Personalized Genetic Testing
Wouldn’t it be nice to know what YOUR genes specifically needed? For example, if you didn’t detox well and needed more cruciferous vegetables? Or if YOU are someone for whom smoked meats might cause cancer? If you’re salt sensitive? If you have the MTHFR variation? (or another folate variation?) This genetic testing looks at genes specifically impacted by diet, nutrition and exercise, and gives clear guidelines as to what is needed to optimize your genetic expression, for now and in the future. No scary genes here! These are genes you can make a difference with NOW, improving your health from this point forward.
Modern medicine is now combining genetics with medicine, to better treat the personal blueprint of patients, and nutrition is going the same way. We offer genetic testing that is SPECIFIC for nutrition and lifestyle genes. These gene SNP’s (pronounced “snips”) have been shown in thousands of research papers to be DIRECTLY affected by diet and lifestyle.
These might be best described as “housekeeping” genes, directly affecting how well your “house” is doing. If your “house” is not that great at cleaning up toxins, for example, it might be nice to 1. know that, and 2. be able to take steps to help. At home, you might hire a housekeeper, and in your body, you can boost your ability to detox by increasing specific vegetables. But first you have to have that information, and this test provides that.
There are 12 areas our testing focuses on, that have multiple different gene SNP’s per area, to give you an overall idea on what your genetic makeup looks like. These are:
- Exercise Type
- B Vitamin Metabolism (including MTHFR)
- Cholesterol Metabolism
- Phase 1 Detoxification
- Phase 2 Detoxification
- Antioxidant Function
- Bone Integrity
- Glucose Balance
- Inflammatory Response
- Salt Sensitivity
- Alcohol Metabolism
- Exercise Recovery
The test itself consists of two parts: first, there is an online survey, which goes into detail about what you eat, drink, how you exercise, etc. Then, there’s a cheek swab that you send in. The lab analyzes your genetics and matches it to your lifestyle and gives you a 20+-page report on what you’re doing that works for your genes and where you might need some support. It specifically analyzes each area, gives you priorities, and gives you clear graphics to better understand.
It also gives you an overall lifestyle score from 1-100. Basically, are you optimizing your gene expression? For YOUR genes, are you exercising correctly? Enough? Eating right? You can retake this survey FOR FREE every 90 days to re-score yourself, so that you can see if the steps you’ve made are making enough of a difference, and raising your overall lifestyle genetic score.
Your healthcare practitioner can help. We also receive a copy of your test, and can support you in making changes, as well as nutritional support and supplements if you can’t, for example, eat enough cruciferous vegetables, or enough leafy veggies!
This is, by far, one of the best tools that has been developed to support people in the long term. Some people get testing for diseases like specific cancers, not realizing that we have had these genes for literally thousands and thousands of years. If the cancer rate has tripled in the last 100 years (which is has, according to the CDC), then what’s causing that? It could be several different things, including our increased sugar intake, radiation, toxins and chemicals, etc. but it is also in part that we are subclinically malnourished (Dr. Merritt wrote an article about that here). That subclinical malnourishment, from everything from sugar causing us to lose nutrients, to not eating enough vegetables, affects our gene expression. In the past, if you had not-optimal gene expression, it could be overridden with, say, high amounts of dark, leafy vegetables (in the case of a variation of MTHFR). But these days, we’re not eating enough of those things, so any variations we have are more obvious, and over time, can then contribute to an physiological environment that could possibly contribute to the disease rates we see now.
So give yourself, and your family, the best present possible — knowledge and a clear plan towards health. Your genes will not change, but you can change to help your genes.