• Karen Murray Heffron

Feel the Power of Epigenetics

4 years ago, I developed inflammatory arthritis in my hands due to a gluten sensitivity that I was struggling to let go of. When I first experienced it, my mind ran to my grandmother with her deformed hands due to longstanding Rheumatoid Arthritis. I thought, “I have the gene for Arthritis”, and I worried it was the beginning of the end. Would I have to quit my job as a Physical Therapist? Could I play basketball with my son anymore? Was I going to be on 20 medications like many of my patients at the hospital? I decided I didn’t want to lose my independence and dove into research to find another solution. I learned through the study of Epigenetics that we are not victims of our genes, and we have the power to to turn most of these genes on and off through managing our environment and lifestyle factors. Food sensitivities, mold, hidden viruses/parasites, poor digestion, and stress can all contribute to chronic inflammation and worsening health. The body communicates through symptoms that something is out of balance, and if we become our own detectives by lab testing or “biohacking”, we can often correct the imbalance which allows symptoms to fall away. We have more control over our health than we realize. Don’t settle, be proactive, and take back control of your health.

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