Does your child have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or special needs? Think epigenetics. According to Gene Counselor Dr. Valerio Vittone, epigenetics is a game-changer.
Epigenetics means outside of genes. DNA can not be modified. However, outside factors can cause change or switch genes “on” or “off”. These external factors include the environment, diet, habits, or lifestyle.
The Role of Music, Vitamin D, Diet, and DNA Testing
Music, Vitamin D, diet, and lifestyle changes can influence how genes can switch on or off. Based on genome studies, ASD correlates with environmental factors like pollution that have a negative effect. Researchers identified 23 susceptibility changes in genes shared in various disorders, including ASD.
These shared common genes serve as the basis for making dietary interventions and lifestyle changes. These modifications decrease symptoms and promote better function of kids with ASD. It leads to a profound effect on their quality of life.
One of these genes is responsible for regulating neurotransmitters in the brain, specifically dopamine. Experts point out that dopamine dysregulation is evident in ASD.
The use of music, such as those by Mozart and Beethoven, eases autistic symptoms. It increases the amount of dopamine in your child’s brain and lessens mutation in the dopamine receptor.
Dr. Vittone stated, “Playing music creates an epigenetic change that alleviates DNA malfunction.” He further said that interventions could resolve symptoms through epigenetic changes even if there is a genetic anomaly. Music is a positive epigenetic factor that increases dopamine in the brain of kids with ASD.