Your genes don’t control your health or happiness outcomes; in fact many of the choices you make turn genes on or off. Author Dawson Church applies the insights of the new field of Epigenetics (epi=above, i. e. control above the level of the gene) to healing. Citing 417 scientific studies, he shows how consciousness – in the form of beliefs, altruism, optimism, meditation, emotions, and energy psychology methods like EFT (Emotion Freedom Technique) – can trigger the expression of genes held inside the DNA strands. He focuses on a class of genes called Immediate Early Genes or IEGs.
These genes turn on within a few seconds of a stimulus. They can be triggered by thoughts or emotions (“I loved that unexpected gift of roses Bill gave me” or “I’m so mad about what Uncle John said at the Christmas party”) as well as spiritual experiences, and acts of kindness. Many IEGs are regulatory genes turn on other genes that affect specific aspects of our immune system, such as the production of white blood cells that destroy attacking bacteria and viruses. Epigenetics thus influences our health every day.
He coins the new term “Epigenetic Medicine” to describe healing techniques with epigenetic effects. He also summarizes the science behind the infant fields of Energy Psychology and Energy Medicine, both of which offer promising epigenetic medical therapies, and describes examples of the powerful personal breakthroughs being achieved by therapists, doctors, athletes, and entrepreneurs practicing these techniques.
His book, The Genie in Your Genes, illustrates that there is a sound theoretical framework, based on credible experiments, for understanding these astonishing results. Based on this information, Dawson predicts that the insights of Epigenetic Medicine will dramatically advance the fields of both medicine and psychology in the coming decade.