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Fighting Social Isolation Changes Your Genes
The science of epigenetics has conclusively demonstrated that peer support networks can be a life-changing or life-saving experience to an extent surprising to many immunologists and psychologists.
In The Social Life of Genes: Shaping Your Molecular Composition, David Dobbs writes:
“If you actually measure stress, using our best available instruments, it can’t hold a candle to social isolation. Social isolation is the best-established, most robust social or psychological risk factor for disease out there. Nothing can compete.”
“You can’t change your genes. But if we’re even half right about all this, you can change the way your genes behave—which is almost the same thing. By adjusting your environment you can adjust your gene activity...
“Despite these well-known effects, Cole said he was amazed when he started finding that social connectivity wrought such powerful effects on gene expression."
What this means is that the same gene expression that cause a bipolar or depressive condition to manifest itself can be affected by a positive and supportive social environment to the point the same genetic trait is reduced in severity or even brought to remission.
The Lethality of Loneliness
We are social animals. We were never meant to be alone. Air pollution increases yours odds of an early death by 5%, obesity by 20%, alcohol by 30%, and living with loneliness by 45%.
There are absolutely no member fees, no one will pass the hat. Family and friends are encouraged to come. We are peer run support groups. Our address:
Crown City Suites
600 S. Lake Ave.
Pasadena CA 91106
Tues. through Fri. 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Pacific Clinics East
902 S. Myrtle Ave.
Monrovia CA 91016
Mondays 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
IMPORTANT: Please understand that there are no mental health care professionals herein, this is not a clinical group therapy, therefore we are not equipped for schizo-affective disorder, schizophrenia and similar cases. We are merely a peer-led support group. Please contact NAMI or professional help in such cases.
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