I think I may have the book for you.
It's called "Feed Your Genes Right".
This book unites the science of nutrition with genetics, examining how food impacts genetic expression in day-to-day life. I think there is his misconception that genes dictate every aspect of anatomy and physiology. This book explains how genes are dynamic way beyond their role in determining eye and hair color. It may sound awkward but genes act and remain active throughout the life cycle so personal eating habits largely determine one's state of health/disease, specifically by turning on and off certain genetic sequences in human DNA.
The inspiring message is that we are not doomed to some predetermined genetic fate of cancer or chronic disease because we can influence how our genes act through diet. The good news is genes actually do nothing on their own. If we take great care in providing them with proper raw materials from healthy foods, we optimize their function and therefore our state of health throughout life. When we activate genes, we have immense power to determine our own health/well-being.
Think of the genes as the control tower of every human cell, arranging amino acids in sequences that make important brain chemicals, hormones, digestive enzymes and antibodies for our immune system. Basically, if we eat healthy and bathe our cells in essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients, we can manipulate how our genes (found in the nucleus of every single one of those cells) express themselves. We eat a piece of grass-fed chicken and WE put the amino acids there. The genes just direct how they are assembled. We eat spinach and WE put the vitamin catalysts necessary for vital cellular activities that bring balance and harmony to the whole of our anatomy and physiology. So by eating, WE direct cellular activity through those genetic control centers. WE send the messages. Our genes depend on US for cues. FOOD tells them what to make and what to do.
We are the boss of our genes, not the other way around.
In Feed Your Genes Right, renowned
nutrition expert Jack Challem
translates the hugely exciting science
of nutrigenomics—which explores the
link between nutrition and our own
DNA—into practical eating plans and
nutritional supplement recommendations
for maximizing one's genetic
inheritance, slowing the aging
process, and reducing the chances of
disease. After describing how food and
nutrients can help repair flawed or
damaged genes, Challem offers specific
plans—complete with delicious
carb-smart recipes—that target two
dozen common or inherited diseases and
conditions, including arthritis,
cancer, diabetes, fatigue, gluten
intolerance, heart disease, and
As an aside, Nutrigenomics is a legitimate and exciting science. I hope the paleo scientific community embraces it and helps advance research. The Paleo movement could gain serious traction if we can find some common ground with geneticists. Nutrigenomics is the perfect tool to team up with them.