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   

and the other one didn’t. The one that did have it had that particular gene expression turned “on. You have some control over whether or not a disease catches up with you. Express the Genes That Fight Disease… The impact of this study is far reaching. If you think there’s nothing you can do to prevent getting a disease that runs in your family. The answer was found in their DNA. think again. Emerging New Science Puts You in the Driver’s Seat This new branch of science is called epigenetics. and prevent diseases. The evidence is startling: A study I read in Genome Research shows how one twin avoided disease while the other didn’t. Much to the surprise of the old way of thinking. your fate isn’t sealed by your DNA. researchers wanted to figure out why one twin had an autoimmune disease like lupus. Identical twins share 100% of the same DNA.You’re Not Stuck With Your Family’s Genes Have you seen the January 18th. issue of TIME magazine? The cover story presents some exciting new research. The twin that didn’t get lupus had genes that were programmed to keep the disease at bay. live longer. Not only do they share the same looks. You don’t have to sit and wait to get sick. As it turns out. . For the study. 2010. you can literally reprogram your DNA – telling your body to slow aging.”1 How was this possible? The choices each twin made had literally reprogrammed their DNA. despite sharing identical genes. Just because a disease like cancer runs in your family doesn’t mean you’re helpless. 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.

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

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

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