Welcome to Part Two in our "Don't Catch What Your Parents Had" series, about genetics. You must have read or heard something that spoke to you since you are back for more. See transcript below.
Let me remind you again to make good choices!
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Transcript Video Two
Welcome back, especially the Daisies of the world.
As I said in my last video, a large majority of my clients out there are moving away from something. They fear catching what their parents had.
Learning how to focus on what you want to achieve versus what you are afraid of happening is a little bit life-changing when it comes to your health. This is one of the primary roles for coaches like me, namely, to help someone adjust her point of focus. I have a business coach who helps me do this very thing. Sometimes I can’t turn that barge by myself.
Today I want to talk about genetics. I want to go through this whole idea that you can catch your parents’ health challenges because of genetics. I’d like to go through some of the myths about genetics.
Yes, of course, you have genetic markers. Your parents left you with a combination of their DNA signatures. Let’s consider how these genes express themselves in your body, given your lifestyle. What you were born with is not necessarily a fait accompli when it comes to your life story about health and longevity.
Take two identical twins who have the same genetic codes but who lived different lifestyles. For example, they were separated at birth. The twins can develop different diseases and health challenges. They can even have unequal longevity.
In the next video, I will introduce Dr. Debra Shapiro, founder of A New View of Food. She will explain to you what epigenetics is and why it is important.
Regarding the twins, they inherited an identical copy of their parents’ genetic imprint. But, when they made different choices and lived different lifestyles, then their stories diverge.
What does this have to do with you? Like I mentioned in the first video, knowing what is lurking in your parents’ health history is useful and informative. And then still, look ahead, choosing how you want to take care of your health and your body.
This will be significant in your ability to take ultimate responsibility for the way you want to live your life. The movement and exercise you wish to enjoy, the wholesome food you choose to feed yourself, and other key lifestyle factors. This is also called living life by design, rather than by default.
I came up with three areas of our lives that determine our health and body story as much, if not more, than the information that our genes contain. What looks like a family pattern of say, diabetes, can be generations within a family who have similar habits.
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These habits include:
- Food choices and behaviors around food.
If most members of your family love to eat fast food, deep fried food, ghastly amounts of sugar, and processed meats, they will be more at risk to heart disease than you would be if you preferred a more wholesome diet. Making a new set of choices, namely different than those of the people who were part of your tribe, is literally breaking the chain that could have resulted in a health crisis for you. When you go in a different direction with your own food choices, you may have a different outcome.
- Behaviors and beliefs around stress and emotions.
My mother’s kitchen was a war zone. The negativity, stress, and criticism around food were imprinted on me as a young girl. I learned to misuse food, which is why I was so at risk and so sick. The diseases my parents had were barreling down the track toward me because of the poor habits I learned early on. Jumping that track remains among the most significant decisions I’ve ever made in my entire life.
My father had many wonderful qualities. But sadly, he was prone to bottling his feelings, followed by explosive anger. He had two quadruple bypass surgeries when he was in his 50’s. He was morbidly obese and died from the complications of a stroke. That kind of rage, coupled with abusing food was invariably correlated with my dad’s heart disease. Imagine how much unlearning and relearning it required for me to write my own script around food, emotions, and heart health.
In a similar way, one of my clients used anti-depressants to manage anxiety. Her sister, mother, and grandmother did the same thing. She learned that anxiety is a medical crisis, thus, something to medicate. She revealed that she learned to worry from her mother, who learned it from her mother. She told me that she believed that she inherited her mother’s depression. This is a good example of how depression may not be something we inherit, but the result of learned, also called modeled, behavior.
There is a PS to this story. This same woman has learned to meditate and use a variety of breathing techniques to sooth her stressed state to increase a sense of harmony. What seemed like something she inherited and was therefore stuck with evolved into an opportunity for her to take more responsibility for her health and well-being.
- Who is in charge?
Among families, there are beliefs and attitudes regarding the amount of control we have in the area of health, versus the degree to which we hand the keys over and leave the driving to our doctors.
In the early 2000’s, a friend of mine was suffering from devastating symptoms associated with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This wealthy entrepreneur/inventor had an atrocious diet. He ate mostly iceberg lettuce and cooked chicken and drank only Coke. I was deeply involved in my nutrition training at the time and wondered if he wanted to learn about some of the benefits of supplements and diet.
I never thought about curing his cancer. Rather, I was learning about helping our bodies get healthier, and how this can impact some of our greatest challenges. My friend’s response, which I remember like it was yesterday, went like this, “If I can’t trust my oncologists at Stanford, who can I trust?” These words rang in my ears while I was attending his funeral less than a year later.
Here is one last example. Recently a friend asked me if I had checked with my doctor to make sure that I was getting everything I needed on a plant-based diet. I know that there are plenty of exceptions, but in general, most physicians receive an average of four hours of nutritional training while in medical school. Given that I have been training consistently for twenty years, it did not occur to me to ask my doctor if it was okay to be a practicing vegan.
To add real impact to this true story is that I bumped into my doctor in the grocery line at a local market. Suffice to say that what was in her cart did not indicate to me that she was conscious of the link between what we eat and our health.
Who do you think oversees your body and your health?
On the next video of this series, I’ll be sharing a segment of a conversation I had with my friend and colleague, Dr. Debra Shapiro. I’ve invited her to walk you through the fundamentals of epigenetics. Your understanding of this genetic process will further empower you to be the boss of your health. This info is so useful, I believe that the Jaspers and Daisies of the world can benefit equally.
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Stay tuned and I’ll see you next time. Make good choices!