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How Scientists Think CRISPR Will Change Medicine

If you haven’t heard of CRISPR, described as a new way of editing DNA, it’s something you may want to pay attention to, as the medical world explores using genome sequencing to not only predict your risk of disease, but treat it, Time reports. The up side — or down side, depending on how you look at it — is that doing this can also find diseases such as serious cancers you didn’t know you had.

Genetic testing and genome research is an exciting field, but I fear CRISPR may be just another case of opening the doors to classic overdiagnosing and overtreating a disease that may never cause a problem in the first place. In the past, tests such as mammograms, PSAs and CT scans have been shown to produce false positives that lead to risky drugs, unnecessary surgeries and expensive medical interventions — and CRISPR may only add to this.

The U.S. health care system is loaded with medical waste and overtreatment, and what we don’t need is more of the same-old, same-old. What we do need is to look at the causes of diseases these tests are “catching,” and address the diseases before you get them. You can do this by understanding that your body is a metabolic machine that needs whole, organic, real foods and exercise to function. 

This involves ditching processed foods and turning the government’s classic food pyramid upside-down, and adopting a diet that your body was made for — plenty of good fats and small amounts of lean protein. If you’re ready to implement this kind of metabolic therapy, I highly recommend my new book, "Fat for Fuel," which gives you all the details on how to do that. 
 
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