Your Genes Are Not Your Destiny
We are not our genes.
What do I mean by this? Yes, it is true, we get our genetic material from our parents. Up until the mid-1990s, this led us to believe that if our father and grandfather had heart disease, there was a high chance that we would wind up with it too. Enter the science of Epigenetics. Dr Bruce Lipton, whom I was lucky enough to learn from at Chiropractic College, is one of the founding fathers of Epigenetics. His research in the early 1990s demonstrated that it is the environment that controlled the behaviour and physiology of the cell. Therefore genes could turn on and be expressed, or turn off and not be expressed. Meaning, we could be genetically vulnerable to heart disease but given the right environment, that gene need never be expressed.
So what do I mean by environment?
The environment includes everything we are exposed to.
- Your mental mind and the things you tell yourself
- SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism)
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Your beliefs, whether they are conscious or subconscious
SNPs – one of the most important pieces of the genetic puzzle
Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs) is a type of genetic variation. In the human genome so far, approximately ten million SNPs have been identified, with each of us having about one million. Most don’t seem to affect us at all. However, some can have a huge impact on our health, both physical and mental health. For example, SNPs in the MTHFR gene.
The primary function of the MTHFR gene is to initiate methylation. Methylation is a very important process in the body that is responsible for brain chemistry, detoxification, cell repair, antioxidant production, immune response, inflammation, energy production and much more.
Therefore an MTHFR gene can express symptoms of anxiety, digestion difficulties, infertility, brain fog, obsessiveness, a hair-trigger temper. These symptoms can progress onto such health conditions as Alzheimer’s, Bipolar, Chronic fatigue, Cancer, Heart Disease, High blood pressure and much more.
It is thought that up to 40% of the population may have the MTHFR variant.
However, before you start to panic, the message here is “Your Genes are not your destiny”.
The work I do to support optimal gene expression.
I became fascinated with understanding SNPs and how they affect our health when I discovered I had the MTHFR gene a few years ago. It was a lightbulb moment for me because the brilliant thing about this piece of information was that I now knew how to support this gene so that my health was not impacted. A dietary change and three bioavailable B vitamins gave me such immediate and wonderful changes in my health. From that day forth, I have been attending conferences, seminars and reading books to better understand how to support my patients to have the best genetic expression they can have.
So, ask me if you would like me to take a further look into your genes and how we can work with your genes to create optimal health.
Some other common SNPs and how they can impact us.
- DAO – Oversenitivities to foods and allergic reactions
- MAOA – Mood swings and carbohydrate cravings
- GST/GPX – Detox dilemmas
- NOS3 – Heart issues
- PEMT – Cell membrane and liver problems
- COMT – Sleeplessness, hard to wind down or weak memory, difficulty maintaining focus