Why do I need to know about my genetics?
Genetic variation is what makes us different from each other, including both our strengths and weaknesses. The only insight most of us have into our genetics, is what our parents and family have experienced. Does that mean that we will get the same illnesses as our family or by luck will we be skipped over? More importantly is there anything we can do to protect us ourselves from the predisposed illnesses we are more susceptible to. Advancing technology now enables us to evaluate our risk and do something about it.
How do I test for my risk genes?
The first step to understanding both the genes that can cause increased risk and decreased risk for illness is to have you SNPs tested. A SNP is called a single-nucleotide polymorphism. It is a single variation in the genetic code of your DNA. Using a service called 23andme, a saliva sample is tested for hundreds of thousands of known SNPs. Once I have your report from 23andme, I can then analyze your SNPs with very sophisticated analytical software to translate the raw data into clinically relevant therapeutic actions.
How will I understand the results?
Of the 700,000 SNPs that 23andme reports, there are approximately 5,000 that are clinically relevant. From the raw data, I generate a comprehensive individualized and understandable report that outlines:
- Genetic abnormalities that are present and their severity
- Preventive measures that can be initiated to decrease risk of chronic diseases
- Drug side effects and benefits based on genetic susceptibility
- A specific food analysis of beneficial and problematic foods
- Increased environmental causative factors of disease
The range of findings on the report is enormous, spanning such topics as:
- Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
- Cardiovascular disease
- Premature aging
- Hormonal and neurotransmitter deficiencies
- Psychiatric disorders
- Sleep problems… the list goes on
The results are based solely on peer reviewed scientific research, which is referenced in the report. I can tailor the report to be as long or short as you would like, and even omit any results that you would prefer not to know, such as the BRCA gene for breast cancer.
What do I do with the report?
Once your DNA is tested, it is good for a lifetime. You have the same SNPs when you are born and throughout your life. I can continually go back and generate new reports depending on your needs and focus. Often I will generate a treatment based on the needs that you present with when you come to the office. Any new health occurances can be evaluated using the same data.
Please Inquire about this new and highly valuable tool for transforming the health of you and your family