Who’s Pulling the Strings?

      Alvin H. Danenberg, DDS     February 25, 2016   [printfriendly]

Pulling StringsYou are!


I’m stepping outside of the box. Rather than posting about gum disease, its obvious & not-so-obvious causes, and its effective treatment, I’m going to write about who and what are influencing everything that goes on in your body.


Your body was built from a genetic blueprint. It is the written code that tells your body how to do its job. All the essentials that make up your blueprint are collectively contained in your personal and unique pool of about 20,000 genes. Amazingly, all these genes are contained in your DNA, which is located in the nucleus of every cell in your body. (There is one exception; mature red blood cells do not have a nucleus and therefore do not include your DNA within them.) Practically every cell in your body has the blueprint to make another YOU!


Can these genes be changed?


Science has experimented with cutting and correcting segments of genes. Who knows what the future will hold. However, for the most part, your genes cannot be altered today. But, these genes can be significantly influenced.


Although these genes make up the blueprint, a conductor actually directs them to do this or not to do that. The conductor is your environment, and this is where you pull the strings.


You see, if you manipulate your environment correctly, you could tell some good genes to flourish, and you could tell some not-so-good genes to cool it. When you tell genes to flourish, you actually are up regulating them, and when you tell some bad genes to stand down, you actually are down regulating them.


Research has shown that about 90% of how we function is directly related to our environment, and only 10% is directly related to our genetic code. So, with the proper knowledge and tools, we can up regulate the good genes 90% of the time, and we can down regulate the harmful genes 90% of the time.


So, how do we manipulate the environment?


Think about it. This is awesome power at your control. If you were able to control the four pillars of health, which I write about frequently, you would be manipulating your immediate environment and pulling all the strings. If you were manipulating your environment fittingly, you would enjoy a significantly healthier and fuller life.


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4 Ways to Improve Our Genes

        Alvin H. Danenberg, DDS       December 14, 2015


Human GenesCurrent research suggests we are made up of approximately 19,000 genes. They hold the architectural and manufacturing plans that perform all of our body’s functions. Can they malfunction? Can they be manipulated? Are there ways to improve our genes?


Many of our genes might have slight variations in their complex building blocks. The technical term is single nucleotide polymorthism (SNP). In each of us, there may be as many as 10 million of these genetic variations in or between our genes. Some are more significant than others. SNPs even have been associated with periodontitis. (Here and Here)


So, does that matter or not?


Many of us have heard about these SNPs (pronounced SNIPS) and want to check out our bodies to see if we are plagued with these “deformities”. Many of us are running all kinds of tests from various labs to find out if we have “damaged” genes in our bodies and where these genes are located. Then, after we find out all our genetic variations, we go off half-crazed and find 20 or 30 supplements that claim to fix each one. We are a society that wants pills to fix problems.


Again, does that matter?


The truth is that all of those supplements may interfere with one another and won’t take care of the “problem”. What’s more important is that it is rarely necessary to fix all of these potential “problems” because they are not real problems. SNPs usually create problems only when their genes become overworked or overburdened.


So, what really matters? What is really affecting our genes?


I have written about the 4 pillars of health:

  • Nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods
  • Efficient exercise
  • Restorative sleep
  • Reduction of stressors


It seems that taking steps to optimize these four pillars will improve the function of our genes – even the ones that may contain SNPs.


Are there SNPs in your genetic makeup? If you are concerned about them, the first (and maybe most important) thing you could do is to be sure that your personal four pillars of health are strong. This will support and improve the healthy function of all your genes.