Adoption reunion—knowing your family medical history could save your life!

“What you learn about your family medical heritage could save your life—but if you are orphaned, fostered and adopted, it may require a comprehensive investigation by an adoption detective to uncover your medical past.” —Judith Land, Author and Adoptee

Our genes carry unbelievable information of our family medical history. Despite the increasing emphasis on diagnostic technology, many physicians perceive the medical history as the preeminent source of information with a much higher value in diagnosis than either the physical examination or laboratory and radiography information.

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Family Medical History—Gathering a complete and accurate family medical history is extremely important as genetic medicine explains more diseases. The Surgeon General has named Thanksgiving as Family History Day. When family members gather together on Thanksgiving Day, it’s a great opportunity to talk to family members and learn more about their health history.

Adoptees, who don’t have access to medical records because their parents and relatives are unknown, deceased or uncooperative, may benefit from information recorded in death certificates, obituaries, and old family letters. Even old family photos can provide visual clues to diseases such as obesity, skin conditions, and osteoporosis. Some problems are more common in certain ethnicities. Many medical conditions, including heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, alcoholism, Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and high blood pressure all have been shown to have links to our past.

The fact that all living things inherit traits from their parents is information that has been used since prehistoric times to improve crop plants and animals through selective breeding. The biological science of genetics, which began with the work of Gregor Mendel in the mid-nineteenth century, seeks to understand the process of inheritance and the physical basis for heredity in our DNA. Many new advances in biological medical science are anticipated in the near future now that the human genome has been discovered.

Judith Land, Author and Adoptee

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About Judith Land

Judith Land lives in Colorado and Arizona with husband and coauthor Martin Land. Judith is a former nurse, retail shop owner, college instructor and avid outdoor person. Her book "Adoption Detective: Memoir of an Adopted Child" is a true story detailing the journey of Judith Romano, foster child and adoptee, as she discovers fragments of her background, and then sets out to solve the mystery as an adult. She has reached readers in 192 countries. "Mothers and fathers everywhere in the world need to understand that children are forever and always." --Judith Land
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