For most of my generation, we’ve reveled in the magic of DNA, knowing that everything from our eye color to our propensity to develop Alzheimer’s disease was there in our genetic code - our cellular DNA. We were predetermined from birth to grow to a specific height, have musical talent, run a 2-minute mile, and in time, lose our memory.
In the last 15 years, new studies and discoveries have pointed us in a new direction. According to Dr. Joel Wallach, author of ‘Epigenetics’, and Godfather of the Epigenetics movement, our DNA is like a keyboard of possibilities, capable of typing any number of words.
Wallach tells us that the state of our body is determined by which of those keys are pushed or activated. The DNA activation process is called ‘Gene Expression’.
And the million-dollar question is, What causes an unwanted Gene expression?
Toxins and deficiencies are the triggers that flip the DNA switch of disease in our bodies.
Toxins are the build-up of Pesticides, Processed food chemicals, Preservatives, Sugar, Prescription drugs, and chemical poisons we come into contact through our environment and diet.
And toxins are hardly alone in this equation. There is a second, and according to some scientists, a more powerful indicator of gene expression.
A new study on Genomics takes a look at the big nutritional gaps in our diet, stating,
‘New insights in biology show that food is informational and can directly impact and even control the expression of your genes.’
Dr. Wallach’s book, ‘Epigenetics’, gives significant detail on every nutrient and mineral required by the human body, and specific diseases associated with the deficiency of each nutrient.
To think we have the absolute power and ability to determine the outcome of disease manifestation in our bodies, based on our diet and lifestyle choices - is a big departure from the ‘we-get-whatever-disease-our-DNA-says’ ideology of the recent past.
So to be clear, we determine which genes are expressed in our bodies. We determine with our diets, by managing our stress levels, and the resulting toxin load and /or possible nutritional deficiencies along with our lifestyle choices whether or not the Disease ‘genes’ manifest. From Diabetes to AutoImmune disorders, and from Cancer to Heart disease, it’s all waiting in our DNA.
The question is - will you flip the switch?
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