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   

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

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

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

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