Genes & Syndromes

Genetic Syndrome

 

...are we really controlled by our DNA?

 

History is punctuated with science completely embarrassing itself, and the idea of genetic syndromes is a great example of one of these embarrassing historical events in the making.

Science embarrasses itself by breaking its own rule of objectivity and testing: by forming a hypothesis, and then getting so much momentum and personal psychological investment in the hypothesis that the scientists no longer bother to question it. Instead, the most complicated, tortuous, near-magical stories are concocted to "fit the facts." Science - especially medical science - often protects its favourite hypotheses as though they're laws of nature, when in fact they might not be true at all.

This is exactly what has happened with our understanding of the genetic basis of the biological world ...now shown to have been wrong. Somewhere along the way, scientists decided that all the universe is a giant clockwork, basically a really complicated machine. Including the human body. Therefore, all diseases that can't be immediately explained by some kind of injury to the body must be caused by a built-in mechanical flaw of the body. These types of diseases are called "genetic syndromes." (The word "syndrome" means "collection of symptoms of unknown cause.")

Without really testing that belief, the past 300 years of scientific thought have built upon it, and we have come to believe it is an unquestionable truth. There have been many new hypotheses built on top of the original one, and many of them are also provably false ...if medical scientists would care to set about doing the proving! Which they usually don't because there's not much funding available for finding out that modern medicine has been going about things the wrong way for many decades.

The "Machinery" Hypothesis in Medical Research

In the field of biological science, another hypothesis was added to the original machinery hypothesis. Beginning with the work of Mendel (1866), who showed that children inherit physical characteristics from their parents, the double-helix structure of DNA was then proposed (1953), and a few years later (1966) the nucleotide triplets of DNA molecules were discovered. These nucleotide triplets are like letters of the alphabet, and combined in various ways they create what we call genes.

These findings describe the anatomy of some of the contents of the cells that make up our body. But it's a big leap of logic to then assume that the coding inside our cells then "tells" our bodies whether to be sick or not. It's a huge leap of logic - missing a lot of steps in between.

And, as it turns out, it's been an erroneous assumption all along! For this reason, several types of scientific and medical studies have just not gone in the direction that they should have. For example:

  1. Accidental genetic mutations don't seem to be the basis of evolution. In over fifty years of doing evolutionary studies using fruit flies, not once have researchers been able to cause a genetic mutation that gets passed on to subsequent generations in order to create an evolutionary change in the fruit fly species. However, with a significant change of environment, the fruit flies themselves will "evolve" within a single generation, all of them developing the same "genetic syndromes" at once!
  2. Humans are not the slightest bit special, biologically speaking.The human genome project expected that the incredibly complex human form would need at least 100,000 genes in order to carry out all our extremely unique and special functions. Researchers expected to find the keys to unlock all genetic syndromes. When the project was done, the gene count was more like 40,000 ...approximately the same number of genes as a mustard plant.

    So much for solving aging, disease, and all the other sufferings of life by unlocking the secrets of our genetic machinery.

  3. Our genes change when we develop diseases and genetic syndromes, not the other way around. In the mid-1990's, out of the genome project, medical science was overjoyed to discover the "breast cancer gene." Soon doctors began offering preventative mastectomies to any women who had the breast cancer gene. Unfortunately, many women who didn'thave the breast cancer gene then developed breast cancer anyway.

    Based on the sacrifice of all those women who had their breasts removed unnecessarily, medical researchers have learned that our genes change when we develop diseases - so the genes cannot be the cause.

    Another recent discovery is that people with Alzheimer's disease have extra genetic material on the 21st chromosome, so this is now believed to be a genetic syndrome . However, an extra 21st chromosome or extra 21st chromosome material is also believed to be the caused of another genetic syndrome: Down syndrome. So are babies with Down syndrome born with Alzheimer's disease, or do Alzheimer's patients have Down syndrome? And why does the extra genetic material come first in one genetic syndrome and come afterward in the other genetic syndrome?

    Why do children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome symptoms or autism have so many developmental similarities to children with Down syndrome, while people who don't develop these symptoms until adulthood are given completely different diagnoses such as mental illness or Alzheimer's disease?

    What a headache!

  4. Our genes are not necessary to the functioning of our cells. Numerous experiments have shown that genes code cells for their formation, but not for their operation. Simply put, when you remove the genes from a cell, nothing happens. The cell doesn't function according to what its genes tell it, the cell only forms according to the genetic coding of the parent cell. This means that our genes are not the "brain" of our cells, they are the reproductive organs of the cell!

These and many other weird findings of biological science over the past couple decades have proved extremely embarassing to medical science, and have brought us to a dead end on many therapies and hopes and dreams that we once had for curing all diseases, having only perfect people, and so on. But there is so much momentum, such a huge drug and surgery and radiation industry, it's hard to turn around quickly. So we keep talking from the old paradigm.

If genes aren't the cause of disease and genetic syndromes, then what is?

The answer is simple: all diseases - even so-called "genetic syndromes" - are caused by specific types of life experiences.

Syndromes are really just a collection of various disease symptoms. Because the various symptoms each have their own specific cause, the entire genetic syndrome has a specific set of causes. The German New Medicine® teaches us to investigate and dismantle the various symptoms and to solve them one by one. We do not see people as flawed, especially not based on their fundamental construction. Nature does not make mistakes.

But how does that explain people who really do have the symptoms of a genetic syndrome, such as Down syndrome or Alzheimer's disease? What about all the symptoms that go with celiac disease or Guillain-Barre, Klinefelter's or Cushing's?

Imagine that you have a tendency to stub your toe a lot, sometimes get constipated, and that you talk a lot. You also get a twitch in your eye from time to time and you have brown eyes and black hair and your name is Joe.

If you're creative enough to hypothesize a single cause for all these symptoms - let's say your mother was a violinist when she was pregnant with you, so you hypothesize that violin music causes this syndrome - you've got yourself a genuine, official syndrome. If you're in the right place at the right time, you can make a lot of money from being the one to discover and treat people with this Joe's Fetal Violin syndrome (JFVS).

All the people in the world, born to musicians or just music-lovers, who are prone to constipation, toe-stubbing, talkativeness, twitchy eyes, and brown eyes and black hair can be part of the JFVS community and can bond together through discussion forums and fundraisers to build awareness of this disease and the evils of violin music. Then you can sell toe casts and laxatives to them.

This is a silly story, but it's not very far at all from the truth of how genetic syndromes of all types are diagnosed. Researchers observe a collection of symptoms, and give it a syndrome name. We assume that our bodies are created out of our DNA somehow, so we assume that many syndromes are genetic syndromes.

And we'll keep searching for the genetic cause of these syndromes until medical science can catch up with its ownembarassment and find some other way to approach the human mind and body.

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