Your Genes. Are You Really A Victim?

One of the greatest misunderstandings of modern biology is that we are a victim of our genes. 

Yes, you heard me correctly.

The Primacy of DNA, or Genetic Determinism, is the belief that our genes are in control of our lives, and by default also in control of our diseases.

The idea that our genes are in control of our biology is surely one of the most widely accepted views in the world today, and has been for many years.

If you have a chronic disease like Ankylosing Spondylitis, you have most likely heard this before. 

This is a scary idea to face, and one that leaves you to cope with a lifelong disease forever, because you believe you are powerless over your biological makeup.

During my diagnosis of AS at the University of California in San Francisco in 2014. I was told things like, "There is nothing you can do about it, but there are good drugs you can take."

Yet, here I am. Writing this article while in remission from all the pain of Ankylosing Spondylitis, and taking no medication.

So, what happened?

Enter my discovery of one of the newest and fastest growing fields of biology called Epigenetics. If you have yet to hear about this blossoming field of biology I am honored to be the one to introduce it to you.

We now know, that something beyond our DNA is controlling what turns genes on, and what turns genes off.

The understanding now is that we are not victims of our genes. We actually have a huge level of influence over the process of gene expression in our bodies.

When I first learned this it was music to my ears, and for those with AS nothing could be more empowering.

Quite simply, we now have scientific evidence behind the remission of Ankylosing Spondylitis symptoms.

To your health and less pain,

Sky Denton

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