Let’s take a look at identical twins. They are born with the same DNA, and their cookbook has the same exact pages opened, yet they are two separate and unique individuals. How is this possible? When we are developing in the womb, we start with our gene expression handed down from our parents, but that doesn’t mean it stays like that forever.
Epigenetics is the changes in your gene activity. In another words, it is the changing of what pages are being opened and closed and the volume/speed at which proteins are being made from a page through outside factors other than our inherited gene expression.
These epigenetic changes can occur based on what you do, where you live, how you live, what you eat, your exercise levels, emotions, etc.. If twin A sits on the couch eating pizza every day and rarely works out, their gene expression will be significantly different from Twin B, who eats well and competes in triathlons. While this is an extreme example, we can see how our lifestyle and choices can significantly impact our mental and physical health, one page at a time. When you decide to walk somewhere instead of drive, you have made a decision that will end up affecting your gene expression. All of our actions and environments have small to significant effects, depending on the scale and frequency.
One interesting example
is that women who live in brighter neighborhoods tend to have a higher incidence of breast cancer. This is because they typically have brighter bedrooms at night as more light tends to leak in from surrounding buildings and street lamps. When you sleep in brighter rooms, your body begins to release less melatonin which is critical for the quality of your sleep. This can epigentically change your gene expression, changing which pages are opening/closing in a negative way that can actually increase your risk or breast cancer.
Another more uplifting example
is the epigenetic effect yoga and meditation can have. Studies have shown the process of yoga and mediation actually open and close certain cookbook pages to overall decrease your risk of cancer.
This begs the question, what if we can change our cookbook pages into a healthy and anti-cancer position?
What if through a very specific grouping and timing of supplements can we systematically correct our poor gene expression and reverse cancer at it’s very core?
At Elsie Genetics, we use this information to inform our research. We select over 150 genes whose cookbook pages play a significant role in the formation and progression of breast cancer to be our targets. Our goal is to bring you an optimized combination to fight back against the epigenetic failures that cause cancer to thrive.