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Viruses are little bits of genetic material. They’re not even alive in the strictest sense, but they can affect living organisms in a powerful way.
These effects go beyond making you sick; they can and do disrupt the genetic expression of your own cells. In many cases the disruption is temporary and goes away once the infection is resolved.
In other cases, the genetic disruption affects how your cells operate even after you get over the flu or cold. These changes can even be passed down to future generations.
These kinds of changes are epigenetic in nature because they change how your genes express in your body. Which means that they change how your body functions.
Why This Matters
If you have epigenetic damage either from a virus or from a toxin you can end up with a variety of diseases that can be related to a chronic distortion of the immune system:
- Chronic inflammation
- Autoimmune disorders
- Heart disease
- Metabolic disorders including diabetes
- Hashimoto’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
This is only a short list of problems that can result from epigenetic changes, but if you have any of these issues (or know a family member or patient with these issues) read on to find out how these changes can be reversed.
The good news is that unwanted changes in genetic expression and cellular functioning are reversible. A recent study at the University of California showed that viral epigenetic changes can be reversed.
The really good news is that we can reverse this damage with Accunect.
To understand how this is possible we need to understand more about epigenetics.
“Epigenetics is the study or how your behaviors and the environment can cause changes in the way your genes work”
“These changes are reversible”
- Source: CDC website
Is It a Bug or a Feature?
This somewhat trite expression comes from the early days of computer programming.
Although many times unexpected behaviour of a program was actually an error or bug, in some cases it was actually an undocumented feature.
The ability for viruses to introduce new information into our system isn’t a flaw, it’s actually indispensable.
All significant evolutionary changes have happened as a result of our physiology embracing a welcome bit of viral information that provides for greater adaptability and competitive advantage.
And we are surrounded by viral particles. One study estimated that 800 million viral particles fall on each square meter of earth every day.
Some of these viruses are necessary – a healthy person has up to 300 trillion viruses in their body at a time and they play a crucial role in keeping our microbiome healthy.
The challenge is how to select what viral information to accept into our body vs what to reject.
Since we are surrounded by viruses all the time, it makes sense that our body is designed / evolved to be able to make these selections.
What is Epigenetics?
Epigenetics is the study of how genes are expressed. Our DNA contains all of the information necessary to build and maintain our bodies, but not all of that information is turned on all the time. It is turned on and off in response to our environment, diet, stress levels, and other factors. Over time, certain genes can become permanently turned off, which can lead to disease.
Epi is Greek for “on top of”
Epigenetics is the study of heritable changes that operate “on top of” or “in addition to” our traditional theories of genetic inheritance
How epigenetics works is that certain molecules can attach to your DNA to effectively hide or “turn off” certain segments so that it can’t be read.
The result is a bit like a redacted document – all of the original text is still there, but you can’t read it anymore.
This is definitely a feature.
From embryology, we know that an embryo cell is unlike any other cell in the future person: it is undifferentated.
As the embryo turns into a fetus, different areas specialize into liver cells, muscle cells, etc. through an epigenetic transformation that is signalled by the variations in the bioelectric field of the developing fetus. So the possibility of epigenetic change is definitely a feature.
But sometimes it can be a bug.
A virus, or in some cases toxins, may turn off a portion of the genetic code that governs the ability of the body to suppress infection or to suppress tumor growth. This results in a weakened immune system. Other changes might produce chronic inflammation.
In other cases a viral infection may turn on sections of DNA that should not be activated.
Many of these epigenetic changes are heritable: we can pass them on to future generations.
To restore proper cellular function, we need to “undo” the blocking, or “un-redact” the DNA.
What Drives This Process?
The actual molecules that attach to our genetic code to make these changes have to come into the cell through the cell wall.
It is the electrical field, or energy surrounding the cell wall that determines which molecules can attach to receptor sites and enter the cell.
This explains why strong electrical fields can have such a negative impact on health because they can disrupt this cellular level chemical communication process in a way that can create epigenetic damage.
There is also an electrical field in our body all the time. This is the one created by our mind. This pervades every aspect of the body and carries intelligence to each cell.
This means that the state of your mind affects the electrical field around your cells. That in turn creates the potential for epigenetic change.
Someone who is repeatedly exposed to trauma will likely develop PTSD. We now know that there is very often an epigenetic change that leads to a constant state of anxiety – and that this change can be passed on. This is part of what makes PTSD difficult to overcome – it becomes locked into our genetic expression.
Being constantly in a state of fear or readiness produces excess cortisol, which has been strongly linked to epigenetic changes in many studies.
If your mind tells your body that life is dangerous and that you need to be on constant alert your body reprograms itself to comply.
The situation is unlikely to change without breaking this vicious cycle. The challenge is to reduce the fear state for long enough to stop the signal to the body that it needs to be ready for danger at all times. Until that signal stops, the chances of reversing the epigenetic damage is low.
This implies that epigenetic damage and the potential for epigenetic healing both are tied to the state of your mind.
What State is Your Mind In?
Or more importantly, how can you change your state of mind?
Chinese medicine has long recognized that our mind is affected by our energy state. And the reverse is true as well: the mind can affect our energy state.
One of the functions of the acupuncture meridians is to carry the “knowledge of function” to all parts of the body. The energy field of meridian energy is a field of functional intelligence that controls the nervous system and other body functions. This notion is startlingly prescient in light of modern theories of epigenetics.
It’s been known for over two millennia that excess worry disrupts the state of energy in the Spleen meridian. This produces physical symptoms like weakened digestion but it also makes the person prone to worry – which keeps the Spleen energy weak and distorted.
Changing the State of Your Mind
Telling someone not to worry, or not to be anxious doesn’t help them.
But changing the state of their energy can help.
Using acupuncture or herbs to strengthen Spleen Qi/Energy helps the person to break the worry cycle.
The more time they spend in a state of strong Spleen Qi/Energy and low worry, the more likely their body can reverse the underlying cellular functioning imbalance.
Unfortunately, if all you do is stimulate the Spleen meridian with acupuncture the effects aren’t lasting, the person experiences temporary relief but because the body is epigenetically programmed to worry they may be dependent on regular sessions to maintain their Spleen energy.
How Does Accunect come into this process?
Accunect builds on the insights of acupuncture theory, but includes principles of cognitive psychology, neuroscience, physiology, osteopathy, and applied kinesiology to work on more levels. This allows us to get more powerful results.
The basic premise of Accunect is that the body is designed to heal as long as it is giving the right amount of resources to all functions, and that it is properly coordinating activity in the body. Stress, whether it is emotional trauma, injury, poor diet, lack of sleep, or overwork disrupts this balance by putting the body into fight or flight mode.
We get the nervous system to rebalance coordination of specific body activities by tapping over the brain.
We get the acupuncture meridians to rebalance accordingly by tapping over the heart energy center, the control center for all the acupuncture meridians.
We can and do balance the energy in the acupuncture meridians. It’s kind of like acupuncture without needles, but it’s so much more as well.
We can also identify and help the person release beliefs that create excess emotional responses.
And we can clear the emotional charge from past memories. This is crucial, because if these memories linger even at a subconscious level they are creating stress and distorting body function.
We can address how we process sensory information to make it more useful. This builds on the central premise of cognitive psychology, which is that events do not cause emotional response – perception does. Two people can look at the same event and have very different emotional responses because they perceive them differently.
We also can improve our ability to use both masculine and feminine thinking into our perception of the world and our ability to see solutions to challenges.
We can balance the functions of the endocrine system, focus on circulation of nerve supply and blood flow.
We balance other energy systems, such as the chakras, five element energies, and even specific acupuncture points (without pressing or needling).
And we can focus on specific areas of the nervous system, including those that are involved with emotional response and activation of the fight or flight nervous system.
By addressing the issue on multiple levels we are able to change the energy state of the body, and change the energy state around the cells that affects epigenetic programming.
We even have an Epigenetic Update procedure that focuses on shifting how the functional intelligence, or knowledge of function, is stored in the energy blueprint in the body (referred to as Ancestral Qi in Chinese medicine).
Taken together, the various techniques can reduce stress and cortisol levels, a driver of epigenetic damage.
We can also improve circulation and oxygenation of tissues to lessen the possibility of DNA damage.
And we can balance the immune system to reduce inflammation.
Taken together, the various techniques in Accunect can help the body recover from epigenetic damage from viruses or other sources so that people regain optimum health.
Using This Knowledge
The Epigenetic Update procedure and our immune balancing procedure, Defense, are both covered in depth in the Accunect Body course.
Accunect Body is available for instant access online. You can study at your own pace, and there is also a series of weekly support calls so that you can ask questions, practice with other students, watch demonstrations and receive healing for yourself.
If you haven’t studied Accunect Connect, you can also study this course online – instant access available now.
Accunect Connect is the foundation course of the Accunect healing system and is a prerequisite for taking Accunect Body
You learn to balance the organs and their meridians, as well as other key systems of the body: endocrines, the brain, sensory processing, immune function, hydration, fight or flight nervous system, and more.
You also learn to balance emotional responses and how to release common belief systems that create stress in the body.
It's complete enough to have a successful energy medicine practice even without taking any of the advance Accunect courses.
You can also study Accunect Connect for family wellness if you're not a practitioner; there are no prerequisites.
Dr Don Ka'imi Pilipovich is an acupuncture physician and the co-founder of the Accunect Healing system. He has been studying and practicing Chinese medicine for over 30 years and has been teaching internationally for over 20 years.