• Epigenetics and you

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    Epigenetics and You

     

    In high school biology genetics is introduced as merely a game of human roulette, determining hair color, eye color, and what diseases you are most at risk for developing.  A common lab activity is rolling dice to determine which characteristics you might receive. Epigenetics shines new light on the basic understanding of DNA. We used to believe that genes determined everything, it was the blueprint that a body followed through life.  Health and disease potential were fixed and set in your DNA.  Since the early 1970’s, those beliefs have been changed through the discovery of epigenomes, and how they affect the human body. The epigenome is the sum of the chemical compounds that have been added to the entirety of an individual’s DNA (genome) in response to the environment (i.e. diet, stress…) as a way to regulate the activity and expression of all the genes (epigenetics) within the genome.  While DNA are the different pieces of the puzzle that is the body, epigenetics is the directions for how those genes, the “pieces” are used. This occurs throughout life. Epigenetic alterations can and will occur at any time, including conception, pregnancy, puberty, stress and beyond. These are normal processes that take place throughout the course of existence, and control how a body changes and adapts to its environment. In addition to these normal processes, it has been discovered that environmental factors and life events can affect each individual’s epigenome as well, which means you have a significant amount of control over your health now and your health in the future. Epigenetics brings your health within your grasp.  It means that you have influence over your health and the health of future generations. Lives are no longer determined by the game of human roulette that takes place during conception.

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    Your DNA is not your Destiny

     

    Your DNA Is No Longer Your Destiny

     

    Is your destiny written in your DNA? For years, scientists believed that a person’s DNA – the complex genetic code that carries all the information needed for your growth and development – was a fixed and unchanging set of “instructions” that directed the body’s processes from birth to death. But new insights from the emerging field of epigenetics suggest that these genetic instructions can be modified by external factors, with profound implications for health, wellness, disease and the aging process.

     

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  • Natural therapies and the flu–what does the evidence show?

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    The influenza virus

    My previous post focused on the evidence of the flu vaccine and the prevention of the flu via the flu vaccine.  As the evidence consistently shows, the flu vaccine does not prevent flu transmission and/or prevent complications from the flu.  That is in addition to the historically very low match rates.  This is not my opinion; this is not marketing; this simply is what the evidence shows.  If you haven’t read that post and the evidence, I encourage you to stop and read the previous post on the evidence against the flu vaccine now.

     

    If the the flu vaccine doesn’t prevent the flu, then how can you protect against the flu?  Do we simply run the immune system roulette table every cold/flu season?  How can you treat the flu if you are unfortunate to welcome the influenza virus into your home?  Is all hope lost in our ability to protect ourselves and our loved ones against the cold and flu?

     

    All hope is not lost.  Below, I list natural, evidence-based therapies to prevent the influenza virus invasion and treat the influenza virus if the invasion does occur.  The therapies listed are some of the more evidence-based therapies out there.  These therapies will also work well against the other encountered viruses so prevalent this time of year.

     

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  • Lyme disease

    This digitally-colored scanning electron micrograph depicts a grouping of numerous Gram-negative, anaerobic, Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, the pathogen behind Lyme disease. Credit: CDC/Janice Carr.

     

    What Is Lyme Disease?

     

    Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted primarily by Ixodes ticks, or deer ticks, and black-legged ticks. Over 300,000 patients are diagnosed annually with substantial indications that there are many more patients who have not been diagnosed — identifying and treating this infection is a growing challenge.

     

    Although far less recognized, even the diagnosed cases of Lyme disease outnumber the cases of breast cancer and HIV/AIDS.

     

    So, how do you recognize Lyme disease? That too can be a challenge.

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  • Keep on Track with your Health–Simple Nutrition

     

    Keeping On Track With Your Health- It Really Can Be Simple.      

     

    January, February, March have passed by and we are now moving into April.  So, how is your health?  How are your new year resolutions to improve your Health going?

     

    By this time each year, many have fizzled in their efforts to improve their Health (whether it is to eat healthy, exercise, lose weight or just stay fit).  Healthy nutrition seems to be extremely difficult with convenient (food that is quick and lacks nutritional value) and tempting foods so easily accessible.  Living in Knoxville, with so many eateries, it seems so easy to pick up fast food, or eat at a quick line restaurant or even a sit down restaurants.

     

    At what cost?

     

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  • Seasons of Farragut ~ Clinic

    Balance your body. Balance your life. It’s more than just a couple of phrases. Seasons of Farragut is a wellness center with a refreshingly different approach toward health and wellness. Why the focus on health and wellness these days? At Seasons we believe that wellness is the body’s natural state, and giving your body the support it needs is the key to a vibrant and healthy life.


    Seasons blends state-of-the-art testing and medical knowledge to design an individualized treatment program for each patient. Using saliva, blood and GI tests, actual levels of hormones, vitamins, amino acids, toxins, bacteria, and more can be determined. Identifying and addressing food and chemical sensitivities can dramatically improve complaints of weight gain, fatigue, mood swings, joint pain, headache, IBS and more.

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