The key word in both quotes is the 'soul'. What is the soul? You can ask ten individuals you work with and each will give a different answer. The soul can be defined by three traditions. A soul, in certain spiritual, philosophical, and psychological traditions, is the incorporeal essence of a person or living thing. Many philosophical and spiritual systems teach that humans are souls. The soul is often believed to exit the body and live on after a person’s death, and some religions posit that God creates souls. You can discuss 'souls' for a long time and never get the same answer. The soul has often been deemed integral or essential to consciousness and personality. I think there is a difference between soul and spirit and soul and the mind, but some use these interchangeably. My mother told me to be careful when discussing sex, religion and politics with another person. The same is true about discussing 'souls'
You must know this- we cannot change our genetics--you acquired them from your mother and father and previous generations. However we can change the HABITS or LIFESTYLES that modify the induction, translation and expression of the genes.
WE ARE IN THE 21ST CENTURY and the patient's physiology, physical and emotional function are as important as a medical diagnosis and the prevention of end stage disease. We as physicians need to educate individuals on how to nourish themselves. This is my goal. This goal of personalized medicine will allow patients to live to 90 years and older with good health. Humans are living longer and no one will dispute that fact. How we live those extra years is the issue.In time, physicians will have to understand the patient's genotype and how to improve their lifestyles and environments to minimize the risk of age-related disease. The need to change is compelling. We are beyond conferences and research. The medical practice needs to shift not only for you--the patient, but the whole society and world.