What aspects of a car apply to our lives?

Our genes control our lives and health. Our lifestyle choices affect our DNA by turning genes off or on but not changing the DNA sequence. Epigenetics is a term applied to genetic changes that are reversible.

Tumor Suppressor Genes

https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-are-tumor-suppressor-genes-2249209 The genetic material determines our foundational blueprint for life. Our DNA determines the sequences of proteins to be made, which determine our appearance and our survival. I have genes that produced red hair and freckles and have lived into the seventies so far.

A gene is a thin slice of our DNA that has four chemicals abbreviated A (adenine), C (cytosine), T (thymine), and G (guanine), that define each gene in our bodies. Each cell has between 20,000 and 25,000 genes. (https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02554-z)

Automobiles have drivers or passengers. Likewise, mutations are similarly named. Driver mutations control the growth of cancer cells. Passenger mutations go along for the ride and do not cause any problems.

Tumor-suppressing genes function as either a gatekeeper or caretaker. Gatekeeper tumor-suppressing genes include those that control the speed of cellular growth. Another type repairs DNA damage that could result in cancer if not corrected. The third category causes genes to self-destruct.

Caretaker suppressor genes administer, manage, synchronize the functions of other genes to stabilize our DNA. Functioning DNA gives us healthy bodies and minds. Disrupt the normal operations of DNA and mutations can cause a different set of outcomes.

Scientists equate genetic controls to driving a car. The accelerator speeds up the engine and consequently the speed of the vehicle. The brakes reduce or stop the automobile. Genes can be turned on or off. Some genes, when turned on, allow mutations to occur. Those same genes turned off or shut down the process for mutations to grow. Cancer cells begin their life when the accelerator is stuck on and the brakes and disconnected.

Cancer Growth

https://www.healthline.com/health/cancer/how-fast-does-cancer-spread A cancer cell must survive the mutation and begin a new life. A single cell replicates and becomes two, and so on. Years later, the right equipment may find a cancer tumor. Symptoms often do not occur, and cancer grows large enough to feel with your fingers. Other times, tumors grow to the size of grapefruit, and no one knows anything is wrong.

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/inherited-cancer-genes-and-increased-cancer-risk/inherited-genes-and-cancer-types Inherited genes do not guarantee disease. If your mother had breast cancer or your father had colon cancer, your risk of either cancer is roughly 5%. Genetic screening is available for many cancers. Epigenetics, your lifestyle, can permanently keep the genes turned off that you inherited from either of your parents.

Chemotherapy does not cure cancer. The drugs stimulate cancer cells to commit suicide. Tumor suppressor genes should have had a cancer cell commit suicide when it was a single-cell organism, but a flaw in that suppressor gene or another anomaly allowed the cancer cell to grow.
Something caused the cell to mutate and allowed the cancer cell to begin a new life in your body.

Doing the same things you always did will guarantee the same results years later. Why do suppose many people end up with a second or third cancer several years later? Oncologists monitor their patients’ post-treatment care for five to ten years to catch any new growth of similar or additional cancers.


Control your lifestyle and control many aspects of good health and reduce the risks of cancer or other diseases. Scientists have identified ten tumor-suppressing genes (https://academic.oup.com/carcin/article/20/8/1403/2896238).

Our dietary decisions and actions, coupled with daily exercise and stress management, combined with toxin removal, reduce many risks associated with various cancers.

Life Longer & Enjoy Life! – Red O’Laughlin – RedOLaughlin.com


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