~ by Laura Burns
Stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton talks about how the membrane of a cell greatly affects the development and health of a cell. He compares the cell membrane to a computer chip, acting like the cell's "brain". This is a somewhat radical change in thought, as historically it has been taught that the nucleus is the "brain" of the cell (at least that's how I was taught to remember it in high school). The nucleus still has power, but according to Lipton it is the cell membrane that controls the environment and together they affect the behaviour and physiology of the cell, including whether certain genes are turned on or off.
Ever notice when you find yourself in a room or a class or a space that is the perfect temperature, decorated in a way that you love, and filled with people who inspire you rather than bring you down, that you feel happier? Uplifted? More optimistic, energized or even empowered? It is no surprise that the environment around us affects our health and well-being. Some environments we thrive in, others much less so.
I see our political framework as the membrane of our society. Politics may not be everything, and much like the nucleus individuals still have (some) autonomy. Yet our political framework affects the harmony of the world inside it. Therefore, whether we're aware of it or not, politics impacts our lives and actions on many levels - from health care to social support to the environment we live in.
I'm not assuming you have an interest in politics. But I am assuming since you wound up on this page that you have an interest in your health or personal growth. This is why I am encouraging you to look at voting as an action towards your health and well-being.
Change is always a two-way street: inside to out, outside to in. Please get out there and vote today. Let's help create an environment we can thrive in.
With respect and heart,
Author: Laura Burns
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