I often hear folks saying “It runs in the family.” Usually “it” means a particular disease or illness. These folks typically believe they are doomed by their genes.

I had a graphic example of this in my own family many years ago.

One of my uncles died at the age of 55 from a heart attack. His son, a favorite older cousin of mine, was convinced he too would die at 55 of a heart attack. He had a happy life, a large wonderful family, and much to look forward to in the years ahead.… Read more