The difference between these two is significant because this fundamental belief called genetic determinism literally means that your life, your physical and physiological and emotional behavioral traits are controlled by the genetic code. This kind of belief system provides a visual picture of people being victims: If the genes control our life function then our lives are being controlled by things outside of our ability to change them. This leads to victimization that the illnesses and diseases that run in families are propagated through the passing of genes associated with those attributes. Laboratory evidence shows this is not true.
When we buy into being a victim, we automatically buy into needing a rescuer, meaning we accept that somebody else is going to save us from ourselves. This is the unfortunate situation where the medical community has inserted itself.
Also, even though the genetic determinism belief system has been revised over the past 15 years, the problem is that the revisions are being recognized only at the level of the biomedical research scientists; these ideas are not making their way to the public. In the meantime, the mass media continues to portray that ‘a gene controls this’ and ‘a gene that controls that’. The fact that you are even here at this moment reading this places you one step ahead. Knowledge is power.