Using the premise that genetic factors determine one's susceptibility to disease, Simopoulos, who is director of the Center for Genetics, Nutrition, and Health of the American Association for World Health, and her coauthors explain how to plot a family medical tree and determine a genetic predisposition. Armed with such data, readers can design an appropriate diet to counteract certain diseases. Because nutrition can play an important role in combating heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and alcoholism, it makes sense to study one's genetic heritage and use the available weapons. The authors' comprehensive discussions of these specific diseases and the inclusion of appropriate nutrition plans tailored for each one make this book an excellent resource. Simopoulos's Genetic Variation and Nutrition (Karger, 1990) provides additional information on this subject. Recommended for most collections.-- Janet M. Coogan, Univ. of Florida Libs., Gainesville
Simopoulos and colleagues propose warding off some of the diseases to which individuals may be genetically prone by means of nutritional programs based upon family medical histories. Their scheme begins with plotting a family medical tree with the help of a physician. Should any genetically linked disease be discovered in the family, a nutritional program to deal with it is developed. The book includes detailed programs and sample menus for obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, alcoholism, cancer, and food allergies. The authors admit that many family trees do not offer dramatic insight, but they add that the commonsense concepts of moderation, variety, and balance should be adopted in developing a diet that is right for you. Good advice for everyone!