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The Science of Healing

There is a science to healing, and the basis of that science is to reduce stress by changing our focus and being as happy as we can be in the moment, as much of the time as we can.

If we do that for an extended period of time, we can create a totally different chemical environment in our bodies, and our cells will then get signals that things are fine and well.

When that happens, our cells can take a break from always operating under fight-or-flight conditions. Our cells can transition away from always seeming to be putting out fires and can instead begin to work on bigger picture projects.

Our cells can prosper.

Our cells can activate systems that help us to have much more energy and help us to heal both physically and psychologically, which kicks off a crescendo of a continuously happier and more fulfilling life.

And this, again, is verified science, particularly relating to telomeres – protective buffers on the end of our chromosomes that predict the life of our cells (before the telomeres wear away and basically begin to self-destruct) - that is evolving with breakthroughs month after month...

The Science of Healing

The Chemical Environment of Our Bodies

Stress vs. Bliss

A) Our Bodies have about 50 trillion cells

Whether we live in a state of Bliss or a state of Stress determines our internal chemistry, and our internal chemistry is what triggers the cells to take specific actions.

Our cells have receptors on the outside of them. Our cells are triggered to specific actions through these receptors either by stress chemicals (cortisol and adrenaline/epinephrine) or bliss chemicals (oxytocin, serotonin, endorphins, dopamine).

If we live in a stressed state, our cells get frantic messages and operate poorly, if at all. If our cells instead get messages that are organized and content and at peace, then our cells can look at the big picture and work on higher-level functions.

B) Envisioning our Cells and how they make proteins… which heal the body!

Let’s do a fun visual exercise. Envision the room you are in is the nucleus of a cell. Imagine further that the entirety of your home or the building you are in represents the entire cell.

Imagine 23 pairs of filing cabinets ringing the room you are in. Those filing cabinets represent the 23 pairs chromosomes (46 total) you have in each of your cells. Half of your DNA comes from your mother, and half comes from your father.

Your entire DNA, broken up in 23 different parts, is packed tightly into your chromosomes in each cell. Therefore, your entire DNA fits, in varying lengths, into those 23 pairs of filing cabinets.

Each of the pairs of filing cabinets contain the same code of DNA, half from your mother and half from your father. (Except for the 23rd chromosome, the Y chromosome, in males).

Almost all of the cells in your body – over 200 types of cells – contain these cabinets, which, again, contain all of your DNA. (The exception is red blood cells, which transport oxygen and do not have DNA.)

Your DNA is made up of all of your genes lined end to end! We have about 23,000 genes that combine to form our DNA!

In terms of the filing cabinets in your body’s cells, your individual genes can be represented visually as individual files placed in the filing cabinets.

Since we have about 23,000 genes, and 23 pairs of cabinets, we can envision about 1000 files per filing cabinet.

Each of those 23,000 genes is essentially a code that can be utilized to make 23,000 proteins. Our bodies are protein-making machines!

That’s what our bodies do best!

(Note that the gene codes, the instructions to build proteins, can be read by our cells in different ways. By reading the codes in various specific ways, our protein-building machinery can make than one type of protein from particular gene codes.)

Therefore, we have 23,000 codes tied to our genes, which means, on average, that we have about 1,000 of these codes per filing cabinet.

For the purposes of maintenance and repair, each of our cells accesses specific genes in our chromosomes – specific files in the filing cabinets – in order to get the codes from our genes to make specific proteins to maintain and fix our cells.

C) Envision the Cabinets having three drawers

Let’s envision one pair of the 23 filing cabinets and focus on one filing cabinet at a time. One filing cabinet came from your mother, which we will focus on, and one from your father.

1) The bottom drawer is reddish-brown and contains red, yellow, and brown files. The middle drawer is green and contains green files. And the top drawer is a glimmering gold and contains sparkling gold files.

2) The bottom reddish-brown drawer is the Immediate Repair Drawer. This over-packed and unorganized drawer contains 500 out of the cabinet’s 1000 files and has codes in red files related to proteins that are urgently needed to be created to quickly address substantial problems the cells are having. These problems usually arise because the cells haven’t been properly maintained due to consistent fight-or-flight stress or other health factors.

For situations that are pressing but aren’t quite so urgent, protein codes are also available in yellow and brown files in this drawer.

3) The middle green drawer is the Normal Maintenance and Healing Drawer. This drawer is orderly and contains 400 out of the cabinet’s 1000 files. The codes in the green drawer are utilized to build quality proteins that head out into the cell and perform high-level maintenance activities. The codes in the green drawer support excellent health and well-being.

4) The top sparkling golden drawer is the Transcendence Drawer. It contains 100 out of the cabinet’s 1000 files. This drawer contains codes that are only activated by the internal chemical environments of those individuals who are consistently happy and blissful.

Through consistent happiness and bliss, the person’s cortisol-free cells can totally lock-in their focus and reach maximum vibration and effectiveness – believing that all is peaceful and good despite whatever may be the reality of the external world – and can work on big picture, life-extending projects.

D) Telomeres and Telomerase

One of genes in the golden drawer offers the code for creating a protein called telomerase.

Telomerase relates to Telomeres and cells like white blood cells. Telomeres can be compared to shoelaces, particularly the piece of protective plastic on the end of shoelaces. Telomeres are protective buffer DNA on the ends of our 23 pairs of chromosomes.

For most of life, our telomeres are seemingly disposable and are not directly related to the functioning of the cell. But, like that plastic at the end of a shoelace, when it all gets worn down, additional problems begin to occur.

Every time one of our cells divides, the telomeres on the cell’s chromosomes shorten slightly, because the cell cannot make a complete copy of itself all the way to the end of the chromosome.

Thus, a little bit of the telomeres get cut off with each division.

Our cells divide between 50 and 70 time before the telomeres get so short on our chromosomes that our cells get instructions to stop dividing and to cease functioning. If our cells were to continue operating normally, actual DNA would start to get chopped off with cell division, and mutations would be the result.

Once cells begin to cease functioning due to telomeres that are too short, the body begins to age and break down.

Now the good news! Our bodies have a natural ability to regenerate telomeres! It is through creation of that protein I mentioned earlier called telomerase! There is a telomerase gene in the golden drawer, and if our internal chemical environment indicates we are sufficiently happy and peaceful, our body can activate the telomerase gene! And thus, our cells can make the telomerase protein! (Telomerase is situated on the TERT gene in chromosome 5. Specifically, 5p15.33)

(Note that, when we are blissful enough to access the golden drawers, there are hundreds of additional empowering and revitalizing proteins that our bodies can create!)

From the European Heart Journal, January 2019: “Telomeres and telomere associated proteins (telomerase) play a major role in cellular aging with implications for global health.”

After being manufactured by the cell, the protein telomerase – which was accurately modeled for the first time in 2018 at UC-Berkely – wraps itself around the end of telomeres and attaches extra buffer DNA! So, if you live consistently in a state of bliss and gratitude, and you practice meditation, then you are most likely consistently activating telomerase! You are literally giving yourself extra days, months, and years!

E) Protein Production – The Specifics

Basically, our cells make any protein, like golden drawer telomerase, by first sending out a request to the chromosomes in the nucleus to transcribe a code attached to a specific gene.

Once the request has been made, a protein/enzyme called RNA Polymerase latches onto a “double helix” strand of DNA where the specific gene (telomerase) is located and ingeniously gains the secret code.

Once the secret code is copied into a “single” strand of RNA from the “double” strand of DNA, the code is transported out of the nucleus and into the larger portion of the cell.

Out in the larger portion of the cell, a protein factory called a ribosome latches onto the single-strand of secret code and, in an ingenious and almost mystical way, figures out the code and starts to go to work to build the protein.

The protein is formed out of various amino acids. (Amino acids are incredible, naturally-occurring molecules that have been around since the early universe.) The individual amino acids, of which there are 20 in our human bodies, come from protein that we break down through the foods we eat. And so, using the code, the protein factory figures out the exact order for a long connecting chain of amino acids.

Once the chain of amino acids is completed by the ribosome, the chain becomes a protein after it is folded into a specific three-dimensional shape.

The protein is then transported to wherever it needs to go to serve its purpose. In the case of telomerase, it is transported back into the nucleus, the telomerase wraps around the end of the telomeres, and the telomeres are extended through the addition of DNA code in the repeating pattern of TTAGGG.

If this process occurs enough times, it will add enough buffer DNA to allow for additional cell division and thus the aging process can be deferred!

To see this amazing process of protein production in action, with awesome graphics, please take a look at this enlightening three-minute video.

In Summary...

1) When we live consistently with an elevated state of well-being, our body can create the proteins it needs to repair itself and extend our lives!

2) When we live consistently in a state of stress, perhaps 80% or 90% or 100% of the time, our body shuts down this process of protein production because, in times of stress, our bodies send all of our energy to our arms and our legs as part of the fight-or-flight response.

Meanwhile proteins that were being manufactured at the time of extreme stress become flawed, and now our cells have to work hard to clean up the flawed proteins.

3) It turns out that, when we live in a state of perpetual stress, we don’t even get a chance to access the brown drawers, let alone the green drawers or the golden drawers. The fact is, living in a state of perpetual stress will inevitably lead to a breakdown in our bodies.

4) So let’s all try to live in a happier state a little more consistently if we can! Let's spend the vast majority of our time accessing the green and the golden drawers and live longer and happier lives! Perhaps you can visit and activate the golden drawers while visualizing or meditating. Again, there is a lot more going on in those golden drawers that is magical and restorative - as roughly 2000 genes for healing and repair are activated when we exist in a state of consistent gratitude - than just telomerase!

And, in our daily lives, how do we activate the golden drawer codes?

We can do it by being as happy as we can be in the moment. We do it by focusing on empowering and uplifting activities that trigger the DOSE Cavalry Chemicals of Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Endorphins!

I have a video that details this process:

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