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DISEASES AND THE FOODS THAT BRING THEM ON

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GM: Pam, here’s my nearly all-inclusive list of the various causes of diseases: diet and lifestyle, the environment, genes, stress, psychological factors, and pathogens. Let’s review the many maladies plaguing our population and examine the cause for each. Let’s start with heart disease.

PP: Definitely diet and lifestyle.

GM: Does genetics play any role?

PP: With very few people. I can say the same with regard to any condition that we would label chronic and degenerative. You have genetic predisposition, but those genes are switched on by diet and lifestyle choices. You’re going to have, in any practice setting, 2 to 3 percent of the population whose cholesterol ...

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