Understanding the Impact of Epigenetics, Ep 9 (Podcast)
Breaking Muscle Radio speaks with three top experts in the field of epigenetics - Shea Robison, Hayden-William Courtland, and Kevin Cann. Whether you are new to the topic or not, this podcast will expand your epigenetic horizons.
Look in any science magazines, health publications, or newspapers, and you'll see scores of articles about epigenetics. This is not surprising, as its a relatively new branch of research with long-lasting implications on how we eat, train, and live.
Press play to enter the epigenetics discussion.
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Meet our panel of experts:
- Kevin Cann - Many of you know Kevin from his writing on Breaking Muscle. He has written on epigenetics in regards to nutrition for each unique individual. He also runs Genetic Potential Nutrition, where he uses a holistic approach to help people live healthier lives.
- Hayden-William Courtland - Hayden runs a well-known blog called Science for Fitness. He has an array of degrees in biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, and biomedical sciences, and he's a personal trainer.
- Shea Robison - Known as the "Epigenetics Guy," Shea runs a website called the Nexus of Epigenetics where he writes about science, history, and politics in regards to epigenetics.
00:43 - Introduction to guests
01:30 - The definition(s) of epigenetics
04:51 - What makes a gene express itself
07:06 - Gene inheritability in the context of politics and policy
08:40 - How the fitness enthusiast can use epigenetics to help him or herself improve
12:50 - Making as many good choices as possible to enhance positive gene expression
14:00 - Nutrition and epigenetics - individuality and food quality
16:18 - Epigenetics versus phenotype within fitness and exercise
21:07 - Caution is required - the limitations of the correlational human studies
23:56 - An example of a specific gene and it's expression - The Agouti gene
27:22 - Research on Huntington's disease
31:05 - Limitations of the research on Huntington's disease
32:33 - Research on Type 2 Diabetes and leptin dysfunction
33:44 - The developmental window - the Dutch famine and the Överkalix study
37:25 - Epigenetics as a major player - it's not just about genetics
38:22 - Reversal of the effects of previous generations
39:30 - Narratives that come from genetics and epigenetics and which will win out
42:15 - Social responsibility and political implications of epigenetics
43:44 - Difficulty of separating out genetics and epigenetics
45:54 - Fears and concerning aspects of epigenetics
48:55 - Most positive possible outcomes of epigenetics
51:59 - Which aspects require more research
59:22 - Websites and other details