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“The genes have been there for thousands of years, but if cancer rates are changing
in a lifetime, that doesn’t have much to do with genes.”
Cancer Specialist Dr Michelle Holmes, Harvard University

Have our genes changed recently?

Granny Amy
Jason's Granny Amy who lived to 104.  No disease, died of old age, no drugs and was a strict vegetarian since 1930.

No. Our genetic code is still 99.98% the same as it was 40,000 years ago. The basic human DNA has not changed much in the past 200,000 years. For these thousands of years, human body weight stayed remarkably stable. We were a near-perfect biological system at work, but then something changed. Was there been a sudden outbreak of fatness in the chromosomes? No. Has there been a genetic mutation? No. Has there been a drastic rewriting of the Laws of Thermodynamics meaning eating the food we ate for 200,000 years suddenly now makes us fat? No. What has radically changed is our diet and lifestyles, making our genetic expression radically change. For the first 150,000 years of human evolution we basically lived on fresh local plants. There has been a MASSIVE change over the last 10 generations with humans being raised on mass-processed foods. Even worse, the most recent 2 generations have been raised in a junk-food environment. What has this done to our genes and our genetic expression? Modern lifestyle illnesses have skyrocketed all over the world. Heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, depression, digestive disease, mental breakdown, the list goes on. However, even back in the 1970s, the 70-page Cancer Review from the International ‘War on Cancer’ told us that “genetics determines about 2% to 3% of total cancer risk”. The INTERHEART study of 30,000 people over 52 countries showed that at least 90% of heart disease is non-genetic and completely preventable through diet.

We know from the 1981 $30 million dollar scientific paper ‘An Evaluation of Research in the United States on Human Nutrition; Report No. 2, Benefits from Nutrition Research’  that, and I quote, “All health problems are diet-related”.

So what is up with our genes then?

Your genome contains the entire digital recipe for you. It consists of three billion individual letters of the crazy genetic alphabet, arranged in an amazing sequence that is totally unique to each person. You are gifted unique raw genetic DNA and you are the only you that has ever been, or will ever be! Genotyping gives you your hair colour, eye colour, skin tone and height (the things that give you your family resemblance), however your DNA is malleable and does not exist in isolation. It has a deep and constant interrelationship with your diet. Your genome is basically around 23,500 human genes that determine the production of the proteins, cells and tissues of the body. As proven through the massive genetic study, the Genome Project, each one of your genes can create up to 30,000 proteins. These proteins can create different outcomes; you get sick, or you stay healthy. Your genome is like a giant never-ending piece of clay that you can mould into whatever you want it to be. Genes have nothing to do with your diet? WRONG. Your diet has nothing to do with your genes? WRONG. The truth is; every year, over 97% of your body is completely replaced. Even down to your genetic DNA. You are rebuilt from the nutrients in the foods you eat.

So how do you control your genes? How do you change genetic expression? How do you tell your genes to either prevent disease or grow it? Your diet. Each piece of human tissue uses about 15% of its gene complement, so you want to be sure that the genes you create, feed and trigger give you the best possible health. The nutrients in your diet affect the use of the information contained within your genome. This is what is known as genetic expression. Scientists at Max Planck Institute for Demographic research in Germany, in 2006, confirmed longevity is not a genetic trait. If your ‘bad genes’ are not stimulated, activated, expressed or triggered then they remain dormant and harmless. How do you activate them? With food; you either enhance your genes or weaken them through your diet and lifestyle. Your nutritional levels, your lifestyle and your environment can strengthen or damage your genome, resulting in alterations to genes that can lead to cancers and deadly mutations; or you can grow a younger, healthier and more energetic, pain-free body. How you are living the life you have been blessed with is what makes the difference. The factor with the single biggest influence is simply food. The one thing we all have in common is that we all have to eat. And we are all made of exactly what we eat.

Your genes require triggers and YOU control the triggers with what you eat.

This is what I mean when I say; eat well, get well and stay well. How do you do that?

The best way I know is to follow thelifeplan.

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