The ways in which genes can express themselves brings us to the concept of epigenetics. Epigenetics addresses how our genetic expression is affected by our environment, our diet, our thoughts, and emotions. Genes are merely realms of possibility, waiting to be expressed or to stay dormant. Triggering a gene to switch on occurs when we are exposed to certain substances or stressors. For instance, cancer genes may be switched on with exposure to certain chemicals, hormones, or viruses. If they are not triggered, they may remain dormant for the lifetime of the individual. In my father’s case, his VDR gene was triggered to switch on and start to produce cancer cells in the lungs by the presence of cigarette smoke. Add to this situation, a great deal of stress and bad diet and it is no mystery how his cancer was created.
On the other hand, there are people who have smoked all their lives and do not develop cancer. As we delve more deeply into the genetic information contained in our bodies, we will find that certain people are more susceptible to developing cancer than others. Learning that I also carry the VDR variant, the same variant that led to my father’s demise, gives me extra incentive to live a healthier lifestyle to avoid a potential problem.
In her book, Dr. J. Dunn explores issues into why you are the way you are and how you can make changes. It’s a whole new paradigm in understanding what causes disease and mental health issues. The basis of the book talks about how to bypass your genetic makeup to help change destructive behaviors such as overeating, substance abuse, and anger.
Energy Production and Your Genes
Dr. J. Dunn explains how her research was motivated because of her personal struggles to feel healthy. She had a case of mono when she was sixteen years old and suffered from lifelong depression. Since then she has battled chronic fatigue syndrome caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Looking into the history of the virus she found that 90 percent or more people have antibodies to the virus and yet don’t necessarily have an issue with it for the rest of their lives. She was also looking for true answers to her own depression. These were missing pieces in the puzzle of health, and she began her quest to search for why and how to fix them. She approached her research with a compassionate point of view, knowing that some types of behavior and health problems are caused by inherited biochemical imbalances and are not personal failings. Things such as:
Focusing Issues such as ADD and ADHD
Genetic testing can identify potential health problems and give you another tool to make informed decisions about managing your health care. Dr. J. Dunn explores how to obtain correct results and what to do with the results. She also talks about compassion for yourself and others when it comes to problems beyond our control. Her book – Genetic Compassion – will help you to understand how genes play a very important role in how we feel.