The Science Of Epigenetics – How Our Minds Can Reprogram Our Genes

By Konstantin Eriksen

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

How much control do we have over our own lives? Are we really controlled by our genes, trapped in our own selfishness, like some modern authors want us to believe? Just how much power do we have to shape our lives and those of others?

Contrary to what many people are being led to believe, a lot of the emphasis placed on genes determining human behaviour is nothing but theory and doctrine. The “selfish gene” model is an assumption, it is not a scientific fact.

What Is The Central Dogma?

The central dogma is the doctrine that information in our cells flows only in one direction – from DNA to RNA to proteins. Simply put, it is a dogmatic belief in absolute determinism.

Let’s take a quick look at its history. Back in 1990, a huge, international research program began – the human genome project. Its stated goals were to map out all human genes and their interactions using computer software and then to convert that knowledge into (profitable) “benefits” for mankind, such as finding cures for the most horrible diseases.

They sure made it sound good and they spent a lot of taxpayers’ money on it, but was the whole project used for good? Personally, I don’t think so.

In essence, what the central dogma says is that since it is proteins that carry out the essential life-processes inside our cells, and their functions can only do what our genes say (this is what the medical establishment and certain fanatical branches of evolution theory want us to believe), then we humans are nothing more than the calculated, deterministic expression of our genes. We’re little robots whose biology, emotions, health and beliefs are not of our choosing. We’re humatons!

This is the theory that is being taught in medical schools and universities all over the world today. Fortunately for all conscious people, this disempowering belief has been proven to be false.

Is Evolution Deterministic?

Fifty years before the publication of Darwin’s The Origin Of Species, frenchman Jean Baptiste Lamarque postulated that living beings must have an innate perception of their environment in order to evolve, and that they evolve in response to changes in their surroundings. His idea was that genetic mutations are definitely not random. There is an inherent intelligence at play in life that we can’t even begin to understand.

The response of the “scientific community” at the time was not favourable. They ridiculed Lamarque’s theory and eliminated him from the history books, giving Darwin the sole credit for discovering evolution, even though, in reality, Darwin published his book fifty years after Lamarque and his book based a lot of its theory on the work of yet another man, Alfred Russel Wallace, many of whose ideas Darwin copied.

According to Lamarque, there is an interplay of forces between living beings and their environments. According to the Darwinian model, evolution is strictly deterministic and is based on random mutations.

So, who got closer to the truth? Luckily for us, Lamarque was right about at least one thing: cells have consciousness.

The Emerging Science Of Epigenetics

Plenty of highly intelligent biologists have proven beyond a doubt that the determinism of the central dogma is false. Genes do not determine human outcomes – it is our responses to our environment that actually determine the expression of our genes.

This was proven definitively in 1988 by British molecular biologist John Cairns. Cairns took bacteria whose genes did not allow them to produce lactase, the enzyme needed to digest milk sugar, and placed them in petri dishes where the only food present was lactase. Much to his astonishment, within a few days, all of the petri dishes had been colonized by the bacteria and they were eating lactose. The bacterial DNA had changed in response to its environment.

This experiment has been replicated many times and they have not found a better explanation than this obvious fact – that even primitive organisms can evolve consciously.

So, information flows in both directions, from DNA to proteins and from proteins to DNA, contradicting the “central dogma.” Genes can be activated and de-activated by signals from the environment. The consciousness of the cell is inside the cell’s membrane. Each and every cell in our bodies has a type of consciousness. Genes change their expression depending on what is happening outside our cells and even outside our bodies.

What Does This Mean For Us?

We are free to make decisions that impact our lives and those of others. We are not robots carrying out the commands our genes. Our beliefs can change our biology. We have the power to heal ourselves, increase our feelings of self-worth and improve our emotional state. Every aspect of our lives can be improved with the right intention.

The worst thing we can do as thinking and feeling people is to get cut off from our deep, positive emotions and let fear and anger take over our lives. When we allow ourselves to be taken over by negativity, we are putting ourselves in a mental-biological state of fear akin to the fight or flight response.

In order to grow positively as human beings, we need to express positive emotions such as love, affection, joy and a will to conquer ourselves and our own lives. When we change our beliefs, we change our emotional states. When that happens, we change our lives.

First we have to believe. Only then do we give ourselves the opportunity to achieve.

Bruce Lipton: The Power of Consciousness

Interview by Iain McNay

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About the Author

Konstantin Eriksen is a former stock-trader, long-time natural health researcher and neigong enthusiast. After quiting his job, he studied biochemistry and got into natural health and the internal martial arts. You can connect with Konstantin or see more of his work at the Life Sucks self-improvement blog.

 


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    As pe Isaiah, the lion will eat straw like the ox.

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    “The worst thing we can do as thinking and feeling people is to get cut off from our deep, positive emotions and let fear and anger take over our lives. When we allow ourselves to be taken over by negativity, we are putting ourselves in a mental-biological state of fear akin to the fight or flight response.”
    And, that is one of the primary purposes of mass media, and possible popular cult-ure! Be aware- be very aware!

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    Glad to see people becoming more aware of the many ways that ConsCiousn

  • Jörg

    This is truly amazing. Scientifically proven: Think yourself healthy. Now i know i am on the right track (www.laughteryoga.org)! You could say (since laughter produces happiness):
    Laugh Yourself Healthy :o)))) LOL

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    This is the most exciting and hopeful bit of science I’ve read since neuroplasticity– together with epigentics it’s liberating to know that science backs up notion that we can take control of our lives and change. And it also finally removes excuses and justifications for the bad (criminal) choices people make. Would like to see this as a foundation for more intensive “change therapy” in addition to CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy).

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    Refering to British molecular biologist John Cairns experiment in 1988, the writer explains that genetic information flows in both directions, from DNA to proteins and from proteins to DNA, and contrary to central dogma Genes can be activated and de-activated by signals from the environment. Genes change their expression depending on what is happening outside our cells and even outside our bodies. We are free to make decisions that impact our lives and those of others. We are not robots carrying out the commands of our genes. Our beliefs can change our biology. We have the power to heal ourselves, That straightaway proves we are not controlled by our genes, Simply put it is a contradiction of absolute determinism.

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    An interesting article, but it never ceases to amaze me how science is always so behind in proving what we already know in our hearts and minds. How long have we known that positivity is the way to wellbeing….always and longer :)

    • http://Website Xavuer

      At once, it is consistently (and persistently reassuring) that science generally (but rigorously) proves such well founded intuition; let’s be honest…

      99% OF SCIENCE IS PRODUCING THE EVIDENCE

      There is plenty of room for well composed theoretical suggestion such as the ones you claim to know by proxy of being born. In this day and age, they will not earn you separate publications as during the life of Einstein (and before), but such pursuits are enjoyable and worth investigating if you find that those question tickled your brain in a most satisfactorily way.

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    Every word in this piece of work is very clear and your passion for this topic shines. Please continue your work in this area and I hope to see more from you in the future.

  • http://Website Jake

    food is chemicals like everything else so what we come into contact with on a day to day basis, good or bad, will change how our genes our expressed. that is the main idea behind epigenetics. Its not a consciousness act by the cell in the same way chemical damage change to genes by smoking is not a conscious decision by the cell to develop into tumors. I think the author is taking advantage of people ignorance of science here by drawing conclusions that are not there

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    Really nicely written piece. I agree wholeheartedly.

  • http://Website Nitpicker

    “… placed them in petri dishes where the only food present was lactase. Much to his astonishment, within a few days, all of the petri dishes had been colonized by the bacteria and they were eating lactose.”

    Wow, that’s amazing, they started metabolizing lactOse when all there was in the petri dishes was lactAse…