My Doctor Can Map-quest My Epigenome?
“I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.” – Winston Churchill
In fact, so much information has been analyzed from so much epigenetic data, that medical doctors now can consult a roadmap for epigenetic switches triggered by a myriad of factors. Neuroscience may have just scratched the surface yet we now know where – in more than 100 human tissues – these epigenetic switches are most likely to act up. And we know at least a few of the clinical diseases they cause. A similar epigenetic roadmap for behavioral patterns and disorders remains elusive.
Available online: this diagnostic mapquest for epigenetic immune reactions, conditions, and diseases is (see ScientificAmerican.com/
Epigenetic Cures for Cancer, Neurological Disease, Alzheimer’s
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
Not long ago, cancer researchers believed that mutations on our DNA were a principal cause of cancer. Today, we think of both genetic and epigenetic alterations as causing cancer – with a majority of cancers being caused epigenetically. For normal cells to transform into cancer cells and proliferate without control – the genes that control cell division must be de-activated while genes that promote cell growth must become hyperactive.
Epigenetic cancer therapy reverses methylations, putting cells back in charge, restoring normal methylation and cell division in at least two types of cancer. Better still, drugs that specifically target the hyper- and hypo- methylations of cancer are far less toxic than traditional chemotherapy.
Epigenetic medicine is learning to precisely apply drugs to precisely targeted disease-causing “tags” along the epigenome. Epigenetic therapy could soon provide a template for across-the-board cures and re-route the road-map above. Apart from treating Alzheimer’s or lymphoblastomas, epigenetic therapy may also prove beneficial in re-writing the subconscious scripts of childhood trauma and adult PTSD, or the slow poisonings of environmental toxins.