May 5, 2014
Deepak in the News

Deepak Chopra On How To Modify Your Own Genes.


When your mind and heart are truly open abundance will flow to you effortlessly and easily.

by Kathleen Miles for

Physician and best-selling author Deepak Chopra has an empowering message: You can actually modify your own genes through your actions and behaviors.

“We are literally metabolizing something as ephemeral as experience or even meaning," Chopra said in an interview this week at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California. “If somebody says to me, ‘I love you,’ and I’m in love with them, I suddenly feel great, and I make things like oxytocin and dopamine, serotonin, opiates. And if someone says to me, ‘I love you,’ and I’m really thinking they’re manipulating me, I don’t make the same thing. I make cortisol and adrenaline.”

If certain experiences happen enough times, they can affect how genes are expressed and packaged without altering DNA, said Harvard Medical School professor Rudy Tanzi. This phenomenon, called epigenetics, is gaining increasing popularity among scientists.

“Every experience will cause chemical changes in your body and in your brain, and those chemical changes will then cause genetic changes,” said Tanzi, who recently co-authored the book Super Brain with Chopra. “If those genetic changes occur often enough and with persistence, that can lead to modification of those genes such that they react the same way in the future because they’ve been trained."

Though not a typical outcome, there have been reports of such modifications being passed onto subsequent generations, in what's known as transgenerational epigenetic evolution.

For example, Tanzi said, a study published in December in the journal Nature Neuroscience reported that mice inherit smell memories from their fathers — even when the offspring have never met their father or experienced the smell themselves. The study also found that the third generation of mice was born with the same smell memory.

“If you had told me that five years ago, I would’ve said it’s science fiction," Tanzi said, referring to transgenerational epigenetic evolution. "When you talk about this stuff, the conservative evolutionary biologists, the Darwinians, will come out and attack you.”

While scientists have found evidence for epigenetic changes that are passed down in mice and water fleas, Tanzi noted that there is only circumstantial evidence for the phenomenon occurring in humans.

Still, he emphasized that the connection between our actions and our genes is clear.

“The brain is not static. It’s dynamic. It’s changing all the time,” Tanzi said. “And you’re in charge of how it changes.”


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  1. Hanna

    Thank you to transmit this important news. Just this morning I spoke about it to my daughter and explain that actualy by expériences she lives and her psychological approch to them she`s currently shaping the genetic base profile for her future childrens and next générations. She suddenly was like understood her responsibility for self harmony state at quite Young age (18) Importance of this news can be crucial to the Young people fulfild with creative potential and hopes and who are living in now on the days world. More over, study shows that not only memory of smell and reaction on it is geneticly transmited but next générations knows better to manage them, to avoid ! the same with good experience they are recognising and searching for geneticly transmited as positive memories. That shows that as humanity our genetic predisposition potential is in constant development. Maybe is what we call "awarness`s expansion" That`s suggest that mostly disorders have the roots in environment factors only

  2. Nagaraj SP

    alter minds utilization .

  3. heartphone

    To boldly go where no One has gone before ~:D~ Good luck to you both!

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