Many of my family members, including my mother, have died from cancer. I have had friends who’ve battled this complex and destructive disease. I am, by no means, an expert and not having experienced it, I don’t pretend to know what I would do in that instance.
That being said, there’s been so much publicity about Angelina Jolie having her healthy breasts removed because a genetic test revealed she has the genetic potential to develop breast cancer like her mom. She did what she felt she had to in order to be able to live a long, healthy life and so I am the last person to criticize her.
However, I don’t feel she should be an example to other women of what they should do if they learn they have a genetic propensity to develop cancer or any other disease. Science has proven that these genetic markers indicate the potential to develop a disease. It is not a done deal. Those genes are like switches that can be flipped – either on or off. Numerous studies have proven direct links between the consumption of certain foods and the mutation of these genes. For example growth hormones and steroids in conventionally produced cows milk has been associated with cancer.
In this article by Dr. Mercola, he states that while women with BRCA defects have a 45-65% increased risk of breast cancer, only about 2% of diagnosed breast cancers are caused by BRCA faults. Dr. Robert Marshall says almost all genes are “soft” meaning they can be expressed or suppressed depending on nutrition and lifestyle.
In all honesty, this complex disease encompasses genetic disposition, lifestyle choices including spiritual, mental and emotional. I don’t think anything is written in stone and I don’t think any of us are victims of our heredity. Dr. Richard Schulze said: “…your level of health is determined by your GENETICS REACTING to your LIFESTYLE, It is NOT what you inherit… It is how you LIVE that can either turn on, or turn off, genes that are predisposed to disease.” I agree with that.
What do you think about this?