Hello, VCMD family! I hope this blog post finds you safe and well. First and foremost, thank you for embarking with me on this exciting blog journey named Dr. Gregory’s Meta-Moments. This post will be my initial blog, with several more insightful blogs to come. I cannot wait to dive into material that you will not only find beneficial for your life but cause you to reevaluate and question popular opinions (more on this later!). I decided to create Meta-Moments because I have spent several past Sundays researching such fields as performance, nutrition, biohacking, and longevity, to name a few. I have also been posting images with captions or quotes to several of my social media platforms that have a profound and significant impact on my everyday life. For example, several of these posts have to do with the aforementioned fields and personal development, wellness, and healing (i.e., things that I am incredibly passionate about). Thus, I decided to embellish these ideas and create blogs to discuss these topics with you. Without further delay, let’s dive into the books that I have chosen and the reasoning behind each. In subsequent blog posts, I will discuss more in detail on specific subjects or chapters throughout these books. By the way, between now and the next posts, I highly encourage you to provide feedback on these books that I will draw several of our conversations from as well as feedback on how you are liking/disliking the blog posts and pertinent topics you would like me to cover. Please send me a direct message or comment on this post, and I will take all of your ideas to heart. As mentioned above, this is a conversation! Thus, any of your input is highly needed and appreciated.
The first book I want to introduce to you is Metaphysical Anatomy. Metaphysical Anatomy is a step-by-step guide that identifies psychosomatic patterns related to over 700 different medical conditions. What does this mean for us? It means there is a direct cause-and-effect between our thoughts and pathologies. Furthermore, Metaphysical Anatomy expounds on how our perception of the world (i.e., the perception of things around us) brings upon thoughts. These thoughts create chemical reactions in our bodies, which can greatly impact our overall health. This thought process agrees with why physicians treating patients with various ailments can often perceive that their ailment was either correlated or caused by stress. Metaphysical Anatomy takes this understanding and provides us with specific data points (i.e., life changes) that have affected us in such a way that leads us to beneficial mind-body processes and practices. Metaphysical Anatomy is such an impactful book that I have brought several persons to tears just by reading them an excerpt; for example, I will read a section of Metaphysical Anatomy that deals with the condition at hand (remember, there are over 700 conditions!). Then I will read through the psychosomatic symptoms associated with that condition, and how it mirrors their prior thought patterns. Here’s a more personal example of Metaphysical Anatomy that has had a remarkable impact on my life: Years ago, I suffered from peptic ulcer disease. When I read the chapter on peptic ulcer disease, it was as if I was reading my diary, and this led me to the appropriate thought patterns that resulted in resolving peptic ulcer disease from my life. It was incredible! The second book that I will review with you is called Boundless. Furthermore, author Ben Greenfield wrote Boundless. You may be familiar with a book written by Tim Ferriss called The Four-Hour Body. This book focuses on biohacking (more on this later). Nonetheless, Boundless is a life hacking book in the sense that it focuses not only on the body but the mind and spirit. Ben Greenfield will be the first to tell you that he is not a scientist but rather an experiential wisdom giver. He has subjected his body to several types of experimentation. Moreover, he exercises careful observation, applying rigorous skepticism about what he has observed. Skepticism is crucial when seeking scientific truths because our cognitive assumptions can distort how we interpret the observation. He is a literal walking scientific journal, all in the hopes of maximizing the body’s healing powers and its ability to transform. Although he is not a scientist, I love this book because he incorporates several empirically-based studies, more specifically meta-analyses, systematic reviews, and clinical trials, all while providing us with an understanding of how to maximize our body, mind, and soul. An example would be drinking certain types of coffee. Smokeless coffee (the smokeless roasting process that removes acrylamide without sacrificing the beneficial elements) has been shown to be significantly more advantageous than burned coffees. Reason being is that burned coffees have a very specific, and delirious, roasting process. Such a process has been found to retain several carcinogenic factors while also losing coffee’s antioxidant effects. Thus, you can regain those powerful antioxidant effects using organic smokeless coffee. Moreover, he also explains scientifically why organic smokeless coffee is beneficial for us.4,6
The last book I want to share with you is called The Biology of Belief, written by Dr. Bruce Lipton. This book has been an absolute game-changer for me. Dr. Bruce Lipton has been known as the father of epigenetics (the study of heritable phenotypic changes resulting from behaviors through environmental stimuli, which do not involve alterations in the DNA sequence). By trade, Dr. Lipton has been a cellular biologist as well as a medical school instructor for over 40 years. He expatiates on all sorts of scientific evidence revealing how our bodies, like the rest of the universe, are within quantum physics integrations. Still being taught to graduate students, Newtonian physics, where process A leads to process B through kinematic equations, helps us understand that this form of physics is archaic. There is so much more data out there regarding the impact of quantum physics on the human body. Overall, the central cogency of this book is that the one-gene, one-protein concept was a fundamental tenet of genetic determinism. Now that the Human Genome Project has toppled the one-gene for one-protein concept, our current theories of how life works have to be scrapped. No longer is it possible to believe that genetic engineers can, with relative ease, fix all our biological dilemmas. There are simply not enough genes to account for the complexity of human life or human disease. Moreover, here’s a great excerpt from the book that shows some insight into The Biology of Belief, “Several studies have found epigenetic mechanisms to be a factor in a variety of diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. In fact, only 5% of cancer and cardiovascular patients can attribute their disease directly to heredity.3,7 While the media made a big hoopla over the discovery of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer genes, they failed to emphasize that 95% of breast cancer patients 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.1,2 Recently, a study revealed that by just changing the diet and lifestyle for ninety days, prostate cancer patients switch the activity of over 500 genes. Many of their gene changes inhibited biological processes critical in the formation of their tumors.5” People promulgating that genetics determines our future is a dogma that’s been falsified in the lab. On the contrary, the healing process starts within and can be influenced by us without the use of pharmaceuticals. If this piques your interest and you want to get a head start in the field of epigenetics, I recommend watching Dr. Lipton’s 2 ½-hour free video on YouTube: The Biology of Belief. The Biology of Belief taught me many things that I did not know, and I was not taught in medical school, and I can’t wait to share this book with you!
In summary, I will review topics that I find interesting and will be writing joint blog posts with other professionals and colleagues, allowing us to see their perspective, how they interpreted the information and offer alternative viewpoints on the particular subject matter. This concludes blog #1 for Dr. Gregory’s Meta-Moments. I will alternate between these books, adding more excitement as well as a sense of novelty and wonder to every blog posts. I appreciate you reading my initial blog post, and I cannot wait to share more blog posts because I know I am going to be learning lots of things alongside you. Thank you so much for reading. Much appreciated. Light and love.