By Dr. John Reizer
Why are we constantly being encouraged by television shows and associated commercials to supply our DNA to different corporate entities?
Whether it’s for disease screenings or to locate long lost relatives, is it really a good idea to give out our DNA to strangers?
There’s an important reason not to have your DNA tested by companies that are trying to help you screen different diseases or to find distant family members. The DNA information that you are providing is being collected by companies that can sell your private genetic secrets to Big Pharma, insurance companies and government agencies that might use the data against you.
Think of it this way; would you voluntarily hand out your social security number to strangers? Of course you wouldn’t. If someone gets hold of your social security number, he or she could steal your identity and cause you lots of financial problems. We all know this and go to a lot of trouble to protect ourselves from identity thieves.
The same mindset and caution should be practiced when it comes to DNA. DNA contains all of the unique biochemical secrets concerning our bodies and the bodies of our ancestors. When we are protective of our genetic codes, we’re not only protecting ourselves, we’re being protective of everybody in our family tree. It’s a big responsibility and one we should take seriously.
There are plenty of people in the world that have nefarious agendas. Don’t be so eager to give them your secret genetic codes. Trust me when I write that this is not a very good idea. What you don’t really understand could quite honestly come back to hurt you and your loved ones.
What do you think about this subject?