"There are genes for many conditions, but I think of some genes as what I call "dictators," the genes that say "you're going to have blue eyes." Those genes give orders that you can't refuse. But the genes for Alzheimer's disease, or the genes for Type II Diabetes, they're not dictators at all. I think of them like "committees." They make suggestions, and you can argue with them. I don't want to get Alzheimer's, I'm going to eat in a different way. And the genes for Diabetes, you can fight with them as well. And so often what runs in a family is not DNA, but recipes, that get handed from one generation to the next..."
"Moderation does not apply to heroin, or things dangerous for you... cigarettes... what's a moderate amount of cigarettes to have? Moderation is a good thing for healthy things, but when it comes to something that's hurting you, you don't moderate it at all, you get rid of it..."