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Role of Lifestyle on Optimum Health

By Dr. Vijay Jain

This exceptional lecture by Dr. Jain was centered on the relationship of Lifestyle and how it affects health.  Dr. Jain made several points clear during his lecture that were insightful as to why and how we become ill.  I’ve tried to capture the landscape of his remarks.  But, wish you could all have been there as his presentation was one of the most interesting and enlightening that I’ve been privileged to attend in recent years.   Here are my notes from Dr. Jain’s lecture:
• Our belief systems are subjective. They are a result of parental, social, peer group and media/marketing influences that shape expectations and a reality of how we live our lives.
• There is a marked societal influence for conformity in lifestyles.
• Your body knows what you need. The challenge is how to access that intelligence within to promote a healthy lifestyle.
• Do Genes determine why you get sick? No!  Genes contain the memory of thousands of years of evolution and they may contain a bias or propensity for disease.  But, you don’t have to contract that disease.  You can avoid it by not activating the gene through lifestyle habits.
• Genes are templates and we can’t change them. But we can affect how they employ.
• Epigentic research indicates that the environment of a gene is more important than the gene itself.
• Epigenetic research has sought to describe the dynamic alterations in the transcriptional potential of a cell.  The transcriptional process is one by which a cell regulates the conversion of DNA to RNA thereby orchestrating gene activity.  In short, whether or not your ‘inherited’ gene trait will be activated or even modified. 
• It’s nice to remember that a gene is simply a region of one’s DNA that encodes a function of RNA or protein product which is the molecular unit of heredity.  It’s also well to remember that genes evolve due to natural selection or survival of the fittest of alleles. (An allele is a DNA coding that determines distinct traits which are passed from each parent to their offspring.  Usually, two alleles are present – one from each parent and they exist on a specific position on a specific chromosome.
• So, Triggers of enzymes to affect genes can be lifestyle related.
• Genes are “eavesdropping” on every choice we make. Therefore, in a perfect world we should make choices which would NOT activate a gene that might cause disease.
• What is the #1 cause of disease? Overindulgence in any area that would cause a gene to produce an adverse result. 
• Our society and lifestyles tend to cause us to lose balance as to What Is EnoughFor good health, we need to find a rhythmic synchronicity with Nature.
• So the issue for all of us is how do we find the wherewithal to be in sync with Nature
• First, we need to understand one’s personal unique makeup for our particular constitution.  We are all biologically different; therefore we all have different needs.Second, we should take into account that it will be a number of years before our bodies succumb to disease due to rebuffing the laws of nature.  Hence, opportunity for change towards a healthy lifestyle is always present.  For example, it takes 25 years for breast cancer to.Third, our bodies are constantly in a state of renewal.  Our existing body is temporary.  Why?  Because all body cells are finite and cell replication constantly renews our body.  As much as 90% of our body is new every year.
• Fourth, If you want to change your body due to it’s constant replication, then change the architecture and environment in which your body must live.  In short, Change the experiences of how you live to change who you are!!!  You CAN change your destiny.
• When you get sick, you are most probably not living in harmony with Nature.
• Too much information is harmful to your health.  That is, exposure to violence at the wrong times adversely affects your mental and therefore your physical balance and health.
• If you eat too much, the excess goes to your tissues as toxins.

How can you be SUPER HEALTHY?
1. Positive Belief System
2. Mindfulness
3. Avoid too much consumption
4. Enhance relationships to positively affect one’s Constitution

• Willingness to Change is integral to the journey to be Super healthy.
• It’s important to find the proper path for you to change your belief systems so that they contribute to your health.
• You have to be involved in your own personal care.
• You have to create Lifestyle Choices by which those choices will be good for you

There is NO happiness in adverse lifestyle choices until you are willing to change

You must listen to the intelligence within your body.

How can we change?  Answer:  Meditation.  Why?  Because at the core of personal change is the necessity to access one’s higher self.  To fix the mind, you must dismantle the existing ego structure which is the result of subjective belief systems you’ve developed over time.  These belief systems are resultants of societal assessments to positively reinforce behaviors that have not necessarily been in your best health interests.  We are bombarded by marketing information that ultimately is only concerned with selling something.  Most of these marketing efforts are designed to create wants, not the needs that a Super Healthy body requires.

And, ultimately, you have to act if you wish to enjoy the return to health that is available to all of us.  Knowing what to do and not doing it results in Nothing happening.  Ie Knowledge without Action = 0.  Also, if you act without appropriate knowledge, your effort will be in vain.  i.e. Action without Knowledge = 0.  If you have been victimized by disease, don’t blame yourself!  For most of us, our knowledge was probably limited as to what constituted a Super Healthy lifestyle.  However, after realizing that something is amiss, then ACT to find the information required to effect change.

Part of the construct to Super Health is to enjoy the present moment as it is.  As we so often repeat in T’ai Chi Class:  “Be in the Moment”.  Remember that past experiences condition us to expectations that may never materialize.  Living in the moment is the reality of now and therefore where we can affect change for the better.

Harnessing Life Energy is part of a positive approach to improves one’s health.  Both our Autonomic and Parasympathetic nervous systems respond positively to the harnessing of one’s life energy and the calming effects of Meditation.

For those of you who were neither aware or had the opportunity to attend Dr. Jain’s lecture, I might suggest that such an opportunity in the future would be well worth your while. Dr. Jain is a resident of Grand Haven.

The Hope 2 Help Foundation will also be offering future workshops and lectures at the Portuguese American Club here in Palm Coast.

Wil Hessert -Laoshi
Grand Haven T’ai Chi Club