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The Gene Makeover

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1. Proof We Can Slow Aging Now: Why It Doesn’t Have to Be Like It Was for Your Parents!

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Proof We Can Slow Aging Now: Why It Doesn’t Have to Be Like It Was for Your Parents!

So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.

—A.J. REB MATERI

Looking young and staying young are part of the twenty-first century lifestyle. That has created two mega industries: the vitamin industry, which has grown to yield more than $30 billion a year, and the anti-aging industry, which produces more than $100 billion a year. Both of these mega-health industries are growing more rapidly as more people are getting older.

But while more and more people continue to use health products, confusion still reigns in both areas. Based on our medical experience, we find that most people are still looking for definitive answers to such health and nutrition related questions as:

• Why do I need to take vitamin supplements if I eat well?

• Can I really extend my health span or life span by eating right, exercising, and taking supplements?

• What should I take, how much should I take, and when should I take these vitamins and other dietary supplements?

 

2. The First Secret Revealed: If You Know How to Keep One Cell Healthy, You Can Do It for 100 Trillion of Them

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The First Secret Revealed: If You Know How to Keep One Cell Healthy, You Can Do It for 100 Trillion of Them

Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow; He who would search for pearls, must dive below.

—JOHN DRYDEN IN ALL FOR LOVE

Take a close look at yourself in the mirror, and compare the way you look with photos from your younger days. If you are like most people, some big differences will be apparent. This is probably one of the reasons that motivated you to purchase this book—to find out about advancements in medicine so you can do something about aging and age-related diseases.

You are probably wondering why these signs of aging are occurring and what you can do about them. To answer this important question, let’s take a closer look at what is actually going on in your body to understand what you see in the mirror. When we understand the controlling factors, we can then take actions to control our aging destiny. For the most important answers, we must go deep within our bodies.

What the most recent advancements in science show is that we must use our most powerful zoom lenses to focus on what’s happening inside our cells to understand how to control the aging process. Only then is it possible to determine what we can do about aging and age-related diseases. The good news is that this is what we have done for the past decade. We have new answers to help you control your health in a way never before possible.

 

3. The Second Secret Revealed: The Last Thing You Want Is a Bad Photocopy of the Most Important Information in Your Life!

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The Second Secret Revealed: The Last Thing You Want Is a Bad Photocopy of the Most Important Information in Your Life!

When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.

THE TALMUD

In Chapter 2 we discussed the aging process at the individual cellular level, and why it’s so important to keep our DNA and the genetic information contained within it as healthy as possible. This is especially true for the genes that control the five key processes regulating aging at the cellular level. We stressed that if we can control aging at the individual cellular level, then every one of the 100 trillion cells that make up our body will age more optimally.

But how does this work? It comes down to making better copies of your cells as they naturally wear out and are replaced. The last thing you want is a bad photocopy of the most important information in your life—your DNA.

In this chapter we’ll review what happens normally as we age in a positive fashion, with the focus on the processes of cell replication or cell replacement.

 

4. The Third Secret Revealed: It’s Not Just Your Genes—It’s Your Total Environment and Lifestyle that Really Matters

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The Third Secret Revealed: It’s Not Just Your Genes— It’s Your Total Environment and Lifestyle that Really Matters

It is by logic that we prove, but it is by intuition that we discover.

—HENRI POINCARÉ

The previous chapters discussed the primarily internal factors that have numerous effects on the expression of your genes. When it comes to your general cellular health, however, additional forces of nature are also at play. We group these additional factors together as environmental factors. In fact, the interaction of these environmental factors with your genes has given rise to a new branch of science called epigenetics. But before we discuss epigenetics, we need to review some background information about the environmental factors, which are typically grouped in two general categories: biotic factors and abiotic factors.

BIOTIC AND ABIOTIC FACTORS

When most people think of the environment, what typically comes to mind are things like rocks, soil, water, plants, animals, and air. While these things do indeed make up the environment, there are additional factors we need to consider. To understand what these factors are, divide them into two groups: the biotic factors deal with living things in the environment, and the abiotic factors deal with nonliving things in the environment. This means that plants and animals are biotic factors that have an effect on us, and we have an effect on them, too. For example, most allergies are triggered by biologic matter in the air we breathe or by animal bites like bee stings. Abiotic factors like temperature, water and air quality, and sunlight also affect all living things. Human behavior also has an effect on them.

 

5. The Biology of Belief: What You Believe Can Make a Difference—Whether You Believe It or Not

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The Biology of Belief: What You Believe Can Make a Difference— Whether You Believe It or Not

Man’s mind, once stretched around a new idea, never returns to its original shape.

—OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES

In Chapter 4 we noted that the power of our beliefs can change our environment so profoundly that it alters how our genes actually produce proteins and, therefore, create positive and negative effects on every cell in our body. Now we need to look at the effects beliefs can have on two levels of health:

1. The surface or tangible effects of beliefs; that is, how beliefs affect our actions.

2. The subsurface or intangible effects of beliefs, or effects of energy and thoughts, on matter, specifically our DNA.

In Chapter 4 we defined the tangible effects of beliefs with the equation:

Genes + Environment = Positive or negative health and aging + longevity

Our environment is composed of or affected by three interrelated factors:

1. Our beliefs and emotions   2. Stress   3. Lifestyle habits

THE POWER OF BELIEFS

 

6. Personal Genetic Health Nutraceutical Supplements: Forget Daily Once-a-Days—21st Century Anti-Aging Nutrition Is Here Now!

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Personal Genetic Health Nutraceutical Supplements: Forget Daily Once-a-Days—21st Century Anti-Aging Nutrition Is Here Now!

If I knew I would live as long as I have, I would have taken better care of myself.

—GEORGE BURNS, COMEDIAN, AT AGE 101

In Chapter 1 we discussed the massive confusion surrounding supplements as well as anti-aging programs. Indeed, confusion reigns, and getting good advice about taking supplements is hard to come by. Millions of people are indoctrinated through the media to take “once-a-days” to stay healthy. But can they help you age optimally? The answer is they really can’t.

NUTRITIONAL BUILDING BLOCKS

We eat to supply the building blocks that make new cells to replace worn out or damaged cells. The carbohydrates we eat supply energy or fuel for our cells, and protein supplies the backbone molecules for hormones, enzymes, and the amino acids that help build DNA. Fats supply basic elements for cell membranes and cell receptors. Along with these macronutrients, we need the micronutrients that come from vitamins, minerals, herbal extracts, enzymes, and cellular repair compounds. The quantity and type of vitamins and minerals we take can increase or decrease our gene activity, thereby increasing or decreasing cell aging. We may need increasing amounts of specific nutrients as we grow older to maintain optimal DNA function and cell repair.

 

7. The Full Personal Genetic Health Program: The Gene Makeover Completed

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The Full Personal Genetic Health Program: The Gene Makeover Completed

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.

—ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

Let’s summarize the key concepts we have covered so far in this book. To begin, various scientists, including geneticists and anti-aging physicians, have proven they can slow aging and improve the period of optimal health in mammals. Recent studies of chimps, for example, reveal they are 99.9 percent genetically identical to humans. Startling new research in both humans and chimps shows that calorie restriction changes how genes respond and creates a positive environment for aging. We also discussed how the environment, both internal and external, is the essential factor in controlling your genes and your DNA.

We now can measure the group of genes involved in human calorie restriction to determine how efficiently your personal genes are functioning. What we measure is your potential gene activity, which regulates the key cellular health processes of methylation, inflammation, glycation, oxidation, and DNA repair. Once we know what your gene efficiency is—you should know that no one’s is 100 percent—we can recommend specific nutraceutical supplements that will interact with your genes and their related cellular pathways to promote more positive aging and mimic the effect of calorie restriction at the cellular level. In this way, we can nutritionally compensate for the inefficiencies you inherited with your genes. This process is based on the new science of epigenetics, which you can take advantage of by following the PGH Gene Makeover Program.

 

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