Imagine the excitement throughout the scientific community when the human genome was cracked. Scientists believed they had found the answer to everything that makes us human. You can imagine the disappointment when they subsequently realised that our genes only comprise a very tiny component of who we really are. I am very excited to share well researched scientific evidence which supports the fact that we are what we believe and that our perception of life determines our experiences. Dr Bruce Lipton in his book The Biology of Belief outlines research dating back as early as the late 19th Century. Dr Lipton takes his reader through an easy-to-understand journey which explains that our genes do not determine our health.
You are not a victim of your genes
This concept is quite contrary to what the media will have you believe. Our body is made up of trillions of cells. A cell’s life is fundamentally controlled by the physical and energetic environment with only a small contribution by its genes. In other words, only about 5% of cancer and cardiovascular patients can attribute their disease directly to heredity. Further, 95% of breast cancers are not due to inherited genes. The malignancies in many cancer patients are caused by environmentally induced epigenetic alterations and not defective genes. In 2008, Dean Ornish, scientist and physician revealed that just by ‘changing diet and lifestyle for 90 days, prostate cancer patients switched the activity of over 500 genes’ resulting in cessation of tumour growth.
Dr Ryke Geerd Hamer spent decades documenting the direct relationship between emotional traumas and the physical location and type of disease that developed. Examples included specific cancers, adenocarcinoma of the liver and the many different types of breast cancer. Dr Hamer’s concepts called “New Medicine” have been integrated into this clinic.
“Genes cannot turn themselves on or off – something in the environment has to trigger gene activity.” I have previously written about epigenetics: The study of how our lifestyle, environment, diet, emotions and beliefs impact our health. In 2003 a scientific paper reported on how parental life experiences shape their children’s genetic character. Diet and lifestyle, in particular in the years preceding conception, and as well as during pregnancy, all play a major role in the health of the child. In other words, epigenetic modifications are passed on to future generations.
The Environment is everything
Another revolutionary discovery involves stem cells. Whether these are obtained from a person’s own body or from embryonic tissue, the end result will be similar. In 1967, research using stem cells clearly identified that the ultimate health of any transplanted healthy stem cell will be determined by the environment into which it is implanted. That is, if cells are “ailing, you look first to the cell’s environment, not to the cell itself, for the cause.” Put simply, if there is a part of your body which is ailing, replacing damaged tissue with stem cells, won’t provide long term relief. You must recognise and correct the underlying environmental imbalance (such as tissue nutrient levels, toxins, pH to name a few factors).
We are all connected
We as human being tend to consider ourselves as superior and able to control our environment. Rampant use of antibiotics, genetic modification of crops, excessive use of chemical pesticides and herbicides, all directly impact on our own health. Dr Lipton explains that the Earth and all of its species constitute one interactive living organism. As such, all living matter shares genetic information acquired via ‘learned’ experiences from other organisms. When humans ingest genetically modified foods, the artificially created genes transfer into and alter a myriad of processes in our body.
Therefore, it can be said that “we are not victims of our genes, but masters of our fates, able to create lives overflowing with peace, happiness and love.”
For those of you who would like to read Dr Bruce Lipton’s Book – it is called The Biology of Belief, ISBN 978-1-4019-2312-9