When scientists report that a third of the world’s amphibians are dying off and becoming extinct due to toxic exposures and reduced habitats, do they blame it on the animal’s bad genes?27 No! In fact, as Russell A. Mittermeier, president of Conservation International (CI) says, “Amphibians are one of nature’s best indicators of overall environmental health. Their catastrophic decline serves as a warning that we are in a period of significant environmental degradation.”
Apparently some scientists understand that frogs are sensitive creatures, with permeable skins, that are unable to tolerate toxic chemicals. I’m not sure why the same wisdom doesn’t apply to humans. I’m always surprised when I hear medical experts talk about “bad genes” and “genetic defects” in relation to chronic illness. It may be true that some people naturally have better detoxification pathways than others, but that doesn’t mean that any of us are built to tolerate the insane levels of chemicals we’re exposed to!
If you live on planet earth, you have been exposed to far too many toxins, regardless of your genetics. If you have an autoimmune condition, chances are that you more sensitive than others and your illness serves as a huge wake up call for humanity!
Genetic testing can be an invaluable tool that can help you discover how your unique genes may be affected by stress, poor nutrition and toxins, and can help your practitioner design a program to help you get better or avoid getting sick in the first place. But it’s a mistake to see yourself as “genetically flawed” just because you’re getting sick in our increasingly toxic world. Just like our amphibian friends, your body is designed to thrive in a healthy environment that includes clean air, clean water and clean food – don’t forget that!
The emerging science of epigenetics studies the factors that influence, and even control, how our genetic code expresses itself.
Epigenetics informs us that if we give our body the proper ingredients and a positive, non-toxic, inner environment, it can give us optimum health and the best expression of our unique genetic code.
You were born with your genetic code but you have control over your epigenetics. Choose the foods, products and activities that turn on your good genes and optimize your heath.