Dr. Doug Hanner

Dr. Doug Hanner

Dr. Hanner is particularly interested in how the chronic effects of trauma and prolonged stress impact both our mental and physical well-being. He has seen first-hand how resolving and integrating the effects of trauma in an individual, can have miraculous effects on both physical and mental illness.

Importance of a Healthy Lifestyle

One of the biggest reasons reason that so many people today suffer from health conditions and low levels of energy relates to human genetics. A mismatch has occurred between our genes and the environment in which we live. 

Let’s compare the timeline of human existence on earth to a football field. The first 299 feet would represent our Hunter-Gatherer ancestry. The remaining one foot, the last 10,000 years of civilization, with only a fraction of an inch representing the time since the industrial age. The invention of agriculture within the last 10,000 years, particularly as it pertains to growing and consuming grains, exposed something new to the genes of our species. This exposure was not without consequences. That change pales in comparison, however, to the changes that have taken place since the industrial revolution.

Our Hunter-Gatherer ancestors got up with the sunrise, walked an average of 8 miles per day while hunting and foraging, and typically completed their tasks by noon. After that, they often participated in social activities, dancing, ceremonies, and storytelling. When the sun set, they would sleep until the next sunrise. Their diet consisted of local indigenous game, vegetation, berries, nuts, and seeds. There were times of feast and times of famine. It is this Paleolithic lifestyle that programmed our genetics over millions of years. Exposing our ancient genetic code to the modern lifestyle causes alterations in gene expression (function) that will for many, eventually manifest as a Chronic Illness.

The next 6 blogs will contain some primary strategies to better align our genes with a suitable environment. Adopting just one suggestion can make a difference in the way you feel. However, selecting several will begin to “turn on” your good genes and “turn off” your bad genes, allowing you to begin to discover ideal health.

If you have any underlying health conditions, be sure to discuss changes with your physician first.

Dr. Doug Hanner

Recent Posts

Lifestyle: Supplements

Although your food should be the primary source of your nutrient intake, modern farming practices have created foods that are lacking in nutrient density—because of

Read More »

More to explorer

Lifestyle: Supplements

Although your food should be the primary source of your nutrient intake, modern farming practices have created foods that are lacking in