you’ve got the power

heart-4A few years ago, a patient came in with some unexplained symptoms. She’d been to the hospital twice, and even had a small surgery that didn’t help the problem. Tough as that was, she’d also gotten some bad news on a related genetic test. You can imagine she was pretty scared.

I told her: “Epigenetics is your friend.

Translated: Your genes are not your destiny. Your choices can protect against, prevent or override the genetic cards in your hand.

With that in mind, I was gratified to read a New York Times story confirming the power of lifestyle choice on health outcomes — even with uncongenial genes. more “you’ve got the power”