Dr. Bruce Lipton, a cell biologist, has written an incredible book about the field of epigenetics and and how it effects all of us. Written for both lay persons and professionals in the field of health and science, I highly recommend the book The Biology of Belief.
If you saw my copy of the book, you would see about 50 flags popping out from the pages and tons of highlighted phrases, comments and quotes.
Here is an example of something I found quite profound (there are hundreds):
“In fact, only 5% of cancer and cardiovascular disease patients can attribute their disease to heredity. [Willett 2002] While the media made a big hoopla over the dicovery of BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer genes, they failed to emphasize that ninety-five percent of breast cancers are not due to inherited genes. The malignancies in a significant number of cancer patients are derived from environmentally-induced epigenetic alterations and not defective genes. [Kling 2003; Jones 2001; Seppa 2000; Baylin 1997]”
How may of you have thought that “It’s the Gene’s Stupid?” when talking about the etiology of disease. Lipton counters with the brilliant comment “It’s the Environment Stupid”.
Insightful, fun to read and a valuable addition to anyones library.