Why Genetics Don’t Matter (Much)

I frequently hear patients say they are concerned about a particular condition because it “runs in my family”.  They can be talking about heart disease, back pain, high blood pressure, diabetes, and many other conditions. There certainly are conditions and diseases that we inherit from our parents. But that is usually not the case.  Many of these conditions are so common, that it’s easy to assume that the condition is inherited.  For example, low back pain is the number one cause of missed workdays in the U.S; and causes more disability than nearly 300 other conditions worldwide.  Nearly one in 10 people across the globe suffer from an aching lower back.  So it makes sense that if your mom and grandmother had back problems and you do as well, then it must “run in the family”.

Upon closer inspection, this conventional wisdom is usually not correct.  The majority of back pain sufferers have not inherited a “bad back”, they have it from trauma, injury, impact, sitting too much, not exercising enough, or exercising too much.  And many other health conditions are the same.  More than 80% of all heart disease is related to lifestyle.  And most of the diseases and conditions that afflict us can be linked to lifestyle- and even how you think!  Yes, your brain is powerful and can control bodily functions.  Lifestyle, attitude, and social connections seem to have a bigger impact than most of the genetic tendencies we may have.




Epigenetics is the study of how genes can be modified through changes in the environment, behavior, and consciousness. It works to see the true potential of the human mind, and the cells in our body. Epigenetics involves genetic control by factors other than an individual’s DNA sequence. Epigenetic changes can switch genes on or off and determine which proteins are transcribed.

Let’s put it this way: Genetics is victimization. We’re taught that you inherit these genes, and you can’t change them. They work without you, and all of a sudden, your genes are controlling your life. So, we have programmed people to be victims, believing that they have no power over their lives. It’s the complete opposite of epigenetics, which reveals that the individual consciousness is controlling the genetic activity. If I change my consciousness, then I can control my genetics. And all of a sudden, you go from a victim to a master.

We must recognize that we are truly engaged in a planetary turning point. In the same way that it is hard to see the forest when you are lost among all the trees, it is hard to see humanity’s evolution when we are surrounded by so many crises.  The confusion may lie in the fact that this is one of those rare cases where along with the “bad news” there is also “good news.”

A most important insight at this moment is to recognize that we already possess the solutions to all our global ills. If we have the solutions, why then are we so caught up in all this trauma?  It’s simply a consequence of human biology.  We have the choice to make a conscious decision, to either stay in our self-imposed limiting beliefs or to step outside the box and empower ourselves to manifest happiness and health.

For more information read “The Biology of Belief” by Bruce Lipton, Ph.D.

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