Genes Don’t Control Us, We Control Them!

​In a recent seminar sponsored by the National Institute for the

Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, the participants shared the

following insights about genes from current research in neuroscience:

perceive the world around us and,most importantly, our lifestyles.

  • Genes

    are just blueprints that can be controlled by how we respond to and

  • We all have a tremendous amount of power in influencing the expression of our genes..
  • One

    of our clients – a married guy in his late forties – provides a

    A beautiful illustration of this.A while back he had a sample of his

    saliva analyzed by a genetic testing service to determine his genetic

    propensity to be afflicted with 21 major diseases.It turned out that

    based on his genes he had a way above average probability of 50% of

    being afflicted with Diabetes Type II. He further had a high genetic

    propensity for obesity. Indeed the genes for Diabetes Type II and

    Obesity are linked by the FTO gene, commonly referred to by genetic

    researches as “The Fatso Gene.” So when our client and his wife got the

    test results they had a big, hearty laugh because this guy is 5′ 8”

    tall, weighs a lean 168 lbs and does resistance work in a gym three

    times a week with his personal trainer, in addition to one-hour bike

    circuits three times a week around Manhattan.

    Given this

    dude’s lifestyle (and it should come as no surprise that his wife does

    Yoga three times a week), the odds are virtually Zero that he’ll ever be

    afflicted with Diabetes Type II or suffer from Obesity. And this

    doesn’t mean that he and his wife can’t hop over the Brooklyn  Bridge

    once a month – on their bicycles, of course – for a large pizza

washed down with a few cold Manhattan Brews at Grimaldi’s.

Andre Moore, Director, Marriage Couples Counseling in New York City