Do you know how to eat?

Portlanders are a pretty food-savvy bunch. We know what to ask about the provenance of our food. We pay attention to ingredients, to gluten, to dairy, to grass-fed/free-range/high-omega-3/sustainability parameters (except when we just go for a donut.)

So it sometimes surprises me that folks who know what to eat often don’t know how to eat. And while great food matters, what’s the point if we don’t digest it well? more “Do you know how to eat?”

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”