Archives for: January 2008
I was thrilled to see the phrase “full genetic potential” associated with the GenoType Diet, and it is certainly one of its core principles. It is a favorite phrase of mine. I first heard this phrase back in the early 90’s when I was studying midwifery. I remember a midwife working in my community explaining over and over again that the organizing principle of the practice of midwifery… from the emphasis on healthy maternal nutrition, extended prenatal care, support for the birthing mother and family, creating a safe and gentle birthing environment, as little as possible intervention during birth… all this was to provide the opportunity for the soon-to-be newborn to reach their fullest genetic potential. I would often think about that phrase when I was at a birth, and how I could support this new life coming to the planet in a way that would give them that opportunity.
And so it was doubly thrilling to see the importance of good maternal nutrition and a healthy growing environment as a way to maximize the genetic potential of not only our immediate offspring… but for generations to come as a part of the GenoType Diet. A female newborn has the most ova in her ovaries that she will ever have at birth. The egg that became you was formed during your grandmother’s pregnancy with your mother. I remember thinking about that years ago and wondering what my grandmother had experienced during her pregnancy with my mom and how that impacted the person I came to be. And so it is with all of us….
How wonderful that we now have a way to take that even further… no matter what our age. When my boys were young, I felt that proper nutrition was so important for their growing bodies and was abhorred at what some parents routinely fed their children. It was a priority for me to feed my children the best way I knew as they were ‘growing’ a body which would need to support them for the rest of their lives. But until I read The GenoType Diet book, I never thought about that as adults, we are continually ‘growing’ our bodies too. We replenish our cells constantly. And that we now have a way to maximize, and alter, our genetic destiny beyond the womb. What a concept!!
I’m looking forward to the journey.