Epigenetics: What’s it’s Role in Human Health?
Our Health is not controlled by our genes
Recently, I discovered a very interesting concept when stumbling upon a diehard scientist & author by the name of Dr Bruce Lipton, PHD.
Bruce has committed himself to understanding all things human biology and behaviour and what he’s uncovered about genetics will BLOW your mind!
He’s stepped outside the ‘norm’ and revealed that things may not be what they appear to be and that often what’s taught in medical school is not always accurate and in my opinion, on the leading edge when it comes to human biology.
Bruce says “our health is not controlled by our genetics and that conventional medicine is operating from an archaic view that we’re controlled by our genes. This misunderstands the nature of how biology works”.
What on earth is Epigentics?
“the study of inherited changes in phenotype (appearance) or gene expression caused by mechanisms other than changes in the underlying DNA sequence.” – Dr Lipton, PHD.
In an article taken from his website, titled ‘Epigenetics’, he goes on to compare the way our current medical protocol regards our physical body as a machine and how when our ‘machine’ breaks down (gets sick or diseased) the way we treat it, is to cut, burn, remove, replace, radiate, poison etc.
The current protocol points the finger at the body when things go wrong and says that our genetics are to blame but this is being discovered as untrue. It’s not so much our machine (our body and it’s genes) but rather the person behind the wheel.
In the article as mentioned earlier, Dr Lipton has concluded through the work of Dr Dean Ornish: “Dr. Ornish has taken conventional cardiovascular patients, provided them with important lifestyle insights (better diet, stress-reduction techniques, and so on), and without drugs, the cardiovascular disease was resolved. Ornish relayed that if he’d gotten the same results with a drug, every doctor would be prescribing it.”
I would highly recommend you read this article because it is very in depth and if I try to relay it to you here in this blog it could become very long.
What Other Experts Say
A group of experts working on the Human Genome Project found out that it wasn’t just our genes that identify us from the rest. It seems our epigenome – a chemical of identifying label – provides another layer of information that makes up our DNA. It is just as important and it could influence how our bodily chemistry react and evolve. Simply put, epigenome is the on/off switch of an individual’s genetic trait. It is particularly important on how our genes, interact and progress.
Epigenetic experts say that environmental factors such as diet, lifestyle choices and behaviours, and even stress and life experiences of parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents can influence the genes in their eggs and sperm, or the genes of fetus carried by expectant mums, which may lead to altered genetic code of their kids, even their kids’ future kids. This results in the development of new genetic traits which maybe heritable in a single generation, and be passed on to kids, grandkids, and thereafter.
This scientific breakthrough debunks the myth that ‘You are what you eat.’ Well now, this field says that you are what your parents ate prior to their thought of even conceiving you. Mind boggling, yes, and the biggest clincher is you are what your grandma drank, or worse, smoked (if she did). This also means you may also shape your children’s health by lazing around, skipping your cardio or worrying too much about life.
Ever baffled by how some people engaged in high risk lifestyles such as smoking and drinking even survive from, say, lung or liver cancer? While a perfectly healthy man who hasn’t even tried a single toke on a ciggie or a bottle of beer suddenly succumb to such lifestyle diseases?
Can Genes Dictate Health and Longevity?
While it has been widely documented that people predisposed to have cancer actually do get the disease (obviously due to their genetic makeup), some people who don’t have the genes do get cancer. Is that just a simple twist of fate? What gives?
The answer is this: Genes alone cannot dictate health and longevity. Experts think epigenetic changes, such as a gene that stops cancer being turned off, may also be a factor in the growth of the disease. Scientists now believe our epigenome also speaks volume to that and they are mapping out ways to uncover the mystery.
Epigenetics is a groundbreaking field as it offers a plethora of uses in our daily lives, not to mention it can unlock potentials in human medicine. It can provide answers to age-old questions about our health, to better guide us in cultivating positive lifestyle behaviours, a legacy for our lineage.
Likewise, in the near future, this could help us in the development of new drugs that may be able to switch on/off faulty genes in epigenetic means. A little genetic tweak could be greatly beneficial in treating, managing or curing a number of conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.