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Dairy can give you Acne!

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The physicians Committee for Responsible medicine (PCRM) ran an article on diary causing acne. This new study shows that dairy and sugar are linked to skin problems. So if you want clear skin, you may want to avoid these products in your foods. It was previously thought that oily foods caused it but there is little evidence to prove this. It was also believed that acne was a genetic condition. We now know that genetic really means epigenetic and can be caused by our environment (diet, stress, thinking, etc). A study of twins with identical genetics) showed one twin could get acne while the other did not. Epigenetics in twins is not the same since each twin lives there own life-style.

How can one twin get cancer while the other doesn’t

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Dr. at the November 29, 2005 meeting of the NASA Advisory Council, in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Neil Degrasse Tyson discusses work being done in the field of epigenetics. He likens epigenome to a second genome over and above our genes. This genome actually turns our genes on and off in different patterns based on the influences of our environment. He interviews Dr. Randy Jirtle of Duke University. The study collected Gene samples from 40 pairs of identical twins age 3 to 74. We know their genes were identical but what about their epi-genes? The study found that twins epi-genes were different but the differences increased with age. So even twins are not identical, their software or epigenetics differs based on how they think, what they eat, the stress in their lives and our environment.

Are Identical Twins Really Identical?

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We have always considered identical twins to be identical. In fact their DNA is the same but we now know there is another level to our genetics called epigenetics (above genetics). In fact identical twins have different epigenetics even at birth. As they age their epigenetics differs more and more causing them to sometimes look different, get different illnesses and think differently. We must rethink and write new textbooks on what identical means.

Playing Your Epigenetics

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I have used the piano analogy before but it’s a great one to demonstrate a point. We all have pretty much the same hardware (the Piano) but we the software (how we play the piano) differs greatly. Even in identical twins where the hardware is identical, the played songs are very different. One twin can get cancer while the other is cancer free for life. The most important work of this century will be helping people really understand how food (nutrients) affects (plays) our genes (piano). I am convinced our health is the sum total of all the notes we have played in life. We can change how we play the piano and improve our lives but some basic influences will stick with us. Health is like a sweet sounding piece of music. We all want it! Few of us get it because we never learn how to play the piano properly so all we do is make noise. Do you play music or make noise?

Does Epigenetics affect Homosexuality?

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Identical twins

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Scientists have long been searching for a link in our genetics that can cause homosexuality. This video is about two identical twins that were raised together in the same environment yet one is gay and the other is not. The statistics show that the number of gay individuals in the general population is less than 5%. If you have a gay twin your chances of being gay is about 25%. If you have an identical twin that is gay, you have a 50% chance of being gay. This would suggest that there is a genetic link but it must be more than just genetics. If it were simply our genes then every gay identical twin would both be gay instead of only 50%. It would appear epigenetics is playing a role here as well. We can’t separate our environment and our genetics. The combination forms unique outcomes even with identical twins resulting in very unique individuals.