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(by Deepak Chopra)

The body operates as a vast feedback loop, with each of 50 trillion cells sending and receiving messages all the time. To be understood, a message must be written in chemical form. The vast majority of messages are coded as brain chemicals that enter the bloodstream, along with minute electrical impulses generated in brain, heart, and muscles. When you delve into the structure of brain cells, the source of these electrochemical impulses, you find that genes must be activated to produce them. The picture becomes incredibly complicated — imagine the body as a biological Internet with trillions of computers and just in the brain alone up to a quadrillion connections — but the upshot is clear-cut. What you think, do, and say influences your body.

It is up to you to keep the messages that course through your body positive instead of negative. No other duty in life is as important or vital to your health and well-being.

The proof lies in some new assumptions that are promising to overturn our conventional approach to illness and wellness:

    • Positive lifestyle changes in diet, exercise, and stress management actually cause your genes to alter their output. They are activated in life-enhancing ways.
    • Meditation seems to affect the production of the enzyme telomerase, which in turn builds telomeres, the end points of each chromosome. The fraying of telomeres is associated with aging; keeping telomeres intact is associated with the health and youthfulness of your genes.
    • It appears that fat isn’t as neutral, chemically speaking, as was always assumed. Fat cells send out hormonal signals that appear to have deleterious effects, particularly in triggering inflammation.
    • Inflammation is being associated more and more with illness on every front, including cancer and heart disease. Inflammation is an imbalanced state, the opposite of homeostasis, the body’s normal state of dynamic balance.
    • Diseases don’t begin when symptoms first appear. In almost every chronic illness that sets in after childhood, there are precursors in cellular structure or genes that extend back to childhood, infancy, or even the womb. In other words, the feedback loop is processing input and output every second of your life, with long-term consequences.
    • Genes are rarely the determinative cause of disease. Far more often they make you susceptible to illness. What determines whether this susceptibility turns into full-blown illness is complex. But it’s worth expanding on.

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  • wartica: I can attest to this; eating garbage food , always lead me to eat more - all because I was lacking real nutrients . Great post and I look forward to s