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Nutrigenomics

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Nutrigenomics and How to use Food, and relaxation to become healthy is the topic of the video below (with Dr Mark Hyman). Nutrigenomics is relatively new science but has a lot of promise. It is the study of which foods have what epigenetic effects on our DNA. It could be a bible of what to eat to avoid diseases or what to eat to cure a disease. If used wrong it can be input to drug companies on new drugs to make.

The Epigenetic Song

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This video is a favorite of mine. A scientist (Dr. Mathew Barnett)studying epigenetics having some fun in a song …

What we believe is manufactured!

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We live in a society where we watch TV and commercials and begin to believe what we hear. It becomes a fact in our minds. Other people talk about it and it supports our beliefs. So much of what we believe is based on marketing not facts. Here are some:

  1. Protein equates to meat! Meat does have protein in it but so does every living organism including all fruits & vegetables. Everything living is made of cells. The cell walls and machinery is made of proteins.
  2. We need to eat a lot of protein to be healthy. This is false. We definitely need protein but a relatively small amount. Extra protein is toxic to our bodies and must be handled by kidneys and liver. This is why excess meat-eating causes cancers to these organs.
  3. Old age equates to illness. This is so false. Some countries (that eat much healthier than we do) live longer and healthier their whole lives. Illness is a failure of our basic systems nothing to do with age. We do slow down as we age and eventually will die but we can live health to the end.
  4. We are living longer these days. This we hear on TV all the time. Drug companies say it is because of modern medicine (drugs). It is not true. Statistics show the top age we obtain has not changed in thousands of years. The average age has gone up. This is because accidents, attacks by predators, etc has significantly decreased. Drugs may keep us alive a little longer but the quality of live is poor.
  5. The medical community and drug companies will help keep me alive longer. FALSE! if this were true why is 45% of Americans dying of disease? If you are concerned about your health … Change your diet, lower your stress, think positive and believe in yourself.

Live long and prosper …

Our Thoughts are so Important!

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I have been talking a lot about how we are creatures that react to our environment. Epigenetics is a programming language that allows our DNA to adjust to our environment. If we are to survive as a species here on Earth, we must adapt quickly to environmental changes. Epigenetics is the process that allows this to happen.

Epigenetics reacts to several general stimuli, diet, stress, thoughts and belief. Thoughts are critical to our health. If we believe and are positive in our health, we will be healthy (placebo). If we believe and are negative that we will be ill, we will be (nocebo). Which are you?

Re-read an old BLOG of mine on Bruce Lipton, pioneer in epigenetics of thought and belief. For more information on Epigenetics search my BLOG or read my book.

How I got Started in Epigenetics

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DNA and how it affects us has been a long time passion for me. In college I studied Physics. I remember the scientists of that time said “once we understand the DNA codes, we will know everything about life!” Of course this was false. The more we learned the more questions we had. At first epigenetics was ignored but later it became apparent that epigenetics was so much more important than genetics. It was a system that turns ON and OFF your genetics. This is very much like a computer comparing hardware to software. Software is so much more important than hardware but it couldn’t work without the hardware. Software turns on hardware instructions in a certain order thus creating the a program

Years later I studied everything I could find on epigenetics and wrote my book, “Food for Thought“. It was an attempt to document all the available knowledge on epigenetics that affects our health. It was written for the general population although many doctors and scientists read my BLOG and ask me questions. It was clear that epigenetics was affected by diet, stress, thought and belief. We are social animals that interact with our environment. This interaction can cause both positive and negative health effects.

The most import thing to remember is “YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH!” Thinks about that! Now read my research in the back of the book and watch the videos on my video tab. Try to lead a life:

  1. Free of stress (as much as possible)
  2. Watch your diet (eat more vegetables & fruits)
  3. Be positive (put out of your mind all negative thoughts)
  4. Believe in yourself

You will find your weight down, your health improved and your sex life better.

More on Brain’s Need to Overeat!

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What scientists call "Overweight" ch...

What scientists call “Overweight” changes with our knowledge of human health (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Yesterday we spoke about how our brains get accustomed to overeating and want more. Today we visit a BLOG that talks about a key shift in the brain that causes overeating. It states:

 

A team of American and Italian neuroscientists has identified a cellular change in the brain that accompanies obesity. The findings could explain the body’s tendency to maintain undesirable weight levels, rather than an ideal weight, and identify possible targets for pharmacological efforts to address obesity.

 

I wish they would look for natural ways to overcome this and not just pharmacological means. We train our brains by how we think, what we eat, stress and what we believe. The brain then tries to give us what we want. This unfortunately is not always what is best for us.

 

 

What does your Gut know about Bacteria?

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Tasty Food Abundance in Healthy Europe

Tasty Food Abundance in Healthy Europe (Photo credit: epSos.de)

We all have good bacteria in our gut. It helps digest what we eat and keep us healthy. In fact we can not live without these microbes. Eating the wrong foods can kill off this good bacteria with a strain of bad bacteria. This link takes you to a great BLOG on this subject. Don’t miss the cartoon at the end of the BLOG! It states to medical students that, “Preventative medicine kills return business.” Eating animal based proteins (meat, cheese, eggs and milk) will increase the bad bacteria and thus lessen the good ones.

We are very complex creatures. Our systems have a delicate balance that when upset can cause diseases. This system was developed over millions of years as we evolved. What we mostly ate during that time was plant-based foods. These foods were evolving as well. They provided us with the missing nutrients we needed to exist. In our modern society, many people exist without many lang-based foods at all. This is why we are so sick as a society. If it continues no government program will work. It will simply break and millions of people will suffer with their diseases. Our current system works because fewer people are sick than healthy but that is changing rapidly.

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