[NOTE: this NUGGET is for information purposes only. Do NOT make any changes to your diet, exercise, lifestyle, supplements, or medical therapies until you check with your doctor who is qualified to diagnose and prescribe medical therapies.]

What if I told you that for quite a number of illnesses, there just might be a way to switch them on or off, kinda like a light switch?  Would that be something you’d like to do?

Almost everyone would say, “Yes”, of course. But right under our noses, almost literally, is a closely guarded secret by Nature…what you eat may determine your wellness fate!  

The food you eat is, almost literally, the food you become.  

Think about that statement. How does your body get the nourishment it needs to make energy, to grow, to make new cells within every organ of your body?  You have to eat and drink the nourishment the body requires.  And when you fail to do that properly, the body can’t make what it needs to sustain its trajectory.

You gotta eat the right foods, nutritionally-dense foods, to be able stay healthy. Foods that are nutritionally-dense are plant-sourced foods. So, start wrapping your mind around the notion that you need to eat PLENTY of nutritionally-dense foods to remain healthy. If you do, you give yourself a fighting chance to resist many diseases, including transient illnesses caused by pesky viruses such as cold and flu viruses. And if you don’t eat nutritionally-dense foods, then you actively lower your guard to allow viruses and bacteria to switch on the “bad” genes which multiply to become serious illnesses. 

Think of what follows as if you were playing a sport and had a goalie in net. The oncoming team is rushing at the net, but, at the last moment of the onslaught, your team pulls its goalie and leaves an empty net. When the net is empty, or even if the goalie is way too slow to guard the net, the opposition scores!

Protect your net.  Here’s some information to help you understand the importance of selecting nutritionally-dense foods for your own health and longevity…and, thereby, to help you protect your long-term health. 

Years ago, in a book titled, THE CHINA STUDY, by researcher-health expert, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD, findings were published that placed an emphasis on a cause of some illnesses: too much protein and, particularly, too much animal-sourced protein, including the protein in milk. Colin ran experiments to show that animal-protein can act as a trigger that can switch on various genes that may cause SOME, [but not all], cancer cells to grow and multiply. His study reported that some, [but not all], cancer genes could be switched on and off, much like a light switch, (though…not that instantly).  

Along comes more research supporting Dr. [PhD] Campbell’s hypothesis and strengthening his findings.  “Yeast study suggests that the food we eat could affect our genes” published by The Crick Institute, (Feb. 2016). 

At around that same time, other studies emerged which place a focus on the role of nutrition and switching certain genes on and off: 

“The metabolic background is a global player in Saccharomyces gene expression epistasis”, by Alam, Zelezniak, Mülleder, Shliaha, et. al.  published in Nature Microbiology, volume 1, Article number: 15030 (2016) Feb 1, 2016.  In a nutshell, that study encourages researchers to begin taking a hard look at the role that nutrition plays in switching on gene activity. 

This whole matter gets rather complex, to say the least, and a ton more valid statistical research is yet to be done before the medical profession can develop a diagnosis-prescription model for therapeutic intervention specific to any one particular disease. Early research is giving us some very strong mile markers which we would be foolish to ignore. Of all the articles and statistical studies I’ve read, the following link is provided for your convenience, if you are interested in reading more on this subject, because I am of the opinion it does the best job of explaining the genetic theory in a way that you and I can best comprehend. Here it is:

“Yeast study suggests that the food we eat could affect our genes”

If you want to get into this matter of switching on genes in a bit more detail, the internet is filled with hundreds of references. But you’ll find it tough to swim upstream against the current of information and mis-information. To simplify some of that frustration, below is another link to the seminal researcher in this area, Dr. Campbell, himself, giving a brief presentation on the matter of genetic switches particularly in reference to the effects of  animal-sourced protein, versus plant-sourced proteins.  In a presentation he cites the popular beliefs of today’s doctors that, “…cancer is generally caused by chemical carcinogens, viruses, and genes…what we were seeing is that NUTRITION, when done in the wrong way, can cause  cancer [note: specific cancer studied within his specific research]…”   Here’s Dr. Campbell”

Dr. Campbell speaking about sources that may initiate cancers.

Dr. Campbell poses the question about breast and ovarian cancer.  He challenges that if BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 are the dangerous breast and ovarian cancer genes, then why do all women who have those dangerous genes NOT all suffer from breast and ovarian cancers? Why is it selective? Campbell suggests that nutrition play a major role. To provide an empidemiological analogy he raises the experiences of certain nationalities that, in their own country experience very low incidences of certain diseases. But, when those same people, with the same genes, move to American and enjoy the American diet, they suffer those diseases.  If their genetics has not changed what did?  According to Dr. Campbell,  “I have become greatly impressed with the ability of nutrition to control genes, even bad genes, to a great extent.” See end note 1

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END NOTE

1)-  “An Interview With T. Colin Campbell, PhD.” by Mark Huberman.
National Health Association. Health Science, Spring 2016.  pp 5-11.