Genes are not destiny! Environmental influences, including nutrition, stress and emotions, can modify those genes, without changing their basic blueprint. And those modifications, epigeneticists have discovered, can be passed on to future generations, as surely as DNA blueprints are passed on via the Double Helix.
Bruce H. Lipton, The Biology of Belief
Dr. Harold D. Foster spent 25 years developing a geographical approach to identifying the causes of diseases. This has shown that environmental variables, frequently minerals, play key roles in the development and diffusion of illness. Biochemical analysis of such spatially significant variables can then be explored to develop novel potential solutions.
This approach is based on tailored "orthomolecular compounds," which treat diseases or abnormalities resulting from chemical imbalances or deficiencies by restoring optimum levels of substances in the body, such as vitamins and minerals. This rebalances the body's natural, optimal functioning state and can prevent the onset of a disease or effectively reverse its symptoms.
This approach effectively repairs the damage caused by the disease and also corrects the underlying biochemistry of the body, which has permitted the disease to develop.
Whoever wishes to investigate medicine properly, should proceed thus: in the first place to consider the seasons of the year, and what effects each of them produces ... Then the winds, the hot and the cold, especially such as are common to all countries, and then such as are peculiar to each locality. We must also consider the qualities. In the same manner, when one comes into a city to which he is a stranger, he ought to consider its situation, how it lies as to the winds and the rising of the sun: for its influence is not the same whether it lies to the north or the south, to the rising or to the setting sun. These things one ought to consider most attentively, and concerning the water which the inhabitants use, whether they be marshy and soft, or hard, and running from elevated and rocky situations, and then if saltish and unfit for cooking, and the ground, whether it be naked and deficient in water, or wooded and well watered, and whether it lies in a hollow, confined situation, or is elevated and cold: and the mode in which the inhabitants live, and what are their pursuits, whether they are fond of drinking and eating to excess, and given to indolence, or are fond of exercise and labour, and not given to excess in eating and drinking.
Francis Adams, The Genuine Works of Hippocrates, 1849