“Biochemically speaking, your body cannot tell the difference between the injection of chemicals that is triggered by an objective threat – the tribesman running at you with a spear – and a subjective threat – your resentment toward management. The biochemical and genetic effects, as far as your body is concerned, are the same. Your body can’t tell that one experience is a physical reality, and the other is a reply of an abstract mental idea. Both are creating a chemical environment around your cells that is full of signals to your genes, several classes of which activate the proteins associated with stress. A researcher observes: “Our body doesn’t make a moral judgment about our feelings; it just responds accordingly.”
The understanding that much of our genetic activity is affected by factors outside the cell is a radical reversal of the dogma of genetic determinism, which held for half a century that who we are and what we do is governed by our genes. Research is illuminating a new biology in which consciousness plays a primary role.”
Dawson Church, Ph.D., in “The Genie in Your Genes”
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