DNA Does Not Spell Destiny
Although if you listen to some geneticists and doctors they will try to convince you that you have little control over your future in terms of illness. The great, late Richard Feyman (photo) once said when he was describing science, we make a guess at what some cause and outcome might be but then we have to test it using evidence, and if the evidence does not support it then it is simply wrong. Feyman was probably the greatest communicator of science ever, he had a remarkable ability to explain very complex matters in simple terms, something that seems to be missing in most scientists.
So far the evidence has not supported the geneticists theory of disease, but in fact the evidence has leant firmly in favour of the epigenetics theory.
Epigenetics provides a lot of answers to complex questions including Lamarckian inheritance see https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-is-epigenetics-13877. In Lamarckian inheritance we can learn from our environment and pass it on genetically but the Darwinian theory doesn’t allow much room for this.
Epigenetic’s plays a regulatory role in plant genetics as well through suppression or activation of genes, in human disease we are interested in the methyl group attachment to genes.
Genes can be activated or suppressed by certain behaviours that can lead to long healthy lives or disease, smoking, diet and activity are good examples. The biggest killers of humans are these three things 1. What we eat ( how much, the composition and how often)
2. Recreational habits – smoking and drugs being the worst. Alcohol consumption is increasing particularly amongst women so this is an increasing health problem.
3. Activity – I will emphasise that you do not need to join a gym to get enough activity but there is nothing wrong with doing so. Walking, gardening or other recreational forms of work around the house can do the same thing and a whole lot cheaper. Fifty years ago no-one went to a gym for fitness, only serious sportsmen like weightlifters,wrestlers or boxers, not to be confused with boxercise went there to train, before boxing rings, boxing gloves and medicine balls were replaced by leotards, mirrors and supplements.
Almost everyone worked hard in some manual form to get and stay fit. Nerds were still using slide rulers and waiting for calculators to be invented.
Everything necessary to achieve great health is still available in simple forms at low cost we have just forgotten where to look.
We impact on our genes rather than them impacting on us, it is not DNA but our behaviours that bring about our demise.
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