Epigenetics - we are not simply what our genes say we are.
If not, here’s the technical definition of epigenetics… “ the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself.”
Many patients on a daily basis will come in with a laundry list of complaints and one of the first thing they often say is that my parents cursed me with bad genes. That’s why I can’t… Lose weight, get healthy, why got cancer, why my stomach is a mess, and many other issues.
Broken down into very simplistic terms, the defense between genius and epigenetic’s basically means that we have the ability to turn on and turn off certain genetic expressions. We are not just destined to a certain fate based on genes. However, lifestyle will dictate how those genes are expressed.
A very accurate saying that describes the relationship between genes and epigenetics is…” that genes load the gun and environment pulls the trigger.
Just because we have the genes that predisposed to certain disease doesn’t necessarily mean we will get that disease, how we live our life and whether we choose to pursue a healthy lifestyle of exercise, diet, vitamins and supplements, and exposure to certain toxins can have more of an effect our health than the actual genes themselves.
This is not to say that all genes can be turned on and of, certain genes will undoubtedly lead to certain diseases. The important thing is what you do with your genes. You can change if are you active in pursuing a healthy lifestyle.
There are many different labs that can provide you with a genetic profile of what your particular SNPs are and this can sometimes lead us in certain directions regarding your health. One of my favorites is 23andme.com
Interpretation of theses genetic profiles can very very difficult and time consuming, but they can have a huge effect on someones health or sickness.
There are many doctors that think that if you have the MTHFR gene you are doomed and that this genetic SNP is the very bane of your pain and suffering. If you could just fix the MRHFR SNP you will be fine.
While this may certainly be true in some cases, I find it is rarely the only stick in the fire so to speak. It’s only a piece of the puzzle in most cases.
In the case of epigenetics and in particular MTHFR, if you have a chronic issue that will not resolve no matter what you have tried, and you have an MTHFR genetic variation, you will not get better unless you change and your address your specific genes.
Many symptoms that we develop often are just the tip of the iceberg.
That can be scary to many people because they often know that something more serious may be going on. Our goal is to look at the entire person, including their genetics, and achieve healing all in all systems and not just the one that is shoeing symptoms.
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