The role of epigenetics in our health

I recently read the book, “Super Genes” by Rudi Tanzi and Deepak Chopra, because I was given it by Blogging For Books to read and review.  I went into it somewhat curious about what they would have to say.  As a former behavioral neuroscientist, and someone who tries to keep at least toe still in the scientific world, and being someone who works as an acupuncturist and is deeply involved helping people come to balance in their own spirituality, this book sounded right up my alley!

After reading it, I will say that I think having all that experience actually worked against me somewhat, because I was already aware of a lot of research discussed (I used to be in the Alzheimer’s field even, like Dr. Tanzi), and this book was written more for people who do not have so much background knowledge, but I was appreciative of the epilogue section in which more detailed research was presented.  That being said, this book does present good information about how epigenetics and the microbiome can influence our health, and in Section 2, the authors present some ways to help bring yourself into a better state of balance.  Many of the suggestions may be things you are already doing, but I found even as someone who coaches people in similar ways, that I certainly also have room for improvement (not that I thought I was perfect!!).

I found Section 3 to be the most interesting of the book, and I could tell that this was where they were doing their best to integrate mind/body medicine and everything they had discussed prior about epigenetics and the microbiome.  I think there was still quite a bit more that could have been delved into.

In general, I found the book to be “ok,” as much as I love Deepak Chopra’s work that he does in the world.  My background in science made me really just want to read a scientific paper that summarized the key points of what they said, and I felt like quite a bit of it was repetitive and not necessarily innovative.  It is a ground breaking concept- that of epigenetics and the microbiome- and I’m very excited to see where the field will go, and I think that this information could have basically been presented in a 20 page paper, or at least a shorter book.  It is something that I hope more people pay attention to and so I’m glad they wrote this and do speak about it; it is important information.

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