Is Disease Really in Your Genes?

A research team made up of government and non-government genetic researchers have published a study that casts yet more doubt on the role of our genes as a “master blueprint.” The study was done on mice, in which a seemingly tiny .085% of the entire genome was deleted. However, this amounts to 2.3 million individual pieces of genetic code.

What the researchers found was that even with this relatively enormous deletion of genetic code (by comparison, many diseases are attributed to a single piece of genetic code being deleted), there was no measurable difference between normal mice and the mice with the genetic deletions. Mice were compared in viability, growth rate, lifespan and other differences in cell chemistry.

Over the past several months there have been major changes in the idea that the genetic code is the ultimate control of what happens in cells, organs and bodies. This latest research is simply more reason to believe that genes do not determine everything, and if the current trend continues, science will discover that many other factors play a more important role in determine what happens in cells than genes.

This topic is important in how we think about disease, because an enormous amount of research is devoted to finding the genetic cause of chronic illness. However, simply finding a gene that is associated with a disease does not mean that the gene causes that disease. There is a vast gulf between finding a correlation between a gene and a disease, and proving that the gene is a cause of that disease.

While an increasing number of headlines are proclaiming a genetic link to such conditions as hypertension, heart disease, obesity, addictions, depression and countless others, a fundamental truth about illness remains true: the vast majority of illness in our society is caused by poor nutrition and lack of exercise. No gene therapy can substitute for those two factors.

The physicians at Nature Cures Clinic successfully work with patients suffering from these “genetically linked” diseases every day. Whatever role genes may be playing in disease, a comprehensive treatment plan that includes individualized nutrition counseling, targeted supplementation, exercise counseling, acupuncture, body work or other therapies will enhance vitality, lower disease risk, and even reverse the course of chronic disease.

If you or someone you know would like a second opinion about a disease or condition you believe is “genetic,” make time to come in and speak with a physician at Nature Cures Clinic by visiting our New Appointments Page.

If a gene is related to a disease, it does not mean that the disease is inevitable. Cells in labs may be that simple, but humans are not.

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