But then I thought about it some more. I don't think that is overstating it, I really don't.
Yes, environment and genetics are causes, absolutely. However, excellent nutrition does play a role in keeping the detox pathways of the body open and functioning to mitigate the damage toxins can do. And there are many genetic illnesses that can be effected with extraordinary nutrition.
So, yes, that is my belief right now.
I do believe in the harm of environmental toxins, especially now in this day and age, we are completely bombarded from every direction as no other time in history. Got my mercury fillings out for that very reason. And I'm on the path to healing the damage with nutrition. And cured myself of an autoimmune condition, which may or may not have had its root in mercury poisoning.
(The theories on causes of autism show this for example. Deficiencies in liver glutathione levels prevent a lot of ASD kids from excreting mercury and other metal toxins properly, thus damaging the brain. Is this really genetic though, since vitamin C raises glutathione levels? Perhaps a combination, we don't know for sure.)
I'm currently on a Weston Price kick. His research on the diets of native populations and their low incidence of disease is startling. It is a must read for anyone interested in nutrition.
Also, the modern cookbook based his findings, "Nourishing Traditions", which is only half cookbook and the other half fascinating excerpts from books and research on nutrition.
And regarding genetics. Weston Price found that poor nutrition carried on to the next generation. I think it plays much more of a role than modern medicine is willing to study.
For ex., if all the children in a family (mine) needed glasses and braces, is it genetics? Or because my mom believed in a lowfat diet, and didn't eat enough preformed vitamin A in butter, eggs, cream and fish?
And we were all formula fed, which the recent article in Mothering showed changes to the dental arch as a result of the hard bottle nipple vs. the soft breast. Interestingly enough, Price found changes in the dental arch, tooth crowding, changes in facial shape as well from poor nutrition. So again, are narrowed nostrils and faces genetic to a family or are they the results of lack of nutrients in the diet as Price's pictures so obviously show?
This is very interesting to me to research and think about. Don't feel shamed. We are all on a path of learning. No mama can know or do everything. I've done some things I regret too, but they only spurred me on to to learn more, and in the long run, our health will be even that much better.