In a recent seminar sponsored by the National Institute for the
Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, the participants shared the
following insights about genes from current research in neuroscience:
perceive the world around us and,most importantly, our lifestyles.
are just blueprints that can be controlled by how we respond to and
- We all have a tremendous amount of power in influencing the expression of our genes..
of our clients – a married guy in his late forties – provides a
A beautiful illustration of this.A while back he had a sample of his
saliva analyzed by a genetic testing service to determine his genetic
propensity to be afflicted with 21 major diseases.It turned out that
based on his genes he had a way above average probability of 50% of
being afflicted with Diabetes Type II. He further had a high genetic
propensity for obesity. Indeed the genes for Diabetes Type II and
Obesity are linked by the FTO gene, commonly referred to by genetic
researches as “The Fatso Gene.” So when our client and his wife got the
test results they had a big, hearty laugh because this guy is 5′ 8”
tall, weighs a lean 168 lbs and does resistance work in a gym three
times a week with his personal trainer, in addition to one-hour bike
circuits three times a week around Manhattan.
dude’s lifestyle (and it should come as no surprise that his wife does
Yoga three times a week), the odds are virtually Zero that he’ll ever be
afflicted with Diabetes Type II or suffer from Obesity. And this
doesn’t mean that he and his wife can’t hop over the Brooklyn Bridge
once a month – on their bicycles, of course – for a large pizza
washed down with a few cold Manhattan Brews at Grimaldi’s.
Andre Moore, Director, Marriage Couples Counseling in New York City