Epigenetics

Did you know there are over 1,000,000 different “switches” on your DNA? Switches that determine whether your body can fight off cancer or whether you will be vulnerable to it? Switches that help you feel joy and enthusiasm or pessimism and depression?

Did you know these genetic “switches” can be turned on and off? And that they are turned on or off via your environment? And that environment can trigger either good things or bad things?

That’s epigenetics. Where it’s not either the genes you were born with or the environment you were raised in but rather it’s both nature and nurture.

Environment is not as simple as being born in the country or in the city. It’s much much more. The environment is work stress, family dynamics, whether you use plastics in the microwave or shampoos filled with toxic ingredients, the water you drink (or soda), the air you breathe in your own home, etc.

I did an entire series in 2017 in the first blog of each month on detoxing to enhance your life. If you want to see how vitally important this is to your health and the health of your loved ones, then peruse the book Dirty Genes … it’s totally eye opening, especially if you have a family history of heart disease, depression, diabetes, autoimmune issues, and more.

What you will learn:

  • Diet and Exercise matter.
  • There are certain supplements that help.
  • Filter your water.
  • Get an air purifying system for your home.
  • Use only natural personal care products.
  • Plus more.

In 2017 I encouraged everyone to stop using synthetic artificial scents in your home and switch to quality essential oils and diffusers, to avoid chemicals while house cleaning and switch to Norwex products and make your own essential oil blend cleansers. To detox those trapped emotions that create stress triggers.

It’s never too late to turn around chronic pain, cancer, fatigue, brain fog, sleep problems, or autoimmune diseases. Your genes can help you or they can hurt you. It’s all about epigenetics.

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Here’s some tidbits from “Dirty Genes:”

For a solution to work, it has to address the whole problem. If you only do one part, you can create a bigger overall problem or worse.

Pain and discomfort drive change. (And that can be good.)

Your genes impact and are impacted by homocysteine levels (want 7 or lower on blood test) and methylation (a desirable process) and thus certain SNP’s (i.e. dirty genes) can create cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, cancer, depression, anxiety, infertility and more.

Stress is one of the most powerful biochemical reactions your body knows. Stress can activate SNP’s (pronounced snips), empowering dirty genes to cause harm.

Managing stress is one of the best things you can do for your genes, your health, and yourself.

When you’re calm, your genes work one way and when you are stressed, they work another way. That’s why stress reduction is number one on your list to practice.

 

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Month Five, Living a Natural Life

At the beginning of each month, for this entire year, I’m blogging about simple ways I’ve incorporated into living a toxin free life (as much as possible). It’s daunting … where to start … why start at all … and why are there so many “trusted” products still being sold that are actually unhealthy for people???

Where to start? With one simple change each month that you can easily maintain.

Why start? Toxins shorten our life and impact the quality of our life. If you want to avoid pain, help your body fight cancer before it even starts, and have energy to enjoy life, then avoiding toxin buildup is a must. Your body has the natural ability to detox if it’s not overloaded. Small toxins here and there add up to an overwhelming toxic load and the resulting health problems. It’s often not just one thing, but rather the combination of mercury fillings, roundup, lawn fertilizers, bug spray, synthetic room air fresheners, etc. Start changing your exposure to the toxins that are under your control and you can change your life!

“Trusted” products are sold because people buy them. The more people understand toxic load, then less unhealthy products will be purchased. Awareness comes first, then action.

Have you started yet?  Here’s a review of the first four months of this year …

January, Month One, Living the Natural Life – Switch to a Natural Deodorant without Aluminum (doTerra, Schmidts)

February, Month Two, Living the Natural Life – Switch to a Natural Shampoo, Soap, and Lotion without endocrine disruptors (doTerra, Arbonne, POSH, etc.)

March, Month Three, Living the Natural Life – Switch to Natural Pain Relief with Essential Oils (doTerra’s Deep Blue Rub, a natural capsaicin cream, Peppermint for Headaches, or a Blend of Juniper Berry and Black Pepper for nerve pain)

April, Month Four, Living the Natural Life – Switch to a Natural Toothpaste and avoid the dangers of toxic fluoride

It’s May and Spring is in full flower. Spring has always been associated with spring cleaning for me, so let’s looks at limiting our exposure to toxic cleansers. First, take inventory of what cleaners you currently have in the house and then go to the EWG Guide, type in the name of your cleaning product in the search bar and see what rating those cleaning products have. Look up common products you may want to switch to. If you’re not finding good alternatives, then make your own. Really, it’s not hard. Buy a 15ml bottle of a quality LEMON essential oil … you don’t want pesticides or heavy metals found in cheap EO’s (trusted brands are doTerra for $13.33 or Young Living).

Here’s a recipe for a grease cutting all-purpose cleaning (counters, toilets, sinks, walls, and window spray):

Use a 1 or 2 (recycling code on bottom) plastic spray bottle

Add 1 cup water, 1 cup white vinegar, and 30 drops of Lemon Essential Oil. Shake well before each use.

Here’s some more ideas for your cleaning routine HERE and HERE.

I challenge you this month to make over your Spring cleaning and take the next step to supporting your body with a toxin free lifestyle!

Clean ‘In’vironment

Sunrise in April 2017

Each month I’ve shared a simple way I’ve worked on personal self-care by decreasing the toxic load on my body … a type of cleaning up the ‘in’vironment. Have you tried making any switches yet?

January – Natural Deodorant (doTerra, Schmidts)

February – Natural Shampoo, Soaps, and Lotions (doTerra, Arbonne, POSH, etc.)

March – Natural Pain Relief with Essential Oils (Deep Blue Rub, Peppermint, Blend of Juniper Berry and Black Pepper)

Since I just went to the Dentist last week, it reminded me that I now only use a fluoride-free toothpaste and am slowly working on getting my mercury amalgams replaced with the non-mercury fillings.

For April, I’ll ask you to consider the dangers of fluoride. Did you know fluoride is toxic to the human body? “Fluoride is a highly toxic substance. … In terms of acute toxicity (i.e., the dose that can cause immediate toxic consequences), fluoride is more toxic than lead, but slightly less toxic than arsenic. This is why fluoride has long been used in rodenticides and pesticides to kill pests like rats and insects.” Resource Link Here. Others have written even more on what body systems are affected … check out 9 Shocking Dangers of Fluoride Exposure.

I drink well water, so I’m not worried about fluoride additives in my drinking water but I did grow up with fluoride toothpaste and fluoride dental treatments. Did you know the FDA has required a warning for toothpaste that contains fluoride? Here’s a New York Times article on that.

Do you need any more convincing to switch out to a non-fluoride toothpaste? The simple switch for April is to begin using a natural toothpaste that doesn’t contain fluoride … you can simply use baking soda if you want but I love the whitening ability of doTerra’s natural toothpaste. You may have noticed I use a lot of doTerra’s pure and natural essential oil based products for the simple switches I’ve made but you can dig around and find many others out there! Taking care of the ‘in’vironment is getting more and more popular, come and join in!

Expecting Stress

Chronic Pain

Trigmeninal Neuralgia

Triggered by Dental Appointments

Scheduled Today

Prepare

Relax in the Hot Tub, Use the Relaxing Essential Oils*, Make Sure There is No Time Rush

Breathe

Share My Concerns Politely With the Staff

Pain, Needle, Numb, Loudly Drilling, Pressure, Gripping the Armrest, Done

Home

Crawl in Bed to Nap off the Numbness

Pain, Pain, Pain

Use the Pain Relief Essential Oils**, Take a Motrin, Tap on the Acupressure Points

Slow Relief

Take Zeolite AV to detox from the side-effects of removal of a mercury amalgam

Out of Bed, Reconnect with Nature, Walk, Get the Dog Out, Pet the Horses

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I expected today to be a stressful day but I didn’t set myself up to be stressed out. I set the day up to be successful. I have the self-awareness to know how my body reacts and I have tools to use to handle stress before the event and afterwards. I respected my limits and I took care of myself.  No shame, no guilt. I have befriended myself and that’s what friends do for a friend, they help them get through a tough time. I was expecting stress and it has passed.

*The relaxing essential oil blend I make includes Frankincense, Lavender, and Vetiver

**The pain relieving essential oil blend I make includes Juniper Berry, Black Pepper, and Copaiba

Straw and Stress

Straw

I’ve been doing a lot of exchanges the past few years. You can reduce the toxic load in your body by removing toxins that are already there and you can also remove future occurrences  of toxins i.e. exchanges.

I want to give my hormonal system and my immune system a fighting chance for health, so I’ve exchanged synthetics for naturals – i.e. cheap shampoos filled with endocrine disruptors (parabens) for natural shampoos, heavy-metal aluminum laced anti-perspirants for deodorants with healing essential oils, fluoride toothpaste with non-fluoride toothpaste, artificial room fresheners and perfumes (linked to asthma and cancer) with natural scents.  I’m using Norwex silver embedded cloths to clean with water vs. chemicals.

The hidden toxins around us are much more than cigarette smoke and they build up and add stress to our immune system until the proverbial straw breaks your back and you become “suddenly” ill. All the straws are to blame, not just one of them.

If you haven’t heard of epigenetics, it’s the new way of looking at DNA. Our genetics, the physical DNA we inherited includes our eye color, skin tone, and so much more. You’ve heard of cancer genes, how cancer can be inherited? Cancer isn’t like your eye color, which expresses itself at your birth. The cancer gene is based in epigenetics i.e. it takes an external factor to make the gene activate.

Gate

Epigenetics is the study of how a gene turns on and turns off. It’s like a gate – the gate is on the gene and can be open or closed. For cancer, it can keep the cancer enclosed and not let it out or the gene gate can open and let the cancer out.

What opens the gene gate? Stress. Physical, social, emotional, environmental, and mental stress can open and close the gene gates and impact your health on a DNA level. That’s a pretty strong reason to want to detox. Like building up straw upon straw until there is an overburdening load, a little toxin here and a little toxin there will build up and add unneeded stress to your body.

Sometimes, even when we’re supporting our body, epigenetics happens, kind of like “sh.t happens.” It happened to me. I have the genetics for high blood pressure. My dad has it and his sister died from a brain aneurysm from untreated high blood pressure. My blood pressure had been fine for most of my life until the time around my diagnosis with Trigeminal Neuralgia … the pain caused my blood pressure to skyrocket. As the pain became under control, my blood pressure remained high, the epigenetic gate was opened.

I’ve been managing my blood pressure with a herb … I highly value natural health and being medication free. I was on Rauwolfia the past 3 years and it helped until more unavoidable stress piled up. My father’s memory is failing and it’s so sad to watch, in the past year I retired from work that for over 20 years defined my life, and I entered menopause.

Those straws were just too much. My blood pressure rose no matter how much I managed stress and used positive self-talk. I finally had to go on a prescription blood pressure medication. I can’t change the genes I inherited but I’m hoping one day I’ll find the key to closing the epigenetic gate and lower my blood pressure naturally again. I want to heal my body on that most basic DNA level and not simply treat a symptom. But for now, I’ll have to do both.

The straw that broke the camels back. The camels back has to have time to heal and the straws need to be removed one by one.