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December 14, 2011
This is an interesting development, I hope many of you find this useful:
By Jaclyn Chasse, ND
New research continues to surprise us as we learn how intimately the environment during preconception and prenatal periods influences the health not only of the newborn, but of that individual as they grow into an adult. Influences including pollutants, stress, and nutritional status of the mother provide information to the DNA in growing and dividing cells of a fetus and can impact the health of that individual, increasing the risk of heart disease, ADHD, and much more. This epigenetic data may have even earlier effects by influencing the health of egg and sperm prior to conception!
This whitepaper will discuss the key peri-natal influences known to affect the health of the individual from infancy through adulthood. Readers will be able to identify key risks for patients and to confidently design a preconception plan to address concerns for both partners. Treatment plan components discussed will include nutritional considerations, environmental exposures, and supplementation that can positively influence genetic expression and cell differentiation.
- Have an understanding of the scientific origins of epigenetic research and the difference between genetics and epigenetics
- Understand how parental behaviors (including behaviors during pregnancy, just prior to conception, and even earlier in the parents’ lives) affect the prenatal, neonatal, childhood and adult health of their offspring
- Be able to identify key risk behaviors with epigenetic implications in their patients through appropriate screening and physical examination
- Be able to confidently design treatment plans for patients of childbearing age in order to alter the epigenetic influences on reproduction and fetal development.
December 4, 2011
Yes Aartiana, epigenetics is the next big leap in understanding human health and development. When I studied biology back when, such an idea was considered unscientific. Now it is state of the art. Epigenetics also lends more evidence to Hahnemann's idea of Miasms affecting future generations. Miasms were hard to explain in terms of specific genes, but in terms of gene expression, the idea fits nicely.
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