Dr Holly’s Approach to Genetics

Last Update: August 28, 2019 at 9:43 am


DATE: August 28, 2019





by Dr Holly

These are the show notes to go along with today’s broadcast on News for the Soul Radio:


Wednesdays at NOON PST  / 3PM EST – The Whole Health Initiative with Dr Holly   – An NFTS Global Luminary  broadcasting from Canada since March 2014 –   Dr Holly is a Doctor of Natural Medicine, a scientist, a professional speaker, an author of Cancer: Why what you don’t know about your treatment could harm you and 12 other books and a practitioner.  As a Doctor of Natural Medicine with 7 degrees & 3 designations in a wide range of healing modalities and 20 years experience, she can assist you in identifying and understanding your path to health. She can identify your underlying life themes, coping mechanisms, value systems and defense mechanisms to understanding the physiology and biochemistry and energy patterns of your body.  She has a mobile health clinic that comes to your door and can assess 1000s of variables in front of you AND create a protocol unique to you.  In addition, she provides consultation for physicians and clients around the world.




Genetics is a fascinating topic. Maybe because, like so many other issues, it was so misunderstood.

First of all, the great “they” believed that genes were fixed. What you were born with is what you had for a lifetime.

They initially thought that a given gene was responsible for something in and of itself.

But then….


Then they found out that a gene on one chromosome could affect other genes on that chromosome – or even another gene on another chromosome or even multiple genes on multiple chromosomes which could then affect other genes, etc. Very interesting.

Then they realized that genes in simple terms, operated like ‘toggle switches’. Lack of various nutrients or various toxicities could ‘turn off’ various genes.  WOW!

Then they found out that various herbal compounds could turn genes ‘back on’.  Even more WOW!!


I think of a true genetic disorder as being like what I have. I don’t make the genes in the first place. Because I don’t make some genes on the third chromosome, it effects other chromosomes and consequently, I don’t make a given neurotransmitter – GABA. I also don’t make an enzyme required for the cells to make ATP – so theoretically I should be dead.

If a cell can’t make energy, then nothing happens right?


Well then, they realized there is what is called, ‘shadow genes’. Now what you might get a good laugh at is that I was told that I had a huge supply of shadow genes by a psychic years before anything came up in research. I asked her, “What the heck are shadow genes? That sounds bad.”


She responded, “I haven’t got a clue. I’ve never heard of it before. All I can say, is that is what “they” are telling me.”


So, of course, I went home and researched for ‘shadow genes’. I couldn’t find anything. Oh well. Sounded interesting. I just made a mental note to keep tabs on it once in awhile.


Then about 6 years later, I started reading about shadow genes. WOW! Yup, just what the psychic said.

So what are these shadow genes? In simple terms it is a bunch of extra genes, that the DNA ribbons can draw upon when there is a dysfunction in the DNA ribbon.


The bottom line is if you have a genetic issue, your body might still be able to function effectively if there is enough ‘shadow genes’ available to utilize.


Now in addition to that we have some other options. First off, we now of several herbs that can actually turn genes back on again. For instance, turmeric is now recognized to be able to ‘turn on’ over 700 genes.


Of course, you may have heard me speak about the challenges with turmeric:

  1. Over 80% of the world’s sources of turmeric are toxic – yuck
  2. Turmeric is very hard to absorb – so we combine it with avocado oil
  3. Even when you absorb it, it is difficult to metabolize – so we combine it with pepper


The second option concerns the microbiotia. It is now considered that there are 10 times more microbiota in your gut alone, then there are cells in the whole body. WOW! They are predominantly bacteria, but the microbiota also include viruses, fungi and protozoa.

What pattern or profile of microbiota, any given person has, is unique to them, just like a fingerprint.


Now when I was in Naturopathic College, some 15 years ago, there were just over 500 bacteria identified in the gut. They were considered to mainly help digest some foods that if we didn’t do the work ourselves. They produced vitamin B12 – but considered way to low in the gut for good absorption.


In today’s world, we have identified over 35,000 different bacteria. And we now, humbly realize, what an incredible job they do.

Nobel Laureate Joshua Lederberg described the microbiota as “the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic, and pathogenic microorganisms that literally share our body space and have been all but ignored as determinants of health and disease.” https://labiotech.eu/features/gut-microbiome-research/

The good guys do a phenomenal job working with our immune system and in developing and maintaining the gut lining, aka intestinal epithelium.  They produce:

  • Neurotransmitters like GABA
  • Neuropeptides
  • Enzymes
  • Precursors
  • SCFA aka short chain fatty acids (hi levels correlate with lower diet induced obesity & lower insulin resistance)
  • Gases, ie., nitric oxide
  • Anti-carcinogens, ie., butyrate
  • Metabolize various types of polysaccharides


And they protect various macromolecules:

  • DNA
  • Proteins
  • Fats


Some make cancer drugs ineffective whereas others are required to make chemotherapy effective!


We now recognize several pathways with the gut:

  • The immune – gut pathway – whereby issues from type I & II diabetes to cholesterol to cancer can be affected
  • The brain – gut pathway – whereby issues from depression & anxiety to schizophrenia to Parkinson’s can be affected

We also know that ineffective ratios or lower bacterial diversity also correlates with issues like:

  • Arterial rigidity
  • Atopic eczema
  • Coeliac disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease aka IBS
  • Obesity
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Type 1/II diabetes


So what destroys our gut microbiota:

  • Too much sugar in the diet, especially synthetic sugars
  • Food emulsifiers which are predominant in processed foods (carboxymethylcellulose and polysorbate-80)
  • Restrictive diets, ie., vegan, raw food diets, detox diets, gluten free diets and low FODMAP (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols) diets
  • Medications especially anti-biotics, but others as well, proton pump inhibitors, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), some anti-psychotics, and wow – anti-diabetic drugs
  • Physical, environmental and even psychological stress can affect the predominance or effectiveness of different microbiota
  • Toxicity: heavy metals like cadmium, chromium, copper and lead can disrupt the enzyme functions not only in us, but also in the microbiota


Okay let’s go back to the genetics…the reason all of this information on microbiota is important, is that they now realize that these guys can even alter our DNA. Especially in the colon! Some bad guys can actually induce tumors! They can impact on our DNA, on our DNA methylation, on the chromatin structures and more. So we better be careful!!


Good reason to engage in a good varied probiotic diet!

  • Yogurt and kefir
  • Fermented foods
  • Pickled foods
  • Cabbage foods: sauerkraut, kimchi, coleslaw
  • Kombucha
  • I do avoid the soy foods: miso, tempeh, edamame, tofu – 92% of soy is GMO

Oh dear, we know so little. But then we have always known that a good healthy diet of good fresh organic foods supports a healthy body and mind and a healthy microbiota.


Here’s to making great choices for your health.