What is Epigenetics and why should I care?
There is a new buzz word in the health care arena and it’s called ‘Epigenetics’. In this article we’re going to take a look at what this is all about and how it can be affecting your life right now. In short, Epigenetics looks into the chemical tags that are attached to the end of specific DNA sequences on one or more genes. The tags act as a switch that activates or suppresses gene expression over time and are influenced by the outside environment, such as: who you associate with, the amount of sleep you get, how much you exercise, where you live, and many more. Each of us have a predisposition for or against health/disease but it is how we live or our lifestyle that turns the genetic switches on or off.
Eighty-five percent of our healthcare system is from chronic disease, ten percent is acute (occurring suddenly) and two to five percent is genetic. A chronic disease is one that occurs over time, consisting of: cancer, obesity, hypertension, cardio vascular disease, and similar diseases; acute is, as mentioned, something that occurs suddenly like: accidents, heart attacks, strokes, and athletic injuries.
So, with this in mind we should ask yourselves some questions.
What is the cause of chronic disease?
Deficiencies and toxins. (Compressed nerves, lacking nutrients, lacking sufficient oxygen)
How do I determine my deficiencies and toxicities?
Test, don’t guess. A spinal x-ray determines nerve deficiency when interpreted by a chiropractor. Specific blood and urine tests looking for toxins and deficiencies at a cellular level will determine the rest.
I highly recommend creating a “War Plan” in order to achieve maximum health (or any other facet of life for that matter: finances, health, relationships, careers, etc…) so that we can plan our work and work our plan. To do this we must outline on a daily basis what needs to be done in order to achieve your desired outcome….enhanced health.
The 5 Fundamentals
The 5 fundamentals were created as a guide based on the definition of chronic disease to help you achieve your desired outcomes while addressing the cause instead of the symptom. Most Americans will look to healthy food and exercise while staying away from toxins like smoking as the indicator of a “healthy lifestyle”. This is an imperative step but Epigenetics proves that it is only the very beginning. There is much more organization left to include Mindset & Nervous System. Your thoughts create your reality so love yourself and be kind at every opportunity. Your brain controls every cell in your body so remove the interference between the brain and the cells, this is what a Chiropractor does. Treat food as nutrients and consume high grade food for your high grade machine. Lastly, avoid sugars, processed foods, unfiltered water, medications, smoking and any other contaminant in your environment.
This is a quick summarization of Epigenetics and how it can apply to your lifestyle and to chiropractic care. Review our web site for upcoming seminars and educational pieces.
To learn more about how to take control of your health and life, and how epigenetics plays an essential role, join us on January 21 at the office for Optimized Life 2017 — Create Your Best Year Ever.
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