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Question: What causes autism? Why does autism occur?
Answer: There are a number of autism causes, including pollution, genetic constraints (often age related), drugs, maternal flu's, and sometimes immunizations. Surprisingly, all these causes are only responsible for a small percentage of autism. New research reveals how 80% of autism has come to be caused by fathers. If you have a husband, son, or son-in-law, the following information may change your future.
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.
This is one of those special, breakthrough moments in understanding autism. This should change the way you think about autism. Men are responsible for four-fifths (4/5) of autism.
These are the four independent studies showing 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 "Scientists Link Gene Mutation to Autism Risk" discusses these studies. This Autism Speaks article has additional info.
What's happened to men's reproductive DNA? This is biggest health question of the last 20 years and it's easily answered with a common law of physics which we will cover in just a few paragraphs.
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).
Father's Reproductive Cells and Baby
Men and women don't carry their reproductive DNA in the same place in their bodies. 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. All cell phones emit RF energy into our human cells.
Even micro amounts of damage to reproductive DNA is enough to cause autism in a baby. This introduces a big question. Are there studies which show mobile phone radiation damages men's reproductive cells?
Yes, there are lots of studies showing radiation from mobile phones damages men's reproductive cells:
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). The real key is understanding a well-known law of physics which explains the mystery of men being adversely affected by cell phone radiation.
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 Coulombís 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 Coulombís 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 RF radiation. And this is the big secret to the world 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.
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.
An 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
This medical study shows cell phones and autism are strongly associated. The study uses 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.
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 perfectly consistent with Coulomb's law; 80% of autism is coming from men's damaged reproductive DNA.
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 just cause autism; it would cause a spectrum of 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. Many of the children across the affected spectrum cannot carry on a normal life. It is not a stretch to speculate that many of the school shootings over the past 10 years may be related to mental health deficiencies in children caused by inherited, damaged DNA from fathers.
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.
The 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)|
|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)|
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 Safe
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.
Anyone who has used an EMF meter knows that only a few inches of air space radically diminishes the effects of radiation. If you have ever held a cell phone near a radio and heard the disruption it causes, you know this. Simply drawing the cell phone away from the radio by a few inches ends the disruption. Women's eggs are never that close to disrupting energy; men's sperm is often too close. That is why men are passing 80% of autism.
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. This 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.
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.
There are so many implications of autism being caused by diseased sperm cells that we need to list them out.
7 Autism Implications for Parents and Kids:
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.
Connect the Dots
Men are four times as likely as women to pass on the DNA glitches that cause autism; cell phone radiation causes sperm cell DNA fragmentation. Cell phones are fragmenting men's reproductive DNA, causing them to pass on autism to their children at an unnaturally high rate. Women, in contrast, are protected. Even when they carry their cell phones in their pockets, their reproductive cells are located much higher up in their bodies, safely away from RF energy.
The radiation from mobile phones is microwaving men's reproductive cells. Nature is trying to compensate with male infertility, but in many cases the cooked sperm cells are still enough to create a zygote. A zygote that will not be able to call upon certain vital parts of DNA code that provide the advanced gifts of human evolution.
The seemingly innocuous practice of men storing cell phones in their front pockets is giving our children autism. Men are giving our children autism before conception. The problem: men don't know this. We have what is the easiest-to-solve public health crisis of our times, but we're not solving it.
Cell Phones Still Safe
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.
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.
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?
In addition to supporting autism awareness and learning to spot autism signs, you can help support the autistic community by learning autism facts and/or supporting an autism foundation or autism organization. But we can also proactively educate young people about keeping smart phones a safe distance from their reproductive DNA in order to reverse the autism epidemic.
What should men do about storing phones? Men should start protecting their reproductive cells. They can carry their cell phone in their breast pockets. 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? Only about as far as women keep cell phones from their eggs, which is about 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 should 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.
What should the government do? The rise is autism represents a public health and financial crisis.
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.
A special note to the autistic. This website is not intended to insult you. Your autism may not have been caused by RF energy exposure.
Dramatically Reducing Autism
How much could we reduce autism if we change men's "front pockets" cell phone carrying? It is useful to think in parts. We know from the National Institutes of Health that fathers are passing on autism at four times the rate of women. Let's think of autism as a pie with five parts.
The pie chart shows 80% of autism being caused by paternal DNA. This means the 20-year autism spike has been caused by a sudden spike in damage to men's reproductive cells. More than likely, before the spike began, fathers were passing autism at a similar rate to, or less than, mothers. That's why we never had an autism spike in recorded human history. Since mother's eggs have not been affected by RF energy, we can deduct that a natural pass-on rate, per sex, is a maximum of 20% of today's total.
Let's summarize the thinking: women cause 20% of autism naturally and, before our 20-year spike, men were causing up to, but possibly less, another 20% of autism naturally. Roughly 20 years ago, men began accidentally causing the remaining 60% of autism via reproductive cell fragmentation. This 60% is our heretofore mysterious "autism epidemic".
Does this pass the common sense test? Yes. If men and women are naturally passing only 40% of autism, then 60% of autism is being caused by fragmentation to men's sperm cells. So autism has increased by an unnecessary 60%. This matches to within 10% of the CDC's estimate that autism rates have doubled since 1992.
Let's look at the same pie chart, but assume that fathers reduce their risk of passing on autism by protecting their reproductive cells. As a result, their risk of passing on autism reduces to the natural level—the same level as mothers.
Let's put some numbers to the pie chart to make sense of how much autism could be prevented. Let's use the CDC's published 2009 U.S. birth rate of 4,130,665. Let's use the CDC estimate that 1 in 88 children in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder. [ref 8] In 2009, an estimated 46,939 kids were born with autism spectrum disorder. If we imagine 60% of these autism cases were prevented by men carrying their mobile phones safely, then 28,163 new cases of autism would have been prevented in 2009.
If we make a small change with our cell phone carrying, we might prevent almost 30,000 new autism cases per year in the U.S., and a much greater number around the world.
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.