Your Genes Are Not Your Destiny.
There's a common misconception that if a disease, condition or trait runs in your family, then you are also bound to get it. Only 5% of diseases are inherited or genetic and most of the time they manifest at birth or in childhood.
Heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression and almost anything else you can think of has a very small genetic component(s) that can actually be tweaked by lifestyle changes and nutrition support.
The genes you are born with never change. However, your lifestyle and nutrition can alter how genes are expressed.
Not every gene variant is expressed or will lead to symptoms or disease. Knowing where you have deficiencies and supporting them through lifestyle and nutrition can counteract the effects of unfavorable variants. Many genes work together so it is important to get a whole picture and not just focus on a few things.
Remember, lifestyle habits run in families more than disease runs in families. You can change the course of your health even if generations before you suffered. This information allows you to take control of your health and feel great!
Nutrigenomics looks at how your unique genetic code can affect how you respond to foods, vitamins, minerals. It also looks at how your metabolism functions, how you process hormones, neurotransmitters, and detox among other things.
Epigenetics is the study of gene modification through tweaking environment.
Once you learn your unique wellness code, you can learn to work with your body instead of against it.
With so much conflicting information out there about diet, exercise, detoxes, fasting, etc., this is the quickest way to figure out what is best for YOU. There's no need to do all the health and wellness "things"- only the things that are right for you.
The Testing and Results Process
The best thing about this test is it's something you only have to do once in your life. Your genes do not change so the information you receive is your health blueprint for life.
This information is complex and requires a minimum of three steps:
1. Initial Health Consultation
I meet with each client for up to 60 minutes to discuss current health issues, health goals, current supplements and lifestyle. This is required prior to testing legally before I ( as a medical professional) orders testing. We can also discuss more logistics around the testing and answer any lingering questions or concerns about genetic testing.
2. Ordering the test, sending in the test, test analysis
At the end of the first appointment, I will give you the link to order your own test. It will be mailed to you and you just perform a check swab to gather your DNA and send it back to the lab in a pre-paid package. In 3-5 weeks, we will both receive your results. The results from the lab are over 100 pages. I will distill that information for you into a plan that focuses on 3-5 changes that are most impactful for your health.
3. Results Consultation and Plan
During the results consultation, I take 90 minutes to go through your results. You will have a plan of how to eat, how to exercise, what supplements you actually need, what foods and exposures you need to avoid, how to counteract your stress response, ways to keep your body young and more. I will send you a summary with recommendations including direct access to any high quality supplements you need.
Due to the complexity of this information, most people choose to embark in a program that involves accountability and more 1:1 guidance. My internal data shows that clients that get results through a one time appointment implement up to 50% of suggestions from their results. When I work with long-term health clients, we revisit, discuss and tweak results over time. When I first received my results I took steps everyday to eat my genetic diet (which was drastically different than what I was doing under the guidance of my functional medicine doctor), then I added in the exercise, supplements, and other lifestyle techniques. Over time, I embodied these results and now health is effortless for me.
There are options for 3 and 6 month programs that utilize genetics but also incorporate many other aspects of health.
The sweet spot middle ground for most people starting out is the Genetics Mini.
Includes initial health consult, results, human design health reading, two follow-ups and limited email access and slack group in between appointments.
This allows for a more in-depth look at your genetics and tendencies and allows for guidance and accountability in 5 appointments over the course of 3 months.
Once you sign up, we will manually schedule your initial health consult and make a personalized plan for you to transition your health over the next 3 months.
I sit down with my friend Charlie to talk about nutrigenomic testing and health
Learn how and why this testing is different from 23andme or getting raw data from another laboratory. The lab I use is vetted based on my 20 years experience working in clinical genetics, ordering tests and working for a commercial laboratory.
Examples of client experiences with genetic testing