Parents & Epigenetics: Health Lives In Your Mind, Not Your Genes
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12 Nov Health Lives In Your Mind, Not In Your Genes: Parents As Genetic Engineers, Part 1


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(A discussion of Bruce Lipton’s “The Biology of Belief” as it relates to families)

Butter is not evil. I bet you’ve heard that. Many things we hold to be true are often disproven by science. So what if I told you that what you learned about genes and DNA in school is totally outdated? Just plain wrong.

Geek alert: I love, love, love thinking about genetics. It is fascinating — and guess what? If you start thinking about genetics, too, what I’m about to teach you will change your life and the health of your kids. And then basically all of the future offspring of your offspring. And that’s a lot of people.

Genetic theory has been updated and the news is gonna rock your world! One of the most exciting things in science today, to me, is the developing field of epigenetics.

Some background: For years, the Powers That Be said your genes dictate your current and future health. The old view is that our DNA is a library of genes and whatever genes you inherit, you express. For example, if you inherit the gene for heart disease, you will express this gene and are highly likely to develop the disease. Thus, your inherited genetic blueprint is static and fixed. The genes direct your health, life and everything. We are at the mercy of our genes.

The new understanding (epigenetics) is that you do have a library of genes, but you have control over their expression. You may inherit the gene for heart disease, but your internal bodily environment can be such that it is either expressed or not. Whether the gene is “on” or “off” is not hardwired, but interactive. And it’s something you can influence.

Epigenetics refers to “above” the genome. The scientific understanding of epigenetics is that genes are responsive to your thoughts and life choices.

The great news for you is that only 1% of all illness is hardwired. 99% can be affected by you and your internal environment.

 

So what is this environment you can control? It’s the chemical soup in your body — including hormones, proteins, endorphins, stress chemicals, growth factors, insulin, and more.

We are essentially skin-covered petri dishes. A human being is a community of 50 trillion cells that bathe in a chemical soup.

And to make it simple, there are two choices to create your internal petri dish. These are trust and fear. These two mindsets create a very different chemical soup surging through your body.

A brain perceiving trust creates a culture medium that grows, develops, has a healthy and controlled immune response, and creates a healthy body.

A fearful brain goes into a stress response and releases stress hormones and inflammatory chemicals, stops cells from growing and results in a contracted body —and disease results.

Bruce Lipton, in his groundbreaking book “The Biology of Belief,” has a chapter named, “Parents as Genetic Engineers.” That’s a fascinating idea, but I wanted more specific instructions: How could I be a genetic engineer for my child? The question became a springboard for my work (and kind of an obsession).

Dr. Lipton states that our minds interpret the world and release the chemistry that controls our behavior and biology to match our perception. (It’s okay if you have to reread that statement — I did, several times.)

After much research and deep thought, I came to a conclusion:

It’s easy-peasy to be a parental genetic engineer: Choose and teach trust in the body’s abilities instead of fear about the body’s failings.

 

Why? ’Cause trust and love create a soup of health, and fear just spoils the soup.

So ask yourself this: Am I the parent who obsesses over the hand sanitizer or the one who lets my kid eat the morsel that drops on the floor?

Are you creating a narrative for your child that gives them the confidence that their body is self-healing and smart, or are you giving them a narrative that their body can’t be trusted and disease is lurking around the corner?

Create the narrative of trust and you’ll change the life and health of your family.

 

Don’t miss how the story turns out! Fill out the form below and you’ll receive Part 2 of this discussion, in which I get specific about how to create a culture of trust in your family.

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9 Comments
  • Teresa Capaldo
    Posted at 20:36h, 12 November Reply

    Outstanding post, Heidi!
    Thought provoking on many levels.
    Cheers!

    • Dr. Heidi Skye
      Posted at 16:33h, 02 December Reply

      Thank you Teresa! I know you are an intentional mom and I appreciate your feedback!

  • Vineet
    Posted at 05:53h, 27 November Reply

    Good to see science is catching up with what yogi’s and mystic said hundreds of year ago. Ayurveda and Kriya Yoga had postulated this ages ago.

    • Dr. Heidi Skye
      Posted at 22:14h, 28 November Reply

      Vineet,

      I agree! It is wonderful that science is now catching up with timeless truths.

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  • Brigid Ward
    Posted at 22:30h, 01 December Reply

    What a beautiful post and so through provoking. I had always grown up knowing my mother’s side of the family had heart disease and high blood pressure and my father’s side dementia. But I haven’t allowed myself to even think for a moment that this was my fate. I use mantras an my belief system that I am healthy and self-healing. My brain is perfect in every way. Thanks for confirming this for me.

  • Dr. Heidi Skye
    Posted at 16:36h, 02 December Reply

    Brigid,
    That is a wonderful example of you influencing the chemistry of your body thought your thoughts and perspective.! Trust brings the body into growth, expansion and increased immunity. Your are creating a new narrative for your children too! Thank you for sharing!

  • Crystal - Pregnancy + Birth Healing Coach
    Posted at 15:12h, 29 August Reply

    Thank you for this post! I used the power of Epigenetics to heal an “incurable” disease before conceiving my daughter: http://prenatalcoach.com/healed-gluten-intolerance-part-2/ She’s now 4 and we are aiming to use this knowledge to optimize her health too <3

    I'm curious to see part two of your write up but I don't think I received it when I signed up for your list (or perhaps it isn't clearly marked as part two and has a different title. I'll reply back to by email to see if I can get it.) Thank you!

    • Dr. Heidi Skye
      Posted at 15:47h, 02 September Reply

      Hi Crystal!

      I loved reading your story and I am so happy you enjoyed the article! It is so important that we as moms share this information and way of being with our children.

      You can find the 2nd part of Parents as Genetic Engineers right here: http://bit.ly/1ZdfIWg

      Warmly,

      Dr. Heidi Skye

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