Do you feel like you are one of the many unfocused people trying to understand why many things just don’t hold your attention? Does it make you feel like there is something wrong with you? Stop beating yourself up! It could be in your genes.
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.
The ability to pay attention and focus is important in so many ways. Being focused keeps us and our loved ones safe, gives us the ability to learn, and helps us to be more present and loving to our friends and partners. Being focused also gives us peace of mind. Many disciplines are based on helping people stay in the present moment so they can really savor life. Practices such as meditation, martial arts, and breathing exercises are designed to help us be present. But for people with certain genetic variants, even these practices can barely help them.
If our bodies cannot break down certain neurotransmitters correctly, we have higher than normal levels of stress hormones in the brain, which makes it very difficult to pay attention. This leads to higher levels of attention-deficit issues like ADD/ADHD, especially for children in a learning environment. It is becoming clear that our modern, electronic devices contribute to states of inattention. We are constantly distracted by the little beeps that tell us that something else needs our attention. Perhaps most importantly, however, are genetic variants that do not allow the body to clear these neurotransmitters; such a breakdown will definitely lead to difficulty in concentrating.
The diagnosis of ADD and ADHD is so common today. I have talked to many teachers who are very frustrated with their students’ inattention. Many students end up taking drugs, such as Ritalin and Adderall, just to make it through the school system. Many teachers are recommending that children get checked by their doctors and medicated before they are allowed to return to the classroom.
We must begin looking at inattention as a biochemical problem (and not as a drug deficiency problem), which is aggravated by social and environmental factors. Then we can utilize balanced and focused nutritional therapies for these children (and adults) so they no longer need medications and therapy. We are beginning to do just that, and the results are truly stunning!
To find out how your genetic makeup affects your ability to focus, click on the link below for a free copy of J. Dunn’s book.
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.