Change Your Genes, Change Your Life: Creating Optimal Health with the New Science of Epigenetics
Our DNA is not our destiny! In fact, with rare exception, our health is almost completely reliant upon lifestyle choices including what we eat, how we handle stress, the strength of our relationships, and the toxicity of our environment. Through epigenetics, we now know that it is how our individual genes respond to these factors that create a unique internal biochemistry which literally turns genes on or off. Assessing and managing this biochemical environment has opened the door to “personalized medicine” and will become the standard reference for guiding specific lifestyle changes that will optimize our health and longevity.
Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine; Department of Family and Community Medicine; and Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP) at the University of California School of Medicine San Francisco (UCSF).