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120 minutes, VHS or PAL. Distributed by Spirit 2000, P.O. Box 41126, Memphis, TN 38174-1126, info@spirit2000.com, 800-284-8045 (U.S. only), http://www.spirit2000.com.
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Nature, Nurture, and the Power of Love: The Biology of Conscious Parenting; The new science of how parents shape the character and potential of their child's life (2002)
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May, 2003
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Dr. Bruce Lipton's new video, "Nature, Nurture, and the Power of Love," is a must-see for anyone interested in parenting, biology, preand perinatal psychology, or the influence of genetic development. This brilliant and exciting video provides a major contribution in understanding the role environment plays in genetic selection. Contrary to the currently accepted dogma of Genetic Determinism, genes have no ability to self-start. In fact, genes are activated by signals from the environment. The old medical model, that we are merely biochemical machines controlled by our genes, can no longer be accepted in many important ways. In the old model, we are powerless and there is nothing we can do to influence heredity. This outdated belief has too often led to irresponsibility or hopelessness. The information Dr. Lipton provides in this video teaches that we are not powerless over our genetic heredity.

Speaking from his years of biological research, Dr. Lipton details the place perception plays in awakening genes. Previously, perception of the environment, particularly the mother's perception, was never considered to be a factor in genetic expression. However, as Dr. Lipton explains, it is the mother's perception of the environment during prenatal development that creates the environment in which the foetus must learn to adapt. The mother provides the information, and biology responds to it. When the environment is toxic or fearful, cells move away, there is a contraction and less growth, and the organism moves into defense and focuses on survival. But when the mother's environment is loving and joyful, the organism is engaged in growth and thrives. It is empowering for parents to know they can provide a healthful environment for their child even before birth.

Perception, as the video shows, controls biology. This radical concept motivates us to look at our own ways of interpreting personal and social environments. Our interpretations, in turn, will condition our attitudes, emotions, and behaviors, all of which will "program" the genetic coding of our children.

In this exciting video, Dr. Lipton reveals that our DNA is like a storehouse of blueprints. The environment is the key that unlocks the DNA, releasing the particular blueprint designed for survival in that particular environment. Our DNA is actually not rigid, but flexible, in shaping our bodies and behavior, adapting to our needs as they are perceived. Since we see our environment through the lens of our perception, it is our perception of the environment that has the final say in how we access our genetic resources.

Knowing the material this video provides gives impetus for us to find ways to reduce individual and community levels of stress and anxiety, especially for pregnant women and their babies. The importance of prenatal life is greater than previously thought; for example, it is estimated that fifty percent of a person's intelligence is determine prenatally. Dr. Lipton's research provides us with insight and tools to make positive, preventive changes for the benefit of babies, families, and society-at-large.

Boldly, Dr. Lipton states that consciousness can override genes and the subconscious and that it is more powerful than either nature or nurture. He proposes that our most important growth factor, which along the way heals the environment and our immune system, is Love. "Our pre- and perinatal experiences form a biological template, which colors subsequent feelings and attitudes about ourselves, our relationships and our connection to Earth and Spirit."

"Nature, Nurture and the Power of Love" is astounding in its scope and knowledge. As always, Bruce Lipton is dynamic, entertaining, and informative. The paradigm shift proposed in this video deserves serious consideration. At minimum, we in the pre- and perinatal field must find creative and powerful ways of implementing and disseminating this information. We cannot afford to ignore the profound implications it has for our future.

Dr. Lipton challenges some of our basic concepts of biology and consciousness. He frees us from the fatalistic dogma of genetic determinism, bringing knowledge that is empowering and inspirational. This is not a video to be missed or left on a shelf. It is a classic in the pre- and perinatal field. I highly recommend it.