Your DNA & Your Health?

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I often hear people say, “Cancer runs in my family” or “My father had cancer, so I may get it too”. Then you hear that everyone has cancer cells running through their body so we all need to fight it with good nutrition to prevent them from turning the cancer genes on. So which is it? Are you destined to get cancer because it’s passed down to us in our DNA; or does your lifestyle determine your fate with the deadly diseases?

Several years ago, I had an Aunt who would refuse to forgive people for things that offended her. She would hold grudges that would ultimately destroy relationships. There was one family member, in particular, that I could remember that she held a life-long grudge. She continued to speak ill of that person and years later would continue to reiterating the offense as if it had just happened yesterday!  It was like she was re-living the event over and over again. This went on for  years even though this family member tried to reconcile with my Aunt. Not too long after, my Aunt developed lung cancer and died.

My father was an alcoholic and a heavy smoker since he was a young boy.  I never saw him eat a nutritious meal nor exercise a day in his life.  I only recall him eating once when I was a child by sticking a hotdog on a fork and placing it over a flame on the stove. He ended up dying of colon cancer at the early age of 49.  For two years prior, he thought he had hemorrhoids before being diagnosed with colon cancer.  What’s strange about his cancer is he seemed to function normally with some discomfort until he knew he had cancer. It only took weeks after his diagnoses for him to loose an enormous amount of weight and pass away.

I believe based off of my own studies of cancer and my wife’s diagnoses with Breast Cancer, that had I not made the conscious effort to change my lifestyle by not repeating the same bad habits that my father modeled, I, too, would more than likely in time would be battling the same exact disease he did!  Because of his choices, I am at a higher risk of getting colon cancer. I will not get it, however, because I have made lifestyle changes with my diet, exercise, and stress management.  Making wiser choices daily in my life will be the difference between me and my father.

Here is why… I would argue that it is your lifestyle which turns on (or expresses) the cancer cells or mutation. Let me be clear to say that while there does exist predisposing genes that are passed down from our family tree, they are expressed or turned on only by certain conditions in our lifestyle, like poor diet, stress, environmental toxins, or a sedentary lifestyle. However, being aware of our predispositions can be very helpful. It can direct our understanding of how to personalize our lifestyles in those areas.

It is very interesting to know that we can’t do anything to change our genes; however, we can change their expressions.  It is those genetic expressions that can then be passed down or inherited. It’s like having two sentences that are exactly the same  with the exception of a  comma someplace in the sentence which then changes the meaning. (Example: Let’s eat Grandma Vs. Let’s eat, Grandma). Both comments say two separate things but are exactly the same. What makes the difference…the comma and that’s the trigger that changes our cells/DNA.

I am half African-American and most of my family on that side of my family tree struggle with diabetes and heart disease. If you look just at the layer of what “Family DNA” is…it’s not what you are born with but rather how they (your parents) lived while you were being created…your birth started at conception in the back of that old hatch back car. So the lifestyle, drugs, food, alcohol, worry, negativity, violence etc…all became a part of your DNA at conception.

But wait! Did you catch the words that have nothing to do with the physical but the mental? Yes… worry and negativity impact your DNA…just like the example with my aunt who wouldn’t forgive. There are studies that indicate that even though you may have a predisposition to a cancerous disease, you alone can choose through your healthy lifestyle AND positive emotional signaling to send different messages to your DNA.

If your grandfather worked in a factory exposing himself to a lot of chemical toxins and he ends up with a cancerous disease from his environment, this mutated gene is then passed down from generation to generation (like the comma in the above sentence). The way that the gene is now functioning (or expressed) will then make you at greater risk of also having that same disease. This, however, is by no means a guarantee!

During the 1990’s, three Nobel laureates in medicine advanced research revealed the primary function of DNA lies not in protein synthesis, as it was widely believed for the past century, but in electro-magnetic energy reception and transmission. Dr. Leonard Horowitz states, “Less than three percent of DNA’s function involves protein manufacture; more than ninety percent functions in the realm of bio-acoustic and bio-electrical signaling”. There are 64 codes available in our DNA structure that are made from only 4 elements; Carbon, Oxygen, Hydrogen, Nitrogen. Out of these 64 codes, we only have twenty of them activated by our DNA structure. Basically, there are 64 possibilities but only 20 of them are turned on. There is a switch that turns these codes on and off. The switch that appears to turn these codes on are our emotions. These discoveries are the first of its kind and studies are showing that our emotions are directly linked to human genetics. New discoveries in quantum physics and other scientific studies show that the changes in our emotions can change our DNA. The new discoveries have found that DNA acts as an antenna for cellular regulation – it’s a receiver and transmitter of Photons, light, and Phonon sound for cellular-up regulation.

Think about how many of us grew up with parents who drank beer and ate all of the American staple foods like chips, pizza, and hot dogs.  We also may have had divorce, negative environments and experiences which create a cellular change in our bodies. We were more likely to follow in our parents footsteps and do the same things they did/do if we don’t recognize the habits that we take on. This is also true to how we view ourselves, money, stress, worry…(Negative Nancy syndrome). That is the DNA that is killing us…the DNA of bad nutrition, bad habits and bad emotions.

In conclusion, I am not trying to be insensitive to those who have loved-ones  struggling with some type of illness. I know there are some who have illnesses that just are not as curable at birth and others who get any stage cancer and struggle to beat it. I am not saying everyone has the power to avoid such diseases. BUT for some of us, it is not the genetic predisposition you were born with that determines your fate with cancer or any other diseases that run in your family. It is how you choose to live your lifestyle with the gene pool you were handed down!

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Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. Julian Sado CEO of Firm-Donkey Fitness; Information within his articles are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician. Julian Sado and Firm-Donkey Fitness claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.


Power of the Pet

MojoFor those who have, or ever had a pet, we can all agree that there is a huge amount of love for them.  Studies, along with countless surveys, have shown, time-and-time again, that people and their pets have one of the strongest bonds. Sometimes, these bonds are stronger than with family. We see everything from custody battles over who gets the dog, to risking our lives to rescue our pet from a frozen lake, to dog hotels that cost more than a resort for humans. There is an entire industry out there to make pets more comfortable than we are because there is a market for it.

I grew up in Los Angeles, CA so If there is such a thing as reincarnation, I would want to be a Beverly Hills Bitch (dog).

When my two boys were around the age of nine and ten, they decided that they wanted a dog as a pet. My dreams of having a Labrador was shot-down by my wife so after putting my kids to work in our community we ended up getting a She-Tzu and Poodle mix so basically a mutt!

My Point to this story

Ever since our dog has been house-trained, my wife and I have walked him every morning without fail! To date for the past three years, Mojo has been walked equaling over 1,068 days. No matter how late I am to work, no matter what time I went to bed, how sick I may feel, or other priorities that impact my life…we have always (and I mean always) have made the time to walk this damn dog for no- less than 20 min a day.

Why can I find time to walk this dog every day? It’s because we love our little Shit-Poo Mojo. The love of something is what generates the commitment to it. At first, it was a challenge and we found ourselves bitter and walking this mutt over obligation. The anger would set in when this little creature did not piss and poop fast enough; but over time, the habit of taking him out every morning became a commitment that turned instinctive! Over time, it became more uncomfortable NOT to walk him then to walk him because our conscious would nudge us if we even considered not walking him.

Now imagine you doing anything healthy for yourself none-stop for 1,068 days for no less than 20 min a day. At first, it would be done with dread but because of the struggle and the little rewards like a wagging tail (this could mean for us someone saying to you, “You are looking good!”) you begin to appreciate the struggle. Overtime, you begin to love it and if you stick to it, it becomes an instinctive habit.

Do you love yourself enough to take yourself for a walk daily for no less than 20 minutes? If you don’t, you first have to get in touch with what prevents you from loving yourself enough.

One reason, we love our pets so much is because of the perfect acceptance of who we are all of the time. We can learn a lot from a pet when it comes to self-talk. Animals transcends human affection because our pets do not judge us…they are completely accepting of our moods, looks, car, teeth, pimples, job, and everything in-between. We love them more than we love ourselves because we are continually judging ourselves and comparing ourselves to everything we are not.  

To truly be fit, you first must accept who you are without comparing yourself to others. Then love thy self as you would love a pet. Make yourself do things you may not enjoy at first and realize over time that consistent action is what creates habits that become instinctive. Consider that you need to be walked daily (figuratively) and by doing this; you will fall in love with you.


Health /Wellness Coach & Speaker

Firm-Donkey Fitness Inc.




I want to thank the squirrel in my attic – (Mind)


I came to realize, thanks to a squirrel, that I had an erroneous mindset when it came to my goals. I had the concept of Firm-Donkey for over two years and always played around with the idea of doing something with it but always stopped at the point of writing the ideas down. However, I learned that if I raised the standards of my ‘dreaming to do’ vs. my ‘must do’, I will get what I desire to have.

We just moved to Dallas, TX, and purchased our first used home. All of our previous homes were new-builds so I was not prepared for the money costs this house would bring. One of those expenses was due to the fine acts of a damn squirrel that created a hole in our roof. This squirrel was roaming around in our attic, along with his friends, the mice and rats, who decided to show up, as well.

I was determined to eradicate these vermin from my home because I had some negative experiences growing up with them. I remember having to deal with mice running around my bedroom as I stayed on the bed trying to find ways to kill them. As a young man, I would come home to my back house where I would smell the odor of dead rats permeating from within the walls. One time, I had to actually beat a rat to death because it jumped or fell in the shower with me. These experiences were in some way very traumatic to me. I never knew how traumatic until I was faced, as an adult, with rodents in my attic.

 That same day that I was told we had a rodent problem, I quickly started looking for professionals to come out and give us estimates on how to kill and/or remove them. I also needed the holes on the side of the roof to be fixed ASAP so more of these critters wouldn’t show up.  We had three estimates from three different companies, each one being higher than the other. When it was all said and done, we chose a company that was willing to negotiate their price. We were able to work them down 50% less than the original quote. They began working at once on the issue.

Here is the epiphany!

I was not aware of how much I was willing to pay to remove rodents from my life until faced with them. I was not happy, nor prepared, to spend all that money, and especially for that particular purpose. I, however, deemed it necessary to spend every dime needed to eradicate those pests! I pulled this money from my “firm donkey” because it was more important for me (a value) to have my peace of mind and sanity in exchange for that large sum of cash.

If you told me, at that time, I would need that same exact amount of money to get my business to the next level by taking a business class, ordering a product, or paying for some type of advertisement, I would have given you a thousand reasons as to why I could not afford it. I was too complacent in the static position of my business. I didn’t feel the urgency or discomfort that was needed to push me to the next level. It was not until I was faced with one of my worst fears and anxieties (the rodents in my attic) that I could see a value in spending that money.

How does this relate to all of us? You have to face your issues and recognize what your priority is. Are you too complacent and stationary in your life?  Or do you spend money and time to eradicate those things that disturb and disrupt your peace (i.e. debt, marital problems, health, etc.)? How many years have you wasted not pursuing your dreams because you don’t hear rodents in your attic? If each one of us were to take the time to find out what’s in our attic, we could find the value in spending the time or money needed to achieve our goals and attain that peace we’ve always wanted.


What…Your drinking Soda?

Soda actually originated in pharmacies! It was used as a drug or pharmaceutical substance. Several inventors of certain brands of soda like John Pemberton, the inventor of Coca-Cola were pharmacists who patented soda as a medicine. Adding to its appeal, Coca-Cola was also known to relieve indigestion. Soon after a brand was created from the chemical called hyspepsia. The Pepsi.
The soda 7-up was originally a drug or medicine used on mental patients. It was given to people in insane asylums. (That explains some of you). The name 7-Up derives from the drug originally having seven ingredients with seventh ingredient being lithium, a known chemical drug that is given for depression.
So you see, soda originally started out as a liquid drug (medicine) sold at the local pharmacy. It became a drink because we kept buying it for the taste so the marketing of it was changed. To learn more about soda and what is in it, follow us on Firm-Donkey Fitness on Facebook and support our journey to healing Sandie Fernandez Sado.
Be Firm in what you believe and get your Donkey into it!
Today’s Action!
• I will wake up 30 minutes earlier today to walk or run
• I will drink one glass of water when I wake up.
• I will order a salad when I usually order something else.
• I will drink more water today than yesterday.

What’s in our Food?

Over 30 years ago High Fructose Corn Syrup along with Hydrogenated oil was introduced into our food chain. At first, it was for only sodas but now it’s in things like Ketchup and Yogurt. Yes…Yogurt has the same man-made sugar that sodas have.

High Fructose and Hydrogenated Oils are two ingredients in our foods that make us unhealthy. These ingredients are replacing fundamental aspects of our diets like natural sugars and fats.

Eat with caution or better yet, use the weekends or special occasions to splurge on the sweet things. When shopping for food don’t believe it when you see those labels that say NO TRANS FATS! Look on the back of the labels and see if there is Hydrogenated oil Trans fats in the package ingredient list.

Our bodies’ basic system of energy is based on sugar…the real kind. The kind you find in fruits & veggies. Our hormones are largely based on fats but the good kind, the kind that come from natural foods. We need fats in order to make hormones. The good fats are Mono and Poly unsaturated fats. The bad one is saturated fat. Foods high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are known as heart healthy foods. These healthy fats are found in plant-based foods and can help remove harmful cholesterol from our bodies.

Some foods that have the good stuff – Mono and Poly Unsaturated fats:

Fish – Cold water fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids. – Help to remove harmful cholesterol from our bloodstream. Fish like Mackerel, trout and albacore tuna and Salmon. I try to eat this type of food twice or more a week.

Oils – canola, peanut, soybean, sesame, cottonseed, sunflower and vegetable oils. And olive oil due to its cholesterol-lowering abilities. Use these types for cooking and salads.

Soy Foods – tofu, tempeh, and soy milk and soy beans. Snack on soy beans instead of higher-fat foods like potato chips.

Nuts and Seeds – Peanuts, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachios   and almonds are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Flax seeds and sunflower seeds contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids,  a form of polyunsaturated fats.  Use these for snacks at work instead of chips.