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   

For the study.”1 How was this possible? The choices each twin made had literally reprogrammed their DNA. they also usually share the same disorders and ailments. 2010. you can literally reprogram your DNA – telling your body to slow aging. Much to the surprise of the old way of thinking. your fate isn’t sealed by your DNA. think again. As it turns out. Not only do they share the same looks. The twin that didn’t get lupus had genes that were programmed to keep the disease at bay. The answer was found in their DNA. Express the Genes That Fight Disease… The impact of this study is far reaching. and the other one didn’t. Emerging New Science Puts You in the Driver’s Seat This new branch of science is called epigenetics. Just because a disease like cancer runs in your family doesn’t mean you’re helpless. . Identical twins share 100% of the same DNA. researchers wanted to figure out why one twin had an autoimmune disease like lupus. If you think there’s nothing you can do to prevent getting a disease that runs in your family. live longer. 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. It’s putting to rest the long-held belief that you’re stuck with what you got at birth. 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. You have some control over whether or not a disease catches up with you.You’re Not Stuck With Your Family’s Genes Have you seen the January 18th. despite sharing identical genes. You don’t have to sit and wait to get sick.

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

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

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