Wrong practices – The missing link of some “inherited diseases”


 Wrong practices – The missing link
of some “inherited diseases”

Abdullah Khurram
Teaching & Research Fellow,
University of Health Sciences, Lahore

There are many diseases that are known to be transferred through the genes. But there are also many non-genetically transferred diseases that are some way or the other get inherited in to the next generation.  The children adopt many things from their parents especially the behaviors. They quietly observe their parents and then follow them accordingly. The transmission of wrong practice into the next generation is the missing link of the diseases that are believed to be inherited.

The use of talcum powder by women is mostly seen in the developing countries. The women use it as deodorant as well as drying and some use it as disinfectant. The recent observation has been recorded that the use of talcum powder on genital regions has been found to be associated with ovarian cancers.1

Similarly the patients of chronic sinusitis in India are reported to have been linked with anomaly in the uncinate process.2 The reason of anomaly is mostly due the wrong practice of mothers that is the pressing of nose and forehead of the new born. This practice is widely seen in Pakistan as well. Such wrong practices are running in the families and the diseases are being continuously transferred from one generation to the other.

It is concluded that the researchers must also consider this aspect while finding the link of a disease. This missing link must be considered and brought under scientific light for more study in this aspect. Patients and their families must be educated to keep them away from doing and the wrong practices and transferring them to the next generations. The knowledge of Family medicine and the culture of having the family doctor should be developed. The education to check wrong practices will reduce the healthcare burden on the government and a healthier community will evolve.


  1. Mills PK, Riordan DG, Cress RD, Young HA. Perineal talc exposure and epithelial ovarian cancer risk in the Central Valley of California. International Journal of Cancer. 2004;112:458–464.
  2. Tessema B, Brown SM (2011) Nasal cavity anatomy, physiology, and anomalies on CT scan. [Internet] [Updated 2011 Mar 29; cited 2012 Oct 17]