Ever since Galton coined the phrase "survival of the fittest" and the word "eugenics" (meaning "well-born"), there's been a huge campaign to convince
people that "genetics is destiny," bloodline is everything and some of us are just ...better. According to the eugenics hypothesis, our genes
supposedly determine our innate superiority or inferiority.
The myth was finally put to bed when the human genome was cracked at the beginning of this century, but the information was suppressed. For some
reason, TPTB wanted us all to continue believing that everything is "genetic" - our intelligence or lack thereof, our health and susceptibility to
disease, and our psychological tendencies.
Fact is, it's just not true. Very little is "genetic."
Most diseases arise from a complex mixture of the genes we inherit from our parents at birth— not only what is measured in the whole gene test, but
also our lifestyle and environment, and random events such as gene mutations occurring in individual cells in our body later in life.
...That set of complexities mirrors the situation for the thousands of other genes we carry that have some association with a disease. If everyone
has a complete gene profile, a small number can learn they have a great risk for something. But for most, the information is minimally
Not long ago many investors saw whole gene sequencing as a future gold mine. But these latest results show that the tests are unlikely to make many
people wealthy -- or healthy.
In fact, who we are and who we become results more from "epigenetics" than our DNA profile. At the end of the day, it's our exposures that count the
most in determining what happens to our minds and bodies, and who we become.
Three Definitions of Epigenetics
1. Transmission of information through meiosis or mitosis that is not based on DNA sequence
2. A mechanism for stable maintenance of gene expression states that involves physically “marking” the DNA or its associated proteins
3. Mitotically or meiotically heritable changes in gene expression that are not coded in the DNA itself
The toxins we breathe, ingest and absorb from our air, food, water and "medicines" literally modify our gene functions and products.
“We have genomics, proteomics, metabolomics,” said Karger, who also directs the Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis.
Genomics is the study of all of a cell’s genes; proteomics and metabolomics examine a cell’s
proteins and metabolites, respectively.
...gene expression is only one part of the story: “The protein is where the actual function is,” he explained. “You express a gene
that then produces a protein, but the protein does the work.”
...Within cells, there are three systems that can interact with each other to silence genes: DNA methylation, histone modifications, and
Other mechanisms of epigenetic tagging. We have so far focused on epigenetic mechanisms that are DNA- centric, which result in the modification of
either the DNA itself or chromatin structure. According to the broadest definition of epigenetics, which includes any non-DNA-sequence-based system
for the perpetuation of information, any protein-based system for the storage of cellular memory is also epigenetic.
Prions represent such a viable, protein-based
system for epigenetic memory. Once a protein has been converted into its prion form, that protein promotes the transition of other cognate
proteins into the prion form.
Epigenetic changes can be passed on - they are inheritable, without
changing the genetic code (DNA) but they are reversible
So what is epigenetics?
An epigenetic system should be heritable, self-perpetuating, and reversible (Bonasio et al., p. 612). ….Looking beyond DNA-associated
molecules, prions (infectious proteins) are clearly epigenetic, perpetuating themselves through altered folding states.
These states can act as sensors of environmental stress and, through the phenotypic changes
they promote, potentially drive evolution (Halfmann and Lindquist, p. 629).
Off the top of my head, I can think of two major campaigns to fight the 1% and prove the importance of environment and the health effects of
industrial pollution - LaMarck's efforts back in the Industrial Revolution and another in the 1970's, marked by Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
...Both were minimized, suppressed, ridiculed and silenced.
Corporate industry has led the crusade blocking peoples' understanding of how environment influences health - and destroys it. The standard corporate
legal defence is now public health policy: "An individual's health and health problems result from genetics, diet and lifestyle choices" not
pollution, toxin exposures, poisoned food or anything else. It's all on you: no environmental impacts acknowledged.
So why perpetuate the "It's genetic" myth? When so much evidence proves otherwise?
Besides the obvious intent to protect polluting industries and unsafe products, and deny culpability and avoid liability, there also appears to be a
nasty insidious underlying goal:
The Depopulation Strategy
The campaign to market and rationalize a depopulation strategy is heating up - evidenced by the focus on the "7 billion," costs of healthcare, aging
population, and downright criminal claims that everything from flu susceptibility to sociopathy is "genetic."
So where is this going? Looks like a priority list to me. Got asthma? IBS? Depression? Never mind cancer, heart disease or diabetes. You're not on the
list. The story is that the putative they
want to protect the "human gene pool" - and anyone with any
health problems is not wanted on
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