“Studies have shown that those who eat healthier diets tend to offset the risk that some chromosome places on them”
Dr. Phil Ragno, Director of Cardiovascular Health and Wellness, Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York.
Over the last 20 years I have spoken on health to tens of thousands of people around the world, from Canada, to the UK, Singapore, Fiji, right across Australia and NZ. I am often asked, ‘What about genetics? Surely they are the main driver of my health and longevity?’ I always answer, ‘Well, all the research, science, studies and long-term epidemiology on the world’s healthiest and longest-lived peoples say that genetics dictate around two to three percent of preventable disease, and the rest is created through our lifetime by our diet, lifestyle and environmental choices.’ Even cancer.
“Genes account for one-fourth to one-third of longevity”
Howard Friedman, Professor of Psychology at the University of California and the co-author of The Longevity Project.
Your genome contains the entire digital recipe for you
It consists of three billion individual letters of the genetic alphabet, arranged in a crazy sequence that is totally unique to each person. You are the only you that has ever been, or will ever be! You are gifted a unique raw genetic DNA. Genotyping is what is written in your genes for your hair colour, eye colour, skin tone and height etc. 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 23,688 human genes that determine the production of the proteins, cells and tissues of the body. The nutrition you eat affects the use of the information contained within your genome. The simple thing to remember here is that your DNA cannot be changed but the genes in your DNA can be changed. This is done through their deep and direct interaction with your diet, lifestyle and environment. This is genetic expression.
Genes require triggers and you control the triggers
Shall I eat an apple or a hamburger? Shall I smoke or not? Shall I breathe in pollution or not? Shall I drink alcohol or not? Shall I overeat on pizza and stay up until 1am every night? These all affect genetic expression for good or bad. And bad genetic expression leads to weakness, inflammation and almost all modern disease. Exercise can persuade stem cells to become bone and blood cells rather than fat cells. Hence, exercise can prevent obesity-related deaths (cancer and heart disease) through positive genetic expression. The carcinogens in cigarette smoke trigger the growth of cancer by mutating our anti-cancer genes so that they no longer function effectively. Hence, smoking kills us through negative genetic expression. In February 2009, George Ebers, Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Oxford, confirmed that a lack of sunlight affects a particular genetic variant, which significantly increases the risk of multiple sclerosis. Hence, a lack of sunlight changes your genetic expression towards multiple sclerosis.
Your genome is just a blank blueprint
As proven through the massive genetic study, the Genome Project, each one of your genes can create up to 30,000 proteins, any and all of which can create a different outcome; you get sick, or you stay healthy. The aspects that activate or suppress your genes are almost always lifestyle-related. Your genome is like a giant never-ending piece of clay that you can merge into whatever you want it to be.
The research, studies and food recommendations from the WCRF & AICR 2018, to help lower your risk of, and to prevent, breast cancer, are built around following; a no-alcohol, plant-based wholefood diet.
The Associations between Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity and the Risk of Breast Cancer – World Cancer Research Fund International Systematic Literature Review 2017
Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective (the Third Expert Report – 2019) is a comprehensive analysis, using the most meticulous methods, of the worldwide body of evidence on preventing and surviving cancer through diet, nutrition and physical activity. It builds on the ground-breaking achievements of the First and Second Expert Reports, published in 1997 and 2007 respectively.
World Cancer Research Fund & American Institute for Cancer Research UPDATE Cancer-Prevention-Recommendations-2018
There is a vast amount of evidence that eating a plant-based wholefood diet lowers, and in some cases, reverses, heart disease and hypertension. This has been shown in the fasting studies, the chicken studies, the saturated fats studies, the fibre studies, the plant-based eating studies, and of course, the meat-is-directly-linked-to-heart-disease studies.
Plant-Based Diets & the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease – Journal of the American College of Cardiology
A healthy plant-based diet is simply mostly eating ‘plant-based wholefoods’ – such as apples rather than apple juice – as these are plant foods in their natural state, unrefined, and with their natural fibres, antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals intact. Eat mostly plant foods, mostly wholefoods, and you receive the benefits, as the centenarian cultures do.
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.