This is not a technical or scientific paper, by any means.
This is a popular, simple, easy explanation and observation of epigenetics.
Dr. Bruce Lipton, a cellular biologist, brought something new and revolutionary to the field of genetics – epigenetics.
He literally put epigenetics above the conventional science of genetics, (prefix epi means above).
In his book The Biology of Belief, Dr. Lipton explains the nature of genetics, basically saying that life does not lie within DNA, but rather within the mechanisms of the cell membrane; this concept is contrary to conventional medical science.
In short, epigenetics is the science of changing gene activity without changing genetic codes.
Dr. Lipton and epigenetics teach us that we have power over our genes. We are not victims of our genes.
According to many sources, epigenetics is the most important biological discovery since DNA.
Let me explain it.
In the human cell there are suppressor genes, capable of stopping cancer cells from growing.
Unfortunately, if these suppressor genes are hidden and blocked, which is possible in many different ways, they cannot be used, and the result is... illness.
According to epigenetics, by eating common foods (such as vegetables or fruits), and being in a healthy mental and physical environment, you can prevent illness by activating hidden or blocked suppressor genes.
Now you know how you are in charge of your genes: with the food you eat, the air you breathe, and the environment you live in, including your ways of thinking, you support your body in fighting illness. It is not wishful thinking, it is scientific fact.
Prevention of diseases starts with you.
If you have an identical brother or sister (the same genetic code), you are not in the same boat forever. Your health will be different – despite identical DNA. Why? Because of different environments: different stress levels, different ways of living, thinking, and eating.
No matter what genes your parents gave you at birth, you can take control of your life.
Obviously, you don’t have the power to change your genome, (set of chromosomes and DNA sequence), but you do have the power to change your epigenome (modifications to the genome, not changing the DNA sequence).
By definition, manifestation of many diseases is by defective epigenome, not by defective genes. Or, you are sick not because of your genes, but because of your life’s environment (epigenome).
So far, a very small number of existing diseases are related to defects of genes where we have no power to prevent or to change anything.
You have a chance to fix your epigenome (modification of the genome), by carefully watching your stress level, diet, sleep, and exercise, just to mention some of the important points.
Be careful: changing you epigenome goes both ways. It is always possible to damage your epigenome, - if you do not pay attention to your life’s environment.
Because you have more power over your genes, you have more responsibility towards your offspring.
Any epigenetic changes, for good or bad, go directly to the next generation.
Do not forget your emotions.
Your emotions have a huge impact, for good or bad, on the genes. If you want to stay healthy, pay attention to your emotional life. Your genes are watching your emotions.
Conclusion: The science of epigenetics is a revolutionary new approach to human genes. This teaching has changed the whole science of genetics and biology for the better.
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