Genetic variations help to explain individual differences, including a person's ability to manufacture and assimilate key nutrients, their physical traits as well as their susceptibility to particular diseases. Traditionally, it was thought that the characteristics of an organism was pre-programmed in the DNA, hence the concept of “genetic determinism.” In other words, humans were considered to be the victim of their heredity. Current research in the field of Epigenetics proves that we can change our genetic expression, which means that the fate of our health is not written in stone.
The new science of Epigenetics studies how factors “beyond” the gene influence genetic expression. Factors such as environmental toxicity, pharmaceutical drugs, diet, lifestyle, stress, ancestral history, as well as, emotional and physical trauma all play significant roles in modifying genetic expression. The DNA is the blueprint to make proteins - but it is controlled by Epigenetic signals that mediate which genes will turn on or off.
Perhaps of even greater significance, is the study of how our perceptions influence genetic expression. In other words, how you perceive the world determines which genes are going to be turned on/off, modifying the read out to manufacture the proteins that are most adaptable to your perception of the environment.
Current data suggests that only 5% of all diseases may be caused by inborn errors in the genetic code, while 95% of all diseases is likely the result of Epigenetic factors.
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