“Genes load the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger,” was statement that Bert Griffith, a naturopathic doctor and director of the Okinawa Wellness Teaching Center in Okinawa, Japan, told Inquirer Science/Health in 2007 during the Okinawan conference on longevity, public health and policy. Just because you may have a family history of a debilitating disease does not mean that you have to have it too.
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Genes load the gun,
lifestyle pulls the trigger
T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Jacob Gould Schurman professor emeritus of Cornell University’s nutrition biochemistry, whom Inquirer Science/Health was able to interview, explained it thus: Genes do not determine disease on their own. Genes function only by being activated, or expressed, and nutrition plays a critical role in determining which genes, good and bad, are expressed.
In his book “The China Study,” which he co-authored with Thomas M. Campbell, MD, the professor stressed: “Not all genes are fully expressed all the time. If they aren’t activated, or expressed, they remain biochemically dormant.”
So, what causes some genes to remain dormant, and others to express themselves? The answer: the environment, especially diet.
Campbell noted that it would be more helpful to think of genes as seeds.
“As any good gardener knows, seeds will not grow into plants unless they have nutrient-rich soil, water and sunshine. Neither will genes be expressed unless they have the proper environment. In our body, nutrition is the environmental factor that determines the activity of genes.”
In my family, diabetes is rampant. People are living on drugs and having body parts amputated. Sadly, they continue to eat ice cream, cheese, eggs, beef, chicken, pork and fish and they continue to drink cow’s milk. I was pre-diabetic when I weighed 260 pounds. Now that I am at a healthy weight and I eat healthy whole plant based foods, my blood sugars are in a very healthy normal range.
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