… and the Harms of Choosing Healthism at Their Expense
With the latest technological advances, scientists have been able to verify that nutrients, lifestyle, mind-body practices, plant metabolites, and synthetic chemicals can all directly influence the “expression” of our DNA, the blueprint of our biology. These findings have led to the emergence of new medical specialties that investigate the interactions of our genes with various outside influences.
- our environment and lifestyle (epigenetics)
- food (nutrigenomics)
- social relationships (sociogenomics)
Recently, the topics I’ve been exploring are how our health outcomes are linked to various components of the exposome, the sum of all environmental exposures since conception that complement our genome.
This ability to alter our genetic destiny by specific interventions and everyday choices has led many to feel empowered. Unfortunately, it’s also caused many bloggers and well-intentioned health and integrative practitioners to “scare the health” out of people!
It’s important to be aware that food can be nourishing medicine; however, it can be taken to the extreme. The more knowledge we gain that different things can impact our wellness at the deepest level, the more it can be manipulated to fuel a profit market for the latest diet or fitness trend. Studies on the exposome are being overly exaggerated to prove that healing or danger can ensue with every choice and every bite!
In this video, I take the risk of sharing my belief that may be unpopular with current gurus in nutrition and medicine…
When we obsessively focus only on a few factors in overall health, specifically food and movement, we run the risk of losing out on the things that make life worth living. These include loving relationships, human connections, pleasure, and play!
By watching this video, you will learn:
The power of epigenetic factors and the dangers of food and fitness extremism.
The healing properties of social connection and how centenarians thrive on community and living life with joy!
The dangers of healthism and how it can lead to stigma, biases, eating disorders, and “food tribes and divisions”
Please share your thoughts below.
For aromatherapy and essential oil lovers, this is good news. If our friends do not share our passion to sniff our beloved secondary metabolites, we can still love them, enjoy their company, and bask in the other forms of nourishment they bring to our table.
Get all the references and resources to the science of this video in this article.
This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.