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What do Baldness, Heart Failure and Cancer have in Common?

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Baldness and cancer are linked to Progenitor Cells, a kind of stem cell. Progenitor Cells are somewhere between a stem cell and a normal cell. Stem Cells have epigenetic markers unset so they are not a specific type of cell yet. Progenitor Cells have some epigenetic markers set but not all and can be quickly turned into a specific cell as needed. Another difference between the two is that Stem Cells can multiply indefinitely but Progenitor Cells have a limited number of reproductions. This is a very new area of research and is not well understood yet but Progenitor Cells are linked to both cancers, heart failures and to baldness. Some studies have shown that stroke patients with more endothelial progenitor cells had a better chance of avoiding repeat heart attacks. It was once felt baldness was due to a lack of Stem Cells. But recently scientists found men that have baldness have the same number as men without baldness. But the bald men have far fewer Progenitor Cells. Scientists are now looking for why these men’s stem cells stopped producing Progenitor Cells. Epigenetics is a powerful system at work inside each cell of our bodies. It is clearly affected by diet, stress, thought and environmental toxins. As these triggers reset our epigenetic codes, we move into possibly new areas of disease, mental illness and depression. It is imperative for us to both understand epigenetic triggers and to control them if we are to have a healthy and happy life style. Could we be witnessing the start of a new evolution from human into something else.

We are NOT Victims

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An article entitled “Epigenetics: The New Science of Our Cells”. The article says “what epigeneticists are discovering is that our lives, more specifically the way our lives unfold and the quality of life that we experience individually is directly related to cellular-memory which we have both the ability and the choice to change should we discover that the cellular memories we’ve accumulated and hold are counterproductive to living a kind and quality of life desired.” Our well-being and happiness as well as our health are mapped in these cell memories. Like computer memory you can change its contents if you desire. It may not be easy because we are used to doing things a certain way and as humans we resist change. But in this case change can not only be good but healthy and make us a happier and a more content person. Are you healthy? Are you Happy? Really happy! If not what are you doing about it? You might want to read the book “Happiness Genes” by James D. Baird PhD and Laurie Nadel PhD. It’s a 28 day program to improve your lives through genetically modified happiness. What do you think?

Our Stem Cells Plan Their Future via Triggered Epigenetic Changes

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Stanford University Medical Center released a new development on stem cells on Wednesday December 15, 2010 called “Stanford study identifies multitude of genetic regions key to embryonic stem cell development.” This study shows that stem cells have areas of epigenetic triggers, called enhancers that will turn ON/OFF other genes in the cell. These areas are themselves turned OFF in a stem cell. As the cell moves into life it causes the epigenetic trigger necessary to turn ON these enhancers. They in turn causes other genes to be turned ON/OFF that will give the stem cell a type like muscle cell, heart cell, etc. The interesting part is these enhancers may be at a distance from the genes they control. This is similar to a computer program that sets internal switches while it is doing initial housekeeping preventing other parts of the program from running until housekeeping is completed. Once completed the switches are reset and the program can function normally. Programmers do this to prevent the routines from running prior to the complete setup of the program. This prevents errors and “bad” things from happening. Our cells seem to have similar safeguards. What do you think? Are we preprogrammed?