Genes are what we get from our parents that determine what we look like and a lot about who we are. They carry a great effect on the kinds of weaknesses or strengths we will have health wise too. But, are you doomed to your genes to be a permanent victim to certain diseases?
I will say no. My personal health beliefs come from a Word of Wisdom that we have in the church I go to. And, my beliefs are supported by the true science of how a person can actually be healed and maintain a healthy body through proper eating guidelines.
First, I will give you some medical journal information since people often have to hear things from a doctor’s perspective before they will believe anything. I was a walking guide at National Institute of Fitness back in the late 1990′s. I took all of Dr. Marc Sorenson’s classes and have his book Mega Health. I even have a letter he wrote for me to share in my community ed classes about the thousands of people, usually older and overweight, who overcame all kinds of disease with diet and exercise.
One simple concept to understand would be the heart disease dilemma that many people face. If the father had severe heart disease at a certain age, it is no surprise if the son also faces a similar fate when he gets older. But, is the son doomed to his father’s fate, or is there hope?
Here is a section from the concluding parts of the Matters of the Heart chapter from Mega Health, written by Dr. Marc Sorenson.
- Heart disease is endemic only to those societies whose citizens are consumers of saturated fats and animal products. It is caused by the consumption of those products.
- Heart disease is virtually unknown among people whose blood cholesterol levels are consistently below 150.
- When cholesterol levels are below 150, risk factors for heart disease such as hypertension, smoking, sedentary living and high blood sugar cease to be risk factors.
- Familial (genetic) tendencies toward heart disease are of consequence only to those people who are consuming the products which can cause the disease. Unless these toxins are consumed, no one will ever know who has a tendency toward heart disease and who does not.
- HDL and LDL levels are important when total cholesterol is above 150. Positive changes in these levels can be produced through reducing or eliminating animal products and saturated fats and through regular aerobic exercise.
This chapter covers information about Tarahumara Indians and traditional Chinese people who had perfectly fine health until they started eating the foods of the American diet rich in animal flesh, and dairy, as well as the processed junk foods. Then, they get serious diseases too. Animal products are so commonly eaten in excess in our culture.
The book also has an abundance of research and studies taken from medical journals of the correlation of heart disease with wrong diet and sedentary living. Other chapters go over osteoporosis, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and a multitude of other diseases. There is much proof that these diseases are caused by poor dietary choices.
Family habits in eating have more to do with family members suffering similar health challenges than their shared genes. It doesn’t matter what weaknesses you have in your genes. I have seen too many types of diseases reversed from simply eliminating all the animal products to fall for the notion that anyone is doomed because of their genes.
In the Word of Wisdom, there is a greeting to the “weakest of all saints.” Apparently, the Lord is telling us that no matter how weak we are, no matter what genes we have, we can be strong enough to “walk” and “run” and have many other blessings.
It’s good to avoid the alcohol, coffee, and tobacco, but don’t ignore the diet of wholesome herbs, grains, fruit of the vine, “things that grow above the ground and things that grow below the ground”.
Yes, the animals are there in order for us to have an abundance for our needs. But, their lives are sacred enough for the Lord to set limits and to say “it is pleasing” to him that we don’t use them unless absolutely necessary (“winter, cold…famine or excess of hunger”).
So, you are not doomed to your genes. You can rise above the lifestyle choices of your family and your culture. The answers are out there if you want to reverse your disease with food.