8 Steps to Change
Your DNA – and Your Destiny – Now
By: Al Sears, M.D.
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Al Sears, M.D. Wellness Research & Consulting
If you think there’s nothing you can do to prevent getting a disease that runs in your family. You don’t have to sit and wait to get sick. Just because a disease like cancer runs in your family doesn’t mean you’re helpless. issue of TIME magazine? The cover story presents some exciting new research. The evidence is startling: A study I read in Genome Research shows how one twin avoided disease while the other didn’t. and prevent diseases. The answer was found in their DNA.”1 How was this possible? The choices each twin made had literally reprogrammed their DNA. live longer.
Express the Genes That Fight Disease…
The impact of this study is far reaching. The one that did have it had that particular gene expression turned “on. 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. and the other one didn’t. Not only do they share the same looks. they also usually share the same disorders and ailments.You’re Not Stuck With Your Family’s Genes
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. As it turns out. For the study. your fate isn’t sealed by your DNA.
Emerging New Science Puts You in the Driver’s Seat
This new branch of science is called epigenetics. Identical twins share 100% of the same DNA. think again. despite sharing identical genes. 2010. You have some control over whether or not a disease catches up with you. Much to the surprise of the old way of thinking. It’s putting to rest the long-held belief that you’re stuck with what you got at birth. researchers wanted to figure out why one twin had an autoimmune disease like lupus.
excess alcohol. The end result? The original “grandparent” group that received supplements passed on the changes in gene expression to the children and grandchildren. The good news is. taking control of your genetic code is simpler that you might think. Smoking. excess drinking. the epigenome is a complex network of chemical switches. That means eating a similar diet to that of our ancestors. By doing so. Both groups were fed a normal diet. Take personal responsibility and eat right and exercise. Wild-caught fish is good as well. The end result is the ability to change the way your body expresses your genetic coding. like grass-fed beef or free-range chicken. telling it to switch on the “disease” genes. Here are 8 steps to change your DNA – and your destiny – now… Step 1: Eat whole. That’s because your body is constantly absorbing toxins like heavy metals and harmful chemicals. Everything from the detergent you use to clean your clothes to the plastic bottles you drink from are to blame. and eating chemical-laden junk foods. 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.
Live Longer. and poor diets also interact with the epigenome. Both groups of mice gave birth to female mice. unprocessed foods. you’ll boost your chances of living a longer. 2 If you’re planning on having kids. healthier. Avoid bad habits like smoking. Simply put. The only exception was that the second group received supplements that positively affect gene expression (B12. zinc. disease-free life. folate.
Step 2: Choose healthy proteins.Change Your Children’s Genes The “epigenome” makes this possible. 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. The actions you take today will most likely affect them and their own children. Those mice then gave birth as well. and choline).” But here’s where it gets interesting. this is huge. It’s just a matter of developing good habits that promote positive gene expression. These switches surround your DNA and turn genes “on” and “off. One of the easiest ways to affect your gene expression in this lifetime is to live in a healthy environment. All these negatively affect your genes and predispose you to disease.
emeritus professor.040 of their genes. Richter J. M. Bouwens.K. as they’re high in protective antioxidants).3 After just six months. Not only will this prevent a slew of diseases on its own. 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. 2009 Dec 22.
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References: 1. M. As your cells divide. the cell dies. Simply put. June 2009 4. Exercise as I describe in my PACE program. 3. Step 6: Take SAMe (s-adenosylmethionine). The best way to get your omega-3s is with a quality fish oil supplement. et al. letting them live longer. [Epub ahead of print] 2. Aim for 1. 13‐18. K. it’ll also make your body better able to respond to negative environmental factors. Marcus Pembrey.D. Institute of Child Health. it provides your epigenome with the critical building blocks it needs to switch your “good” genes on. June 8). Step 5: Take a red wine extract supplement. 2006. You can find resveratrol as a supplement at your local health-food store. Once there’s no more telomere left. ScienceDaily. Ultimately.. Step 4: Take omega-3 fatty acids daily. Calif. It does this by lengthening your DNA’s telomeres. Step 8: Keep your heart and lungs in good shape. Take anywhere from 100 to 500 mcg every day. Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute. One of the best food sources are egg yolks and grass-fed beef. M.. These are compounds that play an important role in the chemical process that actually changes gene expression. University of Wisconsin‐Madison (2008. Oakland. “Changes in the pattern of DNA methylation associate with twin discordance in systemic lupus erythematosus. Found To Keep Hearts Young.Step 3: Eat plenty of vegetables and some fruits (preferably berries. It also prevents harmful substances in the environment from blocking vital chemical processes your DNA goes through to stay healthy and intact. Resveratrol.000 mg per day. I suggest 200 mg per day. Step 7: Get plenty of vitamin B12. Fernandez AF.D. This natural and inexpensive vitamin affects how long your DNA strands live. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant found in red wine.. University College London. Substance In Red Wine. Javierre BM. Nov. pages 415‐424. pediatric genetics. “Fish‐oil supplementation induces anti‐inflammatory gene expression profiles in human blood mononuclear cells” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Martin.4 That means it prevents your DNA strands from deteriorating. Telomeres are a “tail” end to all your strands of DNA. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Take 200 mg of SAMe per day for maximum benefit. the participants in the study had experienced a positive change in 1. It has recently been found to counteract age-related genetic change 92 percent of the time. et al. Otherwise you can supplement. SAMe is a power methyl-donor. They contain critical methyl-precursors. the telomeres become shorter. O. David I. Volume 90. this keeps you vibrant and healthy. U.