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Do You Really Become What You Think?

By February 19, 2009 - 1:09am
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Did you know that there are over 100 genes in your body that are activated by your thoughts, feelings and experiences? Those genes dramatically affect your immune system and your resistance to disease. New scientific evidence (Epigenetics) is proving that those genes can be turned on or off deliverately through thoughts, emotional responses, and experiences that you choose. Did you know also that these genes can be activated within a very short time, as little as three seconds?

"The Genie in Your Genes" by Dawson Church, PhD is a MUST read for those trying to understand the connection of mind over body/health.

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That's really interesting. Thanks for the suggestion.

February 21, 2009 - 11:40am

I see the days when we will be able to personalize medicine to fit the nutritional needs of our genetics. I wonder what insurance companies or pharma are thinking right now. Just imagine a healthcare system that personalizes your health/wellness plan in anticipation to genetic predispositions. Prevention will play a key role but behavior modification will still be key to influence DNA expression against or in favor of disease tendencies.

Energy medicine is a growing field as well, we have gone a big circle as science begins to demonstrate that humans are energy beings and as such we have some control over our bodies well-being. Proper nutrition and lifestyle changes along with energy modalities could just be the formula for eternal youth that we all long for. Anti-aging practices that focus on the aesthetics of the physical body will only be band-aid solutions until the heart within us learns the secrets of love, peace and compassion which are high frequency energies. Fascinating stuff!

Here are two other books that I enjoyed reading that helps us understand our energetic make up:

"The Field" by Lynne McTaggart and
"Joy's Way" by W. Brugh Joy, MD.

February 19, 2009 - 9:52pm

No I didn't know that... i have to pick that book up.

February 19, 2009 - 7:32pm

Your actions are a product of your thoughts. My grandfather lived by the principle that you are what you think. Much like the theory of "karma," that, in a nutshell, your actions influence your past, present and future life, the attitudes you maintain will influence your quality of life.

This is neither a strictly Buddhist, nor New Age concept, but one that has ancient roots preceding Buddhism. It was Confucius who said, "What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others." Sound familiar from your Biblical readings?

My favorite book is the Tao of [Winnie the] Pooh, for its very approachable contemporary interpretation of the ancient Chinese Tao. Milne didn't really write Pooh for children, after all.

February 19, 2009 - 6:03pm

Thanks for the book suggestion! I just pre-ordered it online (the 2009 version is not available until April).

I loved learning about PNI (psychoneuroimmunology), and have not heard of Epigenetics; sounds like they would have a few things in common.

For instance, it sounds like biofeedback could fall under both categories of study. Biofeedback is extremely interesting, and strangely simple, in the way that we can "think" our bodies into "physically" responding and healing. Even some forms of pain management can be found through the mere thinking of (or distracting from) the source of pain.

Fascinating---can't wait to read this!

My favorite book was Mind Body Medicine: How to Use Your Mind for Better Health, by Daniel Goleman (unfortunately, 1993 was the last edition of this book).

February 19, 2009 - 1:14pm
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