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Epigenetics Part 2: Dog Eat Dog World

Hello Hilltop Family!

As we talked about last time, proteins (not the protein we eat) are the building blocks of life. They are active participants in different physiological processes as well as constitute the physical makeup of the anatomy of the body, meaning they physically are a part of the cellular structure. This is really the basis of how the body functions and the expression of life in accordance to Innate Intelligence. The nervous system is the regulator/ coordinator of the body (kind of like the director in front of an orchestra), directing what happens and when to keep the body in balance when faced with environmental stimuli. Whereas the proteins made by the cells are what are actually doing the actual work (like the musicians). For example, muscle cells make myosin and actin proteins which cause contraction and relaxation of the muscles but only when the brain signals them to do so in response to something it picks up on from the outside environment.

According to the Central Dogma (the outdated belief that DNA rules the expression of life), DNA is the first cause or primary determinant of an organism's traits. It also assumes that the flow of information from DNA to protein (as depicted below) to create and express life is one way; that proteins cannot send information back and alter the DNA. Yet another thing creating the mindset that you cannot influence your genes. And because of this, scientists at the time of the discovery of the double helix assumed that there would be an equal number of genes to the amount of proteins in the body because if DNA cannot be altered, there should be one specific gene to code for and create one specific protein. However, they quickly discovered that this wasn't the case when they began to map out the human genome with the Human Genome Project. They instead found that for the 120,000 different proteins that make up our bodies, there are only fewer than 25,000 genes in the entire human genome. Which means that the same gene codes for and creates several different proteins... concluding that genes can and must be altered to express life. Otherwise, we wouldn't be as complex as we are. So there has to be more to it, genes cannot control life.

In the total human, the brain is responsible for controlling and coordinating (regulator) the physiology and behavior of the body and it was thought that the nucleus, the place where genes are housed, is the "brain" for the individual cell. However, experiments that extracted the nucleus did not kill the cell immediately like removing the brain would do to the total human. Proving that the "brain," the regulator of the cell, is not the nucleus and therefore genes are not necessary for survival. Many cells in fact can live for up to 2 months without a nucleus. They can survive, meaning they can still do the complex tasks they are designed to do to stay alive like nutrient absorption and waste elimination but they cannot divide (reproduce/regenerate) nor are able to replenish any protein parts (repair) they lose during the normal wear and tear of the cell's life. This of course eventually causes mechanical dysfunctions in the cell that ultimately result in death of the cell as well as death of the cell's ancestral line which is needed to continue life in the organism the cell is present in.

In order for the total human to stay alive and to live for many years, cells need to reproduce or regenerate constantly. They literally make a mirror copy of all components of the cell and divide into two cells: one old, one new. Remember mitosis? This is one way new cells form in the body, other being from stem cells which we won't get into right now. This is to replace the cells that die as part of the normal cell life cycle (yes cells die on a normal, regular basis inside you on purpose) as well as to replace the cells that die prematurely from extra damage that you do to your body with your lifestyle and environment. Again, this is needed to continue life of the human as we just discussed above. They know how to do this because the DNA is literally an instruction manual if you would of what the new cell needs to look like and how exactly it needs to function. But again, this only happens when something triggers it to create the proteins that are needed for reproduction/regeneration, it's not the DNA doing the actual work.

Different cells have different life spans, which means some cells regenerate sooner than others but overall your body completely replaces all it's cells every 7 to 10 years (with some exceptions like the reproductive egg cells in a woman). Which is one reason why if you have just started to live a healthy, 5 Essential lifestyle, it may take time for you to notice the effects of the changes you make on an tangible, outward level. And why it's important for you to put in the maximal amount of effort you can into your 5 Essentials every day going forward. Because if you want the new cells you form to be healthy, they can't be full of toxins, and lack oxygen, nutrients, and nerve supply. Otherwise, you will continue to form unhealthy cells over and over, leading to new or continuation of disease. Also, this is one reason why you can have dysfunction/dis-ease/disease currently present in your body and completely reverse it... but it all depends on the triggers you expose yourself to physically, emotionally, and chemically and the 5 Essential steps you take to outweigh the damage caused by these triggers.

We will talk more about these triggers next time and how they can change DNA expression, the protein creation process.

In love and light,

Dr. Brittany

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