How Do We Change Our Epigenetics?


We are complex creatures that have evolved systems over millions of years. Modern man has changed the rules that affect these systems. Sometimes our bodies react poorly to the changes. We eat very much different from we use to. We stress constantly and we don’t exercise enough. These facts cause changes to our epigenetics that are not always what we want. Most of us have stress in modern society. It is not easy to reduce or change it. We all can’t move to a south sea island and chill but we can learn yoga and meditation. Yoga will give you exercise, keep you nimble and reduce your stress. Meditation can drastically reduce stress. When you feel you are in an increased stress state, practice your meditation for a few minutes.

Eating in modern society is hard. We have food everywhere but little or no nutrition. Our children are learning our bad habits and it is causing earlier and earlier chronic illness. Try mapping what you eat. Make a plan to change your habits. Your taste buds will adapt quickly and you will find you don’t really miss the old foods. Cut out most boxed, canned and frozen foods. They have added sugars and salt. Eat more fresh vegetables and fruits. Fruits have sugars but they are mixed with fiber and enter your body at a much slower rate. If you are a big meat-eater, cut back your portions. Try to change red meat to more white meat. Add more fish to your diet. The Omega 3 fats are great for you. Snack on fruits and raw nuts not sugary or doughy items.

You will feel better, your tastes will discover new flavors that you forgot and your weight will normalize to where you should be. The best part is your epigenetics will start to trigger good genes and suppress the bad ones. You will not only feel better but be healthier. Live long and enjoy your life.


Does Drinking Water Cause Obesity?


It might if you drink a lot from plastic water bottles. Scitable, by Nature Education recently had an article on epigenetics and changes to the epigenome that may cause obesity from such things as the plastics in our water bottles. The study here was done on identical twin mice. Even though both had 100% the same DNA, their epigenome differed. The effects changed one of the twin mice with the result of being obese and having yellow fur. We also hear of human identical twins where one gets cancer and the other one doesn’t or one is obese and the other isn’t, etc. This is compelling evidence that the story of who we are is NOT in our genes but in which of our genes are turned ON or OFF. Wouldn’t it be nice if we each came with a User Manual that explained which genes does what and how to turn them ON/OFF? What we do know at this point is that eating lots of fruits and vegetables, exercising moderately and lowering stress through yoga or meditation does have a positive affect on our epigenome.

Are We Sculpting Our Genes?


EPIGENETICS: Paul Brenner, M.D., Ph.D. and Daniel Vicario, M.D. discussing the effects of epigenetics at the San Diego Cancer Center. Dr. Paul Brenner says: “I believe that repetitive, formless, negative thoughts are the primary stresses that can turn a gene either on or off. I see it as a sculptor hitting granite with a hammer and chisel. We are the hammer and our thoughts are the chisel, the genes the stone.” The science is still looking at the chemistry of epigenetics but there seems to be mounting evidence as to the causes. What do you think?

How many epigenetic abnormalities do you have?


This article on cancer and the epigenetic triggers that may cause it, titled epigenetics and cancer, appeared Aug 2010 By Kanwal R, Gupta S. at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20203073.

Cancer has long been thought caused by genetic disorders. We now know that they are caused by epigenetic disorders. These epigenetic changes may cause genetic abnormalities as well but it probably all started by an epigenetic trigger. Scientists looking at cancer cells have identified epigenetic changes including methylation histone protein modifications and RNA regulation. Is there any good news here or is it all in our genes?

There is good news in that genetic abnormalities are very hard to fix. Changing the coding of our DNA is very difficult. Epigenetic changes are easier to deal with. Most scientist equate this to new drugs that will trigger our abnormal epigenetics back to normal ones. I shudder at that thought for two reasons: 1) We don’t need more drugs we need cures and 2) triggering an ill understood epigenetic switch may cause other worse problems for us to deal with. There is still a silver lining here. Epigenetics can be modified by our diet, our thinking, our mental outlook and our physical environment. If we can determine which of these fix abnormal epigenetic triggers then we can change our diet or thinking instead of taking drugs. I have said before it might be a different environmental effect that fixes an epigenetic trigger to the one that originally caused the abnormality. An everyday analogy might be a TV remote control. Pressing the ON button turns the TV on but you can press it or stop pressing it and the TV will not turn off. You must press another button, namely the OFF button, to trigger it back off. The triggers that cause bad epigenetic triggers probably will turn out to be different triggers than the ones that fix the epigenetic abnormality.

Miracles Do Happen!

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There are countless stories of miracle cures out there. The book “Eric is Winning” by Xlibris publishing is about a man named Eric who was diagnosed with ALS. He was an active man. Rather than accept his fate, he changed his life and diet greatly. He detoxified himself and moved his home to get away from toxins. He stalled the disease and is still living today. Eric, unknowingly, changed his epigenetics in a way that fought the disease and allowed him to continue enjoying life. How many of us are diagnosed with cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, etc and simply accept it? Fight for your life. Change your diet, change your home if you are near toxins, change the way you think and LIVE! We will all die sometime but we don’t have to die at the rate we are from diseases that are caused by how we live.

If you or someone you know is diagnosed with an incurable” disease, give them this book or “The China Study” or countless others that show disease can be fought by diet and life style changes. What do you or they have to lose? You are already sick.

Our Environment is “Calling Out” to our Cells.

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Brooke Autowski wrote Health and Wellness – How environment affects genes on the epigenetic effects on us. Scientists have long wondered how two identical twins raised in the same environment could exhibit such different results in terms of health, intelligence and behavior. Although the genetic base is identical, the epigenetic triggers are far different. They began to see that there is truly a combination of nature and nurture at work here.

The environment has a drastic effect on our cells. Autowski says “DNA methylation is the mechanism by which cells change form or function and then transmit that form of function to future cells.” She says that DNA errors in copying can result in problems such as cancer but more often it is changes in methylation that affect future generations of cells. These changes cause aging, cancer, disease, and mental problems. Methylation is a result of environmental changes including diet. Remember our diet is an external influence on our cells. What we eat sends messages to the cells to change methylation. The result can be evolution or disease.

Body Apps

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Our bodies are like the new high-tech smart phones on the market today. They come with a set of apps preloaded. Our bodies come preloaded with approximately 20,000 to 25,000 apps (genes). Although sometimes an app can be changed and do wrong things like the smart phone apps, it doesn’t happen all that often. These apps function together to form a complex network of intelligence that built us from a single cell and maintains us throughout our life time. Smartphone apps do not work in a vacuum and neither do our body apps. smart phone apps depend on the phone’s physical position (vertical or horizontal), the GPS coordinates, the presence of a wireless LAN and the presence of a functioning cell tower. Our body apps work based on the presence of the nine missing amino acids we need to live, nutrients and signals from our cells in our body. Like a fine orchestra, if a group of cells are off the whole can sound bad. As cells try to deal with the environment they are thrust into, they communicate with each other via proteins and amino acids. Sometimes this causes other cells to react and so on down the line. Usually the reactions combined are for the good of the whole body but sometimes mistakes are made and we have disease and depression. These are just words we have to describe a condition of the body.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an owners manual of the various body apps? It might describe which foods to consume and which to avoid. It might describe what are acceptable levels of stress and what are not. It might describe how to be positive and not negative. How to be happy and not sad. How to maintain health and well-being. These apps are very complex and understanding them will take a long time. What we do know today is that we have choices that will maintain a healthy lifestyle if we want it. They include diet, exercise, stress maintenance and positive thought. Read everything you can on plant-based foods and their impact on the body apps, Stress and how to reduce it via yoga and meditation, positive thought and how to obtain it via faith and meditation.

We have a very powerful weapon it our arsenal called “Free Will” Use it or lose it!

Is Stress Bringing You Closer to Death’s Doorway?

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We have been talking about the influences of diet on your epigenetics and how it can affect your health and well-being. Diet is just one factor. The university of Utah says “The genome dynamically responds to the environment. Stress, diet, behavior, toxins and other factors activate chemical switches that regulate gene expression.” We have all been aware that being exposed to toxins can be bad for your health. Today let’s talk a little about stress. Our modern society puts us all in stress’ path. Our work environments are stressful. In tough financial times like these there are less in the labor force to do more work. This is very stressful. Our children can be stressful. Our marriages can be stressful. Divorce is stressful. Loosing a child in any way is stressful. Loosing a friend or family member is stressful. As we age more people we know die. This is stressful and reminds us of our mortality. Getting sick or being told we have a short time to live is very stressful. Without a doubt we all have more stress than early man and woman had.

The American Psychiatric Association annual meeting, scientists spoke of a link between epigenetics and depression. They said, significant stress can influence epigenetics. Dr. Gavin is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago-College of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he participated in the Adult Psychiatry Neuroscience Research Track. He is currently a research assistant professor at the Psychiatric Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Gavin’s research utilizes clinical and basic cellular models to uncover epigenetic abnormalities in schizophrenia. Epigenetics is the study of the environmentally modifiable and often heritable means by which genes are regulated. Examples of these mechanisms include histone modifications and DNA methylation. His current project attempts to discover whether abnormalities exist in DNA de-methylation in schizophrenia postmortem brain samples.

Stress, like diet, is a key to our health and well-being. We all need to take steps toward better diets and less stressful environments. Find a yoga class or practice meditation to lower your stress. It may extend your life. It certainly will give you a better quality of life.