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8 Steps to Change
Your DNA – and Your Destiny – Now
By: Al Sears, M.D.
Wellness Research & Consulting © Copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved | Al Sears, MD
Al Sears, M.D. Wellness Research & Consulting
you can literally reprogram your DNA – telling your body to slow aging. The twin that didn’t get lupus had genes that were programmed to keep the disease at bay. The one that did have it had that particular gene expression turned “on. . You don’t have to sit and wait to get sick. and prevent diseases. Just because a disease like cancer runs in your family doesn’t mean you’re helpless.”1 How was this possible? The choices each twin made had literally reprogrammed their DNA. issue of TIME magazine? The cover story presents some exciting new research. Express the Genes That Fight Disease… The impact of this study is far reaching. The evidence is startling: A study I read in Genome Research shows how one twin avoided disease while the other didn’t. your fate isn’t sealed by your DNA. Not only do they share the same looks. Identical twins share 100% of the same DNA. For the study. You have some control over whether or not a disease catches up with you. think again. It’s putting to rest the long-held belief that you’re stuck with what you got at birth. 2010. If you think there’s nothing you can do to prevent getting a disease that runs in your family. and the other one didn’t. despite sharing identical genes. Emerging New Science Puts You in the Driver’s Seat This new branch of science is called epigenetics. Much to the surprise of the old way of thinking.You’re Not Stuck With Your Family’s Genes Have you seen the January 18th. they also usually share the same disorders and ailments. As it turns out. researchers wanted to figure out why one twin had an autoimmune disease like lupus. The answer was found in their DNA. live longer.
like grass-fed beef or free-range chicken. All these negatively affect your genes and predispose you to disease. excess drinking. this is huge. One of the easiest ways to affect your gene expression in this lifetime is to live in a healthy environment. By doing so. Wild-caught fish is good as well. Both groups were fed a normal diet. Everything from the detergent you use to clean your clothes to the plastic bottles you drink from are to blame. 2 If you’re planning on having kids. Did you know that any changes in your genetic expression made during your lifetime may get passed on to your children? A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences studied two groups of genetically identical pregnant mice. zinc. and choline). telling it to switch on the “disease” genes. The end result? The original “grandparent” group that received supplements passed on the changes in gene expression to the children and grandchildren. Beat Disease Today’s modern world is already predisposing your genes toward negative “expressions” that include disease. The actions you take today will most likely affect them and their own children. That means eating a similar diet to that of our ancestors. and poor diets also interact with the epigenome.Change Your Children’s Genes The “epigenome” makes this possible. disease-free life. Your epigenome interacts every day with your environment. Smoking. Avoid bad habits like smoking. That means everything you come into contact with and everything you put into your body has the power to turn genes on or off via different chemical pathways. Those mice then gave birth as well. That’s because your body is constantly absorbing toxins like heavy metals and harmful chemicals. The only exception was that the second group received supplements that positively affect gene expression (B12. The end result is the ability to change the way your body expresses your genetic coding. Take personal responsibility and eat right and exercise. The good news is. healthier. the epigenome is a complex network of chemical switches. Live Longer.” But here’s where it gets interesting. excess alcohol. you’ll boost your chances of living a longer. Both groups of mice gave birth to female mice. . These switches surround your DNA and turn genes “on” and “off. unprocessed foods. Here are 8 steps to change your DNA – and your destiny – now… Step 1: Eat whole. Step 2: Choose healthy proteins. folate. and eating chemical-laden junk foods. It’s just a matter of developing good habits that promote positive gene expression. taking control of your genetic code is simpler that you might think. Simply put.
You can find resveratrol as a supplement at your local health-food store. Step 5: Take a red wine extract supplement. O. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant found in red wine. Volume 90. June 8). 3. Nov. Institute of Child Health. Once there’s no more telomere left. University College London. “Changes in the pattern of DNA methylation associate with twin discordance in systemic lupus erythematosus. emeritus professor. K. Step 6: Take SAMe (s-adenosylmethionine). the telomeres become shorter. Not only will this prevent a slew of diseases on its own. Fernandez AF.. pediatric genetics.000 mg per day. . Substance In Red Wine. Aim for 1. pages 415‐424. Richter J. Otherwise you can supplement.3 After just six months. Step 7: Get plenty of vitamin B12. Step 4: Take omega-3 fatty acids daily. as they’re high in protective antioxidants). David I. Oakland. One study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that taking omega-3 daily tells your genes to prevent inflammation and hardening of the arteries. Take 200 mg of SAMe per day for maximum benefit. M. ScienceDaily. Think of them as the biological countdown clock that tells your cells how long they have to live. 2006. 13‐18.. 2009 Dec 22.K. The best way to get your omega-3s is with a quality fish oil supplement. Javierre BM. this keeps you vibrant and healthy. One of the best food sources are egg yolks and grass-fed beef. Resveratrol. M.4 That means it prevents your DNA strands from deteriorating. Marcus Pembrey. Bouwens. Ultimately. It has recently been found to counteract age-related genetic change 92 percent of the time. References: 1. This natural and inexpensive vitamin affects how long your DNA strands live. Take anywhere from 100 to 500 mcg every day. et al. They contain critical methyl-precursors. University of Wisconsin‐Madison (2008.000 to 2. the participants in the study had experienced a positive change in 1. U. Martin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.D.Step 3: Eat plenty of vegetables and some fruits (preferably berries. it’ll also make your body better able to respond to negative environmental factors. [Epub ahead of print] 2. Found To Keep Hearts Young. it provides your epigenome with the critical building blocks it needs to switch your “good” genes on. M.” Genome Res. Telomeres are a “tail” end to all your strands of DNA.D. Simply put. letting them live longer. “Fish‐oil supplementation induces anti‐inflammatory gene expression profiles in human blood mononuclear cells” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Calif.. Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute. Step 8: Keep your heart and lungs in good shape. et al. Exercise as I describe in my PACE program. the cell dies. June 2009 4. I suggest 200 mg per day. As your cells divide. These are compounds that play an important role in the chemical process that actually changes gene expression. It also prevents harmful substances in the environment from blocking vital chemical processes your DNA goes through to stay healthy and intact. It does this by lengthening your DNA’s telomeres.040 of their genes. SAMe is a power methyl-donor.