Bruce Lipton is a biologist who now teaches new age ideas about spirituality He also points to epigenetics, the study of how proteins regulate. Dr Bruce Lipton is at the vanguard of epigenetics It’s called epigenetics, although when he began his research the term wasn’t used. We’re. After ‘nano’ and ‘quantum’, epigenetics, an important branch of biology, i trust bruce lipton more than this author, who is clearly scared of his.
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Bruce Lipton is a talker. He’s an author and cell biologist primarily, doing some pretty radical research in that field for over four decades.
But he’s a talker, too. An American currently living in New Zealand, he must have given hundreds, thousands, of speeches: So in interviews, he’s chatty, confident, fluid, zippy.
It makes the dictaphone a nightmare to transcribe, but Bruce has a lot of interesting things to say. His basic premise — this is complicated stuff which can’t really be reduced to a handful of sentences, but bear with me — is that our genes don’t control us: It’s called epigenetics, although when he began his research the term wasn’t used. We’re born with a certain combination of genes, yes, but how and whether they’re activated depends greatly on our frame of mind.
So, for instance, on medicine’s famous placebo effect — and its lesser-known antithesis, nocebo — Bruce says: The placebo is just a sugar-pill — the patient is healed by the belief they’ll get better: The belief you have a terminal illness can actually cause you to die, and negative thinking is much more common. I could read your brain activity through MEG, an epienetics on EEG, which doesn’t actually touch the head — it’s reading your thoughts from outside your head.
Your brain sends out vibrations all the time, and your brruce affect your life and other people’s. They pick up these thoughts and get changed by them. That’s why, say, a pacifist gets caught up in a riot situation.
It’s a field of vibrations — you can ‘feel’ someone else’s thoughts when close to them. Bfuce others think something isn’t possible, liton may bguce be able to do it, being around them. He’s a scientist, for starters, with almost half-a-century experience in cell biology and research across a broad range of topics, including muscular dystrophy, cloning, cell behaviour and tissue transplantation.
And the science kipton plausible to a layman like me. Possibly his most seminal piece of research epigeetics carried out at Stanford, between andwhich showed the environment, operating through cell membranes, turns our genes on or off.
This basically kick-started the field of epigenetics, but Bruce experienced stiff resistance from a hidebound establishment. Stem-cells can become any tissue in the body and we all have millions of them, to replace damaged cells.
I’d put one in a petri dish and it would divide every hours. After a week I’d have 50, all genetically identical. I’d split those into three groups, change the environmental chemistry in each dish — a culture medium with nutrients, the equivalent of blood — and the different dishes would form muscle, bone, fat. So brucce couldn’t have been genes controlling the fate of those cells, they were all the same.
Gene Genie: The struggle of cell biologist Bruce Lipton
The only difference was environment. Genes don’t control anything, they’re just blueprints. Whereas ‘epigenetic control’ — control above the genes — turns everything on its head.
The environment influences the selection and reading of genes. A person’s health isn’t generally a reflection of genes, but how their environment is influencing them. Genes are the direct cause of less than 1pc of diseases: Humans are comprised of some 50 trillion cells, and Dr Lipton describes these little blighters as the “living organisms; a person, by absolute definition, is a community of cells.
We’re the equivalent of a skin-covered petri dish, and our blood is the culture medium, nourishing cells and containing the information that controls them. The gruce is responsible for the composition of this culture, and that depends on what your mind perceives.
When people fall in love they feel happier, more beautiful, full of life, because of what the brain releases. Whereas if a person sees something that scares them, the brain releases stress hormones and inflammatory agents. Those make the cells stop growing and eventually die. Epigenetics doesn’t change the genetic code, it changes how that’s read. Perfectly normal genes can result in cancer or death. Vice-versa, in the right environment, mutant genes won’t be expressed.
Genes are equivalent to blueprints, epigenetics is the contractor. They change the assembly, the structure. Those who recognise that their lives are really what caused the cancer, and take responsibility for the disease, have the best recovery rates.
Whereas someone else will just blame their genes and think there’s nothing they can do about this. Of course, it must be stressed that this thinking is very controversial.
Many medical professionals maintain it’s dangerous to “believe” you can cure yourself of a serious disease like cancer, particularly if epigwnetics mind-set leads to rejection of “mainstream” treatments like chemotherapy.
Apple epigeneticx Steve Jobs, for instance, who died of cancer inwas reported to have regretted favouring “alternative” treatments. His biographer Walter Isaacson said Jobs believed “if you don’t want something to exist, you can have magical thinking But he regretted it. I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner”.
Bruce recalls how both his own training, and the medical establishment, kicked against accepting his ground-breaking revelations on epigenetics.
I got nervous, being looked at by all my colleagues as if I was a crazy person! Others didn’t want to epigdnetics with this evidence, because it went against their beliefs. I started to think maybe I really was nuts. Nobody was able to say I was actually wrong, all they’d say was: They couldn’t disprove it. Finally epigenetics became accepted, so I guess I was 20 years ahead of the curve. I get called a pseudo-scientist or a charlatan, but those critics aren’t at the cutting-edge of science.
It’s gone over the edge in terms of epigenetics, the most important research in the world right now, although it’s only being drip-fed to the public. People are much more into complementary medicine now too, and often get results they couldn’t in the conventional arena.
But science isn’t engaging with this alternative healing because it’s not in the interests of the pharmaceutical liptob. They manipulate the medical industry, control med schools. If you step outside their standard practices you can lose your licence.
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His latest book, ‘The Honeymoon Effect’, tries to explain why people look and feel epigenefics and more attractive after falling in love — and how to hold onto that once love’s first blush fades. They have abundant energy — you make love for days without stopping for food or sleep. Life is so bfuce and exciting that people can’t wait for the next day.
People create liptin experience themselves, but we’re also responsible for losing it. For almost everyone the honeymoon effect wears off after a short time. But if you understand how you created it, you can manifest that special experience for the rest of your life. Essentially — apologies again for the contraction of a complex subject — it’s about being mindful, living in the present and, most importantly, undoing the subconscious programming each of us “downloaded” during childhood, and indeed, the last trimester in our mother’s womb.
To be honest, he kind of lost me during this bit. I don’t necessarily gruce everything he puts forward, but I buy enough of it.
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His reasoning is solid and, as mentioned, the science behind epigenetics is straightforward and seems inarguable. Bguce, ultimately there’s no harm in thinking good thoughts instead of depressing ones.
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