Dallas Chiropractic Neurologist Comments:
There's an interesting new study out of California on a potental "autism gene."
You can read the article from Time Magazine here
Now, don't get too excited (never minding all the potentially messy ethical problems) because genes aren't all they're cracked up to be.
Most people are enthralled by DNA and genetics....thinking that identifying a connection to a gene somehow automatically equals a cure.
Not even close. Let me shed some light on this misconception...
Genes don't predetermine your destiny. They certainly set the stage and predispose that certain things may happen, but it's not written in stone.
If there's one thing that neurology and neuroscience has taught those that bother to listen is this:
About 50% of your brain is hard wired--meaning it depends on the genetics--BUT...the remaining 50% develops and is shaped by what you do to yourself and what happens to you.
This is great news! This means that despite your "genes," your brain can be changed. This is the whole point of "plasticity" and Clark Brain-Based Rehab®. In a nutshell: Identify the area(s) of the brain that aren't functioning correctly and apply specific forms of activation to strengthen those weak areas.
These are called "epigenetic" factors. What are they? Nutrition, Stress, Physical Exercise, Parental attention, exposure to toxins....you get the idea.
And...if there's one thing that treating children with developmental problems like Autism, Asperger's and PDD has taught me is this: