By Janet L. Hall, ND, CKP, CBT
Ever wondered why some people in a family end up with an inherited gene being expressed in disease and others in the same family do not? It’s a well-known fact that environmental conditions, lifestyle and even nutrition influences how and when your DNA genes are expressed. Did you know that there are ways to actually change the way your “genetic” DNA expresses and even prevent disease?
We are aware that we come into this world with genes handed down from our parents (actually, it’s been shown that our DNA comes from grandparents and great-grandparents on both sides too). Outside factors determine whether or not those genes will be expressed in handed-down diseases. New scientific discoveries are being made every day that help us to optimize or inactivate our genetic expression! This is powerful information! It is just one of the reasons that Methylation is becoming the top alternative treatment!
Epigenetics change the way a gene is expressed to prevent that expression from resulting in disease. This includes DNA methylation and does not directly change your DNA; only its expression. Methylation is responsible for sustaining the pathways in your body that keep you alive and keep you healthy. This is critical for neurotransmitters, biochemical pathways and peptides. With proper methylation, your health is improved quickly and dramatically! Approximately one-half of the U.S. population has difficulty converting folic acid into useable forms. 5MTHF supplementation was developed. B vitamins are a critical factor needed when using 5MTHF. Without them, the methylation changes can occur too quickly for the body to adapt with ease.
Imagine this… using dietary nutritional compounds and/or environmental and lifestyle factors can be a disease preventative when you understand methylation! It also means those genes currently expressing disease can be inactivated. Recent studies show that even supplements as simple as Curcumin induce epigenetic changes. For some people, Turmeric and Curcumin contain dietary components that can selectively activate or inactivate gene expression. With Kinesiology, you can get specific information for your body as to what supplements inactivate a genetic predisposition that could result in future disease.
Many more supplements are being developed that activate or inactivate gene expression and we are seeing much faster recovery for our clients than ever before! For some people Berberine, in supplements such as Goldenseal, is known to have the characteristics that affect the expression of more than 2,000 genes. Even food can be epigenetic medicine. Amazingly, it has been observed that these improvements can affect transgenerational gene expression.
This means we can improve our life and be on a healthier path by using Kinesiology to pay attention to nutrition, environment and lifestyle.
Janet L. Hall is a Certified Naturopath, Kinesiologist, Herbalist, Biofeedback Specialist and Nutritional Counselor. She completed specialty classes on Genetics & Methylation. Her center is dedicated to helping people “rise above!” anything in their lives. 505-294-WELL (9355). www.alternativewellnesscenter.org