Our DNA is not our Destiny

Written on Thursday, August 20, 2015
By Shri K.K. Bajaj - Chairman Bajaj Capital Ltd.

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The new science of Epigenetics, a study of changes in the gene activity, has revealed how the choices you make can change your genes, and those of your children and grandchildren.

Dr. Lars Olove Bygren-along with many other scientists, working for the last 20 years on the DNA project, have given birth to a new science called Epigenetics. The epigenome that sits on the top of the genome, (hence the prefix 'epi' a Greek word which means above) just outside it. It is these 'epigenetic marks' that tell our genes to switch on or off. It is through epigenetic marks that environmental factors like diet, stress and parental nutrition can make an imprint on genes that are passed from one generation to the next.

Epigenetic is the greatest scientific discovery after DNA

More than 50 years have passed since James Watson and Francis Crick first published the 3D structure of the DNA double helix. It consists of three billion individual letters of the genetic alphabet, arranged in a sequence that is unique to each person, which includes approximately 23,000 human genes that determine the production of the proteins, cells and tissues of the body. DNA is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms. Nearly every cell in a person's body has the same DNA. Most DNA is located in the cell nucleus.

Can you change your Genetic traits?

Yes, you can. New Science of Epigenetics says the genetic blueprint, like a complex musical score, remains lifeless without an orchestra of cells (players) and epigenotypes (instruments) to express it. Epigenetics brings both good news and bad.

Bad news first: There is evidence that our life style choices like smoking and eating too much can change the epigenetic marks atop one's DNA in ways that cause the genes for obesity to express themselves too strongly the genes for longevity to express themselves too weakly. We all know that we can cut short our own life if we smoke or over eat, but it is becoming clear that those bad behaviors can also affect our children.

Good news: Our epigenetics mark can be changed by the healthy food we eat, congenial environment we live in and by our positive thoughts.

How our emotions (positive or negative) affect our DNA

In another fascinating study conducted by the Institute of Heart (USA) with regard to the effect of emotions on DNA, human placenta DNA was placed in vials from which they could measure changes in the DNA. Twenty-eight vials of DNA were given to 28 trained researchers who were trained in evoking strong emotions in themselves on demand. Since emotions are “powered” by thoughts and feelings, some tend to think that emotions have their origin and ending in the brain. But emotions are as much in the body as in the mind. Emotions don't merely scratch the surface; they permeate throughout the “life stuff.” When researchers evoked the emotions of gratitude, love and appreciation in them, the DNA strands in the vial unwound thereby increasing the length of the DNA. But, when the researchers evoked the emotions of anger, fear, frustration, or stress in them, the DNA in the vial became shorter and switched off many of the DNA codes.

Effect of words on DNA is the greatest revolutions in medical science

Russian biophysicist and biologist Piotr Gariaev and his colleagues explored the vibrational behavior of DNA, which means the effect of certain frequencies on it. The conclusion is shocking: living chromosomes function just like holographic computers using laser radiation endogenously (growth from deep tissue) generated inside DNA. This has been demonstrated experimentally! The live DNA (from tissues,) is promptly responsive to the modulated laser beam not only through words and sentences, but even to radio waves. Therefore, it is normal and natural for DNA to react to language. In this way science explains why affirmations, training, hypnosis and positive thinking can have such powerful effects on humans.

Our thoughts, feelings and faith can change our DNA

Scientists David Hamilton said “I have found around 500 scientific papers from academic journals which directly talk about the effect that thought, feelings and faith has on body's system”. “There is a whole branch of medicine called psychoneuro-immunology, which studies the effect of thoughts and emotions on our biochemistry. The biochemistry is intimately connected with the DNA, so if these components are affected by thoughts and emotions then our thoughts and emotions, must also affect our DNA.”

Instead of genes controlling our lives, we actually control the genes

One of the predominant men in this field of Epigenetics is Dr. Bruce Lipton. He has worked in the field for a long time and has formulated concrete thoughts about the science of Epigenetics. For many years it was thought that the life of a living organism is governed by its genetic makeup. But the science of Epigenetics actually brings forth the idea that the living organism registers a definite impact of environment on itself. Earlier scientists used to think that genes turn on and off on their own without any direct control of the human body. This means that if a person is born with a certain genetic makeup, he or she is bound to experience certain problems with no control or choice of his or her own in this matter. Epigenetics negates this. Epigenetics says that instead of genes controlling our lives, the reality is the other way round wherein we actually control the genes. 

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