Genetic Expression and Lifestyle

March 17, 2019 Joe Brady

A University of Denver OLLI LECTURE SERIES 

Community Med School: The Oxford Study Lectures

As health care costs continue to skyrocket, it is of international importance to find new approaches in preventive medicine. The Oxford study lectures are part of a longterm study in Integrative Medicine and Lifelong Learning. Students can participate in important research and provide input on future directions for health promotion and lifelong learning through the the Oxford International Round Table, Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford and Harvard Medical School’s, Osher Institute on Integrative Medicine. The purpose of these studies is to bridge the gap between world class research and community health promotion. 

April 1st thru May 24th

Tuesdays 9:30am-11: 30 am – Park Hill United Methodist Church 5209 Montview Blvd.

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All new topics

Genetics, Epigenetics and Lifestyle

Epigenetics is the study of what turns genes on or off. As technology advances in the field of genetic engineering the idea of “personalized” medicine in which treatments can be tailored to individual patients’ genes.

Research is also showing that genes can be modified by lifestyle factors. Exciting new research is suggesting that self-awareness, meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, exercise, lifelong learning and other health behavior changes can improve gene expression patterns and lead to healthier outcomes.

Phenotypic Plasticity

If you  “feel” like the stress in your  life is aging you faster, it is. Stress can accelerate the rate of aging itself.  Phenotypic plasticity is the term for the changes in genetic expression that increase our ability to handle the stress of daily life. In fact our fitness to deal with stress is part of the very definition of aging. Aging is.. ”the decline over time in the fitness of a person to withstand the stresses of day-to-day living.” Studies have shown that the genes that have been implicated in aging, appear to be stress response genes. By increasing our fitness to deal with stress we are actually altering the very genetic expression that defines how we age. We are either growing stronger or we are just growing older.

Culinary Alchemy

Making smart eating choices is essential to a healthy happy life. Explore the latest findings in modern research into the influence that diet and nutrition play in healthy gene expression and a healthier life. Nutrient density is the key to a healthy diet and it also can be delicious. Herbs and spices not only make ordinary dishes delightful they also contain many anti-oxidants and other nutrients essential for health. Designed to appeal to anyone at any age this course will explore medically sound advice about making healthy eating choices the easy and delicious choices.

Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for both mind and body. A wide range of  different styles of meditation are available, find the right one for you. From improving memory to stress reduction, from depression and anxiety to a wide range of pain relief techniques, meditation releases the power of your own mind. Learn the principles and techniques that people have used for thousands of years. This course will guide you in bringing the deep and lasting benefits of meditation into your own life. 

About the Speaker

Joseph Brady MSTCM, L. Ac. Dipl. O.M. is a nationally board certified practitioner of Oriental Medicine. Joe taught on healthy aging issues and coordinated the Gerontology program at the University of Denver for twenty years, also teaching classes in Tai Chi, Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Metropolitan State College of Denver and currently teaches Tai Chi and Qigong at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Joe wrote many articles on healthy aging for the Rocky Mountain News and has presented at many scientific conferences and has lectured and presented research at Harvard Medical School’s Osher Institute for Inte