Epigenetics and You
While traditional genetics describe how the DNA sequences in our genes are passed from one generation to the next, epigenetics control the way the genes are used. Many researchers have been studying epigenetics over the last couple of decades. Currently it’s an arena of intense research activity. Epigenetics works in part by adding or removing methyl group tags to DNA. These Methyl groups are added to DNA by enzymes called DNA methyl transferase’s. A lot of this arena is still shrouded in mystery as to the depth and timing that this takes place. If you have a donor-egg child it could mean that your baby takes after you after all. Early factors in the womb can influence epigenetic traits that later have influence on that child. So, it appears that the resulting factors from environment stimulation can in fact be more relevant than the Genetic factor. It is possible that this factor could be a lot more significant than currently understood. Epigenetics can be considered individualism, it’s what makes each individual unique. If it was simply genetics alone then surely siblings would all be very similar. This simply is not true and we differ greatly. True similar traits can be identified within the family group. It’s how these traits surface that becomes individual. Further research is suggesting that epi traits are behind a considerable amount of illness later in life. So is the answer to switch “off or on” the underlying epigenetic buttons? When we look closer at this process we will learn that it involves a group of chemical markers [a methyl group]. These are used to modify one of the four bases that make the genetic code of our DNA. These chemical markers can be broken down into “chemical letters”, A, C, T and G. The letter C is cytosine and when it is modified, or methylated it becomes 5-methyl cytosine. These methyl groups are added to DNA by enzymes called DNA methyl transferases [DNMTs]. In most cases where there are increased levels of methylated Cs in the DNA of a gene, it will result in that gene being switched off. Now to reverse this process does it mean removing methylated C? Is it a simple reverse or does it involve other chemical letters? The hole just gets deeper at this point. I approach this arena with the logic that the original environmental stimulation needs to occur. Whether this is an external or internal structural stimulation. I favor internal duplication might remedy an answer. We just need to ensure that a different or alternative level of intelligence is attached rather than the historical attachment. For example, if trauma was experienced as a young child that is believed to have left chemical markers on the DNA. That experience might be a factor in current repetitive behavior. Any conscious memory would be based in sensatory memory. This means it would be stimulated from external environmental stimulation. For example, if you look around yourself right now. Check the floor, the ceiling, behind you and in front of you etc. in general you will miss one thing and that would be yourself. So, we would have to stimulate a more internal memory factor to discover the arena we are looking for. In the example of the young child we would have to observe/experience the child’s experience as an adult, utilizing sub/conscious memory. This would create a different end stimulation of the event simply because different evaluations would be attached. Now if that where to move/delete chemical markers that where placed on that stimulated DNA. Would that we just associated to that experience and/or would it adjust current historical repetitive patterns? In behavior, we might have started to see the potential damage of repetitive patterns that stimulate negative symptoms. These symptoms are likely to be stimulating their own methyl transferases. These will be connected to earlier depths of similar transferases. This all leads to the big question! Will the castle topple if a base building block is removed?
Blueprint for Changes started to tackle this question 2 decades ago. Research started to indicate that there was incredible evidence that a lot could be achieved with this approach. The biggest challenge was realizing the individualism that we all have. This sector had to be taken into consideration if Blueprint was going to be successful. So individual programs where required that would stimulate each person differently. Today these programs are ready and available.