January 6, 2015
diet, Drugs, Epigenetics, Health, My Book, Nutrients, Nutrigenomics
Conditions and Diseases, Diet, DNA methylation, Eating, epigenetic, epigenome, food, Nutrigenomics, Plant Based Foods, well being
Many of you have asked about the book behind this BLOG. It can be gotten for $3.03 on Amazon.
If you haven’t read it yet, Do so now! Get the history behind epigenetics and its influence on our health. The back of the book contains hundreds of references. Do your own research. Americans are getting sicker by the day. Modern medicine doesn’t have the answers obviously. Only you can change your health and your families. This book arms you with information that enables you to research and determine what changes are correct in your life and diet.
July 23, 2014
diet, Epigenetics, Health, Nutrients, Nuts, Plant Food, Plant Protein
Biology, Conditions and Diseases, Diet, Disease, DNA, DNA methylation, epigenetic, food, Fruit, Gene, Health, Healthcare, Lifestyle Choices, nuts, Plant Based Foods, well being
Can something as simple as a nut help prevent cancer? YES! Dr Greger says even two handfuls of nuts a week can help protect against cancer. Plant based life protects us by building our immune system. It is great fuel for our bodies. There is always a danger of having people eat two handfuls of nuts a week and no other plants. Good strong health requires a mix of fruits and vegetables and nuts. Add beans, different colored vegetables and different fruits to your regular diet. Cut out sugary foods, salty foods and saturated fat foods. Watch the weight drop off and your health will improve. Buon Appétit!
July 17, 2014
Belief, Epigenetics, My Book, Thinking
DNA, DNA methylation, epigenetic, Evolution, Gene, Gene expression, Genetics, Mankind, well being
In this final part of the series, we ask the question, “Where is evolution taking us?” Scientists have always thought that evolution was strictly a random change to our DNA that changed us forever. Are we changing only by random changes to our DNA? I don’t think so. I believe our epigenetic program can also be changed. Our minds are changing us much faster than evolution ever did. Look at all the artificial parts we make for humans, legs, arms, hearts, etc. If our bodies became more machine, how would that change us? That is the question philosophers ask all the time. I think we are much more than the mere flesh that makes up our bodies. Epigenetics is an amazing part of us. What do we know?
We are made of a community of cells (we have more cells in our bodies than there are animals on the Earth). Each cell is a living organism that makes decisions, reproduces, eats, gets rid of waste and communicates with other cells. This community makes you unique. Where we are going is for the science fiction writers to dream up and the scientists to discover. For sure we have evolved from no cellular organisms to cells, to multicellular creatures, all the way up to humans. This is NOT the end. We are still evolving in new ways. In 1,000 years we won’t recognise ourselves at that time. Evolution is not over, we are not the end product of evolution. We are just a step to the future of mankind. After all Early man could not have imagined modern man.
Enjoy your health and your life!
July 15, 2014
Animal Protein, diet, Drugs, eating well epigenetics, Epigenetics, Health, Nutrients, Plant Food, Plant Protein
Amino Acids, Biology, Conditions and Diseases, Diet, Disease, DNA, DNA methylation, epigenetic, Epigenetics, food, Fruit, Gene, Gene expression, Lifestyle Choices, Meat, Nutrition, well being
OK we have this DNA which is used to build different protein structures. These are used to build cells, mechanisms inside each cell and to communicate between cells. Epigenetics tells the cell when and which DNA to use or to stop using. This is a very complex programming structure. Proteins can affect other cells and the methyl groups can turn one set of DNA ON while turning OFF another. This is why drug interactions is so complex. A drug can help in one area while creating serious problems in another. Somethings the resulting problems are worse than the original problem. Drug companies are fast at work researching how to change our epigenetics in new drugs. I believe this is very dangerous. I don’t believe anyone today understands the extent of this programming. Playing with one small area can affect others unrelated areas.
Plants are the basis of modern medicine. Scientists know that plants have incredible healing powers. Drug companies find which substance in the plant affects a symptom, then they synthesize it into a drug. The problem is our bodies are more complex than this. Different substances play a role TOGETHER to help our cells. Playing with one at a time is very dangerous. Why are fruits (which contain sugar) good for us but sweets are so bad? It is because in a fruit the sugar is wrapped in fiber. The fiber acts like a time capsule, releasing a little sugar at a time over a long period of time. Sweets dump sugar on our system all at once.
Nature is a symbiotic relationship between animals and plants. We can not survive without plants. The missing amino acids that our DNA uses to build need proteins only come from plants! Yes they are in meat but because that animal ate plants. So they are there indirectly. If you or your family are eating a diet of little of no plants, you are running a huge risk of chronic illness. Change your diet today.
July 11, 2014
eating well epigenetics, Epigenetics, Health, Nutrients, Sex, Thinking
Biology, Conditions and Diseases, Diet, Disease, DNA, DNA methylation, Eating, epigenetic, food, Gene, Nutrition, well being
How does this programming work? It’s a lot like computers. Computers have operating system code that benefits all the programs running and does common functions like clean-up and printing. Then there are normal programs that can do anything from spreadsheets to movie making. Epigenetics works a lot like this. The operating system code is what makes each cell a certain type (e.g. blood cell, skin cell, hearty cell, brain cell, etc.). Epigenetics turns on certain genes and off others making the cell react like the type it is becoming. Once done any cell divisions will be this type as well. There is epigenetics that runs the cell (this is the same from the lowest life forms, through plants to animals). This programs cell division, nutrient intake, waste explosion, etc. But cells are living thinking entities that have to change and react to their environments. They do this through epigenetics. What we eat, how we think, our hormones all cause epigenetic changes that can be good or bad for us. They are not trying to make us sick but react to something in their environment. This is how we change along with Earth’s changes and evolve. What we eat can be so different from what we ate 100 years ago (processed foods) that our cells do things that cause disease.
All of this is happening within each cell of our bodies. There are more cells in each of us than animals on our planet. Think about that! We are a living thinking reacting community of cells. If our cells get in trouble, we get in trouble. Our cells also talk to each other through epigenetics. This form includes messages that can affect nearby cells or travel the body to distant cells. Hormones are a good example of this. Our brain produces them and cells all over our body react to them. Puberty causes massive changes to our cells and their functionality allowing us to become sexual and procreate.
July 10, 2014
Biology, Cell (biology), DNA, DNA methylation, epigenetic, Epigenetics, epigenome
This is a summary from my book, “Food for Thought, An Epigenetic Guide to Wellness”. Epigenetics is a real programming system in our bodies! In fact it is in each cell as part of its machinery. We used to think that DNA was everything. It would explain life. But it is just the raw codes in the machinery. It is like the Intel instruction set in a PC or the hard-wired keys of a piano. They can be changed but usually are not. Epigenetics is the same as software on a computer or the pianist playing the piano. Scientist first thought about a puzzle, Why were chimps 98% the same DNA as us but so different. It turns out that although the DNA is very similar, the epigenetics is different. A chimps epigenetics plays the DNA to make a chimp and ours plays our DNA to make a human. This is similar to a pianist can play Jazz, Rock or Classical on the same the piano. The programming of the piano creates vastly different outcomes.
Tomorrow we will do Part 2 of this series and look at what epigenetics does in our bodies and what changes it.