Our biology is no longer destiny. Our genes respond to everything we do, according to the revolutionary new science of epigenetics. In other words, our inherited DNA doesn't rigidly determine our health and disease prospects as the previous generation of geneticists believed. Especially in the last ten years, scientists have confirmed that the vast majority of our genes are actually fluid and dynamic. An endless supply of new studies prove that our health is an expression of how we live our lives--that what we eat and think and how we handle daily stress, plus the toxicity of our immediate environment--creates an internal biochemistry that can actually turn genes on or off. Managing these biochemical effects on our genome is the new key to radiant wellness and healthy longevity.
Now gaining broad credibility among scientists, the study of epigenetics is at the forefront of modern medicine. According to the author, the real upshot of the epigenetic revolution is that it opens the door to what futurists call personalized medicine. For the first time in a trade book, Dr. Pelletier explains in layperson's language the genetic biomarkers that will become the standard reference for measuring which specific lifestyle changes are required to optimize a given individual's health. In the very near future, each person's state-of-the-art genetic and epigenetic profile--matched with other precise indicators such as assays of the gut microbiome--will guide their daily health practices.
This short but profound book by a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine introduces readers to this exciting new field, and reveals the steps that each of us can take today to change our genetic expression and thereby optimize our health for a lifetime.
About the Author
Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD is a clinical professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco. He is a medical consultant to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization, the Federation of State Medical Boards, and major corporations. Kenneth also serves as chairman of the American Health Association and is a founding board member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine. His research, clinical practice, and publications have been the subject of numerous national television programs including appearances on the ABC World News, the Today show, Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour, CNN, numerous PBS specials on his books, and the award-winning BBC series The Long Search. Kenneth is the author of ten books including the international bestseller Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer and has published over 300 medical and professional journal articles.
"I found genetics to be the most complex subject in medical school. Now, fifty years later, the field is one hundred times more complicated. But leave it to Kenneth Pelletier to once again not only tackle the importance of this rapidly evolving field but, as with his other timely books, to make the practical application of these breakthroughs easy to understand for most readers. No one does it better." --Steven E. Locke, MD, Associate Clinical, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Chief Medical Officer, iHope Network — Reviews
"Dr. Pelletier continues in his visionary streak of anticipating and informing people about critical emerging trends in health promotion. In this newest book, he turns his sights on understanding the potential of lifestyle choices on changing the expression of the genes that shape our health. It is refreshing to see precision medicine focused on lifestyle change as an underappreciated complement to the development of pharmaceuticals. The book distills the complexities of genetics and metabolism into easy-to-understand concepts, metaphors, and examples that make these often arcane topics accessible and applicable to practical health improvement solutions." --David S. Sobel, MD, MPH, Adjunct Lecturer, Stanford University School of Medicine; Former Director of Patient Education and Health Promotion, Kaiser Permanente Northern California; author of The Mind & Body Health Handbook — Reviews
"Dr. Pelletier has been a trusted colleague for many years as well as an inspiration on the journey for health and wellness. In this book he has tackled the difficult subject of genomics and given us all hope that we still have control over our destinies as they relate to health. The introduction of any new technology requires the science to mature in order to provide a more complete understanding of its relevance and appropriate use. Dr. Pelletier has taken this information and broken it down into an interesting, informative read complete with advice on optimizing our own health. I am confident readers will walk away from this ground-breaking book reassured that lifestyle and environmental changes can make a big difference in each of our lives." --K. Andrew Crighton, MD, Past Chairman of the Health Enhancement Research Organization — Reviews
"The mapping of the human genome was truly one of the greatest scientific undertakings of the past century, detailing with incredible accuracy the blueprint of our species. It also paved the way for the field of epigenetics, which has shown that when it comes to our genes, nurture is inextricably linked with nature. In his new book, Dr. Pelletier, a true pioneer in mind-body medicine and integrative health research, makes a compelling case for why understanding our own unique genetic make-up can allow us to each make lifestyle and medical choices that can truly alter the trajectory of our lives. Scientifically based, informative, and thought-provoking, this book is for anyone interested in optimizing their health." --Tieraona Low Dog, MD, Professor of Medicine, Universty of New Mexico School of Medicine; Author National Geographic's Fortify Your Life — Reviews
"This extraordinary guidebook distills cutting-edge science and is beautifully written with practical tools for achieving optimal health. A must read for consumers and clinicians." --Woodson Merrell, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Chairman, Integrative Healthcare Symposium — Reviews
"Healthy aging has been my passion for over 40 years. During that time I have always found the pioneering research and writings of my longtime friend Ken Pelletier to be invaluable. Now with Change Your Genes, he leads the way again into the realm of the emerging science of epigenetics with practical insights for all of us to attain optimal health and longevity. I highly recommend this book to anyone hoping to lead a healthy long life." --Ken Dychtwald, PhD, Author of A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success — Reviews
"Not only does this book provides a scientific basis for our ability to shape our health trajectories through belief and lifestyle choices, but it also outlines the emerging power of personalized medicine. It's must-read for everybody interested in integrative medicine!" --Emeran A. Mayer, MD, PhD, Executive Director, Oppenheimer Center at the UCLA Microbiome Center, Author of The Mind-Gut Connection — Reviews
"Dr. Pelletier's new book is practically giving away Ferraris--when it comes to sitting in the driver's seat of your own vehicle and steering an enjoyable journey to vibrant health. He has integrated decades of experience and research on how our genes truly respond to our lifestyle, including the role of stress, consciousness, and gut health. And, he offers us our own dashboard of markers, guidance systems, and practices to fulfill our potential as radiant, thriving beings." --Foster Gamble, Co-creator, THRIVE Movie and Movement — Reviews
"So you think health is all in your genes? Think again. It in your epigenes! Dr. Pelletier once again show he is a master translator of this complex science into the simple and useable. Read it. Use it." --Wayne Jonas, MD, Executive Director, Samueli Integrative Health Programs; Former Director, Office of Alternative Medicine at the NIH; author of How Healing Works — Reviews
"An integrative medicine pioneer shares cutting-edge insights into the power of epigenetics to upgrade the genetic cards of life you have been dealt." --Mehmet Oz, MD, Professor, New York Presbyterian Columbia; Emmy Award Winning Host, The Dr. Oz Show — Reviews
"The future of healthcare will be preventable, personalized, predictable, and participatory. Read this book to find out how." --Deepak Chopra, MD, Founder of the Chopra Center; Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California School of Medicine at San Diego — Reviews
"If you have ever worried that the genetic hand you have been dealt determines your destiny, worry no more. Dr. Pelletier's book redefines your genes from something you are stuck with to something you have profound influence over by the choices you make every day. If you want to be empowered to be the full expression of yourself, read this book." --Mark Hyman, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?; Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine — Reviews
"In a health literate and innovative way, Dr. Pelletier unravels the mystery of your genes and the epigenetic inputs throughout life that continue to program your genes. Reading this book is an essential epigenetic input that will help you optimize your gene expression." --Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, Seventeenth Surgeon General of The United States, Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona — Reviews
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