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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Wellness Knows no Age Limits

 

It’s never too late to turn your health around. Just ask DW, who completely transformed his health and his life at the age of 69 with a set of diet, exercise and lifestyle changes that increased muscle mass, reduced fat and boosted his metabolic rate by more than 200 points. Here’s how he did it — and proved that wellness knows no age limits.

 

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Testosterone and sexual dysfunction in men: perception vs. reality

 

Sexual dysfunction begins and ends with Testosterone.  Or does it?

 

Is sexual dysfunction and Testosterone in men evidence-based reality?

 

Or

 

Is this sexual dysfunction and Testosterone in men based on perception without evidence?

 

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What is Wellness Medicine? A life lesson.

 

Life is a story and each story is a lesson to be learned.

 

I recently wrote a new chapter in my story.  This chapter would have been one I would rather not have written.  Despite living a healthy lifestyle (yes, I practice what I preach), I recently developed severe hypertension.  Long story short, I was diagnosed with a Pheochromocytoma—a rare tumor of the adrenal gland which secretes high levels of catecholamines (epinephrine and norepinephrine).  This zebra of a diagnosis causes out of control elevated blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, anxiety…  The only known treatment and cure, whether natural or traditional, is the surgical removal of the tumor.

 

This story taught me a very valuable lesson.  A lesson that can be found in the question: what is wellness medicine?

 

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