Environment Geneotype Phenotype

According to natural selection, those who possess the traits necessary for survival will be the ones that nature will allow to procreate. The ones without the necessary traits will eventually perish. Darwin's theory is compelling and it’s why many subscribe to it. It makes perfect sense if you believe in the survival of the fittest. In fact, I agree so much, I tested it on myself. Whatever you are thinking at this moment, this article will require you to wipe your mind clean. You will need an empty canvas for this one. Quick backstory, I am an ex-professional athlete and I suffered from sickle cell trait. Until I was diagnosed at 19 years old, in college, no one knew I had sickle cell trait. I would fatigue faster than everyone else and would have constant cramps. My conditioning appeared to always be worse than others; however, my actual play was otherwise. I was removed from my first college team because doctors told me that what I was suffering from was a figment of my imagination. I stopped taking the anxiety medication that was prescribed to treat that, supposed, figment of my imagination, so the coaching staff decided to part ways. I could not accept the fact that I would catch full-body cramps in the middle of practice and have to be rushed to the hospital twice with high muscle breakdown levels that were beginning to compromise my kidneys. My health limited practice and playing times. I could only play in games and watch practice for a large portion of my college playing days. I would receive IVs before games and oxygen tanks during games. At times I would lose 10 to 15 pounds of muscle in a week.  I applied the philosophies that are discussed below to overcome my health situation. Each man is the sum of his challenges and his ability to adapt at the moment. The operative word is "adapt". He who fails to do so will suffer from a life of regret. Just as bad decisions can be detrimental towards one's success, Not acting at the moment is of equal detriment. What causes one to take action and another to remain idle is a topic for another time, but what dictates the type of action taken is in the majority attributed to one's environment. The environment is a multifaceted subject. Meaning it is comprised of a multitude of things. For this, we will focus on nature and the resources available in certain regions. Environment via natural selection determines genotypes (genes) which then dictate phenotypical1 expression. If left with an inadequate environment depending on the phenotype, life could be riddled with discomfort and pain.
[Phenotypical – relating to phenotypes which are physical features]
The environment is so paramount, that if moved from one's best-suited environment to another one that doesn't resemble it, it will deactivate over 200 genes, like in the case for vitamin D deficiency. Why do I mention vitamin D deficiency? For some, it is quite common. It typically affects those who are of darker complexion living in temperate regions. This dark skin complexion is nature's selection for survival under the intense sun rays of the tropical regions of the world. This skin pigmentation is called eumelanin. It’s a spectrum of brown color ranging from light brown to dark brown. It is what our society refers to as Black people, some Hispanics, some Asians, and even some Europeans. On the other hand, we have pheomelanin. Pheomelanin is a yellow to pink pigmentation. This pigmentation is nature's selection for living in the temperate regions that are located away from the equator.  People with pheomelanin would find it beneficial to take into consideration the amount of time spent in the sun when near or in the tropics. Whereas people with eumelanin will find it disadvantageous in high latitudes in the temperate regions, people with pheomelanin will struggle with extending mid-day sun exposure in the torrid or tropical region of the world. The skin is the most noticeable phenotype that signifies differences from one person to another. It tells a story of predecessors and their ability to adapt. It's a beautiful story of survival of the fittest and the interplay of dominant and recessive genes. No one or nothing, on average, will take the path of most resistance. In nature, it is found that the path of least resistance is favored. Since the environment determines genes and phenotypes (physical features) are expressions of genes that determine phenotypes (physical features), which phenotypes and which environments match? Ever wondered why some people have long narrow nostrils and others have wide shorter nostrils? What about the kinky hair that stands up as opposed to straight hair that falls to cover the neck? These are all survival phenotypes. These are phenotypes that nature anointed to be the fittest to survive their respective environments or regions. Who would not want to have straight natural hair designed to cover and warm the neck in a cold region? Ever wondered where the hood of the hoodie comes from? Look no further than the best technology ever built, the human body. If the human body is designed to thrive in certain regions or environments, do certain foods thrive in those environments as well? Yes, watermelon needs a tropical-like environment in contrast to blueberries that need a temperate climate. Blueberries need to go through a period of dormancy, which requires temperatures below 47 degrees Fahrenheit for 700 to 1000 hours. These are the best conditions for the blueberry, but not so much for the watermelon. The watermelon cannot flourish in such climates and the same goes for the blueberries in the tropical climates that never reach such temperatures. There are always nuances of variables to take into consideration and this one is high altitude. The mountainous tropical or torrid regions will become more of a blend. Keeping the dark skin, having narrower nostrils, and the hair becomes straighter. Going from the commonly perpetuated type 4c hair to more of type 4b, 4c, and even type 3. The phenotypes will be covered more extensively in a later article. Now it’s time to settle the suspense. The physical features were explained in a manner to illustrate or paint a picture as to why humans look the way they do, and the role environment plays. It appears as if one body is adapted to the cold and sun-deprived environment, another to a sun-rich and warm climate, then mixtures in between. In the cold, fat is used to insulate the body. Could that be the main variable that determines people from that region to have more Type 1 muscle fibers as opposed to people in the tropics that have more type 2 muscle fibers? In the oxidative system (aerobic/type 1 dominant), fats are the main source of fuel. Could this be the reason why people whose ancestors come from temperate regions typically dominate in aerobic sports? Is it by design or coincidence that these regions, on average, have the lowest lactose intolerance rates? Is it because of the high-fat content? What is the environment attempting to tell us? What about people whose ancestors come from regions that require them to have more type 2 muscle fibers naturally? Anaerobic requires a fuel source of carbs via the glycogen system. Is that why tropical fruits like watermelon can only grow in tropical climates all year? Is it why tropical people when deprived of such elements and their foods face more cardiovascular issues? Tropical or Black people in the case of African Americans, are at the highest risk for heart disease. So much so that common belief in western medicine is that these groups of people are known to have genetic heart disease. This is utter nonsense. Watermelon or Ultraviolet sun ray A and nitrates from dark leafy greens would make this farse obsolete. The Nitric Oxide potential of the tropics would make African American struggles a non-issue. How is it that the things that are most abundant in the tropics happen to benefit those whose ancestry originated in the tropics but then migrated out? How come western medicine philosophy doesn't propagate that people with pheomelanin have genetic melanoma skin disease in the tropics? It is common practice to avoid the sun if you have pheomelanin, but less spoken about people being deprived of the sun with eumelanin. Keep in mind, the reason why pheomelanin groups do not in majority inhabit countries in the tropics should be the tell-tale sign. The majority of the world's natural resources come from tropical regions. Africa is the most exploited continent in the world. Why didn't colonizers repopulate the tropical regions of Africa? Instead, they went far south to a region called South Africa to repopulate. South Africa is outside of the tropics or in the temperate (sub-tropical zone).  The same goes for Australia. Sydney, the capital of Australia, is in the temperate region. The history of slavery is one that is not fully dissected because of guilt and emotional attachments. Instead of applying emotions, it should be reverse-engineered. It is important to understand why certain things happened and how. These people were not dumb by any stretch of anyone's imagination. They relocated to places that their bodies could flourish. Environments that were constructive to their physical features (phenotypes) and would allow their genes to express themselves positively. Remember, blueberries are temperate region plants. They are known for their extremely high antioxidant content. People with pheomelanin (light skin) create DNA damaging free radicals when the skin meets the sun. Blueberries and their antioxidants come and quench those free radicals. Thus, stopping the destruction of DNA. A diet that is full of free radicals and folate will destroy the myth that lighter skin people age faster. That is utter nonsense as well. In fact, if you place people based on skin complexion in their proper perspective environment, each one will need only about 30 to 45 minutes per day. Instead of being idealistic, let us remain in the real world. For instance, take summertime Miami. To further illustrate, take a spectrum of skin color and make pale as color 1 and place very dark as color 6. Midday, color 1 only needs about 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure to meet the minimal requirements of international units of Vitamin D. Whereas person 6 needs about 45 to 60 minutes of sun exposure. Synthetic chemicals in pain killers, food, and prescription drugs make it nearly impossible to sunbathe without destroying the skin and treating skin cancers. The CDC persuades all people regardless of skin color to avoid the sun without considering that there are people who have never worn shirts in tribes in the hot blistering sun of the tropics for ages. It would be a conflict of interest for the CDC to mention the real reason why they want all people to avoid the sun in the USA. Instead of making it common knowledge that darker skin is best suited to be in the tropical regions, they push misinformation by fear-mongering. The CDC was initially established to fight the deadliest disease in human history. That disease is malaria. As aforementioned, I happen to have sickle cell trait. Ironically, SCT is nature’s selection for malaria. Giving me and others alike a 60% immunity if bitten by a malaria-carrying mosquito. The best technology ever built knows best. Yes, that was a pun, alluding to the shape of the nose and its specificity for certain climates. People with sickle cell trait will carry features that indicate that it has certain needs. The nose on such individuals will have a wider nostril, with a few exceptions, which is indicative of a warmer and humid climate. The hair will also stand up to create an umbrella or bucket cap appearance to provide natural shade and expose the neck. This look blocks out the sun while still allowing the wind to cool the blood in the neck before it enters the head. The eumelanin serves as a natural antioxidant by stopping the formation of free radicals.
Sickle Cell Trait will appear to be faulty in conditions that are cold because the temperature restricts vasodilation (nitric oxide). Colder regions, except for high altitudes in the tropics, happen to have people that boast lighter skin. Had these people with lighter skin, or pheomelanin, developed the sickle cell trait, the skin would produce too many free radicals that would shorten the life span for nitric oxide production via the endothelial cells. Natural selection could be the reason why you will never find pale or color 1 skin type with sickle cell trait. I will expand on this in later articles as well. Watermelon, Hibiscus, Cacao are powerful Nitric oxide producing sources that happen to be in the tropics. Take the Nitric Oxide rich watermelon for instance. During and after slavery, why did the African slaves love this fruit so much? Could it be that intrinsically, the body knew what it needed to avoid heart disease? Yes, Dr. Louis Ignarro was given the Nobel prize for establishing that Nitric Oxide was the cure for Heart disease. The subtropical region of the world is where slavery was dominant. This was because the environment was best for agriculture. Watermelon happens to grow there only in the tropical summer months. That, mixed with the sun exposure, allowed them to evade vitamin D deficiencies. Is that why sun deficient and inadequate food consuming African Americans suffer more than their European American counterparts? What about rickets or bowed legs and lupus? Niels Finsen was given the Nobel prize in the early 1900s for Heliotherapy and its effect on Lupus.
The moment we have all been waiting for, Diet. Instead of singling out individual foods, for this article I will focus on tolerances, should you find yourself overindulging on a certain macro. Regardless of who you are, you should limit processed and refined foods. These foods usually come in a carb form but are also loaded with Saturated Fats, like in the case of doughnuts. White rice, pasta, and bread should be substituted with an ancient grain like Kamut, Spelt, Amaranth, Quinoa, and Teff.
Tolerances for individuals with Temperate region features would lean more towards fats. As opposed to tolerances for individuals with Tropical or Torrid regions which would be more in the carb department. Hence, the reason why Lactose tolerances favor Temperate region and many exotic fruits grow in regions of the Tropics. In the cold, fat is king and a body that is adapted to facilitating that process will be the fittest to survive. In a hot and humid climate, having easy access to many fruits would be very beneficial for hydration or mineral loss, making carbs king in this region. Remember the Type 1 and Type 2 muscle fibers? Is it coming full circle?  Before the invention of the combustion engine, it would be near impossible to get fresh mangos and coconuts in northwestern Europe. The diet should reflect the pre-combustion state of the world. People, just like nature, opt for the path of least resistance. Outside of the 4 harsh winter months, the diet will look almost identical with respect to the food in the separate regions. However, during the winter, the temperate region body reigns supreme in its ability to cope in such conditions.
Remember, for restaurants, it is profits over people. Filling the Shareholder's pockets is much more important than the health of the people. It also would be a conflict of interest to undermine their cahoots. Our health is like an assembly line. First, we are taught certain customs, mostly obsolete, then we are fed the worst of what’s available so that companies can win in this hyper capitalistic game. Then passed off to insurance companies and doctors where we are loaded with synthetics. Synthetics help these companies increase revenue as well.  We have fertilizers, pesticides, and wax in our veggies. With meat, we have ammonia, antibiotics, GMO fed, and vitamin D deficient animals. To place yourself in the best position possible, eat as organic as possible. Yes, it is pricier, but it is worth it. Try shopping at farmers' markets to get the best prices. When preserving veggies, freeze them the same way as you would meat. For mineral density, please use spices and herbs on your food or drink herbal spices. Many herbs will help eliminate harmful metals like Sarsaparilla. For pain, there are many herbs like turmeric and ginger. If you use popular synthetic pain reliefs, your liver can be at risk.
Be as natural and clean as possible to give your body a fighting chance. Injuries happen due to inadequacies in strength, flexibility, and stress/recovery. Stress/recovery is half consumption, and consuming things that are foreign to your natural body should be taken into consideration. You could be placing your body in a constant state of stress making it nearly impossible to meet the state of homeostasis. The state that we should be striving for, after a workout, is super-compensation. Consuming 100% natural is almost impossible so you must do all that you can to limit and filter out those synthetics. If you were a clone I would say yes, take synthetic supplements because the supplements and the clone come from the same place. You are a natural human, from nature, outside, so it would behoove you to eat the food from nature.