Jasmin came to me very concerned because of the high levels of mental health issues in her family and was wondering what she could do about it.
What happened in your ancestors lives that might be affecting your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellness today?
Think about it, we each have 2 biological parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great-grandparents, 16 great-great-grandparents and 32 great-great-greats! These 62 lives in particular, the 5 generations that come immediately before you, and their experiences, have affected to your genetic expression.
That means that the lifestyle choices and experiences of your ancestors, such as their social interactions, exercise, financial status, toxin exposure, psychological state, or diet, create tags or markers on your DNA which affects how your genes function.
Some of these locks or markers will turn your genes ‘on’ or ‘off’.
Other markers determine whether a gene can be properly ‘read’ when the cell is making a copy of its self. If it can’t be read properly, the new cell will not be healthy and may develop into cancer or other diseases.
These locks are not nature being cruel, its one more way for your ancestors to help prepare you for the circumstances you will be born into.
For example, during the 2nd World War, supplies were cut off to the Netherlands which created a famine. The babies born at this time were very skinny.
Researchers now know that the famine experience created an epigenetic locks on the gene IGF2, which turned down their metabolism in response to not having enough to eat. The mothers then were able to pass this information on to their babies to help them ‘hit the ground running’ so to speak, through the epigenetic locks on the DNA they passed on.
However, after these infants were born, the famine was over and they had access to normal amounts of healthy food but the epigenetic locks remained in place, suppressing their metabolisms for the rest of their lives.
Those babies are now in their 70’s and depending on whether the famine affected them in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd trimester, they have experienced either much higher levels of obesity, schizophrenia or are highly prone to cardiovascular disease.
During the 1990’s as the human genome was mapped, it was believed that the cure for all disease would be solved by understanding the DNA. We know differently now. It is the epigenetic locks that control the genes and therefore our health.
For example, the National Cancer Institute states that genetics plays only a 5 – 10 % role in developing breast cancer, meaning 90-95% of factors leading to breast cancer are epigenetic. And this is why I work with epigenetic factors with all my clients!
Dr. Laura Stuve, who did her doctorate while working on the Humane Genome Project, now says “Epigenetics is one of the top areas for healthcare research today and is THE primary contributing factor in disease”, whether cancer, diabetes, obesity, metabolism, hormonal imbalances, autoimmune disfunction and all disease.
If you are wondering how epigenetic locks or markers might be affecting your life, sign up for a Shelter Yourself Discovery Call today!