|Fundamental MedicineTeresa Gryder, ND
The word is getting out. On my plane ride home yesterday I sat next to a chiropractor who was in the process of reading a book about human health. She was very excited about what she was learning, and told me all about it. She told me about how human genes can be turned on and off by our environment---what we eat and what we are exposed to influences the way that our genes are expressed. It's called epigenetics, and it's a fast-growing new area for research and rumination. This is not news to me, but it was good to realize that there are popular books out there inspiring people to eat apples and get exercise. People want to be healthy, but after several generations of trusting in technology and medicine, we have forgotten how. We have come to rely too much on external sources that tell us not to worry about our ailments because technology will patch us up. We have forgotten to listen to our own internal intelligence. The time is right for teachings of an old kind, that we are mammals not machines, and that to thrive we need to treat our bodies with respect, even love.
Author: Teresa Gryder
Integrative Physician and Student of Life, Medicine, and the River.