“The origins of disease, in my opinion, are not genetic; no genes are bad genes. Any genes that are truly bad would destroy the individual before birth,” wrote Dr. Abram Hoffer in Adventures in Psychiatry. “If multiple sclerosis strikes at age 25, why were the genes supposedly at fault doing so well until then…”
Dr. Hoffer (1917-2009) poses a good question here. As many of you may know he was a Canadian psychiatrist who successfully treated schizophrenia, not with drugs, but with nutrition.
He believed lack of nutrients trigger certain genes to become cancerous or harmful – genes that would otherwise remain harmless.
Of course, you won’t hear about this type of information on the mainstream media. The “fact” that people have these supposedly irreversible genetic predisposition to certain health issues (e.g. cholesterol) is big money for Big Pharma.
To take it a step further… As we enter the 21st century, with the discoveries of epigenetic and Total Biology, we are understanding that even more important than vitamins and minerals are the types of thoughts we feed our body cells.
The Starving Health Nut
Case in point, we’ve all the seen the “health nut” who looks so haggard you’d think they’re starving – while their “meat and potatoes” next door neighbor looks robust and healthy.
The health fanatic is constantly ruminating over how devitalized our modern food supply is. No matter how much organic vegetable juice he gulps down his mind tells him he’s being deprived of vital nutrients due to the evils of modern agriculture.
His Coca-Cola guzzling neighbor simply feels satisfied when his stomach is full and fairs so much better because he doesn’t think he’s being deprived – quite the opposite thought patterns than his well-fed neighbor.
Now, of course, the better route is to eat nutrient-rich foods with gratitude for all the extra nutrients you are getting versus what you may still be missing out on. (That’s why I included both Pillar Four: Super-Nutrients and Pillar Seven: Mind over Body in Future Health Now!).
You Cells Need More Than Food
Many things feed the body cells other than food. I’m even thinking beyond clean water, fresh air and moderate sunlight.
Creativity feeds the body cells, so does good company, beautiful surroundings, a good book, listening to music, playing an instrument, sports, a difficult chess match, peace and tranquility…
So while Dr. Hoffer’s made brilliant observations about the affect proper food (or lack thereof) has on our DNA the next few decades might reveal our thoughts are even more important.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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