RLS is NOT Hereditary: Welcome to the AMAZING World of Epigenetics! (PART ONE: Introduction)

ImageSeveral years ago someone in my book club suggested that we read “The Biology of Belief” by Bruce Lipton.

It turned out to be a life-changing event. The book had such an huge impact on me that I excitedly wrote a letter to Mr. Lipton congratulating him on his discoveries and his courage to bring his ideas forth to the scientific community – a community that doesn’t accept change lightly. I’ve never done that for any other author.

He had introduced me to a new field of science called “Epigenetics,” a deeper level of science that blew the lid off all that we had previously learned about genetics, including our firm beliefs of how our genes control our behaviour and traits.

When I first read the book, epigenetics seemed like an off-Broadway type of science that had a few enthusiastic followers, but probably wasn’t going to go anywhere. These radical views were far too outrageous for mainstream science to ever embrace.

BUt, here we are, many years later, and Epigenetics IS the new science. Its popularity is SOARING around the globe! The new possibilities that it offers to fight diseases, including Restless Legs Syndrome, are unlimited.

As you can see from the above graphics, epigenetics is front page news for dozens of magazines and journals. There are also a growing number of books on epigenetics being published.

To hold on to the old ideas about genetics is like holding on to the idea that the earth is flat. The old genetics we held so tightly to is officially dead. It’s time to move on.

ImageEpigenetics is to genetics … as a jet aircraft is to a rowboat.

“Our health is not controlled by genetics. Conventional medicine is operating from an archaic view that we’re controlled by genes. This misunderstands the nature of how biology works.

Medicine does miracles, but it’s limited to trauma. The AMA protocol is to regard our physical body like a machine, in the same way that an auto mechanic regards a car. When the parts break, you replace them—a transplant, synthetic joints, and so on—and those are medical miracles.

ImageThe problem is that while they have an understanding that the mechanism isn’t working, they’re blaming the vehicle for what went wrong. They believe that the vehicle, in this case our bodies, is controlled by genes.

But guess what? They don’t take into consideration that there’s actually a driver in that car. The new science, epigenetics, reveals that the vehicles—or the genes—aren’t responsible for the breakdown. It’s the driver.

Dr. Dean Ornish, physician and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. has taken conventional cardiovascular patients, provided them with important lifestyle insights (better diet, stress-reduction techniques, and so on), and without drugs, the cardiovascular disease was resolved. Ornish relayed that if he’d gotten the same results with a drug, every doctor would be prescribing it.” Bruce Lipton, PhD


There is a common prognosis that medical professionals tend to use. It’s a SINGLE WORD that brings in countless BILLIONS of dollars to pharmaceutical companies each year.

That word is “HEREDITARY.”

Loosely translated it means “There’s nothing that can be done about your condition. This is the hand you were dealt. You’ll need to take medication for the rest of your life in order to deal with the symptoms.”

But that’s yesterday’s news.

Image“Roll over, Mendel. Watson and Crick. They are so your old man’s version of DNA. And that big multibillion-dollar hullabaloo called the Human Genome Project? To some scientists, it’s beginning to look like an expensive genetic floor pad for a much more intricate – and dynamic – tapestry of life that lies on top of it.” Newsweek Magazine, June 2009

People with chronic ailments can no longer use genetics as an excuse to NOT take action to lessen their condition. The old belief that an “inherited condition” is unchangeable is no longer supported by science.

This certainly applies to those with Restless Legs Syndrome. The excuse to not take action because it’s your mother or father’s fault that you have the “RLS gene” – and there’s nothing you can do about it, is not an option anymore.

In fact, researchers in the field of epigenetics insist that you DO take action. That’s how the switches on your genes are changed for the better.

Image“The picture ingrained in the public mind is that genes determine everything from our physical characteristics to our behavior. Even many scientists still speak from the assumption that our genes form an immutable blueprint that our cells must forever follow. However, the new science of epigenetics tells us that “genes are merely blueprints, and it is the environment that determines genetic expression.”Bruce Lipton & Dawson Church

Epigenetics has blown the roof off the limitations of the human genome and through it shines a brilliant light of hope that THOUSANDS of scientists are recognizing and acting on.

Researchers around the world are scrambling with a childlike enthusiasm in order to tap into the giant universe of possibilities that epigenetics has brought forth.

ImageAs a Restless Legs sufferer, the information you’ll read in these posts about epigenetics should help lessen the hopelessness of your condition.

1. You will no longer be chained to the belief that RLS is genetic and that you’re STUCK with it.

2. You may realize that RLS is NOT incurable when you learn how a simple diet can be used to switch helpful genes “ON” and harmful genes “OFF”.

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