2002. Moreover, two-thirds of first births occur to men in their twenties. (Martinez G et al 2012).

CDC data shows autism rates increased 23% from 2006 to 2008, but fathers were not any older during that time. Plus, two-thirds of first births came to men in their twenties, which is well within historical norms. The data clearly shows our autism spike is not being caused by older fathers. We need to look elsewhere.

Father's Reproductive Cells and Baby

Men and women's reproductive DNA is in different places. Which makes a profound difference when it comes to our close, everyday radiation exposure that began about 20 years ago.

The Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) of cell phones is a measure of the amount of radio frequency (RF) energy our bodies get when we use them. Governments set SAR limits to protect people, but governments never considered point-blank exposure to reproductive cells.

Even micro-damage to reproductive DNA can cause autism in a baby, which introduces a big question. Do studies show mobile phone radiation damages men's reproductive cells? Yes, there are lots of studies showing this:

Are cell phones the only cause of male reproductive DNA fragmentation, and the only cause of autism? No. But, specifically, there is only one logical source of reproductive DNA fragmentation that started for large numbers of men in developed countries across the globe about 20 years ago, leading to a sustained autism spike.

Here's the pattern: 1) Cell phone fragments sperm cell 2) Sick sperm cell fertilizes healthy egg 3) Baby with spectrum disorder is born

Does this pass the commonsense test? Yes; the rise in autism since 1994 closely parallels the rise in autism in socioeconomic groups that gained access to cell phones since that time (rich whites first, minorities later on).

More Data

If cell phones have caused autism to soar since men began carrying cell phones around 1995, then we should expect data on mental health disorders to tell a similar story. Damaged paternal reproductive DNA would not exclusively cause autism; there would be a large spectrum of difficult-to-diagnose mental health problems in children.

Specifically, we would expect mental health disorders to have skyrocketed for children born in the last twenty years, but to be about the same for adults. In fact, based on National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey data, from 1995 to 2010, the diagnosis of mental health disorders doubled for those younger than 21, but increased by less than 6% for adults over the same period (Olfson et al 2013).

The data shows the magnitude of damaged paternal DNA stretches beyond autism. A child might inherit slightly-fragmented DNA and lose only a few IQ points; but many others that inherit moderate-to-severe fragmentation from their father will have life-long cognitive, social, and mental health problems. This could lead to social instability in public schools and across society.

No Toxic Green Cloud

Rates of autism were flat around the world during the 1980s. Suddenly, in the 1990s a massive autism spike happened in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Japan and Scandinavia. Experts in autism research wrongly concluded there simply could not be any mysterious global environmental exposure that could reasonably cause an autism pandemic.

So a bogus theory was born: autism has always been this high, but previous generations weren't smart enough to document autism correctly.

The problem: scientists were searching for a toxic green cloud floating around the world, causing autism. But the missing link isn't green; it's invisible. Since the 1990s, men in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Japan and Scandinavia have been busy putting low-level radiation-emitting devices next to their reproductive cells all day long.

Radiation-fragmented reproductive DNA explains why fathers are causing 80% of autism. Men have been the silent carriers of autism for the past 20 years.

Economic Data

Autism has often been considered a rich people's problem. Indeed, around planet Earth, only the rich carry cell phones. The scientific association is actually "those men who are well-off enough to carry radiation-emitting mobile technology in their front pockets pass genetic mutations to their children at an exceptionally high rate."

In the 1990s, autism was often considered a Caucasian concern. That's because minorities were mostly too poor to afford the first generations of mobile technology. Now, most minorities can afford mobile technology. Which explains why the largest increases in autism in recent years are among Hispanic and black children.

Hispanic and black children lived in the same cities and received the same immunizations as Caucasian children, but they did not see an autism spike until almost a decade later, when their fathers began carrying cell phones at a higher rate.

Over the last 20 years, patterns of autism increase have been predictable by income level and device cost. In the first wave, the affluent can afford cell phones at a high rate and see autism spike. In the second wave, the poor can afford cell phones at a high rate and see autism spike.

Regardless of race, the poor carry cell phones at a lesser rate than the rich. This is why rich U.S. states have higher levels of autism

Top Ten States by Income Children with Autism per capita (rank)
New Jersey#4
New Hampshire#17
2007, per Wikipedia Public Schools State Rankings, 2007

Certain states like Alaska and Delaware are likely to be outliers in that income may be high but a rural mentality, or lack of cell towers, prevents as much cell phone usage.

Poor states have much lower autism rates:

Bottom Ten States by Income Children with Autism per capita (rank)
South Carolina#40
New Mexico#50
West Virginia#36

The data shows poor states have low autism rates. Keep in mind that poor states are more industrially polluted than rich states. Toxic chemical manufacturers around the country can rejoice: all their toxic chemicals the poor are breathing and drinking are not causing our autism spike.

Our 20-year global autism spike is uniquely associated with men being able to afford to put radiation in their front pockets.

Why Women's Eggs are More Protected

Many women carry their cell phones in their purses, keeping them at a safe distance from their eggs. Moreover, even when women carry their cell phones in their pockets, their reproductive cells are located behind dense tissue. Plus, women's eggs are much higher up in their bodies, safely away from the RF energy. In contrast, men's testicles are often only a few inches away from mobile phones, behind only a thin layer of skin.

Eggs Still at Risk

New research from the University of Texas confirms exactly what we'd expect: professions in which fathers are "on call" and constantly carry cell phones have adversely high rates of autism:

Fathers who worked in engineering were two times as likely to have a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Those who worked in finance were four times more likely and those who worked in health care occupations were six times more likely to have a child on the autism spectrum.

There was no association with a mother’s occupation. However, children who had both parents in technical fields were at a higher risk of having a more severe form of autism.

This is easy to understand: fathers who carry a cell phone in their front pocket the most have the most autistic children.

Fathers will be able to easily relocate their cell phones away from reproductive DNA once they understand they way they carry their cell phones is causing autism; however the last sentence in the blockquote is worrisome. Women in technical fields give birth to children with a severe form of autism, which means that women's eggs are receiveing radiation damage too. This is bad because, unlike sperm, women can't produce new eggs; what's damaged is damaged.

The largest concern is young girls who are now carrying cell phones, or streaming video in the back seats of cars, etc. These girls are frequently holding the radiation-emitting devices close to their bellies, thus damaging their eggs in their girlhood. Damage to girl's eggs will also be worse than to women's because girls girth is less, so their eggs are coming closer to the radiation. Plus, girls will have multiple decades of radiation damage by the time they are having their children. Twenty years from now, when these girls go to have children, they may have a very high percentage of having having autistic children.

Male Infertility

Of particular note across the cell phone/sperm studies is that cell phones are causing male infertility. Indeed, male infertility has been on the rise over the last 20 years. A study of over 26,600 men in France revealed a 32.2% decrease in semen concentration from 1989 to 2005. Moreover, there was a 33.4% decrease in normally formed sperm over the same period. (Le Moal J et al 2012)

Conception is far less likely to happen if sperm is fragmented. Male infertility is natural selection in action—selecting against autism. But life is very resilient and, in many cases, will go with what's given. Which in the case of fragmented sperm means a baby with only a single healthy copy of chromosomes—from the mother. Our autism spike is strong genes from mothers—mixed with incomplete DNA from fathers.The result is a baby with genes that are probably stronger than average, for the reason that those genes fought against all odds to be conceived. But tragically and ironically, those great genes appear weak because they are denied a complete set of DNA from the father.

In a sense, human biology has provided an amazing safeguard against autism. We perceive that autism has spiked to a shocking level, but the reality is that male infertility has prevented vast numbers of autistic babies. Male infertility has protected our society from an epidemic that would have over-run our resources.

Men who are having problems with infertility should not fight natural selection. Instead of turning to fertility drugs, a man should keep his mobile phone away from his reproductive cells. When his sperm becomes healthy in a natural manner, nature is likely to favor a conception.

Language and Communication

In the case of our 20-year autism spike, autism is a word being used to describe cases where fragmented sperm cells successfully fertilize eggs and make babies.

A primary reason that autism has been so elusive to geneticists is because of the way men's sperm cells are being fragmented. Men's sperm cells are being randomly "zapped" by microwave radiation, thus they are affected in a wide spectrum of unhealthy ways. This is why autism is frequently seen as a "spectrum" disorder.

As you might imagine, sperm DNA can be fragmented in many different ways. Sometimes, it may be a slight fragmentation, barely noticeable as baby grows. In others, fragmentation may be so complete that baby never masters language at all. In most cases, the fragmentation level is average, where there are noticeable gaps in development but baby is still functional in many ways.

The key thing to remember is that each time a fragmented sperm cell goes on to fertilize an egg, it is a unique fragmentation. That is why geneticists will never be able to "decode" or "solve" autism. Each case of autism is too unique.

The reason that language and communication are primarily affected by fragmented sperm cells is because the evolution of language and communication was the most recent—and most complex—part of human evolution. Language and communication require a complex interaction of many genes to be successful.

Even a small fragmentation of the precious DNA code stored in a sperm cell is enough to disrupt a baby's ability to call upon the vital genes. It would be like asking a computer motherboard to correctly operate, but without certain chip subsystems.

Cell Phones Still Safe

Mobile phones are generally safe. WhyAutismHappens is not attacking mobile phones. The association being made is that when mobile phones are held or stored very close to men's reproductive cells, the result is reproductive DNA fragmentation. People with common sense agree: babies are healthier when the starting point is healthy, non-fragmented DNA from each parent.

There is no reason to fear or stop using your cell phone. There is a reason for young and middle-aged men to start carrying and storing their mobile phones differently. This will be a small price for men to pay compared to the price women pay during a pregnancy. Women go to great lengths to protect their babies in utero. Women pay the price for babies; why shouldn't men?Essentially, with keeping distance between men's sperm and RF energy, we have the first big warning on the father's side of the protect-the-unborn-baby equation.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Cells phones, cell phone manufacturers, cell phone providers, cell phone service providers, and cell phone users are NOT being attacked with this health data. WhyAutismHappens uses, supports and likes cell phones. The way men carry their cell phones immediately next to their delicate reproductive cells is being linked to autism, and the practical solution of men using the "30 day no front pockets rule" is being recommended for couples who wish to increase their chances of having healthy children. This health announcement represents business opportunity for textile manufacturers to present men with safe, stylish options for carrying cell phones.

The Common Sense Factor

We have a long list of no-no's for pregnant women during their first trimester. They are warned against smoking. They are warned against drinking. They are warned against using drugs, including prescription drugs. They are warned against getting x-rays. They are warned about getting enough folic acid. They are warned to stay away from peeling paint and any renovation work. They are warned against taking herbal remedies. They are warned to avoid insecticides, weed killers, and fertilizers. They are warned to stay away from paints, varnish, shellac, turpentine, and paint strippers. They are warned to avoid electric blankets, saunas, whirlpools, hot tubs, and steam rooms. They are encouraged not to consume caffeine. They are warned, in general, to avoid all medicines except acetaminophen. They are even warned to stay away from cat litter boxes. Any of these inputs, as well as many others, are considered developmental hazards for unborn babies.

Women have a litany of precautions. So why is it ok for men to microwave their reproductive cells just before they fertilize the egg?

The answer: it's not ok.

We just think it's ok because it's what we've always done. We literally don't even think of it. It's as simple as that. And it's why 1 in 50 children is now being diagnosed with autism.

30 Day Rule

The good news: DNA fragmentation in reproductive cells caused by cell phones could be immediately stopped by young and middle-aged men in the days before they attempt to have children. The "30 day no front pockets rule" creates healthy sperm for baby.Even keeping cell phones out of the front pocket in the 30 days before attempting should create new, healthy reproductive cells without DNA fragmentation. Reproductive cells that won't be likely to cause autism. The "30 day no front pockets rule" is the fix to the autism spike of our times.

Of course there is always the long-term picture to consider too. The 1.6 watts per kilogram maximum SAR level allowed by the U.S. government isn't very toxic to our cells in a single dose. But if you get thousands of doses a year, or tens of thousands over a decade, reproductive tissue can incur long-term damage to the point men can't make reproductive cells with healthy DNA even if they stop storing their cell phones in their front pockets. Therefore, the wisest approach is for young and middle-aged men to permanently change their habit of keeping their cell phones in their front pockets.

What Can We Do?

What can men do? They can protect their reproductive cells by carring their cell phone a safe distance away. Once the public understands the issue, new products such as pouches that clip to the top of shoes will spring up, allowing men to safely carry their cell phones atop the bones of their feet. In the meantime, they can also carry their cell phones in their hands, as well as let the cell phones harmlessly sit atop a counter or table when they are at rest. One special note: men should NEVER drive in cars with their cell phones in their front pockets, as microwave radiation inside a vehicle is especially intense.

How far away do men need to keep cell phones from reproductive cells? At least as far as women keep cell phones from their eggs, which is a minimum of eight inches. Women are only passing 20% of autism; this means women's eggs have not been highly impacted by RF radiation. Thus, men should use eight inches as an entry-level distance standard for safety.

What can women do? At the minimum, they should enforce the "30 day no front pockets rule" on their male partners. Raising a child with autism is very difficult, both financially and emotionally. Women are inheriting a huge portion of that difficulty based on men's habits. Women must convince men to protect their sperm cells.Women can help actively apply the necessary social pressure to overcome the inertia of men's dangerous "front pockets" habit. In addition, the best solution is to permanently change men's behavior since conception accidents happen quite frequently; and also because preservation of men's reproductive tissue over the long-run is critical to maximize chances of having healthy children.

What should the government do? The rise is autism represents a public health and financial crisis. Unless we change, families will need more help than the government can afford. At our current rate of autism increase, families will need more help than the government can afford to give. The immediate solution is to issue a public health advisory to educate men on how to protect their reproductive cells from RF energy.

Additionally, more research needs to be funded and conducted as soon as possible. Specifically: 1) Research on the rate of autism inheritance from the maternal and paternal sides before 1990, when mobile phone use was uncommon. 2) Research on the rate of autism inheritance from the maternal and paternal side in cultures where mobile phones are not currently used.

Reducing Autism

As we have seen from the data, our autism spike is being caused by fathers. Prior to 1995, there was no spike in autism. Because of natural selection (i.e. sperm competition), it is probable that, prior to 1995, fathers contributed significantly less to autism than mothers. Since only 20% of today's autism is from mothers, we thus estimate between 60% to 80% of today's autism is caused specifically by radiation-damaged reproductive cells from fathers.

According to an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report, there were 3,800,000 live births in the U.S. in 2011. Since we know 1 in 50 children is now being diagnosed with autism, we have roughly 76,000 new autism cases per year.

The cummulative math: 60% of 76,000 is 45,600 and 80% of 76,000 is 60,800. Thus we can say that autism will reduce in the United States by 46,000 to 61,000 cases per year when fathers begin protecting their reproductive cells from radiation.

Special Note to the Autistic Community

This website is not intended to insult you. WhyAutismHappens is only talking about 60 to 80% of autism; aka the autism spike. Your autism may not have been caused by RF energy exposure. Furthermore, you may have found that your autism is an advantage to you in your life. WhyAutismHappens does not have answers as to why autism happens naturally. However, protecting against unnecessary DNA fragmentation as a starting point for babies should be a positive shared goal.


In summary, we have nothing for sale. We are literally saying, "Fathers, don't put radiation right next to the ingredients you're making a baby with." If we make this change, we can go back to 1980s levels of autism spectrum disorders, which is to say 60% to 80% less.

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