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Is Your Health A Matter Of Genetic Luck?

Even if you have genes that are associated with cancer, your lifestyle still mostly determines whether you get the disease or not.

“When an effect is present, there must be a cause.” ~ William Wolcott

Scientists examine facts, right?

Well, mostly they do. But they also sometimes chalk chronic disease up to “bad luck.”

And example of this is the tendency to blame genes for cancer. Recent news stories highlight celebrities having body parts removed because they “might” get cancer.

It’s a bizarre form of preventive medicine. Remove the body part before there’s a problem.

But this is a very deterministic view. It implies that we are all victims of our genes. And it ignores the fact that our genes respond to stimuli. Genes are not isolated from the world.

A recent article in the Daily Mail pointed this out. It quoted doctors who concluded that 90% of cancers come down to unhealthy lives, not bad genes. In fact, they went so far as to say that sunlight and diet play a bigger role than DNA.

That means even if you have genes that are associated with cancer, your lifestyle still mostly determines whether you get the disease or not.

That’s good news. It means you have more control than you might think over your state of health. And it supports the idea that you can prevent illness before it happens with less radical means that surgery.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

P.S. – There will be no Balance Point mailing next week (12/28/15) in observance of the holidays.

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