The undeniable impact of our environment and beliefs on our health (part 1).

Our environment, and how we respond to it, plus the toxins around us and the trauma we face affect the health of our bodies down to a cellular level. When we change our environment (or how we respond to it), free ourselves from toxins, and process the trauma we have faced or are facing, we improve our health and our bodies can heal.

As stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton demonstrated, the fate of our cells is not determined by our genes – it is determined by our environment. So if cells are in a healthy environment, they are healthy. If they’re in an unhealthy environment, they get sick.

The Western medical model tends to view our bodies as machines, much like a car mechanic views a car. When a part of our body appears to be failing, the parts are blamed and treated (through drugs, physical therapy etc), removed or replaced (through transplantation, joint replacement etc). Sometimes this is necessary, but oftentimes not. What we fail to acknowledge is that our body has a driver. The new science of epigenetics reveals that the vehicles—or the genes—aren’t responsible for the breakdown. It’s the driver.

According to Dr Lipton, “In essence, if you don’t know how to drive, you’re going to mess up the vehicle. In the simplest translation, we can agree that lifestyle is the key to taking care of ourselves. Think well, eat well, and exercise, and your body won’t break down and need new parts”.

It has been shown that conventional cardiovascular patients, when provided with important lifestyle insights (better diet, stress-reduction techniques, and so on) were able to resolve their cardiovascular disease without drugs. If the same results were obtained through a drug, every doctor would be prescribing it.

But can the same be said for cancer? Even the strictest lifestyle changes don’t cure cancer in everyone. What about genetic predispositions to getting the disease? It used to be that we thought a mutant gene caused cancer,” Lipton admitted, but with epigenetics, all of that has changed.”

What is epigenetics?

Epigenetics is the study of biological mechanisms that will switch genes on and off, It affects how genes are read by cells and what, ultimately, becomes of those cells.

Bruce Lipton carried out a fascinating experiment to reveal the science of epigenetics, which made sense even to a lay person such as myself!

“I placed one stem cell into a culture dish, and it divided every ten hours. After two weeks, there were thousands of cells in the dish, and they were all genetically identical, having been derived from the same parent cell. I divided the cell population and inoculated them in three different culture dishes.

“Next, I manipulated the culture medium—the cell’s equivalent of the environment—in each dish. In one dish, the cells became bone, in another, muscle, and in the last dish, fat. This demonstrated that the genes didn’t determine the fate of the cells because they all had the exact same genes. The environment determined the fate of the cells, not the genetic pattern. So if cells are in a healthy environment, they are healthy. If they’re in an unhealthy environment, they get sick.”

He discovered that, with fifty trillion cells in our body, the human body is the equivalent of skin-covered petri dish. When we move from one environment to another we change the composition of our ‘culture medium,’ the blood.

“The chemistry of the body’s culture medium determines the nature of the cell’s environment within you. The blood’s chemistry is largely impacted by the chemicals emitted from your brain. Brain chemistry adjusts the composition of the blood based upon your perceptions of life. So this means that your perception of any given thing, at any given moment, can influence the brain chemistry, which, in turn, affects the environment where your cells reside and controls their fate. In other words, your thoughts and perceptions have a direct and overwhelmingly significant effect on cells.”

This teaches us that our mind can and does contribute to both the cause and healing of whatever illness we experience — including cancer.

The two other factors impacting the fate of cells are toxins and trauma. All three factors have been associated with the onset of cancer.

So what does this mean for me and my health?

Our perceptions are reflected in the chemistry of our body, so we can literally change the fate of our cells by changing our thoughts! Our beliefs create our reality, as we have thoughts and then take actions to reflect those beliefs. For example, if have been told we have two months to live and we believe this to be true, we will most likely die in two months as our minds work to connect our beliefs with the reality we experience.

Nocebo vs Placebo effect

Nocebo: Latin for ‘I shall harm’. For example, a doctor telling us we have two months to live.

Placebo: Latin for “I shall please”. For example, a doctor telling us that they are confident we will fully recover from our illness.

Can you read in this the power of belief? In the nocebo scenario, even if our conscious mind believes it doesn’t want to die, if our subconscious mind believes that we will (based on the doctor’s words) the body will conform to the dominant belief. As the subconscious controls 95% percent of our lives, it wins.

Compare that to the placebo scenario, in which the doctor is confident we will recover. If we also believe that we will recover, the conscious and subconscious mind are in harmony and our body has a far better chance of healing.

So, how do we change our thoughts? Part 2 coming soon!