Epigenetics, Health,Well-being and Ageing.

    What does Epigenetics have to do with our health, wellbeing and aging for that matter what is Epigenetics. Let’s start with what it is: The term epigenetics refers to heritable changes in gene expression (on or off switch) that does not involve changes to the underlying DNA sequence; a change in phenotype without a change in genotype.   Epigenetics-The study of heritable changes in phenotype that does not involve changes in the underlying DNA sequence. Phenotype-The observable physical traits or biochemical characteristics of an organism based on a combination of the organism’s genes and environmental factors. Genotype-The inherited genetic makeup of a cell. http://www.whatisepigenetics.com/what-is-epigenetics/ It is believed that epigenetics has the potential to explain the aging process, human development, the origins of cancer, heart disease, and mental health illnesses, as well as other disorders. What is so exciting about this is that where we once thought that what we inherited from our parents was our lot this is not necessarily the case.  So if heart disease ran in the family other members would expect to suffer from it. You hear people say “oh such and such runs in our family so it is inevitable that I will get it.” Well now science is saying we can no longer blame these diseases on our parents. It appears that even when we do inherit these genes from our biological parents they may or may not be active in us.  So when a gene is activated or turned on it is called gene expression.  But what is so interesting is that this genetic expression can be affected by our experiences and even our thoughts and feelings....