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Epigenetics - Explanation


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We’ve all heard of DNA, the acid in living cells that carries the genetic code. However even with the same DNA there can be variations in physical form, health and body growth.

For example bees in a beehive all have the same genes but some are workers, some are soldiers and one is even a queen. Despite having the same basic genome they can evolve into different forms.

This applies to humans too of course. Even in identical twins, one may have chronic hay fever, the other one never gets it.

Theoretically, if the make-up of our genetic factors was only from what we inherited from our parents, then the bio-dynamics of identical twins would be exactly the same. On the same basis there wouldn’t be any variation in bees either, they’d all be workers for example.

DNA studies have advanced tremendously over the last ten years and the science of epigenetics is the latest breakthrough in the study of cellular structure.

“Our DNA, which makes up our genes, is like a hard drive that make us who we are. Epigenetics refers to chemical processes that influence how our genes work without actually changing our DNA.” Ref: BioCeuticals

Although our DNA is modeled on what we have inherited from our ancestors, there are also external factors on top of the DNA that influence the chemical processes which dictate how our genes work. This is how the name epigenetics is derived.

(Gk: epi – on top of, genes – nature of a cell or living thing, to be born)

People are just like bees, subject them to too much processed or low nutrient food, toxins and chemicals, electromagnetic radiation (WiFi, cell phones or computer screens) smoke, alcohol and so on, and the cells will be affected.

The first sign of this change in cell structure is inflammation, which attacks the immune system and is at the root of all disease.

External factors:

Our DNA can be affected by a number of external factors which influence our nutritional and metabolic functions.

A brief description of each of these is given below:

a. pathogens - viruses, bacteria

b. diet - metabolic reactions to stimuli

c. toxins - heavy metals

d. chemicals - household and industrial items

e. EMF - microwaves, (TV, computer etc)


Pathogens are infectious micro-organisms that cause disease. (Gk: pathos – disease gen – genes – produce, be born)

The main culprit is bacteria but there are also viruses, fungi, protozoa and parasites (such as worms).

(See article – How pathogens make us sick).


The correct diet for your body type is integral to your physical well-being and also can make a large influence on your lifestyle. (Gk: diaita – a way of life)

There are many different diet options, five main categories are shown below:

1. Gluten free

2. Low carb

3. Mediterranean

4. Paleo

5. Vegan

Your needs might change over time, which will require a change in diet, but it is important to identify which diet you should be on at any given time.

(For descriptions of each of these, see the articles on diets)


A toxin is any poison formed by a living organism as a result of its metabolism (generally referred to as a bio-toxin.)

In the world of nature, a black widow spider, scorpion, snake and blowfish all use their organisms to produce poisonous toxins, some of which can be lethal to humans.

Environmental toxins (usually referred to as ‘heavy metals’) are also poisonous. They can be split into three general categories:

a. hard metals - e.g. titanium, chromium and uranium

b. ductile metals - e.g. iron, nickel, copper, silver and gold

c. soft metals - e.g. zinc, cadmium and mercury.

There are also the ‘non-metals’ such as lead, arsenic, aluminium and chlorine. These are present in industrial pollutants like pesticides, as well as many household products (see below).

(Gk: toxa – bow > the poison used for arrow tips)


Many routine household items contain chemicals. These can be present in items such as toothpaste (fluoride) deodorants (aluminium) perfume (methyl alcohol) shampoo (ammonium chloride) soaps (sodium benzoate) washing powder (chlorine bleach - formaldehyde) and polishes (toluene.)

Cigarettes (nicotine) and prescription medications (arsenic) are also sources of chemicals.

(Arab: al kimea – art of transforming metals)

Electro-magnetic frequencies (EMF):

Mobile phones, power lines, computer screens, TV and internet, fluorescent lights, microwave ovens are all sources of EMF.

Hair analysis:

Hair is formulated in the womb and by 22 weeks the foetus contains over 5 million follicles, each of which contains a DNA record.

Although core DNA never changes, for genes to function properly a biochemical process (methylation) takes place continuously which controls a wide range of bodily functions and is essential to overall health and wellbeing.

Any of the external influences listed above can ‘add on’ to the cells affecting the methylation process and in some cases creating adverse conditions or potential health problems.

Scanning the resonance in the hair and bulb follicles makes it possible to identify which methyl functions are working correctly and which are not.

This provides a means to correct any methylation imbalance and restore homeostasis (physiological stability.)

The Paragon Health Program

Using a state of the art scanning device (the ‘S Drive’) four strands of hair are scanned and digitally transferred by internet to a master computer in Germany.

This maps out your unique genetic blueprint using specially developed computer algorithms and provides a precise examination of :

a. bodily systems (cardio-vascular, immune, digestive, hormone, musculoskeletal,

and a special section on gut condition)

b. dietary intake (including hydration)

c. vitamins and minerals

d. antioxidants

e. the effects of electro-magnetic interference from the environment.

f. status of fatty and amino acids

g. chemical and toxin influence

h. stress - mental (emotional) and physical

i. exercise and sleep patterns

A 35 page tailor-made report containing an in-depth explanation of how these influences affect your health and wellbeing is prepared for each individual which is explained in full detail by a qualified consultant.

A 90 day plan is then worked out which draws up a plan which shows

a. pathogen eradication

b. detox - elimination of the effect of any toxins and chemicals

c. isolation and removal of EMF influences

d. a balanced diet based on the scan result

e. a vitamin and mineral booster program

The end in mind is to stabilize the immune system at maximum efficiency and optimize general health and well-being.

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