16 March 2010

Environment and Genetics

For many years, I have been interested in the connections between health, environment and genetic disorders. The complexities involved in such topics are often overwhelming.

I would never want to be described in terms of a disease or disability. It is why I do not treat other people that way. Many labels limit our humanity, yet our environment and genes can highlight our vulnerability.

How much of your life is connected with conditions in your environment, for example its climate, pollutants, and resources?

How much of your life is influenced by the condition of your genes?

I frequently ask myself the two questions above and find it very difficult to find clear answers.

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