Healthy Lifestyle Triggers Genetic Changes: Study

The news story that this blog entry is based on reports that scientists have discovered that lifestyle changes can change genes. This story fits into the “incorrect statement” category and the “Scientists make mistakes” category.

In the era from around 2000 to 2010, the Western public has been bombarded with stories claiming people are doomed to be whatever their genes say they are. This new study contradicts those statements. This news study proves scientists make mistakes.

If the new scientific study is found to be valid, that would mean scientists have been wrong about people being doomed to be whatever their genes say they are, for at least the past 10 years.

According to the author of this blog, the program to convince the public that their genes determine who they are and what they can do, and to convince them it is impossible to improve themselves from whatever it is their genes say they are, is a political plot by forces inimical to the Western countries.

By convincing citizens of Western countries that their genes control who they are and what they can accomplish, a mindset of apathy and weakness is produced in those individuals. Those Western citizens will tend to give up on self improvement, because after all, scientists say you can’t change what your genes say you are, so what is the point in self improvement?

Citizens of a country who are weak and apathetic cannot protect that country from outside attack or wrest control of their country back from occupiers. The goals of the people promulgating that lies that genes permanently determine who a person is, have pacified the public of the country they are occupying and can rule with relatively little resistance.

The original news story is reprinted next.

Comprehensive lifestyle changes including a better diet and more exercise can lead not only to a better physique, but also to swift and dramatic changes at the genetic level, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

In a small study, the researchers tracked 30 men with low-risk prostate cancer who decided against conventional medical treatment such as surgery and radiation or hormone therapy.

The men underwent three months of major lifestyle changes, including eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and soy products, moderate exercise such as walking for half an hour a day, and an hour of daily stress management methods such as meditation.

As expected, they lost weight, lowered their blood pressure and saw other health improvements. But the researchers found more profound changes when they compared prostate biopsies taken before and after the lifestyle changes.

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.

The activity of disease-preventing genes increased while a number of disease-promoting genes, including those involved in prostate cancer and breast cancer, shut down, according to the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The research was led by Dr. Dean Ornish, head of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, and a well-known author advocating lifestyle changes to improve health.

“It’s an exciting finding because so often people say, ‘Oh, it’s all in my genes, what can I do?’ Well, it turns out you may be able to do a lot,” Ornish, who is also affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco, said in a telephone interview

“‘In just three months, I can change hundreds of my genes simply by changing what I eat and how I live?’ That’s pretty exciting,” Ornish said. “The implications of our study are not limited to men with prostate cancer.”

Ornish said the men avoided conventional medical treatment for prostate cancer for reasons separate from the study. But in making that decision, they allowed the researchers to look at biopsies in people with cancer before and after lifestyle changes.

“It gave us the opportunity to have an ethical reason for doing repeat biopsies in just a three-month period because they needed that anyway to look at their clinical changes (in their prostate cancer),” Ornish said

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