2010 

 

  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   

think again. Emerging New Science Puts You in the Driver’s Seat This new branch of science is called epigenetics. researchers wanted to figure out why one twin had an autoimmune disease like lupus. It’s putting to rest the long-held belief that you’re stuck with what you got at birth. they also usually share the same disorders and ailments. 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. You have some control over whether or not a disease catches up with you. The twin that didn’t get lupus had genes that were programmed to keep the disease at bay.”1 How was this possible? The choices each twin made had literally reprogrammed their DNA. You don’t have to sit and wait to get sick. For the study. Not only do they share the same looks. live longer. your fate isn’t sealed by your DNA. The one that did have it had that particular gene expression turned “on. . Just because a disease like cancer runs in your family doesn’t mean you’re helpless.You’re Not Stuck With Your Family’s Genes Have you seen the January 18th. Express the Genes That Fight Disease… The impact of this study is far reaching. issue of TIME magazine? The cover story presents some exciting new research. despite sharing identical genes. you can literally reprogram your DNA – telling your body to slow aging. The evidence is startling: A study I read in Genome Research shows how one twin avoided disease while the other didn’t. The answer was found in their DNA. Identical twins share 100% of the same DNA. As it turns out. and prevent diseases. Much to the surprise of the old way of thinking.

folate. healthier. 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. 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. That means eating a similar diet to that of our ancestors. Live Longer. unprocessed foods. Simply put. By doing so. The actions you take today will most likely affect them and their own children. . Those mice then gave birth as well. The good news is. you’ll boost your chances of living a longer. Both groups were fed a normal diet.” But here’s where it gets interesting. Avoid bad habits like smoking. The only exception was that the second group received supplements that positively affect gene expression (B12. These switches surround your DNA and turn genes “on” and “off.Change Your Children’s Genes The “epigenome” makes this possible. this is huge. and poor diets also interact with the epigenome. like grass-fed beef or free-range chicken. Here are 8 steps to change your DNA – and your destiny – now… Step 1: Eat whole. telling it to switch on the “disease” genes. taking control of your genetic code is simpler that you might think. zinc. That’s because your body is constantly absorbing toxins like heavy metals and harmful chemicals. The end result is the ability to change the way your body expresses your genetic coding. 2 If you’re planning on having kids. excess drinking. All these negatively affect your genes and predispose you to disease. the epigenome is a complex network of chemical switches. It’s just a matter of developing good habits that promote positive gene expression. Step 2: Choose healthy proteins. excess alcohol. Take personal responsibility and eat right and exercise. One of the easiest ways to affect your gene expression in this lifetime is to live in a healthy environment. The end result? The original “grandparent” group that received supplements passed on the changes in gene expression to the children and grandchildren. Wild-caught fish is good as well. disease-free life. Everything from the detergent you use to clean your clothes to the plastic bottles you drink from are to blame. and choline). Smoking. and eating chemical-laden junk foods. Both groups of mice gave birth to female mice. Your epigenome interacts every day with your environment. Beat Disease Today’s modern world is already predisposing your genes toward negative “expressions” that include disease.

One of the best food sources are egg yolks and grass-fed beef.. Found To Keep  Hearts Young. Aim for 1. 2009 Dec 22.  M. “Changes in the pattern of DNA methylation associate with  twin discordance in systemic lupus erythematosus. As your cells divide. June 8). 2006. Substance In Red Wine.000 to 2. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Otherwise you can supplement.  3. Richter J. Resveratrol. University of Wisconsin‐Madison (2008.  Nov. I suggest 200 mg per day. References:    1. It does this by lengthening your DNA’s telomeres. Telomeres are a “tail” end to all your strands of DNA. U. It has recently been found to counteract age-related genetic change 92 percent of the time. the telomeres become shorter. Think of them as the biological countdown clock that tells your cells how long they have to live. Bouwens. Javierre BM. 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. as they’re high in protective antioxidants). Step 4: Take omega-3 fatty acids daily. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant found in red wine. Calif. Step 7: Get plenty of vitamin B12. ScienceDaily. O. SAMe is a power methyl-donor. M..Step 3: Eat plenty of vegetables and some fruits (preferably berries. Fernandez AF. June  2009   4.D. Step 5: Take a red wine extract supplement. These are compounds that play an important role in the chemical process that actually changes gene expression.4 That means it prevents your DNA strands from deteriorating.K. They contain critical methyl-precursors. the cell dies. Ultimately.. the participants in the study had experienced a positive change in 1. K.   . M. Martin.000 mg per day. Marcus Pembrey. pages 415‐424. it provides your epigenome with the critical building blocks it needs to switch your “good” genes on. Step 6: Take SAMe (s-adenosylmethionine). Exercise as I describe in my PACE program. David I. Not only will this prevent a slew of diseases on its own. et al. Simply put.3 After just six months. Take 200 mg of SAMe per day for maximum benefit. Institute of Child Health. Once there’s no more telomere left. Volume 90. 13‐18. [Epub ahead of print]  2. “Fish‐oil supplementation induces anti‐inflammatory gene expression profiles in  human blood mononuclear cells” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The best way to get your omega-3s is with a quality fish oil supplement. emeritus professor. Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute. Step 8: Keep your heart and lungs in good shape. University College London. It also prevents harmful substances in the environment from blocking vital chemical processes your DNA goes through to stay healthy and intact. You can find resveratrol as a supplement at your local health-food store.040 of their genes. letting them live longer. this keeps you vibrant and healthy.D. Take anywhere from 100 to 500 mcg every day.” Genome Res. This natural and inexpensive vitamin affects how long your DNA strands live. Oakland. it’ll also make your body better able to respond to negative environmental factors. pediatric genetics. et al.

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