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So What is Epigenetics Anyway – Part 5?

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Epigenetics is the basis of who we are. It plays the human symphony on our genes. In addition it makes each of us unique. It is what causes both health and sickness depending on the environment it is playing in. In my book, “Food for Thought – An Epigenetic Guide to Wellness”, I discuss the various things that affect our epigenetics:

  1. Exercise
  2. Stress
  3. Diet
  4. How we think (positive or negative)
  5. What we believe

The book is available at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com as hard cover, paper back or eBook. Each of us should make an effort to exercise more . Walking is a great exercise. It does;t have to be super hard exercise to benefit you. Lower the stress in our lives by not worrying about the things we can’t change and changing what we can. We all need to change our diet. SAD (Standard American Diet) is NOT working. We eat too many fatty, fried and sugary and salty foods. Be determined to eat more vegetables. Cut back on animal protein consumption (eggs, meat, milk and cheese). Eat less salt and sugar (substitute fruit instead). Train yourself to be a positive thinker. Surround yourself with other positive thinkers. Believe in yourself. YOU CAN DO IT! YOU MUST DO IT, if you want to remain healthy. Stop reading about it, stop thinking about it and DO IT! It’s your life and only you are responsible for it.

 

How much Longer can you live by eating more Plants!

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Dr Greger has a very interesting video (below) that asks the question, “How many minutes (longer do we live) per mouthful of plants”. By plants we include both fruits and vegetables. No one argues the fact that plants are good for us but how good are they? A recent study compared those people eating 5 servings of plant based foods per day to those eating 4, 3, 2, 1 and no plant based food per day showed:

Servings pf Plants Months lived or lost
0 -48 months (we lose 2 years off our live if we don’t eat any plant foods)
1 -18
2 -7
3 -3
4 -1 month

Food For Thought

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My book, Food for Thought, takes you through an introduction to epigenetics and genetics. How we evolved these systems and how our environment affects epigenetics. By environment, I mean the food we eat, what we breathe, how we think and what we believe in. Most of us know if we smoke we have a high probability of getting lung cancer. Most of us also know if we are exposed to radiation we can also develop cancer. But few people realize how important the food we eat is. We think more about the fuel we put in our cars than what we put into our bodies.  Food breaks down into energy, sugars (which set off many different epigenetic reactions), nutrients needed by the cell and minerals needed. If we are not getting the proper amounts of these, our cells can not function properly.

How we think and what we believe also affects who we are. We have all heard stories of a person on deaths bed, the doctors can do nothing to help. Then they suddenly are cured completely. Our minds are very powerful instruments. If you think positive and feel you are healthy, happy and well, you will be. If you, on the other hand, feel you will get a disease and die. You most likely will. What do you eat? how do you think and What do you believe? These may be the three most important questions you can ask yourself.

Eat healthy, think positive and believe in yourself. My book today (eBook) is for sale on Barns and Noble for $8.49 and Amazon for $3.03. Search for “Febish”.

 

Nature or Man Made?

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I find it ironic that so many studies are showing the positive effects of natural foods (natures pills). They prevent almost every disease that we get and they can cure disease we already have. The solution is so easy and so inexpensive. No marketing on TV just eat more plant-based foods and less animal-based foods. Diseases have reached a critical point in our country. The cost of insurance is rising. How much more can it rise before the system fails? The alternative is the American Cure all System, DRUGS! If you watch enough TV you will believe there is a pill for everything. The side effects can be horrible and even life threatening. So why do we choose a man-made pill over natures natural solution? It’s marketing 101. People believe what they hear on TV and radio. We believe getting old is the problem, when it’s not. We believe everyone gets sick, but they don’t. We believe the only solution is drugs, It’s not! You have a choice, choose wisely. The truth is vegans do live longer, happier and healthier. They almost never get a chronic illness.

Asthma in our Children

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Dr Greger reports on a study showing children’s asthma is on increase worldwide. But it differs from one country to the next. Environmental changes? Which ones? It turns out diet was biggest factor. Those that consume more fruit and vegetables have lower asthma rates. Can feeding our children properly result in lower cases of asthma? YES! Eggs also showed increased asthma. So reducing animal protein and increasing plant protein seems to reduce asthma drastically. Eat properly for our species and all major diseases are reduced or non-existent.

Why is this so? Well Dr Greger says the flora seems to increase our immune systems. Better immune systems will lower diseases. Diet is always a choice. Choose wisely.

 

 

Meat Increases Risk of Cancer while Plants Decrease Risk!

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The PCRM says a recent study of 9,287 individuals showed a 15% increase in risk of colorectal cancer with consumption of red meat and a 11% increased risk with consumption of processed meats. These risks increased to 20 and 39 percent with two different genetic variants. Consumption of fruits & vegetables decreased risks of colorectal cancer.

The PCRM says “More than half of the meat products Americans consume are red meat, and nearly a quarter are processed meat.1 Processed meat products include bacon, deli slices, sausage, hot dogs, and any other meat products that have been preserved with additives or otherwise manipulated to alter color, taste, and durability. Current dietary guidelines recommend limiting red and processed meat products, but eliminating them may be the safest option, because scientific research continues to identify health hazards these products pose. What Makes These.”

If you are concerned about your health, eliminate red meats and processed meats from you diet and increase drastically your consumption of fruits and vegetables. It’s your life, CHOOSE YOUR FUEL WISELY!

 

Why do we have Junk Food?

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Junk food is one of the most profitable businesses around! Dr Greger, in his video below, says Coca Cola is as profitable as tobacco. Unhealthy food is profitable. First you pay when you buy this food so a company can turn over insane profit margins and then you pay again as you get sick for your health care. We are all paying too much for healthy care because many of our Americans are eating way too much junk food. These companies know how to use sugar and other chemicals to addict you to their products. I believe in the American system of making money but when companies make excessive profits at the cost of American health, it is not OK! Our government looks the other way because of lobbies. Only you can change this situation. Just stop buying unhealthy foods! Watch your family get healthier and watch your savings go up.

As if this is not enough, we are subsidizing these industries with our tax dollars. Our government subsidizes companies in the production of animal products and sugar production. Both of these have changed our diets since World War II. Both sugar and animal protein are linked to many diseases including cancer and heart disease. Why do we do it? Getting sick fuels the other hugh money making industry, the drug industry.

 

Weeding Out the Gene Pool!

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Grace Ault, PhD [about epigenetics’ role beyond treatment] – Since methylation running amok can be reversed; epigenetics might allow doctors to deactivate the seeds of cancer before actual growth. “One thing that’s known is that diet, exposure to pollutants, or drugs—those things can actually change the methylation patterns of DNA,” says Ault. Even the amount of exercise a person gets can change a cell’s epigenetics. Everything we do or don’t do programs who and what we are. Our bodies through epigenetics try to react to diet, environment and our frame of mind. These reactions were intended to evolve us into better creatures able to adapt to whatever world we found ourselves in. Our modern world is changing everything way too fast. This causes epigenetics to sometimes react in ways that are not beneficial to us. Does this programming realize that we are headed down a slippery slope? Does it realize we are doomed so it weeds us out of the “bad” gene pool? Maybe disease is nature’s way of keeping the flower bed free of weeds!

Eat your beans!

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Phytates or Phytic Acids are widely misunderstood but they may be what is in beans that are so healthy for us. Dr Greger says studies show that this ingredient may be what helps prevent cancer in those that eat a lot of beans. Meat eaters (including white beat) has a 2-3 times higher rate of colon cancer than non meat eaters. Beans seem to lower that rate. So if you must eat meat, eat your beans as well. No single food will give us good health. We all should be eating more vegetables and fruits than the average American consumes.  Each plant seems to have its own protective substances that keep us healthy, happy and strong. Are you and your family consuming enough vegetables?

 

How Incredible Our Bodies Are!

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Friday, I posted a very important video from Dr. Lipton on how our cells are intelligent. They communicate with each other, reproduce, respond to stimuli, take in nutrients and get rid of waste. He discussed the fact that the nucleus with our DNA was NOT the brain of the cell but a database of blueprints to build things needed by the cells. The brain was external to the cell, the environment. It stimulates our cells in good and bad ways. Nutrients cause the cells to move toward the nutrients while toxins cause the cell to move away. Genes are turned ON/OFF by different stimuli from the environment. Cancer genes gets turned ON (epigenetics) because of things in our environment like poor diet & exercise, toxins and negative thinking. We are creatures made up of all the living cells in our bodies. They are trying to react to the various stimuli in our environment. Sometimes this causes a break down in control; resulting in disease. Sometimes our bodies overcome negativity and take in positive thinking and good nutrients and survives disease free.

We are amazing creatures designed to evolve with our planet. We are changing all the time but it takes time for the cells to catch up to major environmental changes. In the last few hundred years we have increased toxins, poor nutrients, introduction of toxins in our food supply and stress in our lives. All of this is overwhelming our cells. This causes diseases like cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, COPD and many other chronic diseases. Many times these diseases lead to premature death.

You can reverse this by changing your lifestyle! Eat better (non processed whole organic foods and less animal products), exercise more, think more positive and lower the stress on yourself. For more information see my book “Food for Thought”!

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