Quite often, we who are focused on natural health solutions face criticism from doctors and other people. These are the experts who believe in, or even have tested for, genetic conditions that contribute to various diseases.
What can you do if it’s all in your genes?
Well, although there are rare diseases that are almost completely out of our control, assigning only genetic attributes to things like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cholesterol and most other conditions is little more than an excuse in my eyes.
You can completely overcome these conditions and today, I’ll show you how.
Many readers will strongly agree with today’s article, others will strongly disagree. So please make your comment at the bottom of this page.
You see, genetic research has advantaged very rapidly for the last 10-15 years. In fact, researchers have found contributing genes to pretty much every major disease we face.
Not only that, but by blaming a genetic cause of anything, they’ve thereby ‘discovered’ new diseases that were not considered diseases before. Obesity, for example; there is a gene for that. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar; yes, we’ve genes for that.
Even happiness and unhappiness can now be clearly contributed to a single gene.
Now here is the catch that genetic researchers don’t want you to know about…
Pretty much none of the genes, or combined gene structures, they’ve discovered contributes more than 20 – 30 % to increase the risk of any given disease. And usually, it’s quite easy to overcome the contributing factor of that gene structure.
This is, of course, not the case with EVERY disease. Type 1 diabetes for example is mostly (if not completely) genetically caused. And therefore, there is little you can do to prevent it completely. But there are still many things you can do to improve it naturally.
Genetic contribution to heart attack, however, can be completely overcome by eating more fruits and vegetables.
Don’t take my word for it.
Just the other day a new study on heart attack was released. Researchers followed over 27,000 people of eight ethnic groups. Their mission was to see if the 9p21 gene, that has strongly been linked to increase risk of heart attack, could be overcome by healthier eating habits.
Surprisingly, they found out that people who had the 9p21 gene heart attack risk, but ate the recommended amount of raw vegetables and fruits, had similar risk of heart attack as those who did not have the 9p21 gene risk.
Another study published in the November issue of PLoS Medicine included more than 218,000 adults. Researchers found that yes, people who’re unlucky enough to carry the so called “obesity gene” were in fact more likely to become obese (surprise, surprise)… BUT … if the same individuals were physically active, they completely reversed the risk.
Only five extra hours per week of light physical activity such as walking, jogging, moving around, taking the steps etc. is enough to counteract the obesity gene.
Linking a particular gene to a disease also doesn’t tell the whole story.
A high blood pressure gene may not directly be connected to high blood pressure levels. It may very well be connected to some kind of food craving or lifestyle choices that then lead to high blood pressure. By making conscious choices not to give in to those genetic lifestyle choices, you’ll lower your blood pressure naturally.
Now, please indulge me in an important three-paragraph side story…
You see, I frequently watch the world series of poker. Every year, thousands of people sign up to play for close to a $9,000,000 pot. Among those thousands of players, there are some TV stars, many amateurs, and 30 – 40 high class professional poker players.
The tension really rises when there are only nine players left on what’s called the “final table.” Whether or not you fancy poker, you must appreciate the fact that out of those nine players, there are always 3-6 very familiar faces. Not always the same people but definitely players belonging to a group of 30-40 top poker players of the world. And sometimes you see the same person at the final table year after year.
Now how is that possible when every one of those thousands of players that started out are dealt by total chance by the same stack of cards?
It’s the same reason some people with the obesity gene are slim as a light pole. We’re all dealt some aces and some twos in the genetic pool. It’s how we play our cards that matters.
You may have an obesity card and have to work out a little more than others. In return, you may have the happiness card and not have to spend hours a day on positive affirmations. Or, you may have the pretty-face cards that have been proven to increase income and promotions.
Throughout the years, I’ve helped thousands of people lower their blood pressure using only the three simple exercises in our blood pressure program.
Many of those people were very skeptical in the beginning because they were sure their blood pressure was genetically caused. It ran in their family.
In my experience, these exercises help almost everyone- because they’re taking on the main underlying cause of high blood pressure, and therefore overwriting genetic attributes.
You may check out our exercises for lowering blood pressure naturally here…
My co-writers here at Blue Heron Health News and other natural researchers work with all over the world tell me the same thing.
Whether it’s high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, menopause, or even erectile dysfunction, the fact is, it doesn’t matter what hand you’re dealt. If you apply the right natural approaches and lifestyle changes, you’ll be better off than most people with a different gene structure.
As always, your comment is very much appreciated. Tell us what you think and share your own success story combating bad genes.