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October 10, 1975 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-10-10

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Dysautonomia

(Continued from Page 14)

color or one of the innumer-
able biochemical reactions
necessary to maintain life
and health. These genes are
either dominant or reces-
sive.
While the victim's fertil-
ity was unimpaired, half
of his many descendants
carried the defective gene
with them during a 13th
Century Jewish migration
to Eastern Europe, the area
that became the Pale of Set-
tlement by a series of czar-
ist ukases beginning in 1871.

Since in the past Jews
have, for the most part,
married other Jews, the
condition become inbred
from the population in this
area. When large numbers
of Jews emigrated to the
United States in the early
1900s they brought the de-
fective gene with them.

Whenever a dominant
gene is present, as its name
implies, it blocks the reces-
sive gene so that one is not
aware of the recessive's
presence. This is why a cou-
ple with brown eyes can
have children with blue
eyes. So it is with dysauton.

Devastating to Victims

omia. Carriers of the condi-
tion have a dominant nor-
mal gene paired with a
dysautonomic recessive
gene. The dominant gene
takes precedence and there
are no symptoms of the con-
dition.

When two carriers marry,
since they each carry a re-
cessive gene for dysauton-
omia there is a 25 percent
chance that the two reces-
sive genes will pair. Thus,
without a dominant normal
gene to take precedence, the
paired recessive genes will
produce dysautonomia in a
child. In other words, if two
carrier parents have four
children, one child's genes
may be totally normal, two
may be found to be carriers
and the fourth may be dy-
sautonomic.

Currently there is no
method of determining
whether or not an individ-
ual is a carrier of dysau-
tonomia. (Tay-Sachs re-
searchers have found that
a lack of hexosaminidase
or Hex A is a common
cause of that disease.) It
also was discovered that
the disease may skip gen-

Blumenthal Is the Chairman
of Detroit Round Table Dinner

W. Michael Blumenthal,
chairman and president of
the Bendix Corp., has been
named general chairman of
the 1975 Brotherhood Din-
ner of the Detroit Round Ta-
ble of the National Confer-
ence of Christians and Jews.
The event on Dec. 4 at
Cobo Hall will feature pre-
sentaton of NCCJ's National
Human Relations Award to
Ray W. Macdonald, chair-
man of Burroughs Corp.

The dinner will enlist
business and community
leaders from metropolitan
Detroit in support of the
Round Table's year-round
program to build under-
standing and cooperation
among residents of differ-
ent religious and racial
backgrounds.
Prior to joining Bendix
Corp., Blumenthal was a
U.S. Ambassador and
served as the President's
Deputy Special Representa-
tive for Trade Negotiations
from 1967 to 1969 under
both President Kennedy
and President Johnson.

erations. According to the
Dysautonomia Founda-
tion, Inc., this fact was
unearthed when a study of
all the diagnosed cases
showed no family history
of the condition.

A popular theory among
dysautonomia researchers
is that the missing link in
the dysautonomic child's

* * *

Party to Benefit
Disease Research

The Michigan chapter of
the Dysautonomia Founda-
tion, Inc., an organization of
parents with dysautonomic
children, will sponsor a ben-
efit theater party to aid re-
search into the disease Oct.
24 and 25 at the Southfield
Civic Center.
The Southfield Civic Play-
ers will present "A Lion in
Winter." For tickets, con-
tact the local foundation
at 26555 Evergreen, 700
Travelers Tower, South-
field, 48076 (444-4848).
The local chapter also
announces that ABC-TV
(Channel 7 in Detroit) will
present a program, "To Live
Another Day" 10 p.m. Tues-
day as part of the "Marcus
Welby" dramatic series.

nervous system' is the lack
of an enzyme which pro-
duces acetylcholine, a com-
pound which "activates"
muscles or glands to func-
tion in response to a nervous
stimulus.
The foundation, started in
1951 by parents of dysau-
tonomic children, an-
nounced several discoveries
have been made by persons
researching the disease.

They are: dysautonomic
children lack taste buds,
they cannot tolerate low-
ered oxygen concentra-
tions in the blood and they
have a chemical imbalance
in their urine. Recently, a
histamine skin test has
been discovered which can
help determine at birth if a
child is afflicted with the
disease.

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Programs to support re-
search into the disease have
been formed by the Na-
tional Foundation for Jew-
ish Genetic Diseases, Inc.
The foundation can be con-
tacted at 608 Fifth Ave.,
New York City, N.Y. 10020.
The Michigan chapter of the
Dysautonomia foundation
may be contacted at 26555
Evergreen, 700 Travelers
Tower, Southfield 48076
(444-4848).

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W. M. BLUMENTHAL

From 1961 to 1963 he
served as Deputy Assistant
Secretary of State for Eco-
nomic Affairs. He served as
United States Representa-
tive to the United Nations
Commission on Interna-
tional Commodity Trade
and was a member of the
United States Delegation to
the 1961 Punta del Este
Conference which initiated
the Alliance for Progress.

Hebrew U. Sets Religious Confab

CINCINNATI — Promi-
nent Jewish, Protestant and
Catholic theologians will
participate in a three-day
conference on "Whither Lib-
eral Religion: The Hard
Questions" Sunday-Tuesday
at Hebrew Union College —
Jewish Institute of Religion
in Cincinnati.
On Sunday Prof. Schubert
M. Ogden, Perkins School of
Theology, Southern Meth-
odist University in Dallas
and Prof. Alvin J. Reins of
Hebrew Union College, will
discuss "The Search for
Authority."
Prof. David Tracy, The

October 10, 1975 15

Divinity School, University
of Chicago and Prof. Eugene
Mihaly of Hebrew Union
College, will speak on
"Religion and Symbol: The
Aesthetic Experience."
Monday. On Tuesday Prof.
James Luther Adams, The
Divinity School, Harvard
University in Cambridge
and Prof. Jacob J. Petu-
chowsky, Hebrew Union
College in Cincinnati will
present their views on
"Liberal Religion and So-
ciety."

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tasted both fortunes.

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