Articles by Dawn Shipley, RA, NCPA — genetic mutation
The study of epigenetics shows how our environment—which includes our emotional state, physical state and diet—can affect our gene expression that can in turn affect our health. There are polymorphisms, or mutations, in the genes that are being studied, and two of those that are very important are MTHFR A1298C and C677T. These are important because they affect the metabolism of folate in our bodies, which is crucial to many other biochemical processes. Epigenetics shows that through diet and lifestyle, which can include aromatherapy, we are able to take control of our own health and aid our bodies in functioning properly.