Through our thoughts, we carry the opportunity to better our health, to create more beauty, and to better world conditions. The trick is to create positive thought patterns that will lead us precisely into the world that we desire.
UCLA research has identified that stressful thoughts release inflammatory cytokines — proteins that regulate the immune system — in response to perceived or actual threat. These inflammatory cytokines are beneficial in the right setting because they accelerate wound-healing and reduce the risk of infection. But a human being’s stress response cannot distinguish between an imagined, remembered or actual threat. Nor can we make the celllular distinction between a psychological stressor and a physical attack (where the inflammatory cytokines are appropriate and helpful for physical repair and protection).
In the world of skin, an excess of chronic inflammation can be expressed in the form of urticaris/hives, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and other skin disorders, depending on the body’s predilection for genetic expression. Epigenetics refers to the human ability to override our genes by the addition of a tiny chemical ‘tag’ which act as a kind of a switch to turn on or off a gene or a protein so that it can be expressed or not expressed. These tags are not permanent but can be switched on and off with choices that an individual makes.
What we eat, what we drink, what we smoke, and what we think can change the expression of our genes.
A choice to meet challenges with enthusiasm and gratitude can make the difference in what chemicals are released and what happens at the cellular level. Though our DNA is still considered the “blueprint” that we start with, we are the “builders” and we can alter the blueprint as we build the cathedral which is our body. We can retrain our thinking and thus change our biology and change our lives.