The Genie in Your Genes
by Dawson Church, Ph.D.
Elite Books (2007)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (4/07)
The first thought that came to mind after reading “The Genie in Your Genes,” was the word “Inspiring.” It seems like so much that I read today says that our genes determine everything. If this were true, it can be seen as a guarantee for cancer for people who have cancer in their families. It is refreshing to learn that in spite of my genes, I can still play a role in determining the outcome of my health.
“The Genie in Your Genes,” discusses a variety of ways in which we can use our special link between mind and body to maintain our health. It reminds us of the importance of maintaining our emotional health so that we can stay physically healthy. If stress and negative thoughts can have an effect on our health, then it makes sense that positive, “…tools of our consciousness-including our beliefs, prayers, thoughts, intentions, and faith – often correlate much more strongly with our health, longevity, and happiness then our genes do.”
I really like this idea, because it puts me in the driver’s seat of determining my health. By using the techniques recommended from energy medicine and Energy Psychology, certain chronic health conditions, autoimmune conditions, and psychological traumas can be reversed. It is important to note that the author was very clear about certain health crises needing immediate medical attention. He does not recommend that you try to positively think your way out of appendicitis!
Having a healthy lifestyle by doing things like exercising, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, abstaining from smoking and excess alcohol are also factors that can prolong our lives. Church discusses, to great length, the idea of healing coming from outside the control of the gene. This is referred to as epigenetics. He says that, “…invisible factors of consciousness and intention – such as our beliefs, feelings, prayers, and attitudes – play an important role in the epigenetic control of genes.”
“The Genie in Your Genes,” is not a fast read. It is a book that covers a complex subject, yet it is written in a way that makes the topic clear to understand. It is well researched, well referenced and at the end is an appendix that gives you further information on how to find a practitioner and some exercises that you can do on your own. Church does not leave you hanging with the feeling that while this is a great topic, you will have no idea how to proceed. He tells you.
I think that this book should be read by practitioners of medicine, alternative therapists, science students and people who have psychological stress or chronic health problems believed to be caused by genetic defaults. “The Genie in Your Genes” will open your eyes and give you hope that you can control your life.