Genetic destiny: Help your body and discover your best being

I have been fascinated by ‘how and why’ things happen for quite some time.  My friend and guest on the radio program, Dr. Lori Shemek is an expert in the field of nutrition and has written about the science of Epigenetics. Essentially, this is the ability to control your own destiny; you are not destined to become your mom or dad.  Their chronic health issues are not yours just because you share DNA.

What I have learned is that we can transform our genetic destiny through a combination of diet, supplements, sleep, stress relief, and reduced exposure to environmental toxins (the toxins in our food, water, air, and products).  

This process of turning genes on and off is known as Epigenetics. 

I was recently ‘ReFired’ in attitude and inspired by the book ‘Dirty Genes’ by Doctor Ben Lynch to revisit and reaffirm my complete belief that we are what we do, basically the ‘what’ to the earlier stated ‘how’.

In his book, Dr. Lynch talks about how “your body also has to filter out the toxins that you just can’t avoid. How about the daily eleven thousand liters of air you breathe, the eight cups of water you drink, and the four pounds of food you eat”?

Toxins build a resistance to being filtered out of our bodies because there are so many of them. Dr. Lori attributes this with the double whammy of inflammation and fat.  Too many toxins, which are then encapsulated by fat cells, leads to a multitude of chronic health issues.  

Combine your personal genetics to being sensitive to certain compounds and voila, problems!  

Look up the process of ‘Methylation’.  Dr. Lynch talks about this in his book and you will begin to see how this system works. Hyper-personalized medicine and wellbeing begin with knowledge.

Try these-

  • Read ‘FATflammation’
  • Read ‘Dirty Genes’
  • Eat more whole foods, and drink water, water, water!
  • Get your rest, seriously!
  • Move more


Tom Matt is the host of the ‘Boomers Rock’ radio talk show syndicated throughout Michigan on the Michigan Talk Network and can be heard locally Saturday mornings on the ‘Big Talker’ WJIM 1240 AM. For more information please visit


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