Part of a visit to the doctor includes taking a family medical history which helps to inform the doctor whether the patient may be at increased risk of particular illnesses. Many patients and doctors alike, believe that medical or behavioral conditions that run in families are due to genetics.
It is important to understand that genes are much more than a material blueprint of who we are. Genes are expressed by our environment and our diet. This is called epigenetics. In other words, if someone has a strong family history of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer they are not destined to have those conditions just because it is in the genes. Indeed, these conditions run in the family because the families tend to have the same habits, live, work, and play in the same environments.
The Bible says very clearly, “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:27)”. This passage tells us very clearly that we are created in the image of God. God is a spiritual being, therefore our DNA, which contains the information of the image of God, must have a spiritual nature. DNA is not just composed of physical matter. It must have, by definition, a spiritual component that reflects our Creator, who is a spiritual being.
It should come as no surprise that there is a battle in the physical and spiritual realm to destroy our DNA. The Bible says, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel “ (Genesis 3:15). Soon after Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden God spoke directly to Satan in the previous passage, noting that there shall be hostility between Satan and the Seed of the Woman who is Jesus Christ.
Our enemy has known since the pronouncement from God that his seed (the anti-Christ) would be injured by Jesus. Therefore, Satan in his convoluted way of thinking devises and executes plans to damage the sprouting of seeds. His goal is to prevent or damage anyone associated with the Seed of the Woman, Jesus Christ, who ultimately will injure him. It is important to note that upon being born again we are included in the family of Jesus Christ.
The manifestation of our progeny is dependent on the sound replication of DNA. Because Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, our DNA has been corrupted with a sin code. Prior to the fall, Adam walked and talked with God freely in the Garden. After he sinned, Adam had direct access to God due to a corruption of the DNA. Remember, DNA has a spiritual component, therefore corrupted DNA blocks the ability to commune with God. When one is “reborn”, we are reconnected to our Creator.
Satan certainly does not want us to have direct access to God, therefore his goal is to destroy and/or corrupt our DNA. God, who knew this would occur, has given us repair mechanisms including proofreaders for our DNA to correct, protect, and defend our most precious commodity.
Our nutrition plays an extremely important role in the expression of genes. For example, nutritional manipulation can turn cancer genes “on” or “off”. We know, for example, that there is a 75-90% risk reduction of many cancers including breast, lung, and prostate cancer by having a vitamin D blood level of 50 ng/dL. Yes, it can be that simple. Get some some or simply supplement with vitamin D.
Additional nutrients that influence genes are magnesium, zinc, and B-vitamins. I will discuss the role in these vitamins in future blogs.
In sum, one can alter one’s risk of degenerative diseases, including cancer at any age with proper diet and lifestyle changes. Genetics only loads the rifle, the environment pulls the trigger.