As we discussed in the previous blog post, our genetic relationship to disease risks are not “hard wired”. Most sequences of genes that have to do with a particular activity such as inflammation are grouped together in a bundle called a “histone”. Depending on how the bundle or histone is stimulated determines the pattern of the genes in the bundle that are selectively activated or quieted. This combination of genes that are activated or quieted determines whether or not inflammation is turned on or turned off. This is termed “epigenetic expression”.
The factors that determine which combination of genes will be turned on and which will be turned off are primarily environmental including diet, nutrient levels, chemical exposures and scores of other factors. However, when the epigenetic mechanism “habituates”, which simply means gets used to a certain pattern of activation, it can be difficult to correct the pattern of activation even if the environmental signals such as diet are corrected. It is similar to a computer having some glitch develop in the pattern of different software integration. As we all know the most basic solution is to reboot the computer letting the software interaction be re-established.
Alteration of the epigenetic pattern is inheritable. In other words, if one or both parents created a disease based epigenetic pattern in themselves by virtue of their lifestyle environment, although they are not passing on altered genes, they do pass on abnormal patterns of gene activation. Fortunately, it also appears that someone who has inherited an epigenetic pattern alteration can re-set this to a more normal pattern with careful attention to their chemical environment and the use of therapies we will discuss below.
Perhaps the most effective way to “reboot” epigenetic expression is through the use of homeopathic remedies. The basic principle of homeopathy is “like cures like”. In other words, to cure something caused by a certain toxin or microorganism you would use an extremely diluted form of the toxin to re-set the epigenetic switch. While this seems counter-intuitive, it is not unlike immunization where proteins from the “foe” are given to get the “host” to activate its defenses. The difference seems to be that homeopathics work on re-setting of the appropriate epigenetic pattern versus causing antibody production as an immunization would.
While homeopathy has come under criticism by medical scientists based on the fact that these remedies contain no “pharmacologically active” levels of ingredients, this seems to be the very essence of why they work. Homeopathics are diluted to contain only the residual electron signature of the substances rather than pharmacologically active chemicals.
A little explanation is needed here. All substances are physically different from any other because their atoms are different. An atom is a configuration of a nucleus which contains positively charged protons surrounded by a cloud of negatively charged electrons. Different atoms are different simply because they have different numbers of electrons and protons. This gives each atom a measurable energy or electromagnetic signature that can be measured. The video below is a brief look at the configuration of the atom.
Homeopathy is based on using just the electromagnetic signature of something to influence the body’s behavior. The idea that structure, referred to as mass, and energy are intimately related is the whole basis of the work of many prominent scientists, most notably Albert Einstein. The relationship between physical structure and energy is the study of quantum physics.
Homeopathic remedies are imprinted with the electromagnetic signature of a specific toxin or agent such as a virus so that it is specific to inducing a very specific epigenetic change. Homeopathic practice dates back to the late 1700’s when it was begun by a German physician. In the early 1900’s there were 22 homeopathic colleges in the U.S. and over 15,000 practitioners. Its common use only declined in the early/mid 1900’s with the beginning of pharmacotherapy which is now the main basis for the practice of medicine. The therapeutic value of homeopathy, however, has not been lost and it still is a valuable tool in healing. It is one of the best tools to flip the “epigenomic switch” back into the correct position of activity.