PCOS Review Newsletter #64
1) Are You Playing Genetic Russian Roulette?
This may be one of the most important articles we have ever written in this newsletter. Please take a few moments to read it.
In this PCOS diet ebook, the authors are strict about their recommendations. For example, they tell you to avoid manufactured, refined "convenience" foods, to stay away from soft drinks, etc. They ask you to consume organic, fresh produce. They ask you to eat hormone-free or free-range animal protein.
They receive complaints that our diet is too strict, too expensive, plus it's hard to find the high-quality foods that we recommend.
So why would they create such a "difficult" diet for you to follow?
They could have made it a lot easier and a lot more convenient. But they didnt.
It's because of your "genome" and your "epigenome". Your genome is the total collection of your genes that tell your body what to do. Your epigenome is the collection of all the environmental factors that cause your genome to behave in one way or another.
If you can visualize your body as a computer, your genome is the computer's "hardware". But the hardware cannot run unless it has software.
The "software" for your genome is your epigenome.
If you have "bugs" in your software or the software is badly designed, your body's hardware will run these defective programs and produce undesirable results in your body, such as the various symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome.
You've heard the computer term "garbage in, garbage out". If you run a garbage software program on your computer, you will get a garbage result. The same is true for your body's genome. Garbage in, garbage out.
However, the terms "genome" and "epigenome" are probably quite unfamiliar to you. If you can begin to understand the significance of these terms, you will have taken a huge step toward gaining better control over your health.
So stop reading this article right now. Go to this link to watch a 6 minute presentation of what an epigenome is. The title of the presentation by Dr. Dana Dolinoy is "A Tale of Two Mice". We recommend that you watch it twice to make sure you understand it.
This is what the presentation is telling you:
- Everything you are exposed to in your environment (including the food you eat) influences how your genome behaves.
- Your epigenome greatly influences
- your health outcomes,
- the health outcomes of your children, and
- the health outcomes of your grandchildren.
What you eat and drink is a big part of your epigenome. The diet and other recommendations in our book are designed to help you improve your epigenome so that:
- Your PCOS symptoms will diminish, your risk of developing degenerative diseases will be reduced, and your overall health will improve.
- Your future children will be less likely to develop degenerative diseases.
- Your children's children will be less likely to develop degenerative diseases.
If you ignore your epigenome and live an unhealthy lifestyle and do not take steps to minimize your exposure to undesirable environmental factors, you are playing genetic Russian Roulette with yourself, your future children, and their children.
We receive dozens of inquires from distraught or concerned mothers of daughters with PCOS. An additional concern is that the daughters of PCOS daughters will develop PCOS. How can this chain be broken? One possible way to break the chain is for every future mother to improve her epigenome before she conceives. This is why the information in this ebook can be very important. It describes some of the things you can do to improve your epigenome.
Jirtle RL et al Environmental epigenomics and disease susceptibility, Nat Rev Genet. 2007 Apr;8(4):253-62
2) Chili Improves Your Blood Sugar
Women with PCOS commonly have an exaggerated, excessive insulin response to starches and sugars consumed during a meal.
We uncovered some research from the University of Tasmania in Australia showing that consumption of chili powder with a meal reduced the amount of insulin required to handle the increase of blood sugar with a meal. For this reason, chili should be beneficial in controlling PCOS-related insulin problems.
The chili was especially beneficial for those who were overweight.
Why not spice up your meals with some occasional chili?
Ahuja KD et al Effects of chili consumption on postprandial glucose, insulin, and energy metabolism, Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Jul;84(1):63-9
Thought for Today: "The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet." -- J. Robert Oppenheimer
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