Chances are good that when you see a doctor, they will spend time asking you about your family history, including questions like, “Does anybody in your family have____?”. The fact is, today practically every family has a history of diabetes, heart geneticsdisease, cancer, or another debilitating circumstance….so why ask? Is the point to make you think that you’re doomed and powerless to change your fate?

The work of Dr. Bruce Lipton has shown us that this accepted thinking that inherited genes cause most health issues, is flawed. What is being ignored is the fact that genes are not self-regulating. They respond to environmental triggers that turn on or off! Kind of an important bit of trivia, isn’t it?

The idea that the body is a stimulus-response organism is not new in natural health. The body is always responding to a stimulus appropriately. Dr. Lipton explains how this works at a cellular level and compares our cells to computers. The cell membrane operates like a computer chip, a semi-conductor with gates and channels. A cell is programmable with the programmer existing outside the cell.

Information is brought in from the environment outside of the cell and downloaded into it. What’s in the environment dictates what gets in the cell. The cell’s nucleus operates as a memory disk, housing DNA programs and affecting genetic functions that encode the production of proteins. Data enters via the membrane receptors.

Of primary importance is the fact that the data entered into our cells can be edited and is largely under our control. This makes us the masters of our fate to a large degree.

Our cell membranes are continually reading the environment and responding accordingly. Some of the major environmental influences are nutrition, toxicity, stress, emotions, and beliefs. These factors are worthy of more focus than genes. For example, while headlines were touting the discovery of breast cancer genes and celebrities who had these genes were making talk show appearances to talk about their “preventative” mastectomies, it was never mentioned that 95% of breast cancers are due to environmental influences, not inherited genes.

It seems logical that if we are proactive eliminating potentially harmful toxins from our bodies and giving it good nutrition, we are increasing the odds of our cellular computers functioning more optimally. Eating organic when possible makes sense when you consider that certain pesticides will induce breast cancer in lab mice 100% of the time. I realize that people aren’t lab mice, but this still should tell us something about pesticides’ degree of toxicity.

Nutrition can have a powerful affect on genetic expression. A folic acid deficiency can result in a child to be born with a cleft palate, or a neural tube defect, and a chromium deficiency can interfere with normal eye development, for example. Cell membranes are a lipid sandwich with a cholesterol inner layer. The quality of fats in the membrane correlates with what is ingested in the diet. Fake fats (hydrogenated) are solid and hard, not fluid like natural fats. This is what they do to your cell membranes, making them harder and less able to function. What if someone were also taking cholesterol lowering drugs? Remember, cholesterol is a normal and necessary component of our cell membranes.

Stress has a major impact at the cellular level. The brain and nervous system can override local input so when we are feeling stress all functioning not related to fight or flight will shut down. Many people today are constantly in that “ready to act” mode without ever actually doing it. The perceived threat is always there. That pent up energy has many negative health consequences, including suppressing our immune systems along with interfering with cellular activity.

Another powerful influence to our cellular bio-computer is what is stored in our subconscious mind. The beliefs that got into our “hard wiring” and continue to run our lives without conscious awareness dictate our automatic reactions to certain situations and affect us down to the cellular level. They need to be examined and efforts made to change them if they don’t serve you. Observe your patterns of behavior and question where they came from. The subconscious is much bigger and more powerful than the conscious mind, so it behooves us all to explore this point. It takes time to change patterns embedded in the subconscious, but there are techniques available to help expedite the process. Since the subconscious will usually prevail, your beliefs are worth investigating, especially when you consider they can actually become your biology!

So, the next time you are asked about your family’s health history, what’s going to be your new response?