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Which is more important? Lifestyle or Genetics?

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  Dr. Cox is going on Holiday!
He’ll be leaving on Thursday, July 30th and returning Saturday Aug 8th. (Please be aware that the office will be closed on Thursday July 30th and Thursday, August 6th). This is the longest time he has ever been away!  But don’t worry! Dr. Cox has arranged for a very special doc to cover the office on Monday, August 3 through Wednesday, August 5th, during regular adjusting hours! We are honored to have Dr. Chad Hawk help serve your health and well being needs while Dr. Cox is away recharging his batteries! Dr. Hawk of Epik Missions has volunteered to be available for adjusting while Dr. Cox is on vacation! Dr. Hawk performs extensive mission work in Africa, a calling that has had its challenges but one he feels destined to fulfill. Dr. Hawk will be accepting donations for his upcoming missions. Please donate if you feel called to do so!:)) Follow this link to learn more.

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For the month of August, we will be honoring our teachers with Teacher Referral Month! With school starting back, we want to celebrate All they do to educate and prepare our children for the future. Teachers are the back bone of our society and they deserve our appreciation.
Look for a special gift to give to the teachers in your life!

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Our quarterly Referral Dinner is coming up on August 20th! So if you have sent a loved one to LAWC in the past three months, be on the lookout for your invitation! This is a way for us to personally Thank You for trusting us with their care!

Health Tip of the Week
Tobacco and Genes
Most modern medical research assumes that inherited genetic predispositions underlie the current epidemics of (non-infectious) diseases and disorders. A partial list includes type II diabetes, heart disease, cancer, autism, various mental illnesses, myopia, and stroke. This research was originally funded by the tobacco industry’s need to deflect blame that smoking caused lung cancer. Rather, that people got lung cancer from a genetic tendency for cancer rather than smoking. This has become the dominant rationale for most mainstream genetic research today. But what if the premise was flawed?
Researching Research
Research that attempts to justify genetic predispositions for diseases is known as “twin” studies. With this type of research, identical twins are used to determine genetic expression because they have the same genetic code. The rationale is that if two people with the same genetic makeup, who are raised in the same environment, will have the same predispositions to genetic-based diseases. But what if that methodology is flawed and vastly overestimates the genetic contributions to diseases? What would that mean to health care today?
Are You a Byproduct of Your Genes?
Jonathan Latham and Allison Wilson are the principle authors of “The Great DNA Data Deficit: Are Genes for Disease a Mirage?” published in Independent Science News, examines 5 years of studies that link genes to common diseases. The results suggest that genes are not the best predictors of disease nor the best targets for prevention/cure. Coupling this with “Missing Heritability: Hidden Environment in Genetic Studies of Human Behavior”, by Beckwith & Morris-Singer that shows how erroneously attributing environmental influences to genetics can account for the so-called “missing heritability.” The authors challenge the sweeping assumptions that underpin genetic behavior. Finally, Pearce, in “Epidemiology in a Changing World: Variation, Causation and Ubiquitous Risk Factors”, explores the common environment stressors that are nearly universal, inactivity; diets high in animal products and processed foods; cancer causing chemicals; and radiation exposure, to name a few, and how they are ignored in genetic research. So what does it all mean? It means that a genetic test that gives you a likelihood of getting disease x, y, or z does not account for your lifestyle and it’s impact on your innate health potential. More attention should be placed on a “cleaner” lifestyle than your genes.

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