Welcome to Week 1 of our new series of How Einstein Would Get Pregnant. This week we would like to cover the basics of our existence – our cells. We have between 50 – 75 trillion cells that make up our bodies and shouldn’t we know more about how they work? I promise not to take you back to high school biology! What Cellular Biology is covering lately is how our thoughts, emotions, experiences create change on a cellular level. Sound interesting? I think it is!
Let us start with some basic foundation of how our cells look and work:
- Each cell at its basic level contains proteins, nucleus – and within the nucleus has DNA – all which is surrounded by a membrane;
- Each cell is constantly working, breathing, digesting and reproducing to support our entire existence;
- A key component of the cell are the proteins that provide direction to how the cell should operate and change; and
- The cell membrane, and its millions of receptor sites, decides what information (ligands) enter the cell to change the proteins and hence change the cell.
Dr. Bruce Lipton in his book Biology of Belief discusses his work in uncovering how our cells are manipulated and changed as we go about our daily lives. He covers the fact that the Human Genome Project has essentially debunked the theory that whatever is in your DNA dictates the expression of your cells. In summary, there are about 120,000 different types of proteins responsible for what makes a cell do what it needs to do. DNA theory would suggest then that there should be the same amount of DNA instructions or coding to create these proteins. The Human Genome Project found only about 30,000 different types of DNA, leaving the question of how exactly our proteins become the various types of proteins that make our cells accomplish the things they need to accomplish.
So no longer can we sit back and credit (or blame!) our genes. The book Genius in All of Us by David Shenk shows us “why everything you’ve been told about genetics, talent, and IQ is wrong.” Genes are not a “blueprint” that bless some with greatness and doom most of us to mediocrity or worse. Rather our individual destinies are a product of the complex interplay between genes and outside stimuli-a dynamic that we can influence.
It is now believed that there are signals and packets of information that are sent from our senses which are then put into our subconscious and sent to the cells. The packets of information attach themselves to the cell membrane – and it’s actually the membrane that accepts those messages to be let in and subsequently change our cells.
And here is the POWER – if your senses and subconscious have a direct effect on the messages that are sent to the cells, then who is in “control?” Let’s explore this a bit more and explain how we can begin to influence positive change for our reproductive health.
To try and keep this as simple as possible – think about a messenger, the person on the bike that races around NYC to deliver packages – well there are millions of messengers in your body delivering packages to your cells – constantly 24X7 – no overtime pay required.
And these packages are filled with energy and information from our sensory input (what we are seeing, felling, hearing, etc). These packages originate from our sense and feelings, interact with our subconscious and then brought to the cells. This is why visualization works. When we are “seeing” – in this case using our imagination – our subconscious mind does not know the difference between what we are imagining (which is why our perception or beliefs make such a huge difference in our health – look no further than the Placebo effect) and what we are physically seeing with our two eyes. Through our subconscious, signals from those visualizations are sent to our cells. The cellular membrane lets in those signals, and viola, we change our cells. This is why being relaxed, being fully present when visualizing, which is what our programs help you to accomplish is so important. It’s the power of your subconscious that does the work!
Candace Pert, Ph.D, in her book Molecules of Emotion expands on this in her ground-breaking work that uncovered the opiate receptor, proving that emotions which create opiates or the “feel good hormones” have a physical interaction with the cell and change teh cell. Happening both within the body and brain, our cells are constantly talking to each other back and forth, and our feelings and emotions literally leave physical imprints of this detailed and complex inner communication.
Pert believes that the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are interlocked in a body-wide system where each part can communicate with every other part. According to Pert, “emotions are the nexus between mind and matter, going back and forth between the two and influencing both.”
This explains studies showing severe stunted growth of children who are not held or shown any kind of love or attention. It also makes sense when you hear that monks meditating in sub-zero temperatures with wet robes can make their bodies steam from heat generated within. It makes sense when you hear of the miraculous stories of self-healing from cancer survivors who make an enormous empowering decision to take control of their lives and change their thoughts.
The subconscious mind is the part of the brain that directs physical function. It also our conscious attention to focus on the tasks in front of us and allows our bodies to function seemingly on their own. The problem with this, however, is that the subconscious is also where we hold our deep-seated beliefs about our bodies, our lives, our abilities, etc., etc. The subconscious has been effectively “programmed” mainly when we were young children – some even say it starts in-utero. The subconscious creates our “filter” in terms of how we view the world. The filter changes our perception of our existence, and then leads to physical changes in the body by way of signals and changes in our cells.
In summary, we’ve got a lot of information now that points to a new way of being and how we can directly impact our health, reproductive cycles and lack of disease through an understanding of how our cells are given instruction. It’s empowering to know that we are not at the “mercy” of our genes! Our environment – and more importantly, the perception of our environment – is hugely influential and one that we can control.
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