8

HEREDITY

 

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Although heredity is said to be beyond human control, followers of the reincarnation theory believe that one can choose his/her parents and hence his/her heredity, although it is not clear thus far how this can be accomplished. What is quite clear is that each of the personality-profile features discussed previously is largely affected by heredity, as is the duration of one’s life. Genetics influences bodily constitution to the extent that twins are alike whether they are extraordinarily tall, short, or heavy. Here are a few examples from the The 1999 Guinness Book of World Records showing the striking power of genes:

"The tallest male twins in the world are Michael and James Lanier of Troy, Michigan, who were born in 1969 and are both 7 feet, 4 inches tall.
The tallest female twins are Heather and Heidi Burge of Palos Verdes, California. Born in 1971, they are 6 feet, 4 3/4 inches tall."
"The shortest twins were Matyus and Bela Matina of Budapest, Hungary (later of the United States), who were both 2 feet, 6 inches tall.
The shortest living twins are John and Greg Rice of West Palm Beach, Florida, who are both 2 feet, 10 inches tall.
The world’s heaviest twins were Billy and Benny McCrary (alias "The McGuires") from Hendersonville, North Carolina. Normal in size until they were six years old, Billy and Benny weighed in at 744.77 and 724.88 pounds, respectively, in November 1978, when each had a waist measurement of 7 feet."

A person's heredity is definitely worth knowing because, armed with this knowledge, he/she can more easily prevent family diseases. Awareness of the danger is half the battle against it. If heart disease runs in the family, a person must work hard to strengthen his/her heart muscle, choose the proper diet, and adjust lifestyle in the prevention of or treatment for arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, and so on. Whether stroke or cancer, much can be done to fight the odds of becoming ill with these diseases.

The chart showing the heredity profile of the author, some more discussion and cases of centenarians are waiting for you in the book.

 

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