What does it mean to prevent disease? When should we begin? How much is truly within our control? Considering the presence of ova from the time of birth, there is an endless thread through the maternal genetic line that could set the stage for our health based on the behavior, environment, exposure of ancestors before we even take our first breath. And that’s just the biological component.
What about our environment? Every day we are inundated with lists of toxins, do’s and don’ts that seem to change with the moment where yesterday’s best prevention suddenly becomes today’s greatest risk. Is it then futile? Should we bother?
Consider this wisdom from the Dalai Lama:
If it can be solved, there’s no need to worry, and if it can’t be solved, worry is of no use.
What, then, is solvable? Let’s consider the influences of health as lifestyle (51%), biological (20%), environmental (19%) and health care (10%), percentages referencing level of impact. Over which of these do we have the most control?