Archives for: February 2009, 03
Over the last few months I have been digging through the health section of my local library. It is hard for me to read these books because I can see so many flaws in the one size fits all approach they promote. Though I'm at odds with their contents I still force myself to at least take them home and browse their pages if nothing but to know the latest diet concept being championed.
This week one book caught my attention titled, Is It In Your Genes? The Influence of Genes on Common Disorders and Diseases That Affect You and Your Family By Philip R. Reilly. Reilly writes for the layperson, so his book is easy to understand. He is a graduate of Yale University and has credibility in the world of genetics research.
From the title I thought it might have something useful in it. I can't say I read the book cover to cover but I did find this little gem at the conclusion of the book.
"Nutritional genetics will be a central feature of wellness programs. Motivated individuals will adhere to diets and consume particular nutraceuticals based on compatibility with their genetic profile. The rapidly growing nutrition business will be based on far more credible scientific evidence than it is today. Nutritional counseling will be replete with genetic analysis. Much of the focus will be on using a combination of genetic information, dietary choice, and fitness regimes to pursue a robust wellness into the ninth decade. Current ideas about extending the human life span will lead to the creation of products that really do increase the chances of becoming a centenarian." pg. 243-244
I really liked this paragraph. It made me aware that although the rest of the world is far behind Dr. D'Adamo in their approach to diet and health the wheels are turning.
It's easy to get discouraged with the current health information promoted by mainstream media, but anyone who listens carefully and reads alternative view points will begin to hear a different perspective. One that promotes individual wellness and looks at knowing health risk factors as tools to enable us to decrease the risk of disease for generations to come.
If this were to become the norm, spending billions of dollars on health care would become unnecessary and perhaps enable us to focus the resources of our world in a more efficient manner.