Health inheritance

Everyone is familiar with the concept of DNA.

One generation passes theirs onto the next.

Evolution slowly but surely worked out the best way to transfer information across generations.

Now we’ve got different methods; books, video, photos. But when it comes to replicating the population, DNA is still King (and Queen).

Chances are if you’ve heard of DNA, you’ve heard of genes.

“How does she look so good?”

“She must have got good some genes!”

But what are ‘good genes’?

From the sounds of things, most people would think you get your genes, they’re good or bad and that’s that.

Well, that’s partly true. You are born with specific genes but they won’t stay 100% the same throughout your life.

Much like how your bank account fluctuates depending on your spending habits and earnings, your genes with fluctuate with your health.


Let’s say you want your kids to get a big inheritance. You work hard and control your spendings.

Eventually, little Johnny gets a good deal of cash after you pass.

Whether this is good or bad is up for debate.

But the other side of the coin to wealth inheritance is health inheritance.

Just like years of poor spending habits will put a dent in anyones bank account, years of poor health habits will damage your genes.

Now you may not notice the effects immediately. Once formed, the human body is a resilient beast.

But your offspring may not be as lucky.

You know you shouldn’t smoke or drink during pregnancy as it can lead to a deformed baby.

But what about eating a diet lacking Vitamin K2, which is crucial to jaw development?

Vitamin K2 is a fat soluble vitamin which means it’s found in fatty foods (especially eggs).

During the past few decades there has been a trend to go against fatty foods.

Which may explain why so many dentists are driving around in BMW’s. The braces business is booming.

Causation or correlation?

More work has to be done but this is just one example of how food can influence future generations.

Eating well and taking care of your health won’t only mean you’ll look good, it’ll give your future offspring the best chance of growing up attractive and healthy.

Inheriting health is far more important than inheriting wealth.


PS If you’re looking to learn more about nutrition and health, I’ve been loving the book Deep Nutrition by Catherine Shanahan, 11/10.


How to be the King of Your Own Kingdom (by reading books...)

Here’s the sitch.

You’ve been thrown back in time. Somewhere where Kings and Kingdoms and Knights are still a thing. Not like today but like the ones in Game of Thrones. The cool ones.

When you arrive, you’re naked. You end up in the middle of a field and you’re a bit sizzled because we haven’t quite worked out the ins and outs of time travel yet.

You walk up to a farmers house.

‘What are you doing here?’

‘I’m from the future.’

‘What’s the future?’

‘Do you have any spare clothes?’

You offer to help on the farm in exchange for clothes. Why? Because you read Influence by Robert Chaldini and know about the law of reciprocity.

The farmer agrees.

You help around the farm for a few weeks. Then decide it’s time to head into town.

The farmer taught you some good things. But it’s time to try something else.

You find a library. It’s bare. And the English in the books is broken but you can still make it out. You help others to read. They appreciate it.

Everyone starts coming to you as a source of knowledge.

‘I can’t seem to get my troops to follow me into battle.’

‘Well, how are you treating them?’

‘I train them hard and often.’

‘Are you doing the training?’

‘Of course not, I’m a leader, not a solider.’

‘Perhaps you should consider leading with actions, rather than words.’

The Commander comes back a few days later.

‘What you said worked,’ he says, ‘where did you learn such things?’

‘In a book called Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink.’

‘Willink? I’ve never heard the name,’ the Commander says, ‘but if you see him, let him know I must know more of his techniques.’

You keep making friends in the town. You know everyone’s name.

Paul the baker.

Mary the shoemaker.

John the blacksmith.

When Samuel needs new shoes you send him to Mary. And when Jacob wants a new piece of armour, you always recommend John.

‘Morning John,’ you say heading through the streets.

You remember how someone’s name is the sweetest thing they can ever hear from How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

An election is coming up. The King is getting old and wants to pass on the crown. He has no sons or relatives.

Your name gets thrown in the hat. You’ve only been in town for a year. But it’s been a good year.

‘We have a new King!’

It’s you.

‘How could this have happened?’ you wonder.

Then you remember back to all the actions you took in the past year. Helping the farmer, sharing your knowledge, making friends and connecting them to each other.

All these things came from books you read.

But you realise it wasn’t only because you read them. It was because you put them into practice.

Someone’s life’s work spread across the pages, absorbed into your head, then spread throughout and look what happened.

Remember how you helped others to read?

The people appreciated it. Why? Because they were learning. They were gaining knowledge.

It’s in our DNA to seek knowledge. It’s why reading self-help books can be addictive.

Each one sheds a little more light on what we could be doing better. But it’s like the coin stuck down the back of your couch, the closer you get, the more it inches away.

And so you keep reading, and reading, and reading. But never quite satisfying your thirst.

Then you realise.

There is no book which is going to help you become yourself. Because the books are simply the tool.

And what good is a tool which doesn’t get used?

But now you know. You know what’s possible when you use the tools available to you.

You can become the King of your own Kingdom.

Get ready. Being a King is hard. There will be times where you don’t know what to do next. That’s when it’s time to reach back into your toolbox.

Don’t have the right tool for the job? No worry. There are plenty more down at the hardware store.


You don’t have to read the whole book

Take the knowledge you need. Use it. Share it. And move on to the next.

Many books would be great blog posts but instead got dragged out into a whole book. They probably started out that way. Then someone came along and said, ‘Hey we should turn these 1200 words into 60000 and sell it for more.’

I grew up with the internet so my attention span is fleeting.

I’ve got about 3-4 hours a day of deep work time. No where near enough to read all the books I want and work on the things I want to.

This morning, I’m reading The Unpublished David Ogilvy. Its brevity makes it a page turner.

And if you’re a writer, remember, less but better. This is more so a note to self. Kick my ass if I don’t.

 Excerpt from The Unpublished David Ogilvy.  

Excerpt from The Unpublished David Ogilvy.