The quest for eternal youth has existed throughout history.
All kinds of pills, potions and anti-ageing techniques have come and gone with the trends of the day.
But the desire to look and feel younger, escape the ravages of time and cure disease can be a costly business. The good news is, there are ways to stay healthy and slow the rate of ageing that doesn't involve paying for the latest gimmick.
The 4D Living - Lifestyle Health Clinic at Warabrook will on Wednesday begin a 12-week program that teaches people how to live a long, healthy life.
Much of it involves harnessing the power of the brain, based on science, to boost the health of the mind and body.
The 4D Living charity believes chronic disease can be prevented and even reversed through healthy living.
It teaches people how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, with a focus on diet, exercise and mindset.
The charity's co-founder David Stojcic points out that health is determined by lifestyle, not simply genetics.
This relates to the science of epigenetics. The epigenome is a set of instructions that decides which genes are switched on or off. What this means is that DNA can be modified by life experience.
Epigenetic changes can occur throughout a person's life. Such changes are affected by everything in a person's environment. Examples include smoking, drinking alcohol, diet, exercise, stress, obesity, trauma, viruses, pollution and sun exposure.
The science shows that changes in a person's genes can be passed on to children and grandchildren.
It's findings like these that remind us that the mapping of the human genome was a remarkable scientific breakthrough. It is expected to lead to medical advances that were once reserved for the realm of science fiction.
It's from this realm that epigenetics has emerged, providing new ways to treat illness and disease. In the past, genes were considered to control our destiny. Nature held sway over nurture.
Epigenetics shows nurture to be equal in importance to nature, if not more so. We aren't slaves to our DNA. We have the potential to transform ourselves. It's on this basis that 4D Living is running its program.