Epigenetics – Dr. Nick Delgado with Dr. Jeffrey Bland

Epigenetics – Dr. Nick Delgado with Dr. Jeffrey Bland

Nick: Dr. Jeffrey Bland, the head of Personalized
Lifestyle Medicine Institute. And I got to tell you, I’ve heard you speak,
and I am just so impressed in understanding the biochemical pathways, nutrition. You just hang on every word. You have a way of expressing yourself. So let our audience know. What is novel? What is the latest project you’re looking
at and working on? I always like to hear and my audience loves
to hear what it is that you’re thinking about. Jeffrey: Well, I think the big breakthrough
this century actually is this concept that our genes are not our destiny. We used to think that our genetic inheritance
that we got from our mother and our father kind of hardwired us. If we got the genes for heart disease or cancer
or diabetes or arthritis or bad day-ism or whatever it might be, that our parents really
gave us that legacy. And I think that concept now in the 21st Century
has been shown to be wrong. Now, why is it wrong? It doesn’t mean genetics are not still prevalent. But what it’s really saying is that our genes
represent our book of life. There are 23 chapters in our book of life. Those are our chromosomes. Half of the information in those chapters
are written by our biological mother, the other by our biological father. In each of those chapters are hundreds, if
not, thousands of stories. So stories are our genes. And they’re not all read all at the same time. If they would be, we’d be a mess. Only certain stories are read out of our book
of life at certain times. Now, what is it that determines what stories
are being read? Are we reading our bliss genes which are genes
of good health or we reading our Greek tragedy genes which are the genes of disease? And what determines that is how we’re living,
how we eat, how we think, how we act, who we interact with, our exercise and activity
patterns, the environmental pollution. All of these factors that interrelate through
us then signal to our genes how they’re going to be expressed, meaning how we’re going to
read our book of life. So if we want to read our book of life as
a love story, a karmic, exciting, blissful story we want to turn on our bliss genes. If we want to have an alarm response, we want
to then have chronic inflammation and pain, then there are things that will turn on our
disease genes. And this degree of understanding that we are
much more in control of our health than we previously understood is a huge empowering
concept. It’s the 21st Century freedom from disease
because now we can personalize our specific things be it diet, exercise, lifestyle, and
we can maximize the reading of our book of life as an incredible adventure story. Nick: So the biology belief, there’s a book
about it, and that was also one of the areas where they explore this whole idea because
I remember the author is talking about he used electron microscope and he was looking
and teaching medical students. And they were all thinking about genetics. And then they started talking about epigenetics
and its influence. Profound, isn’t it? Jeffrey: It’s unbelievable. It’s a frame-shifting concept. I wrote this book called The Disease Delusion. And there is not a delusion that we have disease. The delusion is where those diseases have
come from because a lot of people feel that, “Oh, I was inevitably going to get them because
my father had heart disease or my mother had diabetes.” But now what we’re saying is if you have those
genetic factors of susceptibility by turning off those genes and turning on your health
genes by doing the right things that are personalized to your need, boom, no diabetes, no heart
disease, regression of problems that might be plaguing you, getting rid of pain, low
energy, fatigue, it’s just amazing the kinds of reversions of bad health to good health
that can happen by empowering our genes to be saying the right message.

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