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Published by Mario Ferraro
How How Lifestyle Choices affect our Genes.
How How Lifestyle Choices affect our Genes.

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Published by: Mario Ferraro on Mar 04, 2013
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 Presented by Dr Mario
 – 
 Chiropractor & Certified Wellness Practitioner 
“I’ve got your back!”
  Room 1 - Derrimut 24/7 Gym21 Panamax Drv Ravenhall VIC 
“ChiroCentre Caroline Springs”
 
CAROLINE SPRINGS
Epigenetics: How Lifestyle Choices Affect Genetic Expression
 
Presented by Dr. Mario R Ferraro
 –
Chiropractor, Certified Wellness Practitioner
There is a prevalent belief in society that the reason people getsick is either bad luck or bad genes. While it is true there are somefairly notorious genetic diseases in the world, these types representa very small percentage of sicknesses in our society. The leadingcauses of illness and death in Western Countries are from diseaseslargely considered to be preventable. Heart disease, cancer, andcomplications from a sedentary lifestyle (diabetes) are just a few. Sowhy is there so much focus on genes?During initial patient consultation
s, I’ll often have patients tell methat they are taking a drug for a disease because it “runs in thefamily.” While there are diseases that have genetic susceptibility,
there is an emerging science called epigenetics that helps explainhow the choices we make literally effect our genetic expression. Itcalls into question all that we have been taught about health andwellness. What if the evidence is so compelling that we are forced totake back personal responsibility for our health? What if you had achoice in your health?If this is cutting a little too close to home, I apologise. Truthfully, Ican empathise. However, given the complete state of chaos that ourhealth care system is in, we must begin to ask tough questions likethese. If you are not convinced that mainstream thinking abouthealth care in Australia is in crisis, simply look up (the stats onchronic diseases occurring) and look around (your friends, family,colleagues).
So what is Epigenetics? I’ll leave the detailed explanation to th
egeneticists and attempt to explain in terms we can all comprehend.First we need to discuss the difference between geneticpredisposition and expression. It is true that we owe much of ourpotential to our genes. They are the blueprints for our bodies.However, there has been a tendency to equate geneticpredisposition for causation of diseases. This is not the case. Again,there are some conditions that are hereditary that do express
themselves without exception (Trisomy 21 = Down’s syndrome). The
majori
ty of today’s western diseases do not fall in this category. Justbecause we are predisposed to a condition, doesn’t mean we will
express the symptoms of the condition.Epigenetics states that factors and mechanisms other thanchanges in DNA sequence cause genes to express themselvesdifferently. In other words, the choices we make (how we eat, move,and think) affect the expression of our genes and ultimately ourhealth, or lack thereof. Think of epigenetics like a light switch forgenetic expression. Environmental influences decide whether theswitch is in the on or off position.We need to start believing that we are genetically programmed forhealth. Think of the blueprint analogy. If two houses are built usingthe same blueprints, but one is built with good material in a correctmanner and the other is assembled haphazardly with poor material,
what should we expect the outcome to be? One ‘healthy’ house andone ‘sick’ house. Are the blueprints to blame for the outcome? Or
was it poor choices that created the different outcomes?Modern diseases are the result of our physiological adaptation topoor environmental choices. We are constantly giving our buildingspoor construction material. For example, if we constantly push highsugar foods into our systems year after year, eventually the systemadapts and become insulin resistant. The genetic expression of thesecells has been changed and is now insulin resistant. The medicaldiagnosis for this adaptation is Non-Insulin Dependent DiabetesMellitus. Is it our genes fault that they are not designed to deal withchronic exposure to sugar? Think about our hunter/gathererancestors and their options for food. They rarely, if ever, ate refinedsugar. Their glucose came from fruits and vegetables whose fibertempers the insulin response in the body. Our genes are the same astheirs, but today we have a system that produces excess corn andturns it into high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). I just want to stressthis point again
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all our research & scientific data shows that we ashumans
have the same genes that we had 40000 years ago
.This is just one example of where choice makes all the differencewhen it comes to our genetic expression of health. We can choose tofill our shopping carts with whole foods and walk the dog everymorning before breakfast. However, we can no longer blame badluck and bad genes for our physiological adaptation of lifestylechoices.
Research & Homework:
 Read:
 –
story of the Two “Identical” Mice
“Why Your DNA Isn’t Your Destiny” –
TIME magazine article on Epigenetics
 
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