April 29, 2012

Genetics and Environment (And GMOs)

Filed under: Dance of Death, Food and Farms, Scientism/Technocracy — Tags: — Russell Bangs @ 2:56 am


That everything’s “in our genes”, and that this is more important than environmental factors, is another notion that’s rapidly becoming a Big Lie as the contrary evidence piles up on all fronts.
For example, a new Stanford study on spiking autism rates estimates that the incidence of autism is around 38% genetically influenced, 62% caused by environmental factors. Analyzing the steep spike in autism rates in recent years, and taking the possibility of “improved diagnosis” into account, the study finds that rates have spiked steeply enough and fast enough that it can’t be accounted for by genetic change. It must be on account of changes in environmental factors which in turn are preponderant in causing the condition to develop. We’ve long known that environmental factors are critical where it comes to “switching on or off” various genetic predispositions. This is just one example.
Today, wherever there’s any doubt, the obvious place to look for environmental causality is among the poisons inflicted upon us by the corporate/government system, especially in our food. For example, genetic engineering is a violent, disruptive process from start (where the alien genetic material is literally shot into the target genome with a gun; did you picture some kind of “precision” technique?) to middle (where the alien material more or less randomly and chaotically sprawls over the indigenous genes, disrupting and destroying along the way) to end (where, contrary to system lies, the alien material is absorbed intact into our digestive systems and bloodstream, where it proceeds to modify internal bacteria, viruses, and our own cells, toward what chaotic effects even god would have a hard time predicting).
I’d say GMOs comprise a pretty aggressive intrusion by the environment upon our genes and our biology. One study found traces of Bt toxin from Monsanto’s Bt corn in the blood of 93% of pregnant women and 80% of umbilical cords and fetal bloodstreams. This is one of many studies disproving the Big Lie that alien GE material is destroyed in cooking and/or digestion, and it demonstrates how any potential genetic switch for any disease whatsoever is completely exposed to this invasion from the outside environment.
Someday, when humanity has overthrown this scourge and convened the New Nuremburg, we’ll know the full extent of biotech’s crimes against humanity. This wholesale assault on our genes and our health is among of the worst of these world-historical crimes.



  1. A friend of mine is very active in asserting that autism is man-made. He runs a blog http://www.ageofautism.com/ and wrote a book about it that I found pretty compelling:


    Comment by Tao Jonesing — April 29, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

    • By man-made, meaning from diet, vaccines, and similar things?

      Comment by Russ — April 30, 2012 @ 5:06 am

      • Specifically, the use of mercury in industry and in vaccines.

        Comment by Tao Jonesing — April 30, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

      • Unfortunately, someone I know who has an autistic child has shown no interest in the physical (environmental toxification) roots of it or in potential dietary mitigation of the symptoms.

        Comment by Russ — May 1, 2012 @ 3:28 am

  2. What I find fascinating is how we manage to forget what we’ve known for ages from one generation to the next… Pretty depressing, when you come to think of it..
    Is it because “modern” man is so tuned into the Internet, and hopping around in fast cars, and/or in jet planes that he doesn’t have the time to learn what was already known under Louis XIV (re environmental factors working together synchronically with genetic ones)… ?
    For autism…
    While lots of people may be focusing on vaccines, and toxins, a little tour of a local bus will show you lots of young mothers with babies in strollers, mothers whose eyes are trained on their cell phones while junior stares vacantly into space…little relation, little physical contact, for example.
    That kind of activity doesn’t exactly make for warm, loving, physical human beings… Lots of those young mothers are only reproducing what they already received from THEIR mothers, too. (And I’m not pointing any fingers, either.)
    Personally, speaking as someone who would probably be diagnosed with a mild form of autism in that land of milk of honey where you’re living, that land where people are slotted off into little boxes at birth, with corresponding pills to swallow, I think that as a species we are becoming more asocial all the time.
    After all… autism is a form of asociality. Withdrawing from relationships with other human beings.
    “We” are less and less gifted at relationships, and living WITH other people with each day that passes.
    That doesn’t bother me a lot…I prefer my own company to most of the company I see around me at this time.
    Another of my favorite hypotheses : when you study rat colonies, there is a certain critical population mass at which their societies begin to implode : delinquance and crime explode, and antisocial behavior mushrooms. Just like.. US ?
    Given our concentration in the megapoles, and the lack of sensory stimulation we are currently cultivating, autism is a somewhat.. logical MASS outcome.
    A social/political phenomenon, more than a medical one.
    We are very neotonic as a species. Influenceable, and malleable.
    And we are definitely our own worst enemies at this time…

    Comment by Debra — April 30, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

    • autism is a form of asociality

      Uh, no. You seem tp assume that autism is purely psychological, but in many (if not most or all) cases it has physiological origins. The case made in Mark’s book is that mercury is a toxin that induces psychological effects, and one illustration of this phenomenon is the so-called madness caused by syphilis. They argue that the use of mercury to treat syphilis is what caused the madness, not the disease itself.

      Comment by Tao Jonesing — April 30, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

    • Those are contributing factors as well, for many diseases. It all contributes to eroding our physical and mental health. But there’s ample evidence that the primary environmental factors, which are therefore the primary cause of the manifestation of the condition, are physical poisons.

      Comment by Russ — May 1, 2012 @ 3:26 am

      • Have you reflected on the possibility that framing this debate in terms of external poisons is another manifestation of Cartesian dualism ?
        “Environmental factors” does not simply mean the QUANTIFIABLE, VISIBLE, external causes, it also means the intangible processes that cannot be measured, or evaluated in any scientific manner. For which the very idea of “proof” is not appropriate.
        And it is not a question of either/or. Not psychological (what the hell does that mean, anyway, when you read Carnegie’s example of the guy who died of cold in a refrigerator wagon whose refrigeration system was not working…) OR physical.
        Phrasing in the either/or manner reflects the Cartesian mind/body dualism which is taking our civilization down.
        I find it very sad how much American society is desperately obsessed with “poisons”.
        (Please note that LIKE FREUD, I do not discount the influence of mercury, or other nasty products of civilization that we constantly congratulate ourselves on knowing how to/being able to “create”. But our cheap relief in being able to point a finger at something measurable quickly blots out our consciousness that there might be other shadowy forces at work that we do not, and can not understand. The… “psychological” that gets shoved under the rug as fast as it appears.)
        If American society goes down, it will succumb to… PARANOIA before anything else.
        The art of TAKING YOURSELF DOWN…
        When you have no other viable enemies (and no more faith in yourself…) you become your own worst enemy.
        This behavior seems to dominate the American ethos, and has for a long time now.
        Is it a form of retribution for the…evils of colonization ?
        Talion law in its most grisly form ? Maybe.
        Speaking as someone who has a shred of experience on this subject, I think that we will never “know” what “causes” “madness”.
        Knowing what causes madness is about on the same plane as being able to prove or disprove the existence of God.
        At its most basic level, madness is what confronts the social body with what it considers to be alien to it/us.
        Unacceptable. Not human. What WE don’t want to be/become.
        A frontier. A line that separates some of us from the others.
        And the frontier keeps shifting all the time… It is very, very present in the U.S. at this time.
        American medecine/psychiatry, etc has shrunk to become ridiculously reductionist. (In the 70’s, my Daddy was a sophisticated M.D. He would have been horrified to “learn” what is passing for “proven science” these days in the States.)
        While empire keeps mushrooming ?
        Maybe there is some relationship there…

        Comment by Debra — May 1, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

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