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bobnotes Notes Current Epigenetics and Environmental Toxins

The first materials here are from Mike Adams of Natural News – an essay based on an interview he conducts with a scientist, David Crews, who has just co-authored a paper (in 2012) on the trans-generational impact of epigenetic modifications to the the inheritance due to chemical exposure suffered by original parents. These effects, it appears from Crews’ science, extend indefinitely into future generations without modification of the DNA, but by epigenetic modification.

While I have long been an admirer of Mike’s powerful articulateness and close attention to nutritional science detail, I have also long noticed a regrettable tendency to use powerfully demagogic language. This fires up his large supporter base, but turns me off as well as others more committed to civil discourse. Mike is also an avid second-amendment rowdy, who appears with and as a substitute for like-minded Alex Jones on his popular shows. Still, we must struggle to judge each of his public pronouncements on their own terms and not discard them automatically simply because we associate him with beliefs and attitudes that we may find uncongenial.

And that’s my stand on the materials from his website back in 2012 that I am dropping in below this. He tones down his in-your-face bold persona to interview a significant scientist in the field of genetics, and their quite thoughtful and civil interaction, if a little long-winded, is highly persuasive and worrisome. It is, for me, an entirely new line of thought attempting to understand the origins of the many disease epidemics from which we suffer so much today. Sadly, it suggests that those epidemics may be with us for future generations as well even if we discover and eliminate their current environmental causes.

Of course, that thought is a call to medical science to discover a recourse as yet unknown, and one may be found, but the still widely unknown or largely disregarded fact of epigenetic inheritance stands in the way of our turning our resources in the direction of discovering such a recourse. All right. Here’s Mike Adams.

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The interview with Crews: link. And his page of discussion. I urge the use of the reader view on your browser to avoid having your thinking influenced by the highly-charged peripheral materials. In Firefox, that’s this:

This screen grab is linked to his page: