The Genie in Your Genes: Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention

 
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Voted Best Health Book, USA Booknews National Awards.
Your genes don't control your health or happiness outcomes; in fact many of the choices you make turn genes on or off. Author Dawson Church applies the insights of the new field of Epigenetics (epi=above, i.e. control above the level of the gene) to healing. Citing 417 scientific studies, he shows how consciousness - in the form of beliefs, altruism, optimism, meditation, emotions, and energy psychology methods like EFT - can trigger the expression of DNA strands. He focuses on a class of genes called Immediate Early Genes or IEGs. These genes turn on within a few seconds of a stimulus. They can be triggered by thoughts or emotions ("I loved that unexpected gift of roses Bill gave me" or "I'm so mad about what Uncle John said at the Christmas party") as well as spiritual experiences, and acts of kindness. Many IEGs are regulatory genes turn on other genes that affect specific aspects of our immune system, such as the production of white blood cells that destroy attacking bacteria and viruses. Epigenetics thus influences our health every day.

He coins the new term "Epigenetic Medicine" to describe healing techniques with epigenetic effects. He also summarizes the science behind the infant fields of Energy Psychology and Energy Medicine, both of which offer promising epigenetic medical therapies, and describes examples of the powerful personal breakthroughs being achieved by therapists, doctors, athletes, and entrepreneurs practicing these techniques. The Genie in Your Genes shows that there is a sound theoretical framework, based on credible experiments, for understanding these astonishing results, and predicts that the insights of Epigenetic Medicine will dramatically advance the fields of both medicine and psychology in the coming decade.

Best of all, The Genie in Your Genes demonstrates that, by taking control of our consciousness and using it to influence our genetic expression, we can sometimes bypass years of therapy, as well as harmful drugs and invasive surgeries, to, in effect, do continuous genetic engineering on our own bodies. This can produce both immediate relief from long-standing anxieties and neuroses, as well as "miraculous" healing of pain, autoimmune diseases, and other symptoms.

Among a new crop of books that chart the way to a positive health future, The Genie in Your Genes stands out as a scientifically rigorous yet inspiring indicator of a future medicine that links soul to body and mind.

Customer Reviews:

  • Compelling blueprint for health and success
    Dawson Church's new book, "The Genie in Your Genes," is going to be a huge best-seller, changing for the better tens of thousands of lives. It's all in the book! It reads well. It's logical, intuitive and overwhelming. It is a triumph of deduction and reasoning, linking together science, genetics, behavior, moods, electromagnetic physiology, belief, consciousness, and how to use this knowledge to achieve peace, happiness and success.

    Dawson's logic and scientific command are relentless. And they beautifully extrapolate into an explanation of the effects of thought, attitude, emotions and their outcome. His book is a clear map to understanding a path to well-being. We may have genetically inescapable blue eyes, but we can voluntarily decide whether we are going to smile or frown with those eyes, and the consequences of that behavior will affect us and effect change. As an orthopedic surgeon schooled in anatomy and surgical approach and reconstruction, I cannot explain, for example, the 1000 year ancient "science" of accupuncture and the stimulation of healing energies. But I have seen its physical manifestations. My patients will occasionally ask if I will pray with them before an operation, and I readily do. And I also ask them to imagine themselves later, healed and happy, walking and doing what they would love to do. With success! Now Dawson Church has found a way to explain and quantify this experience.

    So Dawson Church has accomplished his own miracle, defining for everyone what is in ourselves and how we can harness it for our own and others greater good. Bravo!

    Pierce Scranton
    author, Death on the Learning Curve ...more info
  • Informative and Empowering
    Church gives an amazing overview of the science behind healing in a truly empowering way. Every page is packed with insight into the human process. Healing and happiness are both within our reach, and in fact even more so than we may have ever thought possible! I recommend this book to anyone who wants to not only understand their physical, mental and emotional patterns, but also to take control of them! You will not be disappointed with this purchase! Also recommended: QUANTUM SUCCESS by Sandra Anne Taylor - another very valuable read! ...more info
  • Great information, but a lot of filler.
    After hearing Dr. Bruce Lipton speak, introduced by Dawson Church (the author of this book), I was excited about the concept of thoughts influencing our genes. I wanted to learn more, but this book fell flat. Unfortunately, it offered little new information, contained way too many typos, and a lot of needless repetition. However, it is a good introduction to the whole idea of "the biology of belief" for those who don't want to wade through the scientific jargon in Dr. Lipton's excellent book of that title....more info
  • Interesting topic, flawed delivery.
    Dawson Church, The Genie in Your Genes: Epigenetics and the New Biology of Intention (Energy Psychology Press, 2007)

    I really wanted to like Dawson Church's The Genie in Your Genes. Church has some very interesting ideas here, though he sometimes goes off the deep end with them (probably the book's biggest flaw, but then it's perhaps better to err on the side of overreaching with a book like this); his problem is the way in which he relates them.

    The Genie in Your Genes is an attempt to take ancient modalities of health care and make them new, as a growing body of scientific research is validating things that Asian health care practitioners have known for thousands of years. This certainly isn't the first time such a thing has been tried (the books of Norman Cousins, especially Head First, are an excellent example of the subgenre), but Church backs up his assertions with papers and studies that previous authors working in the field didn't previously have. He also focuses more on the electromagnetic "aura", for lack of a better term, than any other author I've read on the subject, and links electromagnetism to the Chinese idea of qi (or chi, as most know it these days). Interesting stuff, and well worth looking into.

    However, the information is not delivered in a compelling way at all. The book doesn't read like a textbook, really, but there are a number of times where it put me in such a mind. And as much as I hate to say it, who wants to read a textbook for pleasure (or information-gathering, for that matter)? It's almost like an information dump, with all thought given to the information and none to how to best convey it.

    Still, this is not to say that this isn't a book worth reading, especially for those with chronic health problems that haven't been helped by traditional medicine. Church envisages a world where traditional medicine is a final recourse, rather than a first recourse, for the sick, and I'm certainly not going to argue that he's not onto something with this idea. I just wish he'd put it all better. ** ?
    ...more info
  • Complex subject - clear understanding
    Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (4/07)

    The first thought that came to mind after reading "The Genie in Your Genes," was the word "Inspiring." It seems like so much that I read today says that our genes determine everything. If this were true, it can be seen as a guarantee for cancer for people who have cancer in their families. It is refreshing to learn that in spite of my genes, I can still play a role in determining the outcome of my health.

    "The Genie in Your Genes," discusses a variety of ways in which we can use our special link between mind and body to maintain our health. It reminds us of the importance of maintaining our emotional health so that we can stay physically healthy. If stress and negative thoughts can have an effect on our health, then it makes sense that positive, "...tools of our consciousness-including our beliefs, prayers, thoughts, intentions, and faith - often correlate much more strongly with our health, longevity, and happiness then our genes do."

    I really like this idea, because it puts me in the driver's seat of determining my health. By using the techniques recommended from energy medicine and Energy Psychology, certain chronic health conditions, autoimmune conditions, and psychological traumas can be reversed. It is important to note that the author was very clear about certain health crises needing immediate medical attention. He does not recommend that you try to positively think your way out of appendicitis!

    Having a healthy lifestyle by doing things like exercising, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, abstaining from smoking and excess alcohol are also factors that can prolong our lives. Church discusses, to great length, the idea of healing coming from outside the control of the gene. This is referred to as epigenetics. He says that, "...invisible factors of consciousness and intention - such as our beliefs, feelings, prayers, and attitudes - play an important role in the epigenetic control of genes."

    "The Genie in Your Genes," is not a fast read. It is a book that covers a complex subject, yet it is written in a way that makes the topic clear to understand. It is well researched, well referenced and at the end is an appendix that gives you further information on how to find a practitioner and some exercises that you can do on your own. Church does not leave you hanging with the feeling that while this is a great topic, you will have no idea how to proceed. He tells you.

    I think that this book should be read by practitioners of medicine, alternative therapists, science students and people who have psychological stress or chronic health problems believed to be caused by genetic defaults. "The Genie in Your Genes" will open your eyes and give you hope that you can control your life. ...more info
  • Good science to back higher consciousness practices
    Like Dr. Bruce Lipton's Biology of Belief, this book gives scientific credibility to many higher consciousness practices. You'll find references to extensive research and inspiration for your own personal growth....more info
  • At last proof I'm not just a mad therapist
    As an EFT therapist I am accustomed to cynics and even some highly qualified therapists who don't believe we are energy, at last a book that explains it all. It will open the doors to quicker healing....more info
  • Superb explanations in an understandable way
    Your book is a special one that I am reading tastefully slow so as to understand every profound word that I can digest. I hope I will be able to absorb and retain it all, and I have to highlight it to make sure that I remember certain insights. Superb explanations of the intelligence of my cells in an understandable way for me."

    Kerstin Warkentin...more info
  • A book whose time has come! Science is finally catching up with experience.
    I love the scientific studies in this book which examine the existence of ties between the mind and body! I read this book in 2 days--it was so fascinating! Prior to reading this book I had studied a variety of the energy therapies and other topics discussed in this book, but it was great to have so much of the related research put into one volume. Whether you are also ready into energy therapies, just investigating the mind-body connection, or are skeptical of it all, this is a must-have book for your library. It is one of the best (most thorough) on these topics I have read, and the resources contained within are worth knowing about. Science is finally catching up with experience!...more info
  • Kudos for Genie in Your Genes
    BS"D

    This informative, well written book gives cutting-edge information about the "new medicine" (how your emotions effect your health), which is my specialty in my practice. It is also written in a flowing, easy to read and interesting manner, which the average reader will appreciate and get the most out of.

    I enjoyed it immensely....more info
  • Fascinating Introduction to the Medicine of the Future
    Dawson Church, Ph.D., has gifted us with a truly fascinating and
    important volume in his 2007 *The Genie in your Genes*.

    As the prefix "epi" means "above," this book is about
    medicine at a level "above" the gene. Simply put, Dawson makes a
    very strong case that the "medicine of the future" will be at least
    partially rooted in the notion that our genomes are not fixed,
    but that the our genetic code and certainly the way it expresses
    is affected, in a direct minute-by-minute way, by our thoughts,
    intentions, and feelings, as well as by external factors like diet
    and exercise. As Dawson notes, our genome is more like a continuously
    rewritten set of software instructions rather than being hard-coded
    and immutable.

    Unfortunately, modern science and the medical establishment as a whole
    is saddled by a seemingly unshakeable conviction, which Dawson calls
    "the dogma of genetic determinism," that our genomes are permanently
    fixed, and that the only place that "energy" comes in to healing is
    when we plug in our machines that go "ping." But Dawson shows,
    through his meticulous reporting of the results of hundreds of
    scientific experiments, that this is not the case at all.

    According to Dawson, "As we think our thoughts and feel our feelings,
    our bodies respond with a complex array of shifts. Each thought or
    feeling unleashes a particular cascade of biochemicals in our organs.
    Each experience triggers genetic changes in our cells....Research
    is revealing that these activities, thoughts, and feelings have
    profound healing and regenerative effects on our bodies, and we're
    now figuring out how to use them therapeutically."

    Consciousness, then, is a seminal key to health, wellness, and healing.
    This is why Dawson, among other things, has founded the Soul Medicine
    Institute. So if our "genes dance with awareness," and the
    "quality of our consciousness increases the flow of information along
    our neural pathways," then it makes perfect sense that the medicine of
    the future might look very different then the incredibly ineffective,
    costly, and "broken" system that currently prevails in the
    United States. (Even far-sighted President Obama still calls for a
    sweeping technological "cure" for cancer in our lifetimes, an
    idea which, I believe, is rooted in a wrong-headed notion of what cancer
    is, how it can be prevented, and how it can be treated and cured
    in individual cases.)

    Imagine, then, someone coming in to a doctor with a long-term,
    intractable problem. (Dawson does acknowledge that for certain things,
    like acute bacterial infections, broken bones, and appendicitis,
    there is no substitute for Western technological medicine.) Well,
    rather than initially resorting to prescription drugs or surgery,
    the doctor of the future might prescribe meditation, affirmations,
    or the use of one of the many "energy psychology" interventions,
    such as EFT (emotional freedom technique), which can positively change
    an individual's energy constellation with just a few minutes of
    "tapping" on well-established meridian points while saying a few basic
    affirmations. (Google "EFT basic recipe" if you want to get going with
    EFT on your own. It's simple and easy, and I've experienced some
    remarkable results after being trained by an experienced
    EFT practitioner.) Dawson tells one lovely story of a very
    sick man who, upon his visiting a doctor, prescribes many long
    conversations with his rabbi, a prescription which ends up saving
    the fellow's life.

    In addition to making it very clear how genes respond to internal inputs
    (thoughts, feelings, prayers) and external inputs (exercise, diet),
    he also does a very nice job in presenting the "bigger" alternative
    medical picture. For example, he lays out the different communications
    systems that the body uses. That is, not only do we have the
    familiar chemical signaling system, but we also have an electromagnetic
    signaling system which works at the speed of light, as well as
    a "quantum" signaling system that is premised on "entanglement" and
    that allows for all sorts of possibilities that modern medicine
    doesn't even consider, including "miraculous" healing, and healing
    at a distance (through space *or* time).

    Dawson does a very nice job in summarizing the different phases that
    medicine has gone through in the United States. He also makes some
    very nice comparisons between the kinds of treatments that
    technological medicine offers versus what "soul medicine" can bring.
    With numerous charts and examples, he shows why and how we should
    start with the least invasive therapeutic interventions that can work
    for someone, not the most expensive and technologically advanced ones,
    especially when the efficacy of many drugs and technological
    interventions are called into question by their "placebo effect"
    cousins. (My good friend Dr. Jim Fadiman likes to speak about the
    "placebo process" rather than the "placebo effect," indicating, in
    line with Dawson's book, that much of what brings about health,
    healing, and wellness has more to do with what we think, feel, and
    expect than what is "done" to us.) Finally, the book ends with a
    very practical discussion of how to choose an alternative practitioner
    as well as some basic physical and energetic exercises
    that anyone can do.

    Part of what makes this book so good is the detailed discussions,
    backed by many scientific studies, illustrations, and real-world
    examples, of how the malleability of our genome actually comes
    into play. For example, I loved the chapters on "The
    Body Piezoelectric" and "The Connective Semiconducting Crystal,"
    which lays out in very plausible terms how ancient healing systems
    such as acupuncture may work (and maybe might even help explain
    exactly why rebounding seems to be so good for people).

    My only criticism of this book is that a couple of the chapters,
    such as the one on "Scanning the Future," while very interesting,
    tended to be a bit too thin to add very much to Dawson's main arguments.
    That is, it's truly mind-boggling to think about the fact that there
    is very good experimental evidence for the fact that our nervous systems
    seem to know, *ahead of time*, what is about to happen to us, but this
    gets us into the whole realm of PSI, quantum physics, and so on,
    and that's a subject for a whole 'nother book.

    Overall, however, this is a fabulously interesting and well-researched
    book, one that brings together many different streams of evidence and
    reason in support of the notion that we are, indeed, far more powerful
    than we often think we are or are told that we are. So while Western
    technological medicine certainly has its place, it's
    not the only game in town, and in fact should be downplayed or
    transcended as we come to realize that "energy" is real, that our
    genome's are not immutably fixed, and that there's a great deal we can
    do to take care of ourselves along the lines of holistic and
    complementary medicine and "belief-based interventions."

    I experienced a kind of epic epigenetic epiphany in reading
    this book, and I think you will too. Soul medicine, indeed.

    ...more info
  • genie review
    Well this is a great book in its genre. It's very enthusiastically and energetically written. I got a lot from it. It suffers from being focused in certain ways that lack, for me, depth, but that's because it's my field of interest. It's too surface and could go deeper. But brilliant non the less....more info
  • Phenomenal
    If you are interested in owning a book that provides all the most current research that bridges spiritual belief and science, this is the book. It is the science behind things we have believed all along, and now have proof for those who did not accept healings and DNA change, etc....more info
  • Making Belief Credible
    I have been using Energy Psychology in my counseling practice daily for the past 11 years. Until now, I've had to ask clients to "take my word for it" that these techniques could bring about profound change. Of course, once a client actually experiences the power of these interventions, they become "believers." Still, helping psychological pain disappear by tapping with one's fingers one one's body is such a bizarre-looking form of treatment that therapists and users alike drift in and out of belief, often feeling silly for even trying these techniques. This sense of ridiculousness can cause people to refrain from using this form of healing on their own. As a result, there is so much UNTAPPED potential! However, Dawson Church's scientific explanation of the physical changes that occur with mind-based interventions is so convincing that it is certain to provide the support that anyone needs. Understanding that there is science rather than witchcraft behind the methods can help so many people. It will empower them to try the techniques and it will empower them to stay with them. I am so grateful to Dr. Church for providing this resource to all of us.
    Sarah Chana Radcliffe, author, Raise Your Kids without Raising Your Voice...more info
  • Kudos for Genie in Your Genes
    BS"D

    This informative, well written book gives cutting-edge information about the "new medicine" (how your emotions effect your health), which is my specialty in my practice. It is also written in a flowing, easy to read and interesting manner, which the average reader will appreciate and get the most out of.

    I enjoyed it immensely....more info
  • Stretch your envelope
    I loved this book. This new, cutting-edge research turns the whole science of genetics on its head and opens a new reality of infinite possibilities... and it's written engagingly as well....more info
  • Excellent Book
    This is an excellent book that is extremely well written and easy to understand but at the same time gives you a technical understanding of how the mind and body really work together. If you want to understand the relationship between the mind and body and how your thoughts and actions determine your health and happiness then this is the book you need to read and keep as a reference. ...more info
  • I have the power!!!
    What an amazing book... if you thought that everything is set and done with your genes, you're wrong... YOU can change everything... In some parts the book is a little "nerdy" with a lot of physiology that may be hard if you don't know how the body works its chemicals, but just read through it, even if you don't understand, you will see the big picture, and it's a nice one... made me laugh and wonder.... :0)...more info
  • Enlightening
    I've only read the first few chapters so far but I'm hooked. I am a firm believer that you can't attach either total or the majority of "the blame" on any one factor when it comes to the human body and mind. The fact that so many doctors of high caliber endorsed this book was my incentive to purchase it, rather than borrow it from the library. Not an easy read but not difficult either - I really enjoy books that open my mind to new concepts!...more info
  • Good science to back higher consciousness practices
    Like Dr. Bruce Lipton's Biology of Belief, this book gives scientific credibility to many higher consciousness practices. You'll find references to extensive research and inspiration for your own personal growth....more info
  • A Must Read for Anyone Living on the Planet Today!
    This is by far the best and most up-to-date book on the subject out on the market.

    If you read no other book this year, this is the one that you cannot miss.

    The information in this book could add decades to your life; change your life from fear to courage; from illness to health; from depression to joy. It will change your world view, your view about yourself and your friends and family.

    ...more info
  • A treasure chest of ideas and references fro healthy living and aging
    Dawson Church's book is easily accessible for both lay persons and professionals in its clear exposition of the principles of genetic expression and/or suppression. This is a hopeful book for all who seek to understand how our thoughts and actions directly impact our cellular structures and expression of genetic material. Healthy living and aging are linked to our conscious choices with a wide range of research and publication references. I recommend this book, especially to baby boomers who seek documentation of the impact of their choices on body, mind and spirit in the second half of life.--Dr. Dorothea Hover-Kramer, author of "Second Chance at Your Dream"...more info
  • Worth a new thought process
    This is a wonderful book, especially if you are looking for an entirely new thought process for dealing with your best companion, your own body. This book is very empowering when the traditional healing methods are not quite enough; or as an additional form of assistance. The mind is a wonder....more info
  • Ground Shaking and Breaking!
    Well The Biology of Belief, Genie in Your Genes and The Human Antenna must be read as one book. People who think this book is not good enough shall pay a little more and buy the other two that i mentioned and they will be delighted. Read my review of The Great Field as well. This is a master piece in the genre of Epigenetics along with others that i mentioned. Money well invested. I enjoyed every minute of it :) ...more info
  • Excellent book
    It is a bit deep in the beginning, but it it necessary for the author to create the foundation.

    ...more info
  • Epigenetics comes of age
    Dawson Church has written the first comprehensive book on epigenetics. Aimed at the informed public and broad minded health professionals alike,The Genie in Your Genes succeeds on many levels, and paves the way for a healthcare system that supports people taking full responsibility for their healing. The author explores the essential ingredients of this new science - compassionate intent and self love - teaching us how we can create an environment wherein our inherited and conditioned traits no longer take hold. And no longer need we be 'slaves' to our genes, or disempowered by the complexities of molecular biology. Dawson envisages a health care system that adopts these principles at the 'coal face'- something in my experience that is long overdue....more info
  • Research based and motivating
    First of all, if you are a newcomer to Dawson Church's writing, you need to know that his facts are unimpeachable - they were stringently peer-reviewed before publication. What is more, when Church makes categorical statements, he provides research to corroborate them.

    To quote Church (p212) "We usually look for miracles when we are in extreme peril. In a universe where the miraculous is available to us every day, where discontinuous positive change is always an option, and in which science has given us the understanding that genetic changes occur within seconds of changes in consciousness, it is high time we began looking for miracles as a first resort, not as a last resort." This is a staggering claim. But what is even more incredible is Church's backing up this statement with examples of up-to-date research.

    The author explains epigentic (DNA based) healing, then gives the everyday applications. It is mind-blowing to learn that a group of people could "unwind" (activate) a sample of DNA using only their thinking. More amazing is the fact that they could do this at a distance - half a mile away. The implications are thought-provoking to say the least.

    Dawson Church goes on to discuss "consciousness as medicine" and what he refers to as "routine miracles." And this discussion is simple, practical, and as always, impeccably referenced to research. Finally he describes the relevant use of energy psychology (specifically EFT) providing how-to notes in the appendices.

    This is a book that needs to be read more than once. For one thing, it is jam-packed with information. First-time read, it inspires. After that, the book becomes a first-class reference manual for "You, the ultimate epigenetic engineer" as Church puts it.

    I don't usually use superlatives in my reviews, but this book deserves them. It can prove life-changing for those who take it seriously.
    ...more info

 

 
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