Biology of Belief is a groundbreaking work in the field of New Biology.
Author Dr. Bruce Lipton is a former medical school professor and
research scientist. His experiments, and those of other leading-edge
scientists, have examined in great detail the processes by which cells
receive information. The implications of this research radically change
our understanding of life. It shows that genes and DNA do not control
our biology; that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the
cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and
negative thoughts. Dr. Lipton's profoundly hopeful synthesis of the
latest and best research in cell biology and quantum physics is being
hailed as a major breakthrough showing that our bodies can be changed
as we retrain our thinking.
Press Release New Research
Thoughts Affect Genes
scientific studies find that genes can be turned on and off by
environmental signals, including thoughts, feelings and
outside the cell. Cellular biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton, a former medical
school professor and research scientist, was one of the first
scientists to posit such extra-cellular control. Dr. Lipton conducted a
series of experiments that reveal that the cell membrane, the outer
layer of a cell, is the organic equivalent of a computer chip, and the
cell's equivalent of a brain. Although this view conflicts with the
widely held scientific dogma that genes control behavior, papers by
other researchers have validated his iconoclastic thinking.
Lipton has also been a pioneer in applying the principles of quantum
physics to the field of cellular biology. Traditional cell biology
focuses on physical molecules that control biology. Dr. Lipton on the
other hand focuses on the mechanisms through which energy in the form
of our beliefs can affect our biology, including our genetic code.
in The Biology of Belief, Dr. Lipton summarizes such
edge science and explores its implications for our lives. Dr. Lipton
shows that human beings can control gene activity and even rewrite
their genes by focusing on their beliefs. These beliefs, true
positive or negative, creative or destructive, exist not
simply in our
minds; they are directed downward to the level of the cells of our
bodies. He also shows how even our most firmly held beliefs can be
changed, which means that we have the power to reshape our lives.
Lipton believes that this emerging model of cell biology will have as
great an effect on our scientific paradigm as the emergence of quantum
theory had on physics. The fact that energy impacts cells as profoundly
as physical molecules provides a scientific explanation for the
efficacy of conventional medicine, alternative therapies, and spiritual
The traditional antagonism between science
and spirit and between alternative and conventional medicines is
a compelling and easy-to-understand explanation of how your emotions
regulate your genetic expression! You need to read this book to truly
appreciate that you are not a victim to your genes but instead have
unlimited capacity to live a life overflowing with peace, happiness and
- Joseph Mercola, D.O. Founder of www.mercola.com, the
world's most visited natural health web site
book is an absolute must read if you want to know, from a scientific
view point, that your lifestyle is in control of your health rather
than your genetics. From a scientific viewpoint, Lipton demonstrates
that the mind is more powerful than drugs to regain our health. The
information reveals that your health is more your responsibility than
just being a victim of your genes. When I started reading this book, I
could not stop until it was finished."
- M.T. Morter, Jr., D.C. Founder of Morter Health System, Developer of the B.E.S.T.
will record The Biology of Belief as one of the most important writings
of our times. Bruce Lipton has delivered the missing link between the
understandings of biomedicine of the past and the essentials of
energetic healing of the future. His complex insights are expressed in
a readily understandable fashion with a style that welcomes the
scientist and the non-scientist on an equal footing. For anyone
interested in health, the well-being of the species and the future of
human life. The implications of the perspectives outlined have the
potential to change the world as we know it. Bruce Lipton's
understandings and his concise expression of them are sheer genius."
- Gerard W. Clum, D.C. President, Life Chiropractic
Lipton is a genius - his breakthrough discoveries give us tools for
regaining the sovereignty over our lives. I recommend this book to
anyone who is ready and willing to take full responsibility for
themselves and the destiny of our planet."
is a courageous and visionary book that provides solid evidence from
quantum biology to dispel the myth of genetic determinism-and
implicitly, victimhood. Dr. Bruce Lipton brings a solid
scientific mind to not only inform but to transform and empower the
reader with the realization that our beliefs create every aspect of our
personal reality. A provocative and inspiring read!"
- Lee Pulos, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. Clinical Assistant Professor
Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia Author of "Miracles and Other
Realities" and "Beyond Hypnosis"
Dr. Bruce Lipton Ph.D. Bio
Bruce Lipton is an internationally recognized authority in bridging
science and spirit. He has been a guest speaker on dozens of TV and
radio shows, as well as keynote presenter for national conferences.
Lipton began his scientific career as a cell biologist. He received his
Ph.D. degree from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville before
joining the Department of Anatomy at the University of Wisconsin's
School of Medicine in 1973. Dr. Lipton's research on muscular
dystrophy, studies employing cloned human stem cells, focused upon the
molecular mechanisms controlling cell behavior. An experimental tissue
transplantation technique developed by Dr. Lipton and colleague Dr. Ed
Schultz and published in the journal Science was subsequently employed
as a novel form of human genetic engineering.
Lipton began examining the principles of quantum physics and how they
might be integrated into his understanding of the cell's information
processing systems. He produced breakthrough studies on the cell
membrane, which revealed that this outer layer of the cell was an
organic homologue of a computer chip, the cell's equivalent of a brain.
His research at Stanford University's School of Medicine, between 1987
and 1992, revealed that the environment, operating though the membrane,
controlled the behavior and physiology of the cell, turning genes on
and off. His discoveries, which ran counter to the established
scientific view that life is controlled by the genes, presaged one of
today's most important fields of study, the science of epigenetics. Two
major scientific publications derived from these studies defined the
molecular pathways connecting the mind and body. Many subsequent papers
by other researchers have since validated his concepts and ideas.
Lipton's novel scientific approach transformed his personal life as
well. His deepened understanding of cell biology highlighted the
mechanisms by which the mind controls bodily functions, and implied the
existence of an immortal spirit. He applied this science to his
personal biology, and discovered that his physical well-being improved,
and the quality and character of his daily life was greatly enhanced.
Lipton has taken his award-winning medical school lectures to the
public and is currently a sought after keynote speaker and workshop
presenter. Today, Bruce lectures to conventional and complementary
medical professionals and lay audiences about leading-edge science and
how it dovetails with mind-body medicine and spiritual principles. He
has been heartened by anecdotal reports from hundreds of former
audience members who have improved their spiritual, physical and mental
well being by applying the principles he discusses in his lectures. He
is regarded as one of the leading voices of the new biology.
A Simple Q & A Q:
You state that the conclusions of conventional science are "flawed"
because they are based upon three major assumptions that are apparently
no longer valid. Which of science's cherished beliefs are in
question and how have they impacted our lives? A:
The Central Dogma - the belief that DNA controls life; Newtonian
Physics-the belief that the world is a material mechanism; and
neo-Darwinian theory - the notion that life's strategy is based upon
the "survival of the fittest in the struggle for survival."
What is the fundamental difference between the conventional science we
have all come to learn and the "new biology" that is emphasized in your
source, "identity," is not from within the body, and it is immortal; We
are not victims of life we are creators of life; a human organism is
not an singular individual, it is in reality, a "community" of sentient
Q: Cells can be
conceived as miniature "people"? A:
Cells have "lives," they need basic requirements, they have social
order among them, as well as politics. Their "necessities" are
fundamentally our necessities.
Q: Do cells have
a "brain"? A:
The cell membrane [ie, its skin] reads environmental stimuli,
transduces the information into a biochemical "awareness" which is then
used to regulate cell behavior and gene activity.
Q: What is
cellular consciousness? A:
Cells are aware of their environments via their receptors and make
informed decisions in response to stimuli that comprise their "field".
Your work emphasizes that the fundamental units of awareness are
actually molecular units of "perception." What are
How do they relate to beliefs? A:
The cell's I/O's are receptor and effector protein complexes; they
provide awareness of the environment [receptors] and send stimuli
[effectors] to engage the cell's systems. By definition,
membrane proteins provide the cell with an "awareness of the
environment through physical sensation", this is the precise dictionary
definition of the word perception. Complex perceptions, as
experienced by humans, are based upon interpretations of experiences.
In society there is an especial emphasis to express conformity with our
interpretations. We may "buy" our interpretations of life
experiences (learning) from those we perceive to be experts. However,
experts can be wrong, so we may be operating from acquired
misperceptions. Conclusions: perceptions control life, but they might
be right or they may be wrong…hence they are our beliefs.
It is held by almost all scientists that genes control the character of
our lives. Are you really saying that genes don't "cause" things like
cancer or Alzheimer's disease? A:
Enucleation studies reveal that cells without genes carry on with life
as normal, some up to two or more months. Fact, control is
the genes. Genes offer potentials.
Q: If genes
don't control life…what does? Essentially, how
does life "work?" A:
Cells are designed to dynamically read their environment and adjust
their behavior and genes in order to survive. Environmental "signals"
are the primary source that engages cellular mechanisms.
Q: If DNA does
not control our lives, what exactly are genes and how do they work? A:
Genes are "linear-blueprints" used in manufacturing protein
molecules. Proteins are the body's building blocks that
for our structure and functions. When a body part or subunit needs to
be manufactured we use gene "blueprints" to create these
The nucleus is like a file cabinet filled with folders of
blueprints. Signals derived from the cell's "brain"
"select" which genes are needed to create the structures or functions
required by the cell in order to maintain life.
Q: In your work
you emphasize a new scientific understanding known as epigenetic
control. What is epigenetics? A:
Currently the old belief is in genetic control, i.e. genes control
life. Epi means "above." So literally, epigenetic control
translates as "control above the genes." Simply, genes are not the
source of life…there is something above them that controls
biology. This something is the environment, and more
our perceptions [beliefs] of the environment.
You go so far as to say that when the science of epigenetics becomes
part of our basic education, it will change civilization.
a big claim. How did you come to that conclusion? A:
We are currently taught that genes control life. However, we
come to realize that our learned perceptions of life control our
biology…with that awareness we will find that it is a lot
and more powerful to rewrite our perceptions than it is our
genes. With this knowledge we can knowingly control our life
In your book, you emphasize the influence of quantum physics and its
relationship to biology. What is the significance of this physics in
regards to how we experience life? A:
Old physics says that all "information" controlling biology is in the
physical form (atoms and molecules, ie "drugs. New research
reveals that protein behaviors respond to energy patterns derived from
quantum mechanical principles…we are "controlled by both
physical matter and invisible force fields. Conventional
has ignored the powerful energy fields, which are more influential than
are the material signals.
Q: What is
electromagnetic or energy medicine/healing? A:
It is harnessing the power of energy fields, including thought, to
control the body's biochemistry via these new quantum physics insights
You describe how cells express only 3 basic responses to environmental
stimuli What are they? How does this fundamental behavior relate to
Observing cells one can see that they can respond to their
"perceptions" of the environment by engaging only one of three
responses; they can move to a stimulus if it is deemed that it will
support life, they can move away from a stimulus if it is deemed
threatening of life; and lastly, the can ignore a stimulus if it is
considered irrelevant to life. Moving forward and taking in
stimulus means to be open and in growth. Moving away and
oneself down to a stimulus is done for protection. Cells can
move forward and backward at the same time, hence they cannot be in
growth and in protection at the same time. When humans
"threatening" stimuli, they will engage in a protection response by
shutting themselves down and moving away from the stimulus.
means we stop growing when in protection, an event that directly leads
to death if it is chronic or maintained!
Through evolution, individual cells came together in the form of
communities. We perceive such communities as "organisms, eg,
fish, snake, tree, and even a human. What is the essence of a
community and why did they evolve? A:
Cells came together in community to share awareness and enhance their
survival. The same thing applies as to individuals in a human
community. In community, each individual gives up their own
"control" of what they are going to do and instead conforms
the coordinating central voice's directives. In the cellular
community of a human, that central voice is the mind.
Q: How is a cell
community organized so that it survives. What/who is in
The brain is the source of the "central voice." It has two
subdivisions, the subconscious and the conscious mind. The
subconscious is a million times more powerful than the
But the subconscious is only "habitual," it will only play the programs
with which it has been loaded. 95% of our daily activities are
controlled by the subconscious mind. The less powerful conscious mind
is unique for it is creative, it can "observe" the body's operations
and manually control the mechanism, overriding the read-only
You emphasize that the "subconscious" controls most of our
behavior/physiology and that it operates through "programs."
Describe these programs and where they come from. A:
There are two fundamental classes of programs in the subconscious data
base, those derived from evolution [instincts] and those "learned"
through life experiences.
Q: What is
significance of "conscious parenting" in programming a child's genes,
intelligence and behavior? A:
The physical and behavioral development of a fetus and neonate and
infant are controlled by the perceptions acquired from
In this regard the parents serve as genetic engineers in programming a
When you talk about the biology of belief, are you talking about the
power of positive thinking? Why do people have so many
in trying to exercise the power of positive thinking? A:
Positive thinking is an activity of the conscious mind. If
subconscious mind is programmed with beliefs and perceptions that are
not aligned with the conscious mind's intentions, there is
conflict. In the case of conflict, it must be recognized that
subconscious mind is a million times more powerful than the conscious
mind. It takes an awfully large amount of will power for the
conscious mind to override the subconscious programs, most people fail
to control their unconscious programs.
Talk about how we can learn to retrain our consciousness to create
healthy beliefs - which can also help us in every other area of our
important point…there is no "consciousness" in the
it is strictly a "tape" player. There are ways to rewrite the
tapes but you cannot just "talk" to this subconscious for there is "no
one" in there.
You talk about the innate intelligence and healing power of the human
system. How come we appear to be so fragile? Why don't we see and hear
more about this ability in people's lives? A:
programmed into weakness, for we become a great market to sell relief.
spirituality fit into all this? A:
Yes, our identity is outside of the cell and "plays" through sets of
molecular antennas on the cell membrane. The source is independent of
the mortal living body.
Q: Talk about
the ecological aspect of all this. A:
ourselves means healing our planet/world.
Your conclusions suggest that neo-Darwinian theory does not fully
reflect how life arose on this planet. Does the "new biology"
support evolution or creationism? A:
Interestingly…both. They are one and the same. Evolution is
creation of all things, and creating is how things evolve.
Your work concludes that evolution is based upon fractal
geometry. What is fractal geometry and what is its role in
evolution? What does this new insight about evolution offer
compared to our current beliefs? A:
Fractals are the geometry that defines why there is truth in the axiom:
"As is above, so it is below." We are reliving patterns of evolution
history and civilization is on the verge of a radical evolutionary
leap, tantamount to the jump from reptiles to mammals. Big
with Bruce Lipton Q: What is it
like for you to be pressing the edges of the conventional, entrenched
wisdom of the medical/health care field? A:
I am on an amazing journey that is filled with exhilarating life
experiences expressing both sweet and sour consequences. On
sweet side is the fact that I am having the most exciting time of my
life!! My research revealed a revolutionary understanding of
life "worked" twenty years ago and this awareness is now beginning to
be recognized by leading edge science. The beautiful part is
with a twenty year head start over my former colleagues, I have not
only benefited by applying this empowering awareness in creating the
joyous life I am experiencing, but I have been able to extend that
knowledge to reveal how the world can thrive and evolve.
sweetness of that knowledge is also where the "sour" part comes in to
the picture. Our conventional world is engaged in a ruthless
survival of the fittest competition, based upon science's endorsement
of Darwinian theory, a belief that emphasizes, "life is a struggle for
survival." In contrast, the new biology reveals a completely different
understanding of our place in the world. Science is now
recognizing that we are an integral part of a giant living community,
collectively referred to as Gaia. The new science underscores the fact
that our survival is based upon the cooperation of all the organisms in
the biosphere. Unfortunately, our social consciousness,
Darwinian science, is so destructive to the environment that it has
already precipitated the planet's sixth mass extinction-which of course
threatens the survival of humanity.
Yet there is
news. Just as some terminal cancer patients undergo a
remission, the living Gaia can do the same. As with those
patients, all we need to do to save our world is change our beliefs,
and this is precisely the consequence of the evolving new
science. My book, The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power
Consciousness, Matter and Miracles, provides an easy to understand
explanation of how our thoughts and mind create both our internal
(biological) and external (social) life experiences.
Q: What about
your discoveries has most profoundly affected your life and the way you
live it? A:
In the first instant of acquiring my new insights into how cells
worked, I was completely transformed. As a conventional
scientist, I taught my students that genes controlled life and that we
were essentially "victims" of our heredity. When I first
recognized that the brain of the cell was the cell membrane, rather
than genes, I was blown away, for the mechanism revealed that life was
controlled by signals from the "environment." The significance of this
finding is that the identity of the "self," distinguishing one
individual from another, would also represent an environmental
If the cell
(organism) dies, its
identity signal is still present in the environment. At that
moment of awareness, I realized that we have an externalized "identity"
(spirit) and are immortal. The realization of a transcendent
"identity" brought an amazing sense of peace into my life, for I had
truly lost the greatest of all fears…death. It was
most profound experience for me, a non-spiritual scientist that wasn't
even looking for that particular understanding.
my life was transformed when I realized how my developmental
experiences programmed my genes and behavior. With this
I was able to rewrite limiting, self-sabotaging beliefs that were
keeping me from experiencing the health, love and joy we all
seek. I have actively created a wonderful healthy, fulfilling
life and supporting environment. I love my days, sleep like a baby and
enjoy life without the necessity of taking a single pharmaceutical drug!
of the most important things I learned through my research was that
human beings were biologically modeled after the anatomy and physiology
of single cells. Cells are in a sense, miniature
research provided insight into understanding how the fifty trillion
cells that comprise the human body can live in health and harmony under
the skin. I was able to apply the fundamental principles of
cellular life to the way I was living my life with great
In the words of old hippie philosophy, I was "cleaning up my own
backyard before cleaning up the world." I learned to live
and healthier on less money, not only through modeling my efficiency
upon cellular life, but also because my personal joy and satisfaction
in life was no longer linked to consumerism. My pleasures are
directly derived through my appreciation of Gaia, my family and my
Q: If you were
to choose one area that you feel is your greatest challenge in sharing
your discoveries, what would that be? A:
As mentioned, the new science reveals that our preoccupation with
competition and consumerism is compromising our species and our
environment. There is a lot of money trying to keep us from
evolving. Corporate and government interests, playing on our
Darwinian fears, are undermining our civilization and
environment. Simply, self-empowerment is not in the interest
those whose focus is to "control" civilization.
and moral decay, faltering education, famine and much of our disease
will be eliminated when the new science becomes common
The self-empowerment offered by the new science is a threat to those
organizations that profit from war and ill health. Among others, these
organizations include the military-industrial complex, the larger
biomedical-pharmaceutical industry and those fundamentalist religions
that encourage violence and self-limitation in seeking their ends.
these organizations are spending vast sums of money, enough to solve
civilization's problems, to "control" and limit our abilities via the
news, magazines and television programming. Consequently, it
difficult endeavor to fight the tide of self-limiting, self-defeating
propaganda sponsored by the moneyed interests. Yet, in recent
years I have noticed vast changes in consciousness by people who
intuitively know we are on the wrong track and are looking for a course
correction. Fortunately, books like The Biology of Belief, as
well as a number of other new works of science, are aimed at
introducing the mass reading audience to the life-changing power of
their conscious mind. I believe we are approaching a
like the notion of the hundredth monkey, where the new science will
appear to spontaneously change the direction of civilization and save
us from our excesses.
When you consider your existing science and what other discoveries
undoubtedly lie ahead, who do you believe human beings are capable of
will learn that if there is a "heaven," it is right here on
Earth. We will learn how to recreate the proverbial Garden of
Eden. In this new awareness we will be able to guide our own
cells to renew our lives, without the use of pharmaceutical agents.
Like breathairian's, we will also learn to capture energy directly from
the environment and will no longer be dependent upon the massive
quantities of food we now think we need to eat. This
should provide us with a natural lifespan of at least 120-140 years,
while simultaneously taking the pressure off the environment to feed
us. Interestingly, current research reveals that we can double the life
of laboratory organisms by simply curtailing their metabolic intake.
new science provides insight into how we manifest our
Since most people are looking for happiness, joy and health, their
collective vision can create such a reality. Such a culture
be one that does not encourage disharmony and disease. That's
already a good start in revitalizing Eden.
When you witness the range of responses to your material - from great
joy to outrage, no doubt! - what is it that keeps you moving forward? A:
The simplest answer is that I have found Heaven on Earth by personally
applying the principles of the new science to the way I carry out my
own life. I love my job of bringing this new science to the
public, for in my travels, I have seen many people use this information
to "taken control" of their own lives. There is nothing more
joyous than to see an individual overcome physical and emotional
adversity through self-empowerment. And on a more
level, the more people create harmony in their world, the more harmony
I experience in my world.
Lipton's book is the definitive summary of the new biology and all it
implies. It is magnificent, profound beyond words, and a delight to
read. It synthesizes an encyclopedia of critical new information into a
brilliant yet simple package. These pages contain a genuine revolution
in thought and understanding, one so radical that it can change the
- Joseph Chilton Pearce, Ph.D. Author of "Magical Child" and
Lipton's delightfully-written The Biology of Belief is a much needed
antidote to the "bottom-up" materialism of today's society. The idea
that DNA encodes all of life's development is being successfully
employed in genetic engineering. At the same time, the shortfall of
this approach is becoming evident. The Biology of Belief is a review of
a quarter-century of pioneering results in Epigenetics, heralded by The
Wall Street Science Journal in mid-2004 as an important new field. Its
personal style makes it eminently readable and enjoyable."
- Karl H. Pribram, M.D., PhD.,
(Hon. Multi) Professor Emeritus, Stanford
this paradigm-busting book, Bruce Lipton delivers a TKO to Old Biology.
With a left to Darwinian dogma and a right to allopathic medicine, he
breaks out of the physicalist box into enlightenment on the mind/body
(belief/biology) system. Must read, much fun."
- Ralph Abraham, Ph.D. Professor of Mathematics,
University of California
Author of "Chaos, Gaia, Eros"
Elegant! Simple! In a style that is as accessible as it is meaningful,
Dr. Bruce Lipton offers nothing less that the long sought-after
"missing link" between life and consciousness. In doing so, he answers
the oldest questions, and solves the deepest mysteries, of our past. I
have no doubt that The Biology of Belief will become a cornerstone for
the science of the new millennium."
- Gregg Braden New York Times best-selling
author of "The God Code" and "The Isaiah Effect"
finished reading this book with the same sense of profound respect I
have when I am with Bruce Lipton - that I have been touched by a
revolutionary sense of the truth. He is both a scientist and
philosopher; a scientist in that he provides us with tools to alter
cultural consciousness; and a philosopher because he challenges our
beliefs about the very nature of our perceived reality. He is
helping us create our own futures.
- Guy F. Riekeman, D.C. President, Life University and
College of Chiropractic
Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and
Miracles - is a milestone for evolving humanity. What Dr. Bruce Lipton
has provided through his amazing research and this inspiring book is a
new, more awakened science of human growth and transformation. Instead
of being limited by the genetic or biological constraints that humanity
has been programmed to live by, humanity now has before it a way of
unleashing its true spiritual potential with the help of simply
transformed beliefs guided by 'the gentle and loving hand of God.' A
definite must read for those dedicated to the mind/body movement and to
the true essence of healing."
- John F. Demartini, D.C. Best-selling author of "Count
Your Blessings" and "The Breakthrough Experience"
Lipton's revolutionary research has uncovered the missing connections
between biology, psychology and spirituality. If you want to understand
the deepest mysteries of life, this is one of the most important books
you will ever read."
- Dennis Perman, D.C. Co-Founder, The Master's Circle
a world of chaos, Dr. Lipton brings clarity to mankind. His work is
thought-provoking, insightful and will hopefully lead people to ask
better quality questions in their lives, and to make better decisions.
One of the most exciting books I have read, this is a 'must read'."
- Brian Kelly, D.C., President,
New Zealand College of Chiropractic President, Australian Spinal
Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and
Miracles, offers new insights and understanding into the interface
between biological organisms, the environment and the influence of
thought, perception and subconscious awareness on the expression of
one's body healing potential. With the broad application of concepts
and well-referenced explanations and examples, it makes this book a
refreshing "must read" for the student of the biological, social and
health care sciences. Yet, the clarity of presentation
an ease of understanding making this enjoyable reading for the general
- Carl S. Cleveland III, D.C. President, Cleveland