Epigenetic Inheritance: Trauma Passes From Parent’s Genes To Child


By Helen Thomson | The Guardian


New finding is clear example in humans of the theory of epigenetic inheritance: the idea that environmental factors can affect the genes of your children.

Genetic changes stemming from the trauma suffered by Holocaust survivors are capable of being passed on to their children, the clearest sign yet that one person’s life experience can affect subsequent generations.

The conclusion from a research team at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital led by Rachel Yehuda stems from the genetic study of 32 Jewish men and women who had either been interned in a Nazi concentration camp, witnessed or experienced torture or who had had to hide during the second world war.

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They also analysed the genes of their children, who are known to have increased likelihood of stress disorders, and compared the results with Jewish families who were living outside of Europe during the war. “The gene changes in the children could only be attributed to Holocaust exposure in the parents,” said Yehuda.

Her team’s work is the clearest example in humans of the transmission of trauma to a child via what is called “epigenetic inheritance” – the idea that environmental influences such as smoking, diet and stress can affect the genes of your children and possibly even grandchildren.

The idea is controversial, as scientific convention states that genes contained in DNA are the only way to transmit biological information between generations. However, our genes are modified by the environment all the time, through chemical tags that attach themselves to our DNA, switching genes on and off. Recent studies suggest that some of these tags might somehow be passed through generations, meaning our environment could have and impact on our children’s health.

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Other studies have proposed a more tentative connection between one generation’s experience and the next. For example, girls born to Dutch women who were pregnant during a severe famine at the end of the second world war had an above-average risk of developing schizophrenia. Likewise, another study has showed that men who smoked before puberty fathered heavier sons than those who smoked after.

The team were specifically interested in one region of a gene associated with the regulation of stress hormones, which is known to be affected by trauma. “It makes sense to look at this gene,” said Yehuda. “If there’s a transmitted effect of trauma, it would be in a stress-related gene that shapes the way we cope with our environment.”

They found epigenetic tags on the very same part of this gene in both the Holocaust survivors and their offspring, the same correlation was not found in any of the control group and their children.

Through further genetic analysis, the team ruled out the possibility that the epigenetic changes were a result of trauma that the children had experienced themselves.

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  1. 896825593700113@facebook.com' Anne Pietras says:


  2. 10204543015447815@facebook.com' Doris B Kutz says:


  3. 775545092577895@facebook.com' Nicola Deveney says:

    Lucy Deveney this is right up your street xxx

  4. 10153072065421364@facebook.com' Elaine Johnson Ramirez says:

    It’s called ancentral pain. Wars cause this too.

  5. 1175991782416666@facebook.com' YMachelle Smith-Flint says:

    This thought came to me once after meditation, “What if emotional pain can be passed down in genes somehow…”

    • 996684737056637@facebook.com' Mariana Caffaro Wood says:

      Biodecoding teaches this and cures people from illnesses, they work with information from the family tree. Your higher self is right!

  6. 1220785074614758@facebook.com' Ash Murtagh says:

    Its your Ancestral Energy Line….

  7. 1494672820854682@facebook.com' Karen McMurdock says:

    Yes, it’s not epidemic

  8. 1735407660027642@facebook.com' Nancy Gee says:

    Its saying page not found for me?? 🙁

  9. 10208215898814388@facebook.com' Tina Ashrafzadeh DO says:

    Hovsep Babayan

  10. 10205104466791422@facebook.com' Rachel Travis Heatwole says:

    I plan to look further into this

  11. 144099595947164@facebook.com' Daniel Cox says:

    True that

  12. 10205146494517171@facebook.com' Wendy Russell says:

    no, not passes, absorbed, not in genes, been proven

  13. 10153456282406107@facebook.com' Jaime Brooks says:

    Bruce Lipton wrote about this in his book The Biology of Belief. It’s a great read. He was an athiest who became a believer through his research on stem cells

  14. 10206605848577155@facebook.com' Angelika Smaniotto says:

    I was thinking this before and totally believe it to be true.

  15. 1655879401363777@facebook.com' Marie Friend says:

    Here’s the history of our people (Facebook Digest Version). Once upon a time there was a beautiful, vegetarian, evolved, diverse, and highly technological civilization. But, big catastrophes happened on Earth. So much so that people were pushed into caves, on top of mountains, and into the most inhospitable places. Today we call these people the cavemen. A lot was lost during these times. A massive layer of ashes was left on the American territory. There was very little food to eat, the vegetation was in ruin. That is when humanity started eating animals for its survival. Some islands were so crowded that they even started eating one another. Over the generations, the catastrophes were slowly forgotten, but the traditions remained. During these days, many visitors came to Earth, and played Gods. Others, came and tried to help. Many survivors remained and they attempted to recreate their traditions, technologies, etc. Although not as pristine. In what we now call the middle ages, a large invasion happened. Dark rulers came and took over Europe. They poisoned the wheat, created plagues, wars, and 90% of the native population was decimated and brainwashed. Their books burnt, their memories wiped, their body burnt alive, tortured in a way that we cannot comprehend nowaday, their history stolen. All that was left was highly traumatized people. They were angry, ignorant and restless. There were survivors in the North and in the East. Grand propaganda efforts were put in place to destroy all reputation of the Tartar, or the Catar, to name only 2, stating htat these people were barbaric, and crazy. They sent many armies to defeat them, because afterall they were not humans anymore, they were turned by the media into less than animals. They had stories of the Tartar coming at night and doing attacks while people were sleeping, terrorizing the general population. That was then easy to use the people to fight them and decimate them. The worst of the European natives, such as prisoners, prostitutes, disgruntled people, were put on boats and sent to take over the new world. Completely unconscious and traumatized, they obliged. Many of which were the original survivors were decimated, their history stolen. In turn, these newly extremely traumatized people were sent to decimate other populations, like the population of the Americas, then Africas. Now in turn, many people from these regions, who have been turned into extremely traumatized people along with all of the others, including the original people from Europe are being sent to the middle east under false pretense to do the same thing. We are being fed lies, after lies, after lies. Our history is being destroyed at a rate that defies logic. The invasion is still happening, and we are being controlled just as we were in the middle ages. Wouldn’t it be time for us to return to our original roots and figure out that we are one people, one world? Like the late Wayne Dyer said, we live on a round planet, there are no ‘taking sides’.

  16. 1211694232190890@facebook.com' Will Horan says:

    Okay, so we’re ALL traumatized and our kids are likely to get much more, right?

  17. 1709857225896447@facebook.com' Jennifer Harrell McCoog Wilkins says:


  18. 1702151683337013@facebook.com' Nisha Bisht says:

    Priya Rani Johnson

  19. 1519605248356884@facebook.com' Elken Alei says:

    In some religious believed a couple must pray and say something good with hope before project make people .when done. The mother as a ground of soil have to live in peaceful and good moderate safe guard environment . Mom can start to talk with the baby,sing a song. Ancient chinese society name it embroy education . Try it for all papa mama who r ready. The kid will be charming and talent with u communication.

  20. 672478022888407@facebook.com' Asrat Mengesha says:

    Children could inherit the sin of their parents.

  21. 900848900010806@facebook.com' Robert Bonan says:

    Not only trauma, but also the many new born that are berthing in their mothers womb that the mothers and fathers were vaccinated and the chemicals viruses and pathogens were passed on to the fetus through the sperm and egg, is also causing emotional health issues. What makes matters worst is that when the baby is born they will vaccinate the child. Many of the vaccines have aborted fetal cell from babies that were aborted in the most horrific way. So it is possible that the aborted babies cells during the abortion now carries a frequencies of fear, terror. So the babies being vaccinated are also getting a dose of polluted frequencies carried through the aborted baby cells. Take a look at the many vaccines being made with aborted fetal cells here – https://tinyurl.com/njfjujs – This is the CDC current list of ingredients. https://tinyurl.com/25s65v – You can learn more here https://wakeupgethealthy.com/?s=toxic+over+load

  22. 1504404213187045@facebook.com' Peter William says:

    I’d be more responsive to a writer who can write without endless errors and typos.

  23. 10205343901217619@facebook.com' Reva Ilardi says:

    Well that explains that feeling of impending doom.

  24. 998310683572846@facebook.com' Chris Merli says:

    This headine is quite misleading. They are not suggesting that the next generation remembers getting dumped at the prom. What it is saying is that you life impscts you physically and that certain of these changes also affect your children.

  25. 998310683572846@facebook.com' Chris Merli says:

    This process does not affect the gene sequence but changes which genes are turned on and off in an individual. For example, survivors of long term malnutrition turn on a different set of genes. Each time their cells divide it is important that those same genes are turned on in the new cells so there is a mechanism to control the expression of genes in the next cell. When the gametes are produced for the next generation these same regulatory mechanisms are also present and so are passed on to the future generation.

    • 10153769617729283@facebook.com' Lionel Anglade says:

      well the transcription of what sequence of gene are turned on or off dependent on the Nervous System!
      my own personal development we act on NS and so on on DNA lecture…

  26. 10206488786491682@facebook.com' Annemarie Westen says:

    It could make sense since there are some who do not inter marry due to their belief that memory is handed down from generation to generation by way of keeping their memory pool free from any possible interference by inherent differences of culturally diverse values.

  27. 10153769617729283@facebook.com' Lionel Anglade says:

    well the transcription of what sequence of gene are turned on or off dependent on the Nervous System!
    my own personal development we act on NS and so on on DNA lecture…

  28. 184142685254950@facebook.com' Blank Sheep says:

    Everything’s is connected! We are apart of a billion partials combined into a being. So anything we do effects or body. Like in the movie ” Big hero six” during the send of the presentation when that one micro bot joined with the collection, the entire structure changed. There was a study I Seen in a article ( I do not remember the name of the study ) but they found that any decision we make in life get coded onto or DNA . Sup it is past onto or offspring.

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