As A Man Thinketh So Is He?
Researchers are exploring the Epigenome through a field called epigenomics, which is the study of all the chemical tags on the genome that control the activities of genes. This is different from Genomics, which is the study of all the changes that occur in the order, or sequence, of the DNA building blocks that make up the genome.
Scientists once thought that diseases were caused mainly by changes - or mutations in DNA sequence - that either disrupt protein production or lead to abnormal proteins. Recently, researchers have learned that changes in the epigenome may cause or contribute to multiple diseases, making epigenomics a vital part of efforts to better understand the human body and improve health.
The central dogma of molecular biology has been that biological information is transferred sequentially and only in one direction (from DNA to RNA to proteins). John Cairns, a British molecular biologist, produced compelling evidence in 1988 that human responses to the environment determine the expression of their genes.
Genes in the brain are malleable. That means they can be turned on or off in response to internal and external environmental stimulus such as nutrients, conscious thoughts, emotions, and unconscious beliefs.
There are many factors that influence whether genes are turned on or off. One of these is a process called methylation which is the first layer on top of the DNA sequence. During methylation, enzymes attach methyl groups composed of one carbon and three hydrogens to the backbone of the DNA molecule in specific genes and begin turning genes off or on by affecting interactions between DNA and the cell's protein-making machinery.
What this means is that the health of the body can be determined by a person’s thoughts and how they react to daily, challenges and circumstances. The scientific study of this is called Epigenetics.
To be continued...
Excerpts from the books “The Physiology of Faith - Fearfully And Wonderfully Made To Live And Prosper In Health” and “The Quantum Love Of God - Exploring The Multi-Dimensional Mysteries Of The Universe” by Craig A. Nelson