Dr. Scherwitz describes if a woman's genes can be altered through lifestyle changes.
Lifestyle doesn’t necessarily change the genes, but it can change gene expression. For example, in a study published by Dr. Dean Ornish and colleagues recently in the proceedings of the National Academy of Science is, they showed that prostate cancer patients who are on a comprehensive lifestyle change of diet, exercise, stress management and social support, change the expression of over 500 genes, some of them reducing the risk that were related to oncogenes or cancer, and some of them that were related to reduced risk of cancer.
So it’s a marvelous finding that lifestyle changes can change the expression of genes, so and if we have what we call bad genes, we can change the way they affect our bodies with lifestyle changes.
About Dr. Scherwitz, Ph.D.:
Larry W. Scherwitz, PhD, is a leader in the field of behavioral medicine research with 25 years experience in developing and testing approaches to managing chronic disease with lifestyle changes. Dr. Scherwitz has been on the faculty of various medical institutions including Baylor College of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, California Pacific Medical Center, and the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. He worked at the research director with Dr. Dean Ornish to demonstrate that it is possible to reverse coronary heart disease with lifestyle changes including diet, exercise, stress management and social support. Dr. Scherwitz’ is often a keynote speaker at conferences and has published his research discoveries in an array of prestigious medical journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, and Psychosomatic Medicine. Presently, Larry and his wife Deborah Kesten, MPH have a coaching practice to help clients lose weight as well as prevent, halt, and reverse heart disease. Larry also consults with clients to help them design studies to evaluate the efficacy of complementary and alternative practices.