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Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Will Dunham reports in an article recently published by Reuters, that U.S. researchers have found in a small study that “Comprehensive lifestyle changes including a better diet and more exercise can lead not only to a better physique, but also to swift and dramatic changes at the genetic level.”  The study followed 30 men with low-risk prostrate cancer.  Rather than undergo medical treatments of the dominant culture such as surgery or radiation, the men “underwent three months of major lifestyle changes, including eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and soy products, moderate exercise such as walking for half an hour a day, and an hour of daily stress management methods such as meditation.”  Besides the expected results of weight loss and lower blood, the researchers also noted genetic changes as well.  “The activity of disease-preventing genes increased while a number of disease-promoting genes, including those involved in prostate cancer and breast cancer, shut down, according to the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”  Dr. Dean Ornish, head of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California and who led the research stated, "It's an exciting finding because so often people say, 'Oh, it's all in my genes, what can I do?' Well, it turns out you may be able to do a lot."

"Granted the possession of a normal body and reasonably good health, we must next look for those lures which will act as a stimulus to call forth man's slumbering spiritual forces." Indeed, when a person's mind isn't preoccupied with health concerns, opportunties are then available for loftier explorations.