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June 16, 2011 at 4:23 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

My Favorite Pair of Life Altering Genes

By E.M. Wollof from SLN More Blogs by This Author

I was handed an article earlier today that, I must admit, peaked my interest. The title of the article is, "Change in diet, exercise may change your genes." I would like to lay out a basic overview of the article, so we're all on the same page:

A team of mad scientists decided to put a group of 30 men, who were all low-risk prostate cancer patients, through a 3 month, life altering, series of life improvement tests and studies. Each of these men went from their normal living habits to something structured like this:

- Diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes (peanuts being an example of a legume, had to look that one up myself) and soy products.

- Easy exercise routine on a daily basis. Walking being the exercise of choice for these gentlemen.

- Last, but certainly not the least, an hour of "daily stress management methods, such as meditation."

A quote from (apparently the lead researcher Dr. Dean Ornish, the article doesn't name him for the quote, so bear with me) the article says, "After the three months, the men had changes in activity in about 500 genes - including 48 that were turned on and 453 genes that were turned off."

Now, I don't want to diminish the fact that these brave gentlemen, who were diagnosed prostate cancer patients, took the chance and found some amazing gains through this study, but the implications for a study like this are fantastic!

No longer, when thinking of a change in diet or starting an exercise routine can we, as average human beings, look in the mirror and blame hereditary genetics for our laziness! Now that there is scientific fact backing the premise that we can actually cause an increased amount of activity in our own genetic structure, there truly is no excuse for not making that healthy step forward in life.

I really don't want to jump the gun by being overly excited by one study, but the implications are so tremendous! Imagine a world where we, as a basic human being, could manipulate our own genes to reverse or engineer the results we wanted in our own mental and physical states. The best thing about a vision like that, is that it would take work to do! There isn't anything science fiction about it; in order to create positive results in your life, hard work and dedication are required!

I know, that in an ideal world, any one of us could sit in front of a computer and map out the perfect genome for ourselves, hit enter and BAM!, oven baked Brat Pitt. I'm all for technological advancement, but there is something to be said for putting in the work and seeing a positive result. Each of these gentlemen should be proud of what they accomplished and I hope they know that they have affected the way the world will turn from now on.

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