About Epigenetics & Nutrigenomics

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will educate his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and the cause and prevention of disease."

Thomas Edison

Epigenetics

 

For decades science has wondered about genetics and genes. For many years, it was believed everything was hardwired into the body.

 

Then came the question of Nature vs. Nurture and neuroplasticity. Suddenly, the hardwired theory was challenged. There could be soft factors that affect health and overall well-being.

 

In 2000, in the research lab of Dr. Randy Jirtle at Duke University, a discovery was made that has changed the way science looks at DNA and genetics.

 

The discovery was made with Agouti mice. These mice are characerized as large, fat and yellow and prone to cancer and diabetes.

 

Dr. Jirtle and his postdoctoral student, Robert Waterland, did something very simple.

 

They changed the diet of the female mice pre-conception, fed them a methyl-rich diet, and the most AMAZING thing happened!

 

These fat, sickly mice gave birth to perfectly healthy small brown mice who were not susceptible to diabetes or cancer and lived a long healthy life.

 

"It was a little eerie and a little scary to see how something as subtle as a nutritional change in the pregnant mother rat could have such a dramatic impact on the gene expression of the baby," Jirtle says. "The results showed how important epigenetic changes could be."

DNA Is Not Destiny: The New Science of Epigenetics

 

What Dr. Jirtle and his postdoctoral student discovered opened a whole new science called EpiGenetics.

 

Epi- means on, over or above. Epigenetics is the study of factors that affect how genes express themselves.

 

In the years since Dr. Jirtle's initial discovery, much has been learned about factors that influence genes.

 

We now know that things such as mindfulness, meditation, diet and nutrition, environment, thoughts, emotions and even the life experiences and emotions of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents can all affect how our genes express themselves.

 

However, we are only scratching the surface of a giant iceberg of information on gene expression.

 

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