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Notes for this week's Podcast
[0:27] Jeffrey Smith gives an introduction of today’s podcast with Dr. Skinner and the
implications his research has on our grandchildren.
“It turns out that when one person is exposed, their offspring's offspring's offspring could have
really serious problems.”
[2:44] Dr. Michael Skinner gives an overview of epigenetics and how changes can be passed
through generations without affecting or changing DNA, or a nongenetic form of inheritance
called Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance.
[6:49] Dr. Skinner explains the research his team conducted on rats to show how effects from
glyphosate don’t show up in the first generation, but are significant three generations later.
[9:51] Dr. Skinner tells us about the flaws in Monsanto’s research regarding the toxicology of
[10:12 - 10:54] “In the 80s we didn't really know that if you expose an animal, let's say early in
life - early, put right after birth or something, to something that there really wouldn't be an effect
then. But if you aged them out a year, you see all sorts of things happening and that concept is
called the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. In other words, when we get the
disease -when we’re in their 50s or 60s, that has really nothing to do with what we're doing in
our 50s and 60s. It had to do with your early life. It's a fetus, early postnatal, or even pubertal
periods. It turns out that the environmental stressor changed the epigenetics of the DNA and
those cells set its program, but it really doesn't lock in to do anything until later in life.”
[14:03] Dr Skinner busts the myth that animal studies can’t really show us what will happen in
[16:18] Dr. Skinner lists the diseases found in the second and third generations of his study. Not
only was he finding significantly high rates of disease among the rats, he was finding the same
rates of certain diseases that are found in the human population.
[20:45] Dr. Skinner explains the DDT exposure of the 1950s and the effects we have seen on
the population today.
[23:18] Why is generational toxicology going to be our most important step moving forward?
[26:41] Dr Skinner breaks down how traits are passed from generation to generation through
[28:03] “ Okay, so this Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance, so far, appears to be more
[29:33] Dr. Skinner proposes a future where we may be able to prevent ancestral diseases.
[32:55] Jeffrey suggests that a healthy diet can still encourage healthy gene expression and
negate these ancestral diseases. Dr. Skinner backs up this claim by confirming that diet and
lifestyle are huge promoters of these ancestral diseases and have a significant impact on our
health. “ On a daily level, probably the biggest exposure we have is our diet; what we eat and
how much we eat. “
[44:32] Dr. Skinner gives us advice on how to change the future. The single biggest influence
we have is to pressure our government and industries.
[47:57] Jeffrey shares his advice on how to stay safe!