5 responses to Do Amish have genetic disorders?
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    Catherine Pierce
    Do Amish have genetic disorders? (February 9th, 2011 at 11:36)

    I am doing a research paper on Amish genetic disorders and was wondering if there was more to the article listed above, or if you have nay more inforamtion regarding this topic. If you could contact me, I would appreciate it greatly. I can also be reached by phone at 302-690-4427. Thank you for your time.

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    Kenneth Williams
    Do Amish have genetic disorders? (March 5th, 2012 at 10:56)

    In over 25 years living in an Amish community, I’ve witnessed a distressing and frightening array of genetic disorders among the children. Recently, however, I attended a presentation by a snake oil salesman who could have come straight out of a Gunsmoke episode. He insisted none of the maladies afflicting the children or others are genetic. He claimed they’re all caused by dietary deficiencies. It was a throwback to the dark ages. If they bought his “nutrition supplements” then it would cure epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, downes syndrome and impotency, among others. He is misleading people and will injure them. Whats to be done with this fraud?

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      Genetic disorders (July 26th, 2012 at 13:50)

      Genetic disorders

      Has there been any effort toward education regarding the claims of the “snake oil” salesman? So many times people (or their families)who have been affected by a disorder that they cannot personally control are vulnerable to anything that comes along that feel gives some measure of managing the problem.
      Considering the practices of raising families inside a very small gene pool, it is a certainty that the incidence of these disorders will increase.
      Very sad.

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      Snake oil (May 16th, 2014 at 20:45)

      Snake oil

      Maybe it is that the genes predispose a person to some disease .
      It maybe that good nutrition will help to prevent that disease .
      Snake oil may be good if it is the right snake oil and it helps
      if the person prescribing the snake oil has a history of cures .
      I’d give it a try if it is getting results .

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    "Snake Oil" Salesman (August 16th, 2013 at 00:28)

    "Snake Oil" Salesman

    Is there proof that these supplements wouldn’t work? Perhaps not for some of these conditions, but other supplements have been well known to help aid a body to cure itself of a disease, such as cancer, Fibromyalgia (I hear a rising occurrence among the Amish), MS, Diabetes, etc. Remember that these supplements (if a good quality) may very well be those vitamins and minerals that we are lacking in modern diets, and the Amish diet in many places can be lacking, though I know many are as concerned about mainstream diets and their deficiencies. We have a doctor in Colorado who is primarily homeopathic but has his medical degree. He has a very high success rate using supplements and raw foods/juices to rid the body of cancer and other ailments, such as Fibromyalgia. And supplements and essential oils are all natural medicines given to us by God and largely overlooked by the population at large. Something that may appear to be “snake oil” to some, may very well be exactly what is needed. I don’t know the individual persons, so I can’t really comment on that. Recently, a purdue study showed that the fruit of the Soursop (graviola) tree killed cancer cells 10,000 times better than chemo drugs. Why is it not known? It could never be synthesized. They tried for seven years.

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