Month: October 2014

Epigenetics– Health and Spiritual Implications-Part II

The development of the behavior of a human being is shaped by the interplay among parental practices, dietary habits, cultural practices as well as congenital characteristics. A novel contributor to behavioral development has been identified by scientists in the form of epigenetic inheritance, which is a process of transmitting parental phenotypic responses caused by the challenges of their environment to subsequent generations, according to Lawrence V. Harper in his article, Epigenetic Inheritance and the Intergenerational Transfer of Experience. This transfer can happen even when the offspring themselves may not be directly exposed to the same environmental challenges their parents faced because although the genetic inheritance may not have been altered the expression of the genes has. For example, environmental challenges such as maternal exposure to stressful events during the late stage of a daughter’s gestation is likely to have an adverse effect on the physical development of the daughter as well as that of the daughter’s offspring. Genes and the environment tend to co-act in the behavioral development of an individual so that phenotypic adjustments to environmental events in one generation can result in alterations in the phenotype of the subsequent generation.

Alcohol abuse is an environmental factor which scientists claim is capable of altering epigenetic signatures and gene expression. According to research by Wong and associates even a short-term abuse of a substance such as alcohol has been found to produce long-term epigenetic alterations via DNA methylation as well as histone modification. Epigenetics alterations of gene expression, in such cases, further increase the craving for more alcohol abuse in future, which in turn, increases epigenetic changes. Sadly, exposures to substance abuse by one generation can influence and impact the following generation as well. A research report by Walden and associates in their article, Trajectories of Change in Adolescent Substance Use and Symptomatology: Impact of Paternal and Maternal Use Disorders, suggests that both “paternal and maternal drug use had an addictive effect on the offspring’s drug use trajectory…” What this means is that exposure to substance abuse fosters transmissible epigenetic changes which are passed on to the offspring’s behavioral and physiological development. Because of these findings many are calling for policy enactment and educational campaigns by public health professionals and allied health professionals to spread the awareness among the general public about the inter-generational impact of drug abuse during their adolescent and childbearing phases of life. In epigenetics we inherit more than genes from our parents.

Scripture teaches us that we have a responsibility to keep our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit. The Bible also shows us that our personal choices do not only affect us, but that they have a ripple effect that can affect our offspring either positively or negatively. Our sinful indulgences have a tendency to visit our subsequent generations with adverse consequences unless until they are mitigated by the Blood of the Lamb (Romans 5:19).

Light – Healing … Biontology

the Hunt for Truth

I am discovering amazing healing information since connections in June at Facebook. I had avoided Facebook for several years. However, you might have noticed I was less active at this blog a bit at a time. Now, I am returning here with a lot of new ideas and understanding. You know it will be about healing and serenity — that is sure.

I will be here less than I had been. I hope to begin writing more again and there is much still to learn from hundreds of research articles that are piling up in my bookmarks. I love all of my good wordpress friends. 

I am in a great light and this is a good place to be; I am stronger and happier, and serenity is sweet. I will be researching more though and posting less it may seem — here at wordpress. Certainly, I will make every effort to visit all of your…

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Using Meditation to Get Acquainted with Pain-Are You Serious?

Metta Refuge

Everybody has to deal with pain. It’s one of the biggest problems we face as human beings. If we are dealing with chronic or acute disease, pain can literally fill our world. Over time, chronic pain can feeling like we are being ground down by a mountain. And one of the worst aspects of chronic pain is the feeling helplessness and hopeless it can engender.

Meditation can be a huge help and comfort to one dealing with pain. Even if there seems to be nothing we can do to assuage the physical pain, we can help ourselves with the mental suffering our minds create in relationship to pain. And because of the intimate and total interdependence mind and body have, healing mental pain (suffering) can often have a healing effect on the body, even bringing physical healing and pain relief.

In the article I share below, “An Introduction to Pain,”…

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Epigenetics- Health and Spiritual Implications-Part I

Molecular biology has successfully espoused and propagated a concept that some scholars call “The Central Dogma” which is a genetic deterministic approach that postulates that the transfer of an organism’s biological information is unidirectional, meaning that the information flows only in one direction: DNAà RNAàProteins. The implication of such as theory is that all our biological constitution is driven by our genetic code, and that we are mere helpless recipients of the genes we have been endowed with. But with the advent and growth of the discipline of Epigenetics this view has been further scrutinized and has been found wanting. Epigenetics is the study of the heritable changes that affect gene expression or the phenotype of an organism. These changes are not caused by underlying gene sequence. Rather, they can come through the modification of DNA through a process known as methylation and also through the activity of histones. A lot of diseases that have anomalous or aberrant gene expression as their main cause can be traced to the way the DNA of the organism is packaged. They can also be linked to actions of enzymes such as histone deacetylases.

All of us have tumor suppressor genes that are capable of stopping cancer cells from growing. Every cell in our bodies has these genes. But proteins known as histones are also present in our cells. Sometimes these histones can bind themselves to the DNA so tightly that the DNA becomes “hidden from the view of the cell,” according to Dr. Jean-Pierre Issa of MD Anderson Cancer Center. If a tumor suppressor gene becomes hidden, it cannot have the ability to perform its function. What this means is that the histone hugging the DNA has managed to turn off the gene that is a cancer suppressor, so that the cancer cells can grow freely.

But God in His mercy, has provided certain interventions to mitigate this process. He has provided certain foods that can counter the action of histones. For example, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, kale and also garlic and onions happen to contain substances that are capable of inhibiting and countering histone activity, thus allowing the cancer suppressor genes to express themselves and perform their functions without hindrance. This is the reason why these foods are among the foods listed by the American Institute for Cancer Research as foods that protect against cancer. The more your diet is composed of these foods, the more your body is equipped to fight off cancerous tumors. This gives you a significant amount of power over the control of the expression of your genes. By adopting a healthy diet you can help release them to do their work effectively. Conversely, a high-fat, low-protein diet can modify epigenetic marks in a manner that can result in negative health outcomes extending to the next generation in both animal and human models. The Bible says “You shall eat no fat, whether from cattle, sheep or goats…” (Leviticus 7:23), and it also says “Whether you eat…do it all for the glory of God” (I Corinthians 10:31). These laws are for our own benefit not for God’s benefit.

Check out this video clip on how epigenetics functions:

3 Things

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe For most people, this happens ALL THE TIME. Which is why I want to get to the nitty gritty of it all this morning with you…

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The Future of Early Cancer Detection

Some promising research on early cancer detection. Check the video below:

Billy Graham Timeline.

I am sure there are some things you did not know about Mr. Billy Graham or would like to be reminded about him.

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Neuroscience of Story-Telling and Its Spiritual Benefits

Everybody enjoys story-telling whether it be in a book or something a colleague is narrating to us. We usually get more engaged in an exchange undergirded by a story than in a non-story telling discourse. But why is this the case? The reason is that whenever we are listening to a story a certain part of our brain that would otherwise be dormant becomes activated. Not only do the language processing parts of our brain get activated, but all other parts of our brain that we would use if we were actually experiencing the events being told in the story get activated as well. For example, if our friend is telling a story that describes a certain singer and says “he sang in a smooth velvety voice” our sensory cortex becomes aroused. Similarly when we say things like “he quickly threw the ball over the fence” our motor cortex becomes activated. Scientists claim that when we tell a person a story about what happened to us to help us get over some hurdle in life, what we are saying can actually have the same effect on our audience. Is it any wonder that Jesus used stories in most of his teachings? “A sower went out sow…” (Matthew 13: 3-9) or “whoever hears these sayings and does them will is likened to a man who build his house on a rock…” (Matthew 7: 24, 25).

Jesus and Your Intrinsic Value as a Child of God!

The tragedy of our world is that our communities are fragmented and demarcated according to gender, ethnicity, race, socio-economic statuses, religio-political affiliations, etc…each jostling and vying for prominence and dominance, usually in vain. This is hardly a novel phenomenon. It is something that is as old as mankind. In the days of Jesus intra and inter-racial strife and hostilities abounded. For instance, intra-Jewish unrest was rife, often fueled by socio-economic and spiritual inequalities. Those who were perceived as custodians of the Law loaded it over the masses, to the chagrin of the latter. Inter-racial discord was equally palpable. The Jews hated their Roman oppressors, marginalized women and children, and despised the Samaritans whom they regarded as unclean half-breeds. Jesus, whose mission was to establish a universal kingdom that would reconcile all mankind to God, often ignored and even violated these invisible lines of separation. He allowed people of both genders, various ethnic groups, social strata and different age groups to have access to him. This was his object lesson to those who selfishly insisted on the disenfranchisement of the vulnerable among them. All people from assorted social groups including those with incurable infectious diseases and outcasts who lived on the peripheries of society found a ready and compassionate audience in Him.

The account of His encounter with the Samaritan woman epitomizes His inclusiveness and speaks volumes about how He upheld the dignity and value of each human being. He responded to her defensive viewpoints regarding the discord between Jews and Samaritans with compassionate insight and tact. Sensing a deeper need than what she was articulating, He gently steered the conversation to the wounds that had ravaged her soul hitherto and offered her a permanent remedy for them- a remedy which had eluded her all her life. It was inconsequential that she was a woman and a Samaritan. What the Lord saw in this woman was a soul that had been cruelly exploited and squeezed to the fringes of the mainstream society by social predators, and needed to be forgiven, healed and integrated into the family of God. In Jesus, those who have no voices find their voices and those who are looking in from the outside are gently brought into His fellowship and are restored. No wonder this woman abandoned her water pot in her rush to proclaim her discovery of One who could take the shards of her shattered life and make a beautiful mosaic out of them. Who wouldn’t?

Slow Start’s Hidden Blessings!

Do not be discouraged by a slow start. Just keep going. It is a time of testing and resolve, and for building a solid foundation.

Take a look at what the experts say about why a slow start is better: