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June 1, 2015
Epigenetics - A Word You Must Learn
Modern genetics was discovered by Mendel in the 1800s. The discovery that traits were inherited through genes put to rest the Lamarckian idea (also held by Darwin) that creatures inherit acquired characteristics.
Prior to Mendel, scientists thought that if you got real smart, or grew big biceps, those traits would be passed on to your children. But when the physical genetic basis of inheritance was discovered, including even finding the presence of genes on a molecule, DNA (1950s), the idea that we could affect in our lifetimes the genetic outcome of our children was set aside.
It has now long been held that changes to somatic cells (those of the body, say a muscle cell), did nothing to influence the sex cells giving rise to offspring. The only way to affect offspring was by changing the genetics (mutations) of the sex cells, the eggs and sperm that are passed on to children.
Well, now that we think that is all settled, along comes epigenetics. In effect, scientists have now found that environmental factors such as food can directly affect the expression of genes. Further, reminiscent of Lamarckism, these changes can be passed on to subsequent generations.
The DNA is not changed, but the way it is expressed is.
Studies have shown that cats fed raw natural foods had robust and healthy offspring down through generations. On the other hand, those fed cooked and compromised diets had deformed and weakened offspring. Epigenetics now explains why this occurred.
So, what we eat and what we feed our pets not only affects us, but can directly affect our progeny and theirs.
It's a perfect example of the consequences of not thinking today as if tomorrow matters.
Choose health well. It is not for you alone that it matters.
Proof of the powerful and safe effectiveness of natural therapies
Brain Function and Astaxanthin
Astaxanthin is a fat-soluble antioxidant produced by the microalgae Haematoccous pluvialis. This antioxidant is what turns flamingos, wild Alaskan salmon, and krill pink. In the microalgae, it serves as a protectant against UV light and lack of nutrition during dry spells. In humans, it is believed to help prevent dementia and Alzheimer's by reducing the accumulation of phospholipid hydroperoxidases (PLOOH) in red blood cells. PLOOH are known to accumulate in cells of people suffering from brain and neurological disease such as dementia. Astaxanthin protects against oxidative stress and boosts proliferation and differentiation of nerve stem cells in the brain. Considered one of the most powerful antioxidants, Astaxanthin is 100 times more effective than vitamin E at scavenging free radicals. It is most easily consumed in capsule form. J Clin Biochem Nutr
Arthritis and Flouride
A recent case study presented a 52-year-old man who had neck immobility and joint pain. He had been brushing his teeth at least 6 times a day with fluoride toothpaste. After following the advice to stop using fluoride toothpaste, his urine fluoride levels gradually declined over 8 months. After following up for 9 years (since initial treatment of using non-fluoride toothpaste), there was a decrease in osteosclerosis, and all arthralgias resolved in with 2 years. Fluoride toxicity can lead to osteoscleroris, impaired neck and lumbar mobility and eventual crippling and incapacitation. Risk factors include frequent use of fluoride toothpaste and drinking water with high fluoride concentrations. Creating your own purified water is the best way to prevent such toxicities. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
Aspirin and Cancer Risk
A daily dosage of aspirin for three years reportedly can reduce risk of cancer. However, there is a higher risk of death from stroke, stomach ulcers, and wet macular degeneration. Also, most studies show that it does not reduce the risk of heart attacks. The putative small difference for cancer may not outweigh the potential side effects of daily ingestion of aspirin. The Lancet
Benefits of Coenzyme Q10
For patients with statin-induced myopathy, taking 200 micrograms of coenzyme Q10 daily reduces muscle weakness, cramps, and fatigue by up to 82%. Can J Physiol Pharmacol
CoQ10 also shows promise in helping regenerate facial nerve following trauma.J Craniofac Surg
Serum levels are inversely associated with risk of disabling dementia.Atherosclerosis
Supplementation improves various anthropometric and biochemical variables in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).Arch Med Res
Blood Pressure and Flaxseed-Consuming 30 g of milled flaxseed a day lowers blood pressure. Hypertension
L-Carnitine- Effectively reduces muscle cramps in patients with cirrhosis.Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol
N-acetylcysteine - Improves oocyte and embryo quality in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Reprod Fertil Dev
Alpha-lipoic Acid (ALA) - Influences angiogenesis in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.Diabetes Res Clin Pract
Curcumin - Supplementation may exert anti-depressant effects. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol
Low Vitamin D- Status linked to increased risk of vascular complications in type 2 diabetics.Diabetes Care
"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."
—Mark Twain (1835–1910)
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