Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Most Cancer Results From Diet, Not Genes

Another excerpt from T. Colin Campbell's, Whole: Rethinking The Science Of Nutrition:
"There is evidence from human subjects that supports the idea that the foods we eat and the nutrition they provide is far more important in determining cancer than our genetic backgrounds. Population studies begun 40 to 50 years ago show that when people migrate from one country to another they acquire the cancer rate of the country to which they move, despite the fact that their genes remain the same. This strongly indicates that at least 80% to 90% -- and probably closer to 97% to 98% -- of all cancers are related to diet and lifestyle, and not to genes."
It's something he says a lot, that environment, and in particular diet, plays a larger role in the development of disease than genes. Yet when someone develops a chronic disease - diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, cancer - diet and lifestyle are not often the recipient of the finger point.

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