In 1953, the DNA double helix was discovered by Watson and Crick, and since then, science has been studying the effects of nature (our genetics) and nurture (our environment) and their effects on our development. Although the scientific model is constantly changing, the most current research is showing that our genes are not guaranteeing a predetermination of how our health will be. Rather, our environment and our perception of that environment controls the activity of our genes via a term deemed "epigenetic control."
This brings up the concept that every health choice we make today not only affects our lives currently, but the lives of our children and grandchildren. Our environment includes factors such as nutrition, behavior, stress, physical activity, smoking, alcohol consumption, spinal adjustments, prescription and illegal drug use, working habits, sleep patterns, and stress management. How we choose to balance these factors greatly affects how our genes will be controlled. In other words, lifestyle choices can either bring forth certain genes or suppress others. If your family history contains heart disease, environmental factors such as nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management can help prevent heart disease in you or your grandchildren by changing your DNA structure. Choosing to get adjusted regularly as far fetched as it may sound, can have a significant impact on your genes and therefore change the epigenetic of your children in the future. Because chiropractic care improves the function of your nervous system, this can influence your body's ability for DNA repair and maintenance. This then allows for adaptation to physical, chemical, and emotional stressors to our mind and bodies.
Epigenetics can be an overwhelming concept. However, understanding that our daily choices affect our health can start you on the road to health to be continued by generations to come. Want more information???? Call us today!
Yours in Health,
Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson
MOUNTAIN ISLAND CHIROPRACTIC
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Charlotte, NC 28214
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Kent, C., DC Esq. (2013, January 01). Legacy and Lifestyle: Epigenetics and the Potential for Chiropractic. Retrieved March 18, 2018, from http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.p;hp?id=56303