ep-a-je-ne-tiks: heritable changes that are not caused by changes in the DNA sequence. Also known as the “bad genes” responsible for the epigenetic epidemic.
Have you ever heard that someone has bad genes to blame for the obesity, autism, or cancer that runs in their family? Don’t buy it– it’s a load of crap. There’s no such thing as a genetic epidemic. It takes a million years to effect evolutionary change in the genes of our DNA– if you even believe in evolution. I don’t want to piss off my Weston A. Price readers and DMT psychonauts.
Imagine a young adult today. They’ve been bombarded by all of the usual environmental toxins in our food, water, air, and medicine for their first 20 years of life. The impact that toxic load has is to switch on the “bad genes” that were already present in their genetic makeup, and cause those genes to start expressing themselves. This person’s DNA itself is not changed, only whether or not the bad genes for cancer, autoimmune disease, or obesity are expressed.
The damaged adult, who isn’t feeling damaged just yet, later makes a child. That child doesn’t get to start with a healthy clean slate because their bodies were told to express a little bit of their parents’ bad genes. Add to that all of the toxins the child is later exposed to, and more damage is done; more bad genes are expressed. The next thing you know, you’re hearing about cancer, mental illness, diabetes, or autism “running in families.” Most bad genes don’t run in families– we all have bad genes. Some of them are just shouting louder than others.
What am I talking about? How do you make a bad gene pipe down? It all starts with food. Food should contain the nutrients that nourish life, right? Not just any food– real food. Traditional food. The nutrients in real food contain methyl groups that are extracted by our bodies and attached to our bad genes.
What’s a methyl group? One carbon bound to 3 hydrogen atoms; nothing complicated. Just look at that friendly, unintimidating drawing. Every cell in the human body has the programming to become any kind of cell, but it’s the methyl groups attached to an embryo’s DNA that say, “Hey! Everyone else be quiet so I can make this cell into a heart cell, not an eyeball cell.” Like a hand pressed over a screaming mouth, a tightly methylated “cancer gene” is a silent one. The toxic load in our bodies is knocking off our protective methyl groups or making them bind to the wrong spots, rendering them useless.
Have you ever heard a doctor say, “Nah, you don’t need to do a detox program! Our bodies are designed to detox on their own! Did you pee today? You detoxed!” Maybe a couple of centuries ago, sure, but these days our bodies aren’t doing such a bang-up job in the detox department. We’re in an epigentic epidemic. Let me walk you through it:
- Starting in the 1940s people were routinely exposed to lead, mercury, benzene, cadmium, DDT, and asbestos. Viva la Chemical Revolution! They were the first generation to get penicillin and legal speed from their doctors, eat meals cooked on Teflon, and drink fluoride in the water supply. They sat on, worked on and slept on plywood furniture glued together with formaldehyde. To make matters worse, between 1938 and 1971, 10 million mothers in the US and UK took DES to protect against miscarriage. A child born in 1950 was subjected to the smallpox vaccine, the first whole-cell DPT vaccine, and 5 years later, the mass polio vaccination program. Their methyl groups were picked off like flies and about 2% of that damage would be passed to their offspring.
- By the time that 1950s child became a first-time mother in 1970, she was carrying a toxic load unlike any of the generations that preceded her. Not only did she carry the load, but so did her unborn child, along with all of the eggs her baby was born with. After being exposed to cigarettes while in utero, her 1970 baby was then given the DPT, polio, smallpox and MMR vaccines along with Tylenol for the fevers they caused. She was fed formula instead of breastfed and wore fire retardant pajamas. She grew up breathing smog, eating processed food, and drinking out of Styrofoam cups. Any trip to the ER ended with a big dose of radiation from a CT scan. She got amalgam fillings, took hormonal birth control in college, and then went on Prozac for the mood swings. She did all of this before becoming a mother in 1995 and her DNA expression was set to be wrecked as she aged. Another 2% of her turned-on bad genes got tacked onto the 2% of bad genes from her own mother, and passed on to her 1995 baby.
- The 1995 baby came into the world 5 years after the disastrous overhaul of the vaccination program and during the first wave of the autism and food allergy tsunami. She received multiple doses of DPT, polio, Hib, Hep B, and MMR vaccines, along with the new shot for chicken pox. The 1995 baby grew up slathered in sun block preventing vitamin D production, gnawed on made-in-China BPA teethers, and ate GMO corn and soy before any of us knew it existed. She was routinely given the flu vaccine in adolescence and got the HPV vaccine as a teen if her parents were pressured into it.
When that 1995 child becomes a mother in the year 2021 her baby will be a 4th generation time bomb.
Don’t think for one second this is just about women– it’s not. Fathers contribute their screaming bad genes 50/50 with mothers. Why is the autism rate in military families double of the rest of us? It’s the over-vaccinated dads.
We are 75 years into destroying the genetic expression and immune system function of the American people. There is an easy explanation for why autism rates continue to double every few years, along with the skyrocketing rates of diabetes, arthritis, epilepsy, ADHD, and food allergies: our relentless pursuit of self-destruction.
Immunocompromised, genetically-predisposed people are no longer rare. They are everywhere. Your health is the physical manifestation of every special interest group’s quest to get rich for the past 8 decades. Thanks, Dow Chemical.
What can you do to fix your family’s epigenetics? That’s a whole other post, but epigenetics don’t have to be permanent. Methyl groups tell a baby when to grow, they change with puberty, and they tell cells when to die. In just 10 years our DNA methylation can be 20% different than the preceding decade. Methyl groups come and go. It’s not too late to make a difference today, and if you’re of childbearing age, you can make a difference not only for yourself and your future child, but even for your grandchildren down the road.
To start, research eating a methyl-donating diet. If you’re a woman on hormonal birth control, stop taking it. Don’t use antacids. Decrease stress and learn to meditate. Go gluten-free and reduce your dairy intake, keeping it grass-fed. Up your green leafy vegetable intake, eat more oranges, strawberries, and eggs from pastured chickens. Cut out the soy, corn, and eating any animals that have themselves been fed GMO soy and corn. Get some sleep. It’s called a healthy lifestyle, who knew?
You can also add a gram of non-GMO vitamin C powder to your bath water to neutralize chlorine, which is destroying your gut bacteria. Quit drinking that shit. Supplement with SAM. Consult with an MTHFR-knowledgeable doctor and figure out which methylfolate is right for you.
The bottom line is this: the next time you hear someone claim that they grew up in the 1950s/60s/70s/80s and they stood in line to be sprayed with DDT, or played with mercury, or ate toxic waste and they “turned out just fine,” walk away, friend. It’s not worth the fight. None of us are “just fine,” but anyone older than 40 is not your target audience. Focus on our future: talk to the young ones.
Artwork: Norbert Niessen