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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mindful genes

Epigenetic Mechanisms   (NIH Image)
The line between nature and nurture is blurring considerably these days.

Whereas practices such as yoga and tai chi have long been known to influence health, they are now also known to specifically affect genes. Researchers have found that these
disciplines can “reverse molecular reactions in DNA that cause poor health and depression.”

Ivana Buric of the Brain, Belief and Behavior Lab at Coventry University in Great Britain explains that mindfulness activities can change “how our genes are expressed.”  This not only has the potential to benefit our lives, but also the lives of generations to come.

Although the Bible warns that sins of the fathers can be passed down “to the third and the fourth generation,” epigenetics renews hope that a legacy of virtue will prevail.


Copyright June 18, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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