What You Don't Know About Epigenetics Might Hurt You

For many of us, we have learned that if you have a specific gene, you will be affected by what that gene does to you.

For others of us, we have learned that if you have a specific gene, you might be affected by what that gene can do to you.

A relatively new understanding of genes is being called Epigenetics. It is about how a gene expresses itself within the organism. It is about how genes have on-off switches, so that the expression of a gene's capability can be turned on or off.

This idea is becoming the accepted understanding among genetic scientists, but many other folks are having difficulty changing their beliefs about genes and how they affect us. So, they might go through radical surgery, simply because they have a specific gene associated with a specific breast cancer.

What Turns On or Off Those Gene Expressions?

Those switches can be affected by certain targeting pharmaceuticals, which have been designed to switch on or off the switches of certain specific genes. This is an exciting new aspect of therapeutic intervention for some specific illnesses and chronic conditions.

Bio-engineering firms are quite excited about what can be done in their labs to create new interventions to old or unsolved medical conditions by developing very precisely targeted Epigenetic interventions.

What Flips These Switches Naturally?

These switches get flipped by environmental factors. Many folks have an intolerance or allergic reaction to some specific food, such as milk or shrimp or peanuts. And in contact with these things, those folks with reactions to those things get sick.

But, for many years, for many folks, the medical community could not get a handle on what was happening. For instance, Chronic Fatigue occurs as a person's reaction to certain environmental factors. And, for instance, Asthma occurs as a person's reaction to certain environmental factors. And of course, some people react to those factors and other folks don't. But, the medical folks could not get a handle on what 'things' were causing Chronic Fatigue.

Each person's own particular genetic makeup is unique. Each person's reactions to environmental factors is unique. Trying to find the exact cause of a class of chronic health problems has been hampered by investigating the properties of those things being reacted to or not being reacted to. It has become much more fruitful to start examining how the specific person with chronic health problems is reacting to their environment. Much success has been found by tailoring interventions (removing certain environmental factors, for instance) to that person's specific makeup.

What Is Your Environmental Reaction Profile?

If you have a chronic health problem, without a medical solution, you can often solve that problem by avoiding all those things to which your body reacts badly. Folks who do this are finding their own personal road-map to health and wellness by simply avoiding those things that their body is reacting to.

This can be for a wide range of chronic health problems, but mostly this works where the person's immune system is reacting to environmental stuff. And, success comes for finding the specific environmental reaction profile and avoiding all the things on that person's list.

There are blood tests you can take. Or, you can can go through sensitivity and intolerance testing. Some folks will even try to find out what they are reacting to via an elimination diet.

But, what is being found is that you need to test not just your foods. You need to test your reactions to everything you breath, touch or ingest. So, as you select a testing method, choose wisely. Find a testing process which covers everything in your environment. And then get busy. Eliminate everything your profile shows you are reacting to.

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