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The genetic risk factor: genetics seen as industry "gold mine".

In their June 18, 2007 issue, Forbes Magazine presented a long article by Mathhew Herper and Robert Langreth titled Medical Technology. The sub-title read "Will you get cancer?"

The article starts by recounting the story of a woman whose mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37 (and survived) and who, herself, was terrified of developing the same disease. She had three-monthly mammograms, and finally found out about the new technology of finding a severe 'risk factor,' namely of having the breast cancer gene. When in 2003 her mother was found to have 'the breast cancer gene,' she had herself tested as well. She tested positive, and had both her breasts as well as her ovaries removed--then felt relieved.

In November of 2005, we wrote up an early report that appeared on the subject of "genetic predisposition" to breast cancer. It read, "Researchers have even found a specific gene that is supposedly responsible for causing breast cancer." They then urged women to undergo "preventive" double mastectomies, because they felt that if these specific women showed up with the "breast cancer gene," their chances of developing this form of cancer were close to 75%. When some 900 such operations had been performed, it was found that the effect would only be good for a probable life extension of three years! Not only that, but in a July, 2000 issue of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, extensive studies involving some 40,000 sets of identical and another 40,000 sets of fraternal twins, were unable to show a genetic connection for the incidence of breast cancer. Their conclusion was that breast cancer was caused largely by environmental and lifestyle factors."

At this time, according to Forbes, the technology of genetic research has made huge strides and it reports that "The breast cancer gene test generates sales of $100 million a year for one company, Myriad Genetics, which has apparently sold it to some 150,000 women. Further, sales are growing at the rate of 40% a year. Not only that, but an additional "wave of hundreds of new DNA diagnostic tests are being developed that will overrun medicine in the next five to ten years." Naturally a number of other biotech companies are joining in this enormous financial windfall. "Francis Collins who heads the gene hunting effort at the National Institutes of Health," states Forbes, "predicts an avalanche of new disease gene findings in the next year." Dietrich Stephan at Transatlantic Genomics Research Institute, a Phoenix nonprofit that recently pin-pointed genes that affect human memory, feels that "Every geneticist is doing this right now. It is a gold rush."

It is important to note that finding the breast cancer (or any other disease) gene does not necessarily assure that the bearer will develop the disease. The researchers only state that the gene is a "risk factor." They have now identified a large number of additional disease genes that are connected to "risk factors," including diabetes, heart disease, prostate cancer, obesity. But they insist that there are certain disease genes they do not wish to find, such as one for "Lou Gehrig's disease," and Huntington's Chorea, because if they found it they would not have any cure for it! That seems to imply that for the other diseases, they have cures!

A Yale University geneticist Richard Lifton, makes a statement that reveals some straight thinking: "The risk is that 20 years from now everyone gets tested and learns they have a 5% risk for developing 10 diseases and a 2% risk for 20 other diseases--and what we do is increase neurosis instead of improving health."

The authors also make one further important statement: "The set of genomes reveals little about how minute genetic variations among people can lead to common diseases. Such ills are caused by a complex stew of dozens of genes, as well as bad diet and other environmental factors, such as smoking."

In conclusion, we have to remember that the Gerson Therapy has been able to reverse cystic fibrosis, a disease considered "genetic," which did not appear as a risk factor but was already a fully developed disease. Further, since the gene tests only reveal a risk factor, it is easy enough, again with the right food and eliminating poisons from ones diet and environment, to considerably reduce the risk of disease--and even to reverse it after it has appeared!
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Author:Gerson, Charlotte
Publication:Gerson Healing Newsletter
Date:Nov 1, 2007
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