Most of us were raised to believe that the genes we were born with were our destiny, and that those diseases which “ran in the family” were most likely coming for us too. Well, here’s pretty amazing news: those dreaded diseases may not be gunning for you after all! Contrary to what had been the prevailing wisdom since Darwin’s day, scientists have discovered that we have the power to alter our genetic lot, as well as our children’s and grandchildren’s! In the last few years, scientists who study the molecular mechanisms by which the environment and external conditions influence controls gene behavior have found that the blueprints encoded in our genes are not set in stone from birth. They’ve established that factors such as lifestyle and diet can heavily influence what roughly 98% of our genes do, how they behave and how they express themselves.