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The Ghost In Your Genes – The Free Online Documentary Every Parent Should Watch!

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Has Anyone Ever Mentioned You Have Your Mothers Laugh?

Or your father’s twinkling yes? How about your great, great-grandmothers memories of famine out in the plains? Yeah, probably not that last one. Until the last decade or so scientists believed that genetic inheritance was a mechanical process – 4 genetic letters combining in unique ways to create a human being. Now we know better.

In this fascinating documentary, the BBC unravels the mystery of how not just our physical traits – but our memories – are being passed from generation to generation. And not in a nostalgic yearbook sense, either. These experiences shape our physical development and so much more. If you’re a parent – or hope to have children one day – you do not want to miss this!

Recommended Reading:

Dr. Cate Shanahan describes the connection between epigenetics and beauty, and shows us how to nurture healthy genetic expression through food. Buy it here



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22 Responses to The Ghost In Your Genes – The Free Online Documentary Every Parent Should Watch!

  1. Jennifer Josephsen Pinto via FB says:

    I used to show this in my biology class. Great stuff!

  2. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    That is awesome, Jennifer Josephsen Pinto! Wish I’d had a teacher like you!

  3. Leah says:

    Heather, this is a Great piece! It made me cry. I fear so many things for my children and their children. My life has been filled with awful prescription drugs to battle asthma and MS. I was on beta seron just before I got pregnant. While I made many changes because I believe the RX industry is what keeps us sick and food is what heals us, I fear what I may have passed on to my babies. All I can do is keep feeding the most nourishing diets and praying. On another note this is so very obvious as the first generation raised on GMO foods tries to conceive and finds themselves unable. Hasn’t anyone noticed more and more these days that so many people are unable to conceive naturally and yet they dont question the toxic food and pharmaceuticals.

    • Heather says:

      Leah, I felt the same way when I first learned about epigenetics! I thought about all the stressful all-nighters I pulled in college, rounds and rounds of antibiotics, ect. Funny thing is, now every time I am tempted to stress about it I realize that I’m inducing poor genetic expression, and then I have to laugh at myself! All that to say, please don’t beat yourself up over past choices. We’ve all been there. The beauty of epigenetics is genes are so responsive to good input. When Dr. Cate Shanahan (author of the book above) started eating a nutrient-dense diet in her mid thirties she grew two inches!

  4. Caelene Peake via FB says:

    What I’m more interested in, is the spiritual blessings of my forefathers FLOWING down and causing great blessing, abundance, health, prosperity, long life and hunger for Gods kingdom!!!

    • A. B. says:

      I thought of spiritual blessings in comparison to physical genetics as well, Caelene. As the Bible states that the sins of the father can be passed down to the fourth generation and we know that the physical and spiritual are closely intertwined, it comes as no surprise that physical trauma can affect the genetic make up of several generations.

  5. Cathy Ceigersmidt via FB says:

    Thanks Heather for passing this on! Amazing findings. Makes perfect sense.

  6. Ave Maria via FB says:

    fascinating – everyone should watch this!

  7. Holly Massie via FB says:

    ok so want to watch this but will have to set aside time

  8. Our Small Hours via FB says:

    That was fascinating!

  9. Delicia Beaty via FB says:

    I have mixed emotions about this… We may have the genes but they don’t necessarily need to be turned on … If we eat right, breath and move… Or maybe in some cases it doesn’t matter what we do anyhow – we R probably all unique in what happens will happen…

  10. Jessica Strom via FB says:

    Very interesting documentary. Especially if you are planning to have more kids.

  11. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    We are definitely unique, Delicia Beaty! I think the point of the documentary, which is further explained in Deep Nutrition, is that our choices and experiences definitely have an effect on how our genes express. We can’t control everything or avoid all negative experiences, of course, but I think there is a lot we can do (eating right, breathing and moving being some of the most important!)

  12. Tamara says:

    I just recommended this to my (nonexistant so far) readers! Thanks so much!

  13. Meagan {Green Motherhood} says:

    I really enjoyed this! (much to my husbands chagrin :) )
    When I taught special needs preschool, I had a family with 2 children in my program and both suffered from physical and neurological disabilities. I found out later that the grandfather of the children I taught was exposed to agent orange in Vietnam and that the children’s father was born with severe spina bifida (which they’ve connected to the agent orange and the government actually gives out disability funds because of it), and while in my care, one of the children was also diagnosed with a form of spina bifida(at the age of 8). It was a revelation for me.
    Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m anxious to know about more about how to treat all of this from the book.

    • Heather says:

      That is so sad, Meagan! Did you know that when Agent Orange was created people were told it was “essentially so safe you can drink it”? I once wrote a post about it in which the draft was titled “Liars! Liars! LIARS!” I managed to gain my composure and publish it under a different title, but just barely . . .

  14. The Ghost in Your Genes (via the Mommypotamus) | Mamababy Boutique says:

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  15. Leigh Schroeder Salvage via FB says:

    WHOA! Just starting to try and watch this. Wild. I wonder how trauma affects things – research has shown that it is transmitted to babies for sure during pregnancy with very real effects. Quite a responsibility / motivation for parents with lots of stress / some trauma to work on relaxing… actually more of a stressful thought for some…

  16. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Leigh Schroeder Salvage – I thought the same thing! Personally I’ve found it a great motivator to get extra naps and keep my stress as low as possible, though I can see how in some circumstances this info might have the opposite effect

  17. Roxanna Farnsworth via FB says:

    didn’t a few of the scientists go on to show that nurture and environment affected the light switches? I love the idea that our genes aren’t “locked down” even though its scary to think what my grandparents were exposed to and experienced is affecting me I know that I can influence what genes get turned on or off by diet and lifestyle…. right?

  18. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Yes, they did Roxanna Farnsworth! I believe more can be found on that in the book Deep Nutrition :)

  19. Matt G says:

    I would imagine that looking at ancestors of women who had taken thalidomide or DES would also show an epigenetic affect.

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