Flawed Genes’ Cause Less than 1% of All Diseases

11 Sep

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Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer may very well “run in the  family”—meaning it’s a trend within your immediate ancestry—but our growing urge  to call something inherited is not doing anyone any good. You see, the health  concerns we often blame on our parents (or grandparents) are usually within our  control. As a matter of fact, it’s estimated that less than 1% of all  diseases are caused by flawed genes.

The Human Genome Project, which effectively “mapped” the human genetic code,  was completed in 2003. And in that project, scientists learned they were wrong  about some things. One of those things was the number of genes in the human DNA.  While they expected several hundred thousand—one gene for every protein, in  essence—they found only 20,000 to 25,000.

As GreenMedInfo.com aptly explains:

There are not even enough genes in the human body to account for the  existence of the basic protein building blocks that make it possible, much less  explain the behavior of these proteins in health and disease states!

The “blueprint” model of genetics: one gene -> one protein -> one  cellular behavior, which was once the holy grail of biology, has now been  supplanted by a model of the cell where epigenetic factors (literally: “beyond  the control of the gene”) are primary in determining how DNA will be  interpreted, translated and expressed. A single gene can be used by the cell to  express a multitude of proteins and it is not the DNA itself that determines how  or what genes will be expressed.

It’s also important to consider that many foods or activities could also  spark an alteration in DNA. For example, some GMO wheat has been shown  to silence human genes, potentially leading to an early death. And  on the other end, exercise could powerfully change  your DNA in just minutes.

So what does this mean for disease and health? That a number of factors  contribute to how a gene will be expressed, or if it will. Among these  factors, many are within our control. Our environment, what we eat, breathe, and  come in contact with will all determine our eventual health and disease.

For example, cystic fibrosis (CF), a “genetic” disease, is caused by the  defective expression of a particular gene—known as the Cystic Fibrosis  Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR). The defective expression, scientists  have learned, can be “triggered” by nutritional deficiencies. Further, this  particular gene has been shown in the lab to experience partial or even full  correction when exposed to the beneficial compounds known as phytochemicals in  cayenne, soybean, and turmeric!

Accepting responsibility for disease existence can lead to prevention. What I  mean is that when you recognize your own active role in the health of your body,  you embrace the power to change it. We can no longer blame our “genes” for what  ails us. Armed with this knowledge, what will you do about it?

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/still-blaming-your-genes-for-your-health-think-again/#ixzz2eXbjE7Ev Follow us: @naturalsociety on Twitter | NaturalSociety on Facebook

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