Most of us were raised to believe that the genes we were born with are our destiny, and that the diseases that “run in the family” are most likely coming for us too. I myself have wrestled with this demon, as I have a strong family history of heart disease and I, now in my 60s, have many of the markers indicating that I should have heart disease as well.
Tag Archive: Epigenetics
For many women pregnancy is not a time of blissful navel-gazing. Almost 1 in 5 women will experience depression during or after pregnancy1. For some, a history of depression or anxiety and associated treatment has left them with questions and confusion when they are planning a pregnancy or find themselves in a fertile bind. Since we have shed so many of the mood-supporting aspects of our ancestral lifestyle – outdoor activity, food derived from it’s natural chain, community, sleep when it’s dark – it can take a lot of work to be well and avoid biochemical pitfalls. What are some of the options?
My Mentor, the brilliant Jeff Bland, the founder of Functional Medicine, talks about Epigenetics.
Most of us were raised to believe that the genes we were born with were our destiny, and that those diseases which “ran in the family” were most likely coming for us too. Well, here’s pretty amazing news: those dreaded diseases may not be gunning for you after all! Contrary to what had been the prevailing wisdom since Darwin’s day, scientists have discovered that we have the power to alter our genetic lot, as well as our children’s and grandchildren’s! In the last few years, scientists who study the molecular mechanisms by which the environment and external conditions influence controls gene behavior have found that the blueprints encoded in our genes are not set in stone from birth. They’ve established that factors such as lifestyle and diet can heavily influence what roughly 98% of our genes do, how they behave and how they express themselves.