Posted by Jan on November 30, 2003 at 15:59:14:
In Reply to: My last post posted by Elizabeth on November 30, 2003 at 14:21:32:
: Unfortunately, genes receive a lot of blame these days for being the cause of illness. Down Syndrome appears to be a genetic condition in which there is an extra chromosome in the cells of a baby's body. This extra chromosome results most often from abnormal cell division and can occur after conception.
: However, the physical and mental retardation seen with DS occur also without the extra cell chromosome. The same stands true for most other "genetic" illnesses. You may look at a group of 100 people who have the genes for diabetss or heart disease and discover that only some of them will develop these diseases. And you will find that there are numerous poeople whose genes are perfect, yet they have the very same diseases.
: Why does an older woman have a greater risk of giving birth to a DS child? To answer that question you have to leave the gene-cause theory and ask what the other influences are that make an older woman more prone to developing such a fetus than a younger one.
: The answer lies in the build-up of waste, toxins, stones in the liver bile ducts, reduced nutrient absorption due to poorer digestion, weight gain, blocked lymphatic ducts, thickening of blood vessel walls, poor diet, use of drugs such as antibiotics, drinking more alcohol, possible effects from smoking, lack of exercise, emototional issues, etc. A woman can easily give birth to a healhty child at age 40-45 if she cleansed all her main organs and systems (liver, kidneys, large intestines, reproductive organs, blood vessel walls, lymphatic vessels, etc., and nourished her body appropriately. Older women have had extra years to develop inefficient digestive and reproductive systems than younger ones, which is the main physiological reason for DS.
: Another reason is the frequent use of ultrasound and drugs. Again, as I mentioned it can be caused by many things or nothing the mother or father could have done to prevent it. I don't think I need to waste my time to prove my point to you any longer. The main thing that I had been trying to explain is to just be cautions before thinking about taking medications.
No, you don't have to leave the "gene-cause theory" to answer why older women have children with DS. The cause of Down Syndrome is still genetic regardless of the age of the mother. It is due to an extra copy of chromosome 21 and this occurs AT CONCEPTION. You are correct about being cautious with drugs in pregnancy but completely wrong about Down Syndrome.