In my family, looking at the death certificates, the most were some form of cancer - mostly lung (from smoking or being around second hand smoke), colon cancer (from years high fat diet), and coronary problems (many uncles and father had quadruple bypass surgeries).
I know of other families where the grandparent's doing family research helped solve a cancer problem in the kidneys that plagued their family for decades. The only way the doctor knew it was hereditary was because of the diligent efforts of mapping by documentation of death certificates.
Some mental and nervous conditions in prior decades were from consanguineous relations or marrying a cousin or sibling and then bearing children.
|Originally posted by kel0212:|
I hope i'm not bothering you with a very trival question, but i need to know the answer to this question before i can make an important decision in my life.... Is there scientific prove or explainations that says that there are an increase chances of giving birth to childrens with down syndrome when the parents are first cousins or are closely related in blood ties ? i know this may be maybe a stupid question but i have heard from frens that this might be true, and i just want more information and facts on it. Thanks for spending the time reading my email and regards.
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True story from my own family from Oklahoma. In the 1920s, Great Uncle Clarence Collins married a first cousin. The Doctor told them they couldn't have children. A cousin that I met in the search of more information on my family said with a southern drawl over the phone, "Now, you know the story about Uncle Clarence, right?" I did know the story from my relative's perspective, so I said, "What story do YOU know?" She said, "Well, the Doctor told them that they couldn't have children, and do you know, they had 10 children. Now, none of them lived very long, but they sure showed that Doctor that they could have children!" I said, " I heard a similar story, but I heard that because they were first cousins, and the complications that could arise from intermarrying, not that they COULDN"T have children....but that they SHOULDN'T.
I hope this sheds some light on some very controversial talking points.