Epigenetics (part 2): differences between twins and the biology of diabetes

In our last post we introduced an important new field of science: epigenetics.

Today I’m going to continue to describe epigenetics and explain why it’s so important in understanding disease processes.

I found another great video for you to watch: the Epigenetics of Twins. Twins are really important in genetics because they help us to answer whether our makeup is determined by our genetics (“nature”) or our environment (“nurture”). In classical genetics it’s always one or the other. However in epigenetics the 2 influences become 1, because our environment changes our epigenome, so the things that we do (environment) can be passed on to our children (genetic).

Enjoy this short (5 min) documentary, the Epigenetics of Twins:



So how does epigenetics explain disease?

Let me use a real example which I discovered this week regarding diabetes. This is science in the making!

Evette and I are now living on a small island in the mid Pacific. We are here to help educate the locals, as well as to learn their amazing customs and knowledge.

One recent problem here is diabetes. There’s no money for insulin and so it’s a death sentence. When I first arrived I assumed that the diabetes was the product of natives adopting a Western diet – too much sugar, fried food etc. However it turns out that diet is not a major factor. In fact the diabetes is apparently more common in the more remote districts with a traditional diet, and less common right here near the capital. This surprised me for a few minutes until I remembered what I’ve learned: diabetes is an epigenetic disease.

I know a little bit of South Pacific history. One of the saddest parts is the history of “blackbirding” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbirding), which was basically the Australian black slave trade until 1901, well after the USA abolished slavery. Indigenous people were kidnapped from around the Pacific and made to work on sugar plantations in Australia.

Armed with this knowledge I asked the locals: “is diabetes a problem in the areas where blackbirding was highest or lowest?” The answer of course was the expected one: the remote islands with problems with diabetes are those same (unprotected) islands that experienced blackbirding 100 years ago. The local villages near the capital were safe, and they have almost no diabetes, despite adopting a more Western diet.

If this doesn’t surprise and amaze you, then you must be ahead of the curve.  Even a decade ago this association would be unthinkable to any respectable genetic scientist.  Diabetes was DNA and diet, nothing to do with trauma.  The scientific community is only very slowly opening up to this new awareness.

What does this prove?

To me it proves something I already knew, that most dieseases, like diabetes, are epigenetic.

We used to think that diabetes (/ cancer / depression / etc) were largely genetic, meaning that it was a faulty gene that caused them. This was assumed to be the case because they often run in the family. Now we know that the cause is not a gene, but the expression of a gene. This is the result of the epigenome. And it’s our family story, such as trauma, that determines our epigenome.

A good friend of mine has often wondered about her diabetes – why is she the only person in her family to have Type I (“genetic”) diabetes? Armed with the knowledge of epigenetics I can now ask her about what trauma in her family could be related to the diabetes.  The healing becomes much simpler – our intention is to clear the trauma (environemtnal factor) which switched the diabetic epigenome.

Our theory (which is still 10 years away from being accepted science) is that that the epigenetic switch is easily reversed.  Just as trauma flicks the switch on, clearing the trauma flicks the switch back off.  Healing the family trauma that causes diabetes should switch the diabeteic gene back off.

Will this cure the diabetes? It’s hard to say because diabetes is the end result of an auto-immune process. The symptoms don’t appear until the immune system has wreaked significant damage to the pancreas.  I believe this damage can be healed in time.

What I am much more sure about is that clearing the family trauma will stop the diabetes being inherited by the next generation.  In other words – it’s never too late to protect your children.  If your children are already born, we make sure they are included in the healing process.

I’ve chosen diabetes as a topical example because I hope to make a very real difference to the people in these islands through working with the locals to clear “blackbirding trauma.”  If we succeed, the next generation wont need to worry about diabetes.
The principles described here apply to most disease processes. I will, in future blogs, be writing about cancer, depression and other epigenetic diseases.
The next article will address one of the most important questions: how do you find and clear the epigenetic trauma?

Did you like this research? Leave your comments and questions here.

[To continue to Part 3 after leaving your comments, click here.]

15 Comments
September 16, 2010 in Epigenetics
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15 Responses

  1. Very interesting and THANKS for such huge insights!

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  2. Hi Simon,
    very nice article! I also think it´s no coincidence that two other sites on my watchlist also write on this topic. Here are two papers which might be interesting to you.
    http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/ceb/community_medicine_page/docs/Epigenetic%20programming%20by%20maternal%20behaviour.pdf
    http://dpblab.fiu.edu/courses/psy5058_harper2005.pdf

    Namasté
    Peter

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    simonrose Reply:

    thanks I’ll check out the links soon and I hope others get use from them.
    Simon

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  3. Simon this is brilliant thank you, I may finally be rid of thyriod condition which definately is epigenetic, just need you to let us know the next part how to find the first epigenetic trauma and how to heal it. I await your next installment, on this fasinating subject.

    You and Evette must be getting so much out of helping and supporting the people on the island you have gone to live with. Keep us updated on the process.
    M x

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    simonrose Reply:

    hi, I really hope you heal the thyroid condition. We did a great thyroid demo on the Level 3 in LA. Have a look at the use of 100% pure organic coconut oil as a supplement in regulating the thyroid, I have heard excellent reports.
    best wishes
    Simon

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  4. Hi Simon, this is a really interesting article – thanks
    so much for sharing this with us. I really look forward to reading your next article on how to find and clear the epigenetic trauma :-)

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  5. Love the article , Simon :) – I’ve also been thinking that the epigenetic switch is turned off as easily as it is turned on – even though science has yet to “prove” it. Looking forward to the 3rd part :D feels like RPT is in a good flow nowadays :)

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  6. Hi Simon,Evette & bloggers,
    as always, thanks for a great topic du jour,& for pointing this running dog in the right directions.
    I googled this topic as i do & came across a book titled – The Genie In Your Genes: Epigenetic Medicine And The New Biology of Intention, for any & all who are interested.
    I clicked on the link Peter has suggested & got lost in the language;hope this book simplifies it for non scientist types(civilians like me).

    Keep up the good work,I’ll keep reading it.

    Take care.

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    simonrose Reply:

    hi Tom

    Jørgen (who posted on this page) gave me that book a year or 2 back. It’s weak on epigenetics but is brilliant on a different topic which is the connective tissue. I haven’t written about that on this blog but I plan to, it is a big part of the level 3 course. This book introduced me to the concept of the crystaline structure of connective tissue.

    The author (Church) is a leading TFT teacher in the USA, for what that’s worth.

    cheers
    Simon

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  7. Addendum:
    An even more detailed book is on the market; simply titled Epigenetics written by
    C. David Allis ,Thomas Jenuwein ,Danny Reinberg , & Marie-Laure Caparros.
    My gut tells me that this book is on the money(more so than the last entry i made).

    Talk to you soon.

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  8. Thank You Simon. Your work is inspiring. I really want to pack up the family and head on over to help with the work.
    You must check out http://www.trivedifoundation.org/ and watch some YouTube footage of Mahendra Kumar Trivedi. He is the only person I know of in the world that has documented verifiable scientific proof of being able to actually change the DNA in plants and microbes through consciousness, as well as convert cancerous cells into non-cancerous cells (as well as so much more).
    The worldwide scientific community have done hundreds (I believe now even thousands) of experiments on him personally and on the work he is doing. Over and over again they are saying “Miraculous- not scientifically possible”. Transcendental Genetics is just one area he is astounding science with. He has many of the verifiable findings available on his website.
    Although I have not read anything about Epigenetics within his work,you should still check him out because he is putting himself wide out into the world so that science can see the inarguable link between spirit/consciousness and science. And what you are doing with RPT fits in to all this. I am loving it! xxxxxxxxx

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  9. Lastly a superb article related to the subject, maintain the great work and therefore I wish to read even more of your stuff in the longer term.

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  10. I am just discovering your blog. I am a type 2 diabetic and i find this information to be exciting, revolutionary in scope with many possibilities. Thank you for revealing to me that there is hope for healing my body of diabetes.

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