DNA and Epigenetics
We inherit one strand of DNA from each side of our family. DNA is the basic building block of our body and mind. It is the internal micro-cellular structure from which we develop. We used to think of DNA as the computer we got stuck with at birth that contained our lives. DNA was the box that controlled our height, coloring, intelligence, attitudes, values, health and even to a certain extent our professions. We were victims of this heritage.
Science then discovered epigenetics. Instead of being enclosed in a hardwired operating computer container with all the programs written and set, science discovered DNA was just the hardware. Epigenetics was the software that allows us to choose options constantly and write and rewrite them throughout life.
What does this mean? Epigenetics revealed that DNA is our basic program language but the operator selects the programs that run daily living. We can activate or ‘turn off and on’ whatever genes we chose. The complexities of the software are just being explored since we have trillions of cells with epigenetic switches that turn off and on in sequences that create cascades of effects science has just begun to understand.
Our DNA strands live in the nucleus of our cells, primarily in the mitochondria (the fuel center). Everything we put into our bodies is translated into chemical reactions to use as fuel to build cellular material for our organs and energy systems including our emotions. By keeping our bodies, minds, emotions, and spirits healthy we keep our DNA in prime shape for ourselves, our families and our descendants. In this series of articles, I will address some simple ways we can keep the triggers of genetic expression in the ‘positive’ mode.
The Basics–Clean Air and Water
Pollution builds up in our bodies to create chemical reactions to trigger negative DNA and block effective protein and amino acid processing.
Many large cities around the world have extreme air and water pollution like London, Beijing, New Delhi, Mumbai, Karachi, Los Angeles and Mexico City. These are some of the cities with the world’s worst air quality. Pollution causes allergies, asthma, respiratory distress, heart disease and is linked to Alzheimer’s. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/here-are-some-world-s-worst-cities-air-quality. The dense air pollution in Beijing has been linked to low birth weights for years. Higher birth weights in babies were reported after the 2012 Beijing Olympics when the government lowered the pollution level for the games.
A recent research project published at the University of Southern California (USC), found pollution of particulate matter increased older women’s risk of dementia by over 90 percent. Another study linked 1.6 million deaths a year in China to pollution according to Berkeley Earth, a research organization. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/14/world/asia/study-links-polluted-air-in-china-to-1-6-million-deaths-a-year.html.
Breathe clean air as much as possible
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks. Indoor air may be anywhere from two to five times as polluted as outdoor air. This is a huge problem, given that the typical individual spends as much as 90 percent of his or her time indoors. Don’t be discouraged. There are some simple steps everyone can take to clear indoor air.
In 1989 NASA did a study of common household plants that clear the most indoor toxic chemicals from our household environments. https://www.lovethegarden.com/community/fun-facts/nasa-guide-air-filtering-houseplants. Here are some of the most effective and inexpensive plants that are offered in most areas:
- Aloe Vera
- Gerbera Daisy
- Areca Palm
- Spider Plant
- Snake Plant
- Holy Basil
If you are more Earth-based oriented, crystals can help clean the environment. Himalayan salt lamps are claimed to remove pollution and positive ions from the air and absorb them into the salt.
Other crystals are wonderful to have around the house on a continuous basis. Smoky quartz, obsidian, black tourmaline and apache tears are well-known for absorbing, reflecting, deflecting and transforming negative energy. Put these crystals near doorways, on windowsills, in your kitchen, and by stairwells to flush energy that is brought into the house from outdoors. If there is a lot of chaos, disruption, arguments and negative energy in the house, then the crystals will need to be cleansed regularly.
Salt absorbs negative energy. We feel so good next to the ocean and salt water because of the negative ions generated by the salt water. You can place bowls of salt around the house so long as you don’t have pets or children who are likely to eat from them. Otherwise, make a salt water spray using 1 teaspoon of (preferably) sea salt in 1 quart of filtered water. Walk around the house and lightly mist the air, including corners. You will be amazed at how much better the air feels. (Do not let drops spill on furniture or wood floors, or fabrics as it will cause water spots).
Natural air purifiers
A Native American technique is to use sage and/or a sage and cedar mix and smudge the house lightly with the smoke. Sage and cedar are natural purifiers of energy. This is an ancient method of clearing used for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Sage bundles can be purchased at many bookstores that specialize in alternative books, crystals, rattles and Native American items. Even some health food and co-ops carry them. Simply light the end of the stick or bundle, blow out the fire and waft the smoke gently around the room. Be careful not to get enough smoke to set off the smoke alarm. If possible, open a window in each room to dissipate any excess smoke.
Sage and cedar mist sprays are now available in some stores so that you don’t need to use actual smoke.
Allergy alert: If you have never used sage or cedar, you may want to test a small amount outside with the family members to ensure no one is allergic to the ingredients before smudging. If they are, then use another method.
Commercial air cleaners with HEPA filters
If you live in an area with an extreme pollution factor such as near a steel mill, a manufacturing plant, or there is a high pollution index on a particular day and you have lung or respiratory issues, then commercial air cleaners with HEPA filters may be an optimal solution. I live in an area with forest fires in the summer. During the time of fires in the area, I found that only a home air cleaner is sufficient to clean the air to make breathing comfortable.
Most cities use chemicals to clean the municipal water system. This clearly makes the water potable, which means that it is drinkable and doesn’t contain bacteria, chemical or pollutants in sufficient quantities that will make you sick. It doesn’t necessarily mean it is healthy. Even in the USA, the water contains contaminants like heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, known carcinogens but in a lower dosage than the EPA recognizes as harmful. Some municipal water systems are better than others depending on their sewage system, their proximity to agricultural and industrial wastes and other factors. In order to ensure clean water for your body, it is best to purify the water you and your family drink. Some municipalities and areas have failed to prevent lead poisoning from old pipes in the water systems, so ve sure to ask about the contents in your local water system.
The easiest and quickest way to purify water in our busy lives is to purchase a water filter, which removes chemicals, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, and particulate impurities. You can find water filters in almost every store for on or under the counter use. Some are relatively inexpensive. They are much less expensive than buying bottled water and avoid the massive use of plastic bottles that clog our rivers and trash our oceans.
Energetic cleansing is very powerful and useful. Dr. Masuru Emoto’s research demonstrated that sending positive energy such as love, healing, gratitude, purity, and health actually changed the crystalline structure of water. Placing his symbols on your water pitcher or water bottles will affect the water. They can be obtained through his website or through other commercial dealers. Other healers offer symbols, such as Krystalya Marie’s Krystagraphs™ infusing your water with purity and love, and the internet has a myriad of healing methods to purify water.
If you happen to be traveling or left your bottled water at home, a simple blessing from your heart to the water will shift the energy to purity. It is always a good practice to bless the water in your house, your body, your community and everywhere you go for health and purity with your love.
Clean air and water are essential to life.
The quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink are part of the chemical reactions that fuel our DNA reactor of our cells and lead to positive or negative gene expression – that is whether we have positive, healthy genes working in our body or whether the dis-eased genes get triggered. These simple actions can make a world of difference in your life.
Look for the other four tips in the additional articles.
Blessings for health, peace, prosperity, joy and love,