Chapter 10: Final Words

I have looked at a great deal of evidence and tried to connect known facts to come to a conclusion about SIDS. While many have believed that harmful rebreathing may be involved in some cases of SIDS, I have attempted to show how it is the cause in all cases, and as such, is the only cause of SIDS. I have also looked at the other implications of harmful rebreathing and have suggested that it may be the cause of many other disabilities for which currently there is no known cause. Also mixed in are other theories such as: the possible relationship between breathing and core heat regulation, how autism doesn’t surface until later, as well as a radical suggestion that harmful rebreathing is the cause of homosexuality.

More importantly I have offered suggestions with regard to the avoidance of SIDS, and other exceptionalities. I believe that over time as these practices become known, familiar and practiced, the occurrence of SIDS and many disabilities will continue to decrease. We can at least hope.

Also importantly, I hope that others, be they doctors or researchers, will use the theories and suggestions I have made here to drive other studies, be that to prove me wrong, or to add to what is known, using their professional knowledge to tweak and improve overall knowledge about these issues. Many of the suggestions that I have made, such as the relationship between pacifier use and disabilities, need to be verified by statistical studies. Until then they are mere theories and speculation.

I have made what to me is a logical connection between SIDS, exceptionalities, and what I have called the “male factor”. If I have correctly tied these to harmful rebreathing, then the prospect of avoiding SIDS or many disabilities is very good, because simple practices by parents and caregivers are the preventative cure, which is nothing too complicated. I would hope it to be true. Not only would it be a blessing to those parents who avoided a SIDS death (although they would never know that they did), but it would improve the overall quality of life for their children. Consider for a moment, if the theory holds true, the many disabilities that could be avoided. Not only will that have implications for the individuals themselves who avoided disabilities, but would improve education overall, including reducing the cost of education. When the link between learning disabilities and crime, or between learning disabilities and mental illness, is considered, it is easy to see that the benefits could be far reaching.

So that’s it. I’m done. I hope that my thoughts and musings here come as fresh ideas worthy of your consideration. Now for you to consider and move forward with, I hope, some of your own insights.