LISA ANN CATANO shares some of the research findings in epigenetics that show us that our genes are affected by our beliefs and thinking more than we realize.
Dr. Bruce Lipton, a cellular biologist who was at the University of Wisconsin cloning human muscle cells, is best known for challenging the existing belief that the human body is controlled by genes. In his video The Biology of Perception, he demonstrates to the audience that perception affects biology.
In one of his experiments, a stem cell was isolated and put into a petri dish (a cell-culture dish), where it divided every ten hours. The cells were then split up into three groups and placed into separate petri dishes, each of which contained different growth mediums. In the first dish the cells formed bone, in the second dish they formed muscle, and in the third dish they formed fat cells. All of the cells were genetically identical when they were first separated, yet each dish produced different results.
DR. LIPTON’S RESEARCH IS LIFE CHANGING FOR ALL OF US,
BECAUSE HIS RESEARCH ENUNCIATES THAT
WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHOOSE OUR DESTINY AT ANY GIVEN POINT.
FROM VICTIMS WE CAN BECOME MASTERS OF OUR LIVES,
AS WE CAN DETERMINE HOW WE RESPOND TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
Why was this so? Since the genes were all identical, the differences arose because of the environment in which they were placed. The environment was the stimulus to which the cells responded, which means genes respond to their environment. It is the genes’ perception of their environment that causes them to behave in a certain way.
We have been taught that our genes determine our lives — our behaviour, emotions, character, health, and biology — and that we do not have any control over our lives. We have been told that our genes are inherited from our family and we are a victim to this heredity: If there is cancer in your family, you are vulnerable to that illness; if your father or mother were prone to addiction, you will to some extent be the same, or feel entitled to justify similar behaviour. This brings about a feeling of powerlessness, that your life is destined to be a certain way because of your genes. So a kind of apathy takes over, a ‘Why should I try?’ attitude.
Dr. Lipton’s research is life changing for all of us, because his research enunciates that we have the power to choose our destiny at any given point. From victims we can become masters of our lives, as we can determine how we respond to the environment. Of course the genetic patterns are there, but they are not as fixed as we once believed.