Do Storks Bring Babies, and Genes Bring Cancer?

Maximized Living Co-Founder, Ben Lerner, talks about the real correlation between cancer and your genes.

What do your genes really have to do with cancer? To better understand how scientists have correlated the two, let’s look at a study out of Germany that shows hard data that storks do in fact deliver babies. The Berlin-based study showed:
1. A significant correlation between the increase in the stork population around the city and the increase in non-hospital deliveries.
2. No correlation between in-hospital deliveries and the stork population.
3. The decline in the number of pairs of storks in the German state of Lower Saxony between 1970 and 1985 correlated with a decrease of deliveries in that area.
4. The nearly constant number of deliveries from 1985 to 1995 was associated with an unchanged stork population.

The lesson here is that proximity is not causality – or – just because a particular factor may be present, doesn’t mean it was the cause. Genes are like storks – while genes related to particular diseases have been discovered, this hasn’t proven to be useful or a cause. There are so many genes linked to each disease that it has been impossible to sort through the seemingly infinite amount of interactions these numerous genes experience in a body over a lifetime (Hall, 2010). In other words, just because a gene may be present, doesn’t mean it was the cause of the disease.

The great news is that YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE YOUR GENES! That’s what cancer month should be really all about if we want to see diseases drop now and for generations to come.

Dr. Ben Lerner, is a two-time New York Times best-selling author, international speaker, and is widely recognized as an authority on spinal correction, nutrition, fitness, and mental health. He is the co-founder of Maximized Living, opening more than 100 clinics around the U.S. and training over 1500 doctors on patient care and practice management. In addition to his D.C. degree, he has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and is currently finishing his masters in psychology.