Is Longevity Genetic? Are Genes Really Influential? Here's What 16th Century Doctor Wrote

in Natural Medicine2 months ago (edited)

Peace and blessings to everyone striving towards longevity~

Is Longevity Genetic? SOURCE

At this point in modern science, longevity is influenced by combination of genetics, lifestyle, and environment.

Interestingly, this 2021 research which examined centenarians living in Blue Zones (regions in the world with unusually high number of people above the age 100) has shown a limited association of genetic markers with the longevity of the Blue Zone population.

This fascinated me because there are family members of mine who insist that they are getting glaucoma, teeth infection, obese, etc. because of "their DNA."

Their siblings & parents have had them, so it makes sense for them to inherit the sickness and thus longevity is not what they can achieve.

Are they right?

Well, I had to dig up past literature on holistic health, and this particular doctor captured the essence of seeing our health in terms of what we've inherited vs. acquired.

The book is called 《醫學正傳》 (Orthodox Transmission of Medicine) written in 1515 CE by this doctor (I was unable to find information about him in English, so if anyone has further insight on him, please share with us!).


Translation of the text

人之壽夭
Lifespan of each human

各有天命存焉.
Is destined and allotted by cosmic providence.

夫所謂天命者
The providence refers to

天地父母之元氣也.
The primal energy given by cosmos, the Earth, and parents.

父爲天.
Father acts on behalf of cosmos.

母爲地.
Mother acts on behalf of the Earth.

In eastern philosophy, the symbolism of "heavenly father" and "mother nature" is the actual energetics of the universe.
This means we inherit the "genetic" material of cosmos and the Earth (i.e. primal energy) since we are made from the same energy that created the universe.

父精母血
The Essence of father and blood of mother

盛衰不同,
Can be prosperous or weak and are not the same for all,

故人之壽夭亦異.
Hence human lifespan is different individually.

When it comes to conception of a human being, Essence is an important substance for men while blood is for women according to Oriental Holistic Medicine (OHM).
For women it is straightforward since a growing baby in the womb receives nourishment via blood circulation in placenta that transports oxygen and nutrients.

Brief Introduction to Essence

Essence is a vital substance that governs the healthy growth and development of human beings
(i.e. showing strong Essence).
It is a term particularly used to describe the reproductive stamina (i.e. fertility) of males.

Essence also includes the the transmitter of genetic information to the embryo:

SPERM! SOURCE

On the topic of limited association of genes to longevity, a study from 2021 identifies non-DNA mechanism involved in transmitting “paternal experience” to offspring via information stored in sperm proteins.

Genes are not the only mechanism through which information is passed down, so will the notion of DNA being the sole player in hereditary influence become obsolete?


Here comes the rest of the translation:

其有生之初受氣之兩盛者
Newborns who received prosperous energy from their parents

當得上中之壽
Are given above average lifespan

受氣之兩衰者,
Newborns who received weak energy from their parents,

能保養,
If they are able to be protected and nourished,

僅得下壽;
Are merely given a below average lifespan;

不然, 多夭折
If not, most of them die young

雖然,
However,

或風寒暑濕之感於外
If external wind, cold, heat, and dampness invade

飢飽勞役之傷乎內,
Or starvation, overeating, or overworking damage internally,

豈能一一盡乎所稟之元氣也
How can one fully live out the primal energy that was bestowed?


Conclusion

I am uncertain whether I received strong energy from my parents. How about y'all?

But ultimately we shouldn't dwell on it too much.

After all, no matter how sublime the universal force that inspired my creation, if I consistently put myself in an extreme weather condition, or if I recklessly eat (or starve) while stressfully churning out this post, I wouldn’t be able to tap into my full energetic potential.

If I happened to have received poor energy, then educating myself and sharing my passion for longevity with y'all will put me in a better position.

Regardless, I'm gonna be cultivating my health because at the end of the day, I hope for my children to be born with a thriving energy. Ultimately that's what it's all about.

Keep walking the path,

~energidoctor~
eternal student of life

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