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Dr Phil -"Biochemist Addresses The Genetic Consequences Of Having Children With A Blood Relative"

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Ouch. It looks like our friends from Utah got blindsided on the Dr. Phil show. It appears that Dr. Phil found a yahoo to mislead the viewers by using stats that represented all consanguineous marriages (incl father/daughter incest). All of the stats were off the wall. It certainly didn't have anything to do with cousins.

Dr. Phil warned them to be wary of websites like "cousins-r-us" LOL. I say be wary of talk shows.

It's painful to watch this all go down:

 

 

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Oh so this does includes all forms of consanguineous marriages? How did you find this out? When I seen this it worried me and I didn’t understand where they got their info. Yeah I hate how he wants to try to make it a joke about where they get their facts and he pulls some bs like this. Why is this guy called a Dr? Is he suppose to help people and have a healthy debate? It just seems he attacks these people and says what he can to get a laugh. 

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My point is based upon two things. The title of the powerpoint presentation is titled, "Consanguineous Marriage Complications." These stats are made up. I've read every study out there. Cousins actually have a lower chance of miscarriages than the general population. I know bs stats when I see them.

Dr Phil appeared to be hungover or stoned. Part of his brand image is being an a$$ hole.

Now I'm furious about them claiming that we cherry pick our data. Up yours Dr Phil!

 

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I will attempt to contact the so called expert and see if she will share her footnotes.

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the stats aren't made up, they're just irrelevant to western civilization where cousin marriage accounts for about 1 out of 1000 marriages. they look very similar to what i can remember alan bittles publishing about the complications in middle-eastern and third world countries where pre-arranged marriages between first cousins is common, even through multiple generations. 

they did get blindsided. and i've reached out to them on here by PM, and on FB messenger but they haven't responded to me. i think they may be upset with me because i never did connect with the producer of the show, and maybe because they got very little interaction with anyone here when they posted. or maybe i'm just imagining it because i feel guilty that i wasn't able to help them through the whole ordeal. and i DO feel guilty. i feel like i totally dropped the ball on this one. i dropped the ball on them. 

as for dr. phil, i never have liked him. he's just an oprah-wanna-be. and an oprah-prodigee. she did "raise" and "groom" him into what he is now. he's a smart man. he could have gotten a true expert in the field of genetics on there, instead of someone with such an impressive list of credentials that have little or nothing to do with the the human genome. why didn't he reach out to a genetic expert? alan bittles maybe? or robin bennet? or whoever the current president of the NSGC? instead he brought on some pretty face who has helped develop oncology and neurology treatments and preventions. not once did anyone even bring up the research published in JAMA. dr. phil chose someone who would push HIS agenda, HIS bias, without any data or research relevant to north america.

one thing you can count on though, is this is going to start a couple of years of media circus. every talk show on tv will be wanting to cover the subject. the good news is that so will a lot of legitimate, reputable media outlets. i'm glad you turned off guest posting. 

 

 

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Hi Dr. Dena,

Would you please share your footnotes for the stats that you presented on the Dr. Phil show? I have serious questions as to the validity or applicability of your stats as it relates to first cousin marriages. The powerpoint title doesn't mention cousins specifically, so you can where one may be confused as to the applicability of the stats.

Thank you for your time in clearing this up.

Yours,
KC

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7 hours ago, LadyC said:

they look very similar to what i can remember alan bittles publishing about the complications in middle-eastern and third world countries where pre-arranged marriages between first cousins is common, even through multiple generations. 

You have put forth this claim for years now and I still can't verify it. Ottenheimer scoffed at the idea and stated that cousins seem to have more children than unrelated couples. She could have got her stats from those British Pakistanis which had big problems.

btw Dr. Dena is called "[sic] brain dead moron" by Trump "trolls" per her twitter account. Dr. Phil forgot to mention that she is a crackpot failed politician as is her husband who beat his first wife and cheated on her with the lovely Dr. Dena.

Isn't life grand?

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Kc it was on his website, consang.net. mostly stuff that was over my head, but he had a number of studies. I used to refer people to that sight frequently, don't you remember?

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I remember Brittles. I will see if I can find what you are referring to.

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Dang! I just recognized that the Powerpoint states that hemophilia is increased!  N o  W a y y y y can she be that stupid, can she? Well she is a politician. Does anyone here believe ANY statistic uttered from a politician?

Hemophilia has nothing to do with cousin marriages; it is a sex-linked disorder.

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LOL i didn't really read the powerpoint, just listened to the clip. you're right about that, hemophilia is chromosomal, and would not be affected regardless of biological relation or lack thereof of the parents. 

she may be an expert in many things, but this topic is not one of them. the congenital anomalies bullet list, aside from her egregious error about hemophilia, does look pretty close to accurate for this part of the world though. but that's the part that was downplayed so they could make everything else sound so much scarier.

and i REALLY would like to know where the heck she's getting the idea that mood disorders and schizophrenia are so much higher among children of cousins. really? REALLY? compared to... ? 

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I am putting this here for comments. It is longed believed that "generations" of cousin marriages exponentially cause birth defects. It sounds reasonable but I don't see any evidence for it.  Here is a quote from Dr. Brittles:

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In a study based on combined data from 38 populations in eastern and southern Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and South America, with average coefficient of inbreeding (a ) values ranging from 0.0005 to 0.0370, mean excess mortality at the first cousin level was 4.4% (Bittles and Neel 1994). This estimate appears to be valid for all of the large human populations so far examined. However, consanguinity interacts with a range of sociodemographic variables in determining rates of mortality during infancy and early childhood. When these influences were simultaneously analyzed using data collected retrospectively as part of the 1990/91 Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey, the major determinants of early death were maternal illiteracy, maternal age at birth of less than 20 years, and a birth interval of less than 18 months. But, even after controlling for these factors, first cousin progeny had statistically significant odds ratios for neonatal, postneonatal, and infant mortality of 1.36, 1.28, and 1.32, respectively (Grant and Bittles 1997).

 

He finds a 4.4% increased risk for the offspring of cousins. I think the NSOGC found an increased risk of 1.6 - 2.7 % for North American cousin couples. There does appear to be a difference but it could be accounted for by poverty and many other factors that are not unique to cousins.

LadyC, a closer look at the " congenital anomalies bullet list " shows that cousins have three times the risk of non-cousins. I think that is way out there. Given the fact that the Powerpoint doesn't mention cousins and it erroneously lists hemophilia, the whole darn thing is unmitigated BS.

For once anyway, the Trump supporters are exactly right. Dr. Dena is a "brain dead moron!" I think she deserves her very own cc.com page. Who knows? It could happen if I get bored enough.

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Yeah, my math ain't so good and my memory is worse. I had to go look at our own info pages! The data we have shows a 1.5 to 3% higher risk, which at the outside would be a max risk of 5.4%, as oppose to her claim of 6.1 percent. I suppose they figured an exaggeration of only a half percent would be easy enoughonly a half percent would be easy enough to pull off. And they were right. It even rolled past me

I mostly hold dr. Phil responsible though. You can't tell me that he didn't intentionally look for someone who would support his bias. Any genetic counselor would have given accurate info. He chose to go with some person with lots of titles and no expertise in genetics instead. 

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Oh wonderful. looks like another Tyra blind side hit piece. From here on out, if I see a producer in here asking for "volunteers", I am going to reply to NOT be looking for victims here, and that they will be smacked with the banhammer if they ignore me. I am beyond sick of good people being used in these hit pieces for ratings. I'll not be a party to it, and I'll not allow our members here to be further abused by these scallywags. 

 

 If you are a producer, or from a production company, consider yourself warned........ the junk yard dog is back.....🐕

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Hawk, I totally agree. Dr Phil makes me want to vomit now.

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Cousin couples do have a slightly higher risk of having children with genetic disorders from recessive traits...but I don't think those rates of disability are any more than, say, women giving birth when 40-45+ years in age. Are they going to outlaw women from having kids past a certain age too? 

At any rate, I don't believe the stats presented on the show. They seem overblown and I've never seen such high numbers before for birth defects and the like so yeah, color me skeptical. 

 

 

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