Wednesday, June 18, 2008

You are what you eat

Today's Reuters reports on an amazing study led by Dr. Dean Ornish, head of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Sausalito, California.

Ornish is known as a guru who praises healthy lifestyle changes. In his study, after 3 months of a major lifestyle change that included exercise, a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables combined with meditation, patients with low-risk prostrate cancer were able to alter 500 genes in their bodies.
The amazing part is not that genes were altered, but that the disease-preventing genes increased (48 genes turned on), while the disease-promoting ones decreased (453 turned off).
We have the power to change our bodies within 3 months. Amazing!

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