Intergenerational Effects of the COVID Response
What are the lasting effects of the responses to COVID?
We are seeing dramatic increases of depression and suicide in teens and young adults.
Some local doctors are saying there aren’t any negative effects.
It is wholly unscientific to suggest there is no lasting effect from this unprecedented response, and to say “children are adaptable” and therefore not further investigate.
There are already studies that exist. In fact, there is a whole field of study called epigenetics.
Are there inter-generational effects of trauma? Can trauma and stress alter genetic expression? And can that altered genetic expression be passed down generation to generation? YES!
It was once thought that the genetic code we were born with was a static blueprint for all that would happen in our cells throughout our lives. Epigenetics describes that blueprint can be affected to a large degree by the environment. Changes in gene expression dictated by the environment can even be passed down to the next generation and beyond.
In 1944, famine struck the Netherlands. Babies born soon after the end of the famine initially appeared to suffer few ill effects, but as they reached middle age they began to exhibit an unusual prevalence of heart disease and other metabolic disorders. Studies of the “Dutch Hongerwinter cohort” ultimately discovered that environmental factors can not only affect gene expression in an individual, but leave a lasting epigenetic imprint on their children. How can events that happened decades earlier affect later generations?
Far from being cushioned from the effects of the famine, they suffered increased rates of obesity and a host of metabolic diseases affecting cardiac health once they reached middle age. They had somehow acquired what is popularly called the “thrifty gene.” A half-century after World War II, Dutch people born just after the famine found that their bodies behaved as though they were still living under conditions of starvation.
Scientists have known for decades that chemical tags on genes can affect their expression without altering the DNA sequence. In recent years, researchers have realized that the marks also decorate messenger RNA (mRNA), the molecule that carries genetic information from DNA to a cell's protein-making factories. At a conference in Chicago, Illinois, researchers discussed evidence that chemical modification of mRNA is critical for gene expression and disease, and they described a new chemical modification linked to leukemia.
So not only are we using a gene therapy that can effect our mRNA which yes, can effect your gene expression. But the response of isolation, social distancing, masking, fear-mongering can as well.
But malnutrition found in World War II is just one factor affecting the epigenome - in mice, maternal care in the first months of life has been demonstrated to epigenetically effect stress response in later life. The policy of ripping a child away from their mother testing COVID positive was not just harmful because that baby would’ve been best served receiving the breastmilk which is catered to the infants need due to a communication of infant saliva to breast. The mothers body then caters the milk make-up to the individual needs of the infant. Amazing. But it is also harmful because of the stress it causes on the infant being separated from the mother.
Just like the isolation of COVID positive family members and allowing the elderly to be locked away in senior homes to die alone.
Plus, pollution, drug addiction, family dysfunction and stress may all play a part in our individual epigenetic code.
The most recent chapter is a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by researchers from the National Bureau of Economic Research. They found that the sons of Union Army soldiers who endured grueling conditions as prisoners of war were more likely to die young than the sons of soldiers who were not prisoners. This is despite the fact that the sons were born after the war, so they couldn’t have experienced its horrors personally. In other words, it seemed like the stresses of war were getting passed down between generations.
The stress on the system moves the machinery to put down or not put down epigenetic markers.
"Jirtle explains the epigenome as a type of software that runs on the computer-like cell. The epigenome can affect lots of different cells, just as a software program can be run on many different computers. He thinks this study might help explain why states in the southern United States—which had more severe food shortages during and after the Civil War—have worse health outcomes today."
Epigenetic links have also been established in animal studies. For example, mice that have been taught to fear the smell of cherries when it was paired with an electric shock had children and grandchildren that also showed signs of anxiety when exposed to the odor, even though they had never “learned” the painful association.
When optimal methylation occurs, it has a significant positive impact on many biochemical reactions in the body that regulate the activity of the cardiovascular, neurological, reproductive, and detoxification systems.
When methylation is impaired these functions are impaired, and the gene expression can be turned on or off for these impaired genes to be handed down.
Oxygen concentration affects de novo DNA methylation and transcription in in vitro cultured oocytes. Which means that masking and effecting oxygen concentration can also negatively effect this process.
I have written about other ways that disease can be turned on and off here. And what you can do to promote health for you and your children. Including the children you haven’t had yet. How can you hand down healthier genes? https://www.mommaforahealthyfuture.com/post/heal-your-genes-heal-the-future
I’ve written about the other risk-benefit analysis being overlooked by health bureaucrats here. When they say masking is without harm. They completely overlook other existing fields of study acknowledged here.
I write this article to show that these health bureaucrats are not doing their due diligence. These local health professionals are not doing their due diligence.
And to say that an experimental gene therapy is without harm despite the VAERS data and lack of longitudinal studies as it is a new product, is completely irresponsible and unscientific.
The scientific consensus can not be trusted. As it has failed many times before and it is failing now.
Mental health specialists in particular should be ashamed to say that these policies are not harmful as they are familiar with the ACE study.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood. ACEs can include violence, abuse, and growing up in a family with mental health or substance use problems. Toxic stress from ACEs can change brain development and affect how the body responds to stress. ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse in adulthood. However, ACEs can be prevented.
Preventing ACEs can help children and adults thrive and potentially:
* Lower risk for conditions like depression, asthma, cancer, and diabetes in adulthood.
* Reduce risky behaviors like smoking and heavy drinking.
* Improve education and employment potential.
* Stop ACEs from being passed from one generation to the next.
You don’t have to agree that perhaps this is intentional. But you cannot provide evidence contrary to the evidence above that exists to say that this will not be without harm.
Will prolonged mask wear have physical effects which will be passed down? We know that mask wear impedes normal respiration. I discuss this in the health department response above. With this your heart and lungs work harder. Will it come with genetic adaptations similar to those seen in WWII starvation scenarios? Intergenerational effects of prolonged oxygen starvation? What will be the long-term effects passed down from this massive human experiment?
Rather than wait and see. The best response is to allow medical freedom for parents to decide for themselves which traumas their children will be exposed to. Because without argument. There is trauma.