bruce_liptonBruce Harold Lipton, is an American developmental biologist best known for promoting the idea that genes and DNA can be manipulated by a person’s beliefs.  More on Descartes & Newton Physics

In today’s world of allopathic medicine, the concept of energy as relevant to our health is really not considered. This current paradigm has its origins in Descartes and Newton. Descartes came up with the idea that the solar system is like a machine, a giant mechanical device. With that idea in his head, Newton started to look at the nature of the mechanisms of how the universe works.

Since Newton was able to accurately predict the movements of the universe with his calculus, it implied that anything in the universe could actually be understood using the same equations. This is the science we now call classical (or Newtonian) physics and is based on the conclusion that we can understand the universe through its mechanical representation—we  do not need to invoke invisible forces (God, spirit or whatever you like to call it). In sum, the physical universe is separate from an energetic universe.

Through this lens the human body is considered to be a machine. To understand a complex machine, you need to take it apart. This is called reductionism. By 1953, science had taken living systems apart to the extent that we saw the nature of DNA, nucleic acid—the material of which genes are made. This was thought to be the physical foundation of life. By extension, a belief developed that DNA is controlling not just our physical characteristics, but also our emotions and our behavioral characteristics as well. This belief is called genetic determinism. What’s the significance of buying into this belief? If we didn’t pick our genes and we can’t do anything about them, we are led to believe that we are victims—victims of our heredity.

But is this belief correct? Do genes really control life?