In this Meta-Moments post, we will be discussing the book The Biology of Belief, one of my favorites, written by Dr. Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. Here’s a little background information on Dr. Lipton: He is the father of epigenetics, and it’s not just because of his over four decades of studying the field of cellular biology. Additionally, he has taught cellular biology, molecular biology, genetics, and similar fields to medical school students. What is fascinating and more ironic is that during his time teaching others, he truly grasped the true nature of epigenetics, the power of the environment, and how the cell is influenced by such regulation.
We are a collection of over 50 trillion cells and what Dr. Lipton began noticing was that the environment was creating impacts that were hereditarily passed to future generations. Such an observation went entirely against the central dogma: the doctrine expressing the unidirectional flow of genetic information within a biological system (DNA makes RNA, and RNA makes protein), which is still regarding as nature’s creed in that majority of biological curriculums. We were taught the central dogma through medical school. Not only is the central dogma based on the concept that genes determine our future, which determines our physical life, and in some cases, some have gone as far as to believe that our genetics determines our emotional future. Thus, The Biology of Belief calls into question the central dogma by explaining explain how other factors affect your physical being. I will explain the prologue and introductory chapters in a manner that will be more understandable for the audience. It is worth taking time through these chapters because the insight is crucial in creating our foundation in epigenetics.
In the prologue, Dr. Lipton articulates, “My life-changing moment occurred while I was reviewing my research on the mechanisms by which cells control their physiology and behavior. Suddenly I realized a cell’s life is fundamentally controlled by the physical and energetic environment with only a small contribution by its genes. Genes are simply molecular blueprints used in the construction of cells, tissues, and organs. The environment serves as a contractor who reads and engages those genetic blueprints and is ultimately responsible for the character of the cell’s life.” Dr. Lipton observed how a single cell’s awareness of its surrounding environment primarily sets into motion the mechanisms of life. For example, the cell’s perception of the environment (by means we will discuss later) is brought back into the cell and affects the protein expression of that cell. This is where epigenetics happens; by affecting the blueprint and influencing how the DNA genome is read, hence determining the cell’s character. Please make note that the blueprint itself is not the signal; the environment is. Isn’t that interesting? Therefore, just like a single cell, the character of our lives is determined not by our genes but by our response to environmental signals that propel life. That’s a game-changer and goes against the central dogma that we’ve been taught in medical school stating that it is not the only pathway that determines our physical and emotional outcomes.
DNA is transcribed into messenger RNA (mRNA), and mRNA is translated into proteins, which determines who we are is simply not the case. Furthermore, we will explore how this is empirically proven. As we progress through each chapter, I hope you will utilize the scientific method and make deductions based only on impartial observations of the data. Doing so will open your eyes to the valid laws of molecular genetics and the impact that epigenetics plays throughout our lives. “My new understanding of the nature of life not only corroborated my stem cell research, but I realize it contradicted another belief of the mainstream science of the time. I’ve been propounding my students that the belief that allopathic medicine is the only kind of medicine that merits consideration in medical school by finally giving in energy and based environment is due in provided for a grand convergence uniting the science and practice of allopathic medicine, complementary medicine, and the spiritual wisdom of ancient and modern fates.” You are not beholden to your DNA… that’s so exciting!
Moving on to the introduction, Dr. Lipton talks a bit of Darwin, “It’s not that Darwin denied the existence of God; he simply implied that chance, not the divine intervention, was responsible for the character of life on Earth. In his 1859 book, the origin of species Darwin said, ‘Individual traits are passed from parents to children and suggested that hereditary factors passed from parent to child control the characteristics of an individual’s life.’” This single claim made by Darwin sent scientists off into a frantic attempt to dissect life down to its molecular nuts and bolts. Once Watson and Crick discovered the double helix in 1953, scientists along with the public through salacious tabloids jumped onto the gene bandwagon of affirming the creation of the central dogma, which, as mentioned before, is painstakingly spelled out in textbooks. Nonetheless, Darwin’s original theory has turned out to have some fundamental flaws. One being his proposition that individuals fight for their fitness (ability to pass one’s genes into subsequent generations) places a given community more at odds with one another; that survival of the fittest occurs through conflict; this is just not the case. Additionally, Darwin’s book On the Origin of Species claims that traits are passed on hereditarily through chance and necessity. Such a premise can be statistically proven to be incorrect, for the chance of the origin of genetic material to evolve through random gene mutations would require more time than has existed since the Big Bang.
Let’s go into more detail regarding our investigation into the centra dogma. The general premise is that genes control life; however, this statement produces one major flaw: genes cannot turn themselves on or off. BIG DETAIL TO NOTE HERE. In scientific terms, genes are not self-emergent; they are not the signal that stimulates replication and/or expression of the genome. They are merely the blueprint whose activity is triggered only through environmental signals. Though that fact has already been established by frontier science, conventional scientists are still blinded by the genetic dogma and have simply ignored it.
Epigenetics is the study of the molecular mechanisms by which the environment controls gene activity. It is today one of the most active areas of scientific research. Dr. Lipton used cell communities as role models and concluded that we’re not victims of our genes but rather masters of our fate; we can create lives overflowing with peace, happiness, love, and well-being. Yes, we are that powerful! We are not powerless biochemical machines. It is not gene-directed hormones and neurotransmitters that control our bodies and our minds. Our beliefs control our bodies and our minds, and thus our lives. This gives you so much more power as the patient or the person in general, especially when discussing pharmaceuticals.
Taking a pill every time you’re mentally or physically out of tune is not the answer. Drugs during surgery are powerful tools when they’re not overused, but the notion of a single drug fix is fundamentally flawed. Every time a drug is introduced into the body to correct function A, it inevitably throws off function B, C, or D. Thus, it is our states of mind that correct function A. Dr. Lipton goes on to say, “Are you ready to consider an alternate reality that’s provided by the medical model, a reality in which the human body is not simply a biochemical machine? Are you ready to use your subconscious and conscious minds to create a life overflowing with health, happiness, and love without the aid of genetic engineers and without addicting yourself to drugs? There’s nothing to buy; there are no policies to take out it’s a matter of temporarily suspending the archaic beliefs you’ve acquired from the scientific and media establishments, so you consider the exciting new awareness offered by leading-edge science.”
I am so excited about this book! As we go along in The Biology of Belief, Dr. Lipton will detail how the environment impacts our bodies. He begins at the cellular level, and I’ll explain it to you in more understandable terms at the cellular level and how that translates into the body as a whole. Thank you so much for reading this piece. If you have any questions, please leave a comment!