Do you want to take an active role in the future of your health?
Genomic testing helps us to address two very important issues in today’s health care.
- How do we prevent illness before it occurs?
- How do we make treatment personl, to treat each individual rather than the generic ‘average person’?
Many people consider genetics to be a cut and dry situation. ‘It’s genetic’, tends to be used to mean it’s inevitable and there’s nothing to be done about it.
However, both health and ill-health are determined by the intersection and interaction between our genes and our environment. The reality is, genes account for 20 – 30% in most cases of illness, and the rest is determined by modifiable lifestyle factors.
People are as dramatically different on the inside, as they look on the outside.
Effective strategies for restoring or maintaining health need to be as individual as each person is.
Variations in our genetic makeup are associated with almost all disease. These variations do not cause disease; rather, they influence a person’s susceptibility to environmental factors such as stress, diet and toxins. Genomic profiling helps us to understand which form of specific genes are influencing our health, allowing us to target interventions appropriately.
What exactly are we measuring?
We are measuring small variations in the genetic code that have been passed down through the generations. These variants are commonly known as Snips (or more correctly SNPs).
The key to understanding the genetic information generated by the testing is the fact that every Snip is beneficial to health, given the correct environment. They exist because they have enabled people to adapt better to specific environments, providing advantages for survival.
These Snips are always both good and bad. They will be advantageous in some environments and detrimental in others. They do not cause disease or health, but they make us more or less susceptible to specific environmental factors.
When we understand which variants of genes we have, we can modify our environment to better suit the genes. This changes the expression or the behavior of the gene, which in turn influences health or disease.
This is truly personalised nutrition.
- Do you have a family history of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis or osteoporosis?
- Are you plagued by a chronic condition that resists medical treatment?
- Do asthma and allergies run in your family?
- Could genetic variations make you more vulnerable to the harmful effects of everyday or small amounts of toxins?
- Could you be less likely to respond well to certain drugs or nutrients?
- Are you concerned about cancer risk?
- Do you want to develop a focused plan to break the pattern and better prevent inherited risks from turning into realities?
Genomic testing can identify your predisposition to the following diseases:
- Heart disease
- Oxidative stress
- Adverse drug reactions