Can Diet Cause Evolutionary Changes? : The Renegade Health Show #774

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What will the human race be like in 1,000 years…

It depends on what we eat.

In this episode – one of my favorite to date – Dr. J. E. Williams discusses how diet is causing negative genetic expression.

He also explains how easy it is to change the genetics of animals, which makes you wonder how easy it is to change OUR DNA.

Take a look…

Your question of the day: Do you think this all is true? Can we be mutated by our diet?

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. John H says:

    While I am sure what we can affect our genetic makeup, we also have to look at our environment. We continue to poison ourselves and the world we live in. Genetic changes? I think it is and has been happening for quite a while. Just look around and you can see that it is pretty evident compared to past generations.
    Hey who is driving the RV?

  2. John H says:

    Ooops I meant to say that while food can affect our genetic makeup.

  3. Adrianna Dhliwayo says:

    i wish i had known you were in santa fe! i wish i could have met you in person. another time perhaps. happy trails! are you seing any spring flowers out along the highways?

  4. Annette says:

    Wow…..pretty scary if we don’t make some changes in our society!

  5. Christie says:

    I think he’s throwing the term “genetic changes” around a bit too loosely. When I think of genetic changes, I think passing it on to children. Mutant babies due to radiation exposure.

    He mentions “multigenerational changes” in obese people, but how much is nature, and how much is nurture?

    Of course we can change the expression of the genes we inherited from our parents.

    And about the changing of traits of domesticated animals (and plants) that’s selective breeding- the genes are ALREADY THERE, we just pick out the ones with the traits we want for breeding. We didn’t change the genes, we just pick out the ones we wanted.

    Can’t do this as clearly with people, but there is a bit of selective breeding going on….

    So back to families changing in 2 or 3 generations, could it be more of a “selective breeding” effect? Let’s face it, heatlhy, fit people are more likely to pair up (and make babies) together (and unhealthy fat people are more likely to pair up together as well), then top this off with habits and yes, you’ll have generations of healthy (or unhealthy) people depending on who you look at.

    And then there are the asians who come to the US, and subsequent generations adopt the SAD diet and their health declines. And if they go back to Asia and re-adopt their lifestyle, voila their health improves. These aren’t changes in their DNA, just lifestyle changes turning off or on the expression of the same DNA.

    Nothing shocking or revolutionary there….

    Also, when looking at evolution, you have to look at the entire population, not individuals. And since humans aren’t subject to natural selection anymore it’s a moot point.

  6. Kym says:

    Epigenetics is a fascinating area – particularly now that we dominate our environment and are far less affected by what we traditionally thought of as evolution. We are now at a point where we can consciously decide how we evolve and our food choices and their effects on gene expression are certainly one aspect of this.

    However, I think how we proceed with technology will be the key factor in this process. For example, the field of medical cybernetics has seen massive progress in just two decades and this will continue to accelerate exponentially.

    Look at how much we’ve changed since 1960 and then think what we’ll be in 2060. The times they are a’changing…

  7. Marie says:

    Yes, it is happening now. Most young people have a roll of fat where their waistlines should be.

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  9. Sharon says:

    I don’t think we’re “mutating” from diet but environmental toxicity and vaccines play a role in damage. Vaccines will damage DNA although 3 generations later the DNA can return to normal if there are no further vaccines. Small dogs and cats can be bred with larger ones and few generations later they will be large again. Mutations will eventually return to normal when the environment is brought back to normal. Remember the fruit fly studies? They pretty much disproved the mutations/evolution theory.

    We skip generations at times too. One person in a family may not resemble the parents at all but may look like an aunt or grandfather. Pretty fascinating stuff!

    Since our cells all hold memory and the DNA is passed on to children it only makes sense that our eating habits are also held in our DNA and will influence future generations until the pattern is broken. An obese parent is likely to have an obese child since the pattern has been set. They will have a bit of a harder time to keep a normal weight but it’s not impossible.

    Shocks and traumas can also be passed on without conscious knowledge. These are imprinted in our DNA I believe. This is why it’s so crucial we do the work, like EFT/Tapping, to remove these patterns.

    If you do an informal survey of people with very different children (one may have ADHD and one may be very calm), you will very likely find that the mother was in great stress during pregnancy or had a very happy pregnancy. Maybe you could do a show about that sometime and do a survey Kevin. It would be interesting to see your listener’s response.

    I also wonder what the effects of EMR is on the DNA and how the future children will turn out because of it. It’s a bit early to tell yet and there are so many other toxic influences that can play a role so it’s pretty hard to study this.

  10. Ellienne says:

    I truly believe we are definitely on the road to self-elimination. ESPECIALLY with GMO careening WILDLY down the path with Monsanto and subsidiaries attempting to dominate all our food resources.

    If we let this happen, organic, whole, natural food could be a thing of the past.

    We’ve had so many fewer bees this year that I pollinated our dandies by hand. With MUCH less success. Many sterile blossoms.

    WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING, or our children and their children will only survive if they can adapt to GMO and horribly processed foods.

    If you notice, Cockroaches may survive… but the more delicate, beautiful, precious things and creatures like butterflies, amphibians, mammals, birds, beneficial insects, beauteous wildlife and plants will be decimated.

    These MODIFIED GENES could live on… indefinitely.

    The irresponsibility is mind boggling. All for the sake of money.

    Beware… Monsanto wants to own ALL your food and water. It’s not personal… just a business decision.

    Evil DOES exist, and it drives a very fancy car and wears a gorgeous impeccable suit. It looks beautiful and addicting. And it will see your destruction. But worse, your children’s.

    I’m so sorry to be so passionate, but it’s up to us, and we all want to be happy, enlightened, go on with our lives is beauty and hope.

    And Monsanto LOVES that. They know the less WE DO, the BETTER it is for them.

    It takes ACTION!!!

    We DO, or Die. Good Bye beautiful things… delicate things, precious things.

    We are losing 100s of species by the day. 91% of large fishes gone.

    Bees continuing to dwindle. Bats and butterflies dieing by the millions. Polar ice caps melting… but NO. No global warming… it’s all in your imagination. RIGHT. ?!

    HEY… my backyard looks okay… so everything’s right with the world, right?

    Sure it is. Now go watch TV and enjoy your Doritos. Nothing like lots of corn syrup solids, sugar, salt, MSG derivatives and GMO corn to soothe a hungry appetite.

    Love to All…

  11. wendy says:

    I think it’s all reversible until you have generations consuming GM foods, and non organic or natural foods. Not just pigs etc that have been bred to be fat or thin but the crops where gene splices have changed the crop fundamentally.
    GM food is dangerous. I think that foods that have chemicals all over (and in) them are also dangerous in the sense that not only do they affect our health but also our DNA.
    Our fertility has been effected, but perhaps that’s not all bad …. !

  12. Ellienne says:

    PS: THANK YOU FOR THIS. Really appreciate your posting this. The animal research breaks my heart, though.

    Allowing the torturing of animals for our sakes is so awful and WRONG.

    We have always known that we can breed people as horses are bred… but of course we can’t talk about it.

    We are a declining race. And considering the evil we commit upon the most innocent among us, is this perhaps a righteous thing?

  13. Ashley Ross says:

    I am 100% sure diet, exercise, environment and social upbringing have a huge effect and are changing people. However, I don’t know if that’s ultimately a bad thing… I think the world is over-populated as it is, so it might not be so bad if some people are eating themselves into infertility. That sounds like natural selective process, just like a woman will stop ovulating if she’s too underweight it makes sense being too overweight would have an effect too.

    People make their own decisions and as long as they are educated (which most aren’t) nobody can force them to eat organic or recycle or walk more. There is only so much we can do to provide an example and teach about good health, after that it’s up to them. And if they can’t take care of themselves very well, why put a child through the same situation?

    I really don’t want to sound too insensitive; all of my aspirations involve helping people live happier, healthier lives and I know I have a natural bias as I’ve never wanted my own children.

    The cool thing about developing an infertile gene (as long as science doesn’t intervene too much) is it will naturally destroy itself. I think there will always be enough healthier people to repopulate the earth, and if we can eat ourselves fat and weak we can also eat ourselves thin and strong. Just trying to be honest, don’t burn me at the stake 🙂

    I know this still doesn’t touch the issue of morphed organs, etc. and the issue of health care and taking care of millions of sick people just healthy enough to create sick babies. But that will take a mass effort involving most government bodies to make a change in priorities, subsidies, paid research and big pharmaceutical collapse/reduction/developing morals.

  14. Donna says:

    I believe that, for the most part, our denatured diet does not cause gene mutation directly, but that through faulty copying as the DNA reproduces in succeeding cell generations, our DNA degrades over time because we’re not providing our bodies with the proper raw materials (pun intended!)

  15. Sue says:

    Between diet and environmental factors, I’m sure we are genetically changing!

  16. Donna says:

    Also, since our vibration levels are decreasing from eating toxic foods (ever notice that after eating all raw for a time, you feel more spiritually aware/perceptive, just to lose it again after going back to the SAD?) I think that some of our genes are being “turned off” such as the gene that used to allow our bodies to produce our own vitamin C. That gene is still there, but is “turned off.”

  17. Barry Smith says:

    d.vitalis & another guy i heard recently said 200,000yrs ago the fully human fossils had thicker leg bones (pre-cars) & skulls,larger brains (!)than today;english lit in 1700s-1800s was way more academically bright (heck,have u read plato’s republic?).An old dr. said grandma,daughter,granddaughter in his practice typically go progressively downhill;younger & younger US kids are getting “old-folks” diseases–get this:ask somebody in a bluezone or primitive group what they think of that;they say “what’s an old folk’s disease?”.And ditto for:what r running shoes,health food stores ,suppliments,ect,etc…

  18. Diane says:

    I truly believe it is a combination of things and top of the list is GMO’s and enviornmental poisons running rampant. Now with the passage of HR 1 I shudder to think what more can go into our water and air!!!! Check out “The Future of Food” and “A Silent Forest” If it’s not too late we need to WAKE UP! and let our voices be heard. One of the effects of gmo’s (squelched research) was a type of swelling of the tissues of the stomach and intestine, not to mention damaged immune systems!

  19. Susan Laing says:

    Brilliant subject here Kevin! BTW I ve just written on my website something similar(; The impact on our spiritual being by eating/ consuming animal produce which are not even allowed to live their natural life span or Live their natural way of life and so in essence our being~ness ~ in every way including our conscioussness. After all it is all about the energetic signature? Keep up your fabby work Kev (;x

  20. Keith says:

    While reading the comments, I thought about what I had read in the Edgar Cayce works. He mentioned of the 5th Root Race forming at the end of the 20th century, beginning of 21st century. The Indigo Children were mentioned as well.One and the same? I’m not sure.
    Well, I’m in my 60’s, so I have been able to observe young children over the last 30 odd years at least. i see that a whole lot of them are very different. Some very unique. Intelligent, focused. Some very sensitive.
    i seem to remember Cayce saying something like, the world would need to change, to accommodate these ‘new ones’.
    i can tell you now, the world has changed rapidly in the last 40-50 years. And the last 20? Phew!!
    And, technology has gone APE!!
    Anyway, just something to ponder on with the above subject at hand.

  21. anatol says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Dr. J. E. Williams has a very good point. And it should give us a wake up call to see what other factors may lead to the extinction of the human race. In the 60’s John Robbins gave his message in “Diet For A New America” – How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness… not only that but what the global consequences are… possible extinction of the human species… just like other species have become extinct.

    Recently The World Preservation Foundation hosted top scientists of the world who reconfirmed the message of the 60’s. The raising of animals for food is unsustainable… currently 30% of all land surface is used for raising animals for food and more crops are grown for feeding the animals than for feeding the people directly.

    Other costs include huge amounts of energy, water, $$$( gov subsidies )… such a huge effort… and what are the consequences? 50% heart, 30% cancer, 30% obesity, 80% overweight, diabetes, etc etc…

    That the 30% obesity rate is the same( did not use to be ) for adults and children seems to confirm Dr Williams theory.

    But what is the culprit for all of this? Seems almost everyone does not want to acknowledge that eating animals along with 60% processed foods are the main factors… all fueled by greed and selfishness…

    Vegan-ism, by itself without tweaking and supplementation, may not give you perfect health… but it would be a huge step in the right direction… and with sharing and caring,,. replacing the greed, selfishness and brutality of raising animals for food… could save the human species…

    Selfishness is the main root cause of all of humanities problems… so even if a few of us find the path to seemingly perfect physical health… it will not matter much in the big picture…

    Here is an interesting story of a billionaire, his diet, and his seemingly perfect physical health…

    keep up the good work Kevin… thanks

  22. The funny thing about all of this is we are all going to die. I never look at food as any thing more to give me another day to do the things that have to be done. I over ate I never had any bad habits that would cause my health to be challenged. At one time I ate a half gallon Ice cream and used peanut Debbie bars as a spoon(that’s 4 of them). As I watched how we have tried to eliminate ants and they have been able to survive all the DDT’s and other poisons.I believe if we just don’t stress out about any of it we will mutate into what we need for the next 1000 years. and the question will always be the same. Just love everyone let them do what they need to be dong questioning every thing or being the solution. Life is beautiful so go out and BE.

  23. Velda says:

    Dr. Williams gives some interesting things to think about. Christie’s comments make a lot of sense. By the type of food we eat, it seems that we can change the genetic expression and affect our health and our shape. Whether we are actually changing our DNA by that remains to be seen. However, consuming GMO foods has been shown to change our DNA. We are under the biggest assult from the food industry that has ever taken place in all of history. We must become aware of it and return to what God gave us to keep us healthy – and it is not the chemical medicines,vacines and processed foods that the FDA wants us to believe. We must stop eating at McDonalds, KFC, etc where there are all kinds of additives and checmicals mixed in their food (if you can actually call it food).

    Kevin and Ann Marie, you are doing a wonderful job of getting the word out. Bless you for your efforts. It is a work that needs to be done.

  24. holly says:

    kev, the sound is too low. esp with dr williams. my vol is all up and i cant hear well enough to follow

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