Family history has a bearing on your health and will enable your practitioner
to identify potential areas for concern. You may
be more susceptible to certain diseases and it is helpful to identify the
risks. However, although you may inherit a risk for, say, heart disease,
diabetes, or some
other disorder, this is not to say it is an inevitable outcome. Your genetic
inheritance (your genotype) is relevant, but it is not the whole story. Of
importance is the way your genes are
(your phenotype). The way you live, i.e. the way you
your genes, determines your phenotype.
Factors such as diet, lifestyle, exposure to toxic substances, stress, injury,
all work together in modifying phenotype - they alter the expression of your
and therefore play a big part in the state of your health.
You can use family medical history to your advantage by modifying your
With the help of nutritional therapy, you can help prevent ill health and live
a longer, healthier life.