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Are We Programmed to Die Suddenly?

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A diagram showing a mitochondrion of the eukaryotic cell. Mitochondria are organelles surrounded by membranes, distributed in the cytosol of most eukaryotic cells. Its main function is the conversion of potential energy of pyruvate molecules into ATP. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Science Daily says the mitochondria in each cell’s nucleus may signal death to all cells in the body. The mitochondria send out a protein to tell the cell and neighboring cells to die. This protein is a form of messenger epigenetics that sends signals to cells to do something. The body, under certain circumstances may issue a death signal to kill all cells quickly. This may be why people on their death beds suddenly just go.

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The Perfect Storm

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If you have been following my BLOG, you know about how diet and stress can cause diseases. My Last BLOG, Hidden Epigenetic Genome, discussed how food broken down passes into cells for fuel. The mitochondrion then processes these elements and can send enzymes to the nucleus to turn ON/OFF genes. So here is the link that allows some foods to turn ON cancer cells and OFF tumor fighting cells while other foods do the reverse. The perfect storm comes when you are eating the wrong foods and under stress. Stress causes our immune function to break down. So the wrong diet turns on cancer genes and off tumor fighting genes while stress lowers our immune system. We don’t stand a chance under these circumstances. Unlike a hurricane, we can control this storm. Start eating right and lower your stress.

Hidden Epigenetic Genome?

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ScienceDaily says a new subset of epigenetics, called mitochondria, is genetic enzyme material in another location that the nucleus. Shirley M. Taylor, Ph.D., researcher at VCU Massey Cancer Center and associate professor in the VCU Department of Microbiology and Immunology at VCU School of Medicine says “In mammals, all cells have two distinct genomes, which include all of an organism’s hereditary information. One set exists in the nucleus while the other exists in the mitochondrion, the energy generator of the cell.” The programming of epigenetics gets more and more complex but the triggers remain the same, stress, diet, thinking and toxins. These are things we can change in our lives without understanding the complexities of the programming. Mitochondrial DNA converts the chemical energy from food into a form of energy that each of our cells can use. This DNA has been seen to produce triggers that turn ON/OFF DNA genes in our nucleus (Methylation). We see a connection here from the foods we eat, being converted to energy and finally to triggering epigenetics. Understanding these triggers and which foods cause them is the realm of nutrigenomics.