startling thesis of a recent book by Adelle LaBrec is
that we can override the destructive DNA we were born with,
by correcting what we think and say, along with lifestyle
and dietary improvements. The book is How to Reprogram
Your DNA for Optimum Health. It discusses "an
exciting field of genetic science called . . .
epigenetics," and the claim is that we can change our
genes as easily as we change our clothes.
LaBrec, a writer on medical subjects, quotes extensively
from academic sources. An example is Dr. Bruce Lipton (PhD
in developmental biology from the University of Virginia),
who argues that our thoughts, attitudes and perceptions are
the true keys to wellness, because "genes are not
controlling the life of your cells, your mind is."
up with the Word
Dr. David Rakel, of the University of Wisconsin
medical faculty, is quoted thus: "Research is telling
us even if your family has a history of cancer, there are
things you can do to bathe that gene in a way to keep it
from expressing itself. We have a choice to bathe our genes
with joy, happiness, exercise and nutritious foods . . .
[and] the choices we make [will] show up at a cellular
In short, what we think and say is what we get! Although
itís likely that mainstream scientists will be
pooh-poohing the LaBrec-Lipton-Rakel thesis for decades to
come, itís still encouraging to read that science may be
catching up with the Word. Unfortunately, LaBrecís book
leaves God out of the picture almost entirely. Her message
seems to be that we can revamp our cellular life on our own.
Power that goes beyond science
Most of us know from experience,
though, that spiritual and mental bootstrap-lifting is a
disaster waiting to happen. As in most areas of life,
secular wisdom will carry us halfway to wholeness, but itís
wisdom. Past a certain point―especially if weíre
sick with something the medical profession hasnít been
able to fix―weíre going to need a Power that goes
Just now Iím thinking of Scott, completely smashed in a
car accident, restored by a few surgeries and serious
prayer; of Marilyn, rescued in one evening from chronic
paralyzing fear; of Don, and the single prayer that
delivered him from back pain and numbness in one of his
arms. In these cases and countless others in the history of
this ministry, Godís power took over and carried the
project to completion when secular remedies "ran out of
by the renewing of your mind
Romans 12:2 has been telling us for twenty
centuries, "Do not conform to the pattern of this
world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then
you will be able to test and approve what Godís will isóhis
good, pleasing and perfect will."
And Mark 11:24 assures us, "Therefore I tell you,
whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have
received it, and it will be yours."
Dear ones, if weíll just combine those
two texts and release our faith accordingly, weíll
have complete access to the wholeness that
science is reaching for.
forget that . . .
God should be our
resort, not our last resort. Start taking time
right now to build up the faith you need to
receive His healing.
God is ready to
heal us in every
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healedóthrough
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
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