From an early age, we are inundated with the helpless belief that our genes are set in stone – a fixed code – a destiny that we cannot control. The study of epigenetics debunks this mythical mindset, revealing how external factors change our gene expression throughout our lifetime.
The field of epigenetics examines more closely the relationship between our genes and our environment, and how man-made chemicals influence cellular processes, ultimately changing the expression of our genes. Some chemicals may inactivate genes that are normally active. Other chemicals may activate genes that would typically lay dormant. These chemically-induced changes in gene behavior can initiate health problems, especially in the womb, during childhood development and puberty.
Pesticides of the past alter gene expression from one generation to the next
Now the field of epigenetics is discovering a disturbing new trend. Man-made chemical pesticides (such as the persistent pollutant DDT), are altering gene expression through multiple generations, destroying the inherent health of entire bloodlines. This means pesticides are silently changing the expression of genes, generation after generation, and the damage is being carried on, restricting future generations’ ability to live harmoniously with their environment. The pesticides are interfering with people’s natural relationship with their bodies and the world around them. The damage of past pesticides (such as DDT) is being carried out and expressed in the genes of new generations of people who may not even consider the banned pollutant to be a threat.
When a parent’s gene expression has been manipulated by pesticides, those changes can be inherited by the next generation. The pesticide poisons of the past century are literally rewriting the gene expression of future generations, victimizing the next of kin from the start. The trans-generational damage has now been recognized across three generations. The damage can be observed in childhood cancer cases that are linked directly back to parental pesticide exposure. Lymphoma risk increases two-fold for children whose parents were pesticide applicators. Pesticide applicators who applied pesticides without proper protection give birth to children who are at greater risk of developing childhood cancers.
In 2012, biologists experimented with pesticides on mice. The genetic changes that occurred were passed down through three generations, eliciting mental disorders and obesity in the offspring. Through the same genetic mechanisms, these effects are observed in humans.
2,4-D herbicide initiating changes in cell cycle control, human stress response, and DNA repair
The commonly-used herbicide 2,4-D damages cellular DNA. Medical researchers discovered the herbicide’s genotoxic effects in 2004, showing how it causes chromosomes to break apart in human blood cells. In 2005, “environmentally realistic levels,” of 2,4-D were found to change gene expression for important functions of the body, including immunology, stress response, cell cycle control and DNA repair.
Egyptian geneticists found that the bone marrow cells of mice were being deconstructed in the presence of 2,4-D, as the chromosomes broke apart.
University of Minnesota researchers couldn’t deny the fact that 2,4-D was causing severe changes in men who worked with the herbicide and had high levels of the chemical metabolites in their urine. The researchers found that the men were silently enduring chromosome aberrations and hormonal fluctuations that would ultimately affect their mental state, metabolism, homeostasis and sex drive.
Glyphosate is a catalyst for disease processes
Glyphosate herbicide alters genetic expression of humans by destroying the microbiome of the exposed persons. MIT researchers documented the role of glyphosate in damaging the gastrointestinal tract of humans, and depleting good species of bacteria that the body needs to detoxify and stimulate immune response. Glyphosate is a catalyst for disease processes, and is behind the widespread epidemics of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, autism, infertility and cancer that are ravaging people stuck on the Western diet of glyphosate-infested food products.
The more we eliminate pesticides from our lives, the quicker we allow our cellular processes to normalize and self regulate, allowing our genes to express health and vitality.