Dr. Joseph Mercola provides us with an excellent overview of how we can use epigenetics in his article: Epigenetics: How Your Mind Can Reprogram Your Genes. Here is an excerpt:
So the good news is that you are in control of your genes … You can alter them on a regular basis, depending on the foods you eat, the air you breathe, and the thoughts you think. It’s your environment and lifestyle that dictates your tendency to express disease, and this new realization is set to make major waves in the future of disease prevention — including one day educating people on how to fight disease at the epigenetic level. When a disease occurs, the solution, according to epigenetic therapy, is simply to “remind” your affected cells (change its environmental instructions) of its healthy function, so they can go back to being normal cells instead of diseased cells…
Of course, all of this flys in the face of Angelina Jolie’s doctors who completely convinced her to change out her breasts because she has a harmful “breast cancer gene.” The only ones empowered are her doctors (and gene testing company) who got so much of her money.
In contrast, when I was learning biology and other life science in school (circa 1970’s – 80’s), I was taught that evolution of any species is 40% due to environmental factors and 60% due to DNA programming. “Evolution” being the key word implies (re)programming of DNA sequences within the misnomer of “junk DNA.”
As Dr. Mercola’s article indicates, our DNA programs itself according to our self induced (and involuntary) environmental factors like our nutritional intake, our physical fitness levels, and our mental constitutions; there’s also all manner of stimulation, beneficial or toxic, that can affect our bodies / senses on a regular basis, positively or negatively, thus, affecting the environment of our bodies. The healthier our lifestyles, the more positive our DNA sequences express themselves, therefore, we only get expressions of fitness and vitality (rather than breast cancer, right, Angelina?).
In all likelihood, because of this day and age of toxins proliferating (e.g. GMOs), all of us probably have some sort of “harmful” gene floating around which may or may not decide to express itself depending upon our chosen environmental factors. The article, Rife Ultra Microscope: Bacteria Chronicles discusses how alterations in environment lead to pleomorphic responses in microbes, that is, a living, healthy cell can become a cancerous cell by (slightly) altering their medium (environment). Mitochondrial DNA converts whatever nutrition in that medium into energy. If that “nutrition” is toxic, the response within multi-cellular organisms like us becomes expressions of chronic disease, like cancer.
Since Dr. Mercola’s article covers the mental aspects only briefly, I will cover that aspect further in part 2 of this series at the HealingMindN Power Circle blog. Thanks for your time.