It’s All in the Process
The following is an excerpt taken from Epigenetics: The Death of the Genetic Theory of Disease Transmission;
“We talk about DNA as if it’s a template (or a blue print), like a mold for a car part in a factory. In the factory, molten metal or plastic gets poured into the mold thousands of times and, unless something goes wrong in the process, out pop thousands of identical car parts.
But DNA isn’t really like that. It’s more like a script. Think of Romeo and Juliet, for example. In 1936 George Cukor directed Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in a film version. Sixty years later Baz Luhrmann directed Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in another movie version of this play. Both used Shakespeare’s script, yet the two movies are entirely different. Identical starting points, different outcomes.
That’s what happens when cells read the genetic code that’s in DNA (that is nutritionally deficient). The same script can result in different productions. The implications of this for human health are very wide-ranging, as we will see from the case studies it’s really important to remember that nothing happened to the DNA blueprint of the people in these case studies. Their DNA didn’t change (or mutate), and yet their life histories altered irrevocably in response to their environment (i.e. diet and nutritional deficiencies).”
Back in my days as a software engineer, I learned to think very systematically. Not only did I have to think of the start and end points, but every single detail and functional possibility in the middle. And so I often think of Epigenetics in regards to three things: input, output and process. The above quote displays the importance of the process in the middle. We all technically have the potential for a relatively similar starting point, but the process in the middle is what changes the output at the end.
In other words, what we input into our bodies and minds will affect us, but there are A LOT of factors along the way that change the output.
In our CCP Level 1 Nutrition class, James makes the statement that you can eat perfectly clean, but if you don’t have the following items in order it won’t necessarily matter for health or performance:
– Adequate sleep
– Proper hydration
– Balance in life in regards to stress
– Lifestyle alignment
– Good food hygiene – communing, chewing your food, meal prep
– Blood flow – exercise, detox, sweating
This is taking nutritional advice from one dimension (eat clean and all will be well) to multiple dimensions and it is the very thing I love about the CCP. People aren’t one dimensional and your coaching shouldn’t be either.