Thursday, March 31, 2016. I found this in my email box this morning from the most incredible blog website of scientific curatorship – Surface Your Real Self – this important post:
What is epigenetic inheritance?
This 2016 review by Eric J. Nestler, a well-known and well-funded researcher, entitled Transgenerational Epigenetic Contributions to Stress Responses: Fact or Fiction? concluded:
“Further work is needed to understand whether and to what extent true epigenetic inheritance of stress vulnerability adds to the well-established and powerful influence of genetics and environmental exposures in determining an individual’s susceptibility versus resilience to stress throughout life
There is growing evidence for at least some contribution of epigenetic regulation—perhaps achieved by miRNAs—in mediating part of the ability of parental behavioral experience to influence stress vulnerability in their offspring.”
The reviewer applied the terms involved to exclude behavioral mechanisms. The extent of what is “epigenetic inheritance” seemed to be lost in the process.
For example, his own 2011 research Paternal Transmission of Stressed-Induced Pathologies was cited for evidence that:
“Adult male mice subjected to chronic social defeat stress generate offspring that are more vulnerable to a range of stressful stimuli than the offspring of control mice.”
Please click here to read more! This is MUST-KNOW information! — What is epigenetic inheritance?
I have summed up my take on this blog over the years = For humans > We are created with the potential to be in nearly all cases PERFECTLY HEALTHY AND HAPPY!
We are also created to endure, survive, and when any aspect of the environment we are born into – primarily signaled by the condition of health and happiness in MOTHER – is less than ideal, her condition signals to her rapidly developing offspring the quality of the world SHE lives in so that her offspring can utilize every creative force possible to adapt to those conditions.
(I believe that post-birth mother communicates the state of her well-being to her offspring via the quality of her interactions with her little one. Mother has TO BE AVAILABLE to her little one in order for healthful world qualities to be conveyed to young one. The existence to the offspring of the ABSENCE of the PRESENCE of MOTHER communicates all by itself – and in BIG ways – that there is something WRONG with the world environment the infant has been born into, and that conditions of scarcity and deprivation are in existence. Physiological development WILL be altered for such a little one as it prepares to live a life in a less-than-optimal world whose existence has been communicated in every way by these deprivation conditions. We seriously need to quit fooling ourselves about these facts, and epigentic factors absolutely DO work to translate all traumas to little ones.) (Healthy loving grandmothers, aunties who know their mothering stuff can replace mothers except for breastfeeding needs in the first 1-2+ years of little one’s life.)
The phrase in my mind this morning = “The onrushing gales of destiny….” (in a prayer written around 1870)
Along with these words comes the knowledge this morning that there are at present nearly 7.5 billion humans alive on this planet. What goodness do we each add to life today? What negativity do we choose to eliminate – for good?
We are in this life together – with all life. There are answers to our problems if we are willing to be mature enough to pay attention to them. What important lessons will we learn individually and collectively today? It’s out choice.
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