I am Seeing a Trend
Trends come and go. Every year there is a new diet that promises to be the best thing since being a caveman/woman. The holidays are sure to “release” a new weight loss gadget that “guarantees to help you lose 125 lbs while sipping your Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte”!
I say, GO AWAY you horrible trends…I can see through you!
Although, there is one trend that I see picking up steam…you may have heard of it due to great marketing from companies like 23andme.com and Ancestry.com…genetic testing.
However, I am speaking of a little different genetic testing. While knowing your ancestral history and chances of having a baby with blues is really cool, I am referring to learning about your genetic mutations.
Your genetic mutations, in my opinion, are going to dictate how you respond to LIFE!
Are you more predisposed to developing an autoimmune condition, such as Celiac Disease? Should you eat that piece of genetically modified sliced bread? Is developing a thyroid disease in your future? Can you detox the junk your body is exposed to every single day? If you are on birth control, can your body clear the excess hormones being released into your blood stream?
These are all questions you can find answers to by looking at genetic mutations.
What does having a genetic mutation mean?
The layman’s definition of a gene is: a unit of heredity which is transferred from a parent to offspring and is held to determine some characteristic of the offspring.
This means that our parents pass down genes that determine who we are. The color of our hair, how tall we may be, and even our personalities.
Many times, and in all of us, these genes are not perfect. They can be broken, or mutated.
If I know what those mutated genes are and understand the role the genes play in your body, I can figure out why you may have an autoimmune condition, or why you have ovarian cysts, or why you have low testosterone.
Back to this trend…
More and more patients are reaching out to me to run their genetic markers to get to the root cause of their health condition.
Quick story…I have a patient that I helped many years ago. Back in those days, I didn’t utilize or understand genetic testing because not many people were discussing it.
I was able to help this patient reach her goals! She was a hairstylist at the time. Hairstylists tend to be some of the sickest patients I encounter. Why you ask? Think about what you smell when walking into most salons. Think about what the stylists are putting on their clients’ hair/scalps. Heavy duty chemicals are routinely used. Although, more and more salons are beginning to switch to more natural products. Awesome!!!
Even though I was able to help this patient years ago, she slowly began battling symptoms that were taking their toll on her health as years went by.
She knew I have been running genetic testing on patients and reached out a few months ago requesting to test her mutations. Specifically, I ran mutations looking at detoxification pathways, how she clears hormones, and her neurotransmitters (how she feels emotionally).
Today, she requested I order the same genetic tests for her daughter and son (albeit, male hormone mutations). Why? Because after seeing her mutations, I was able to put together a healing plan addressing what we learned about her genes.
Guess what? Her hot flashes have gone away. The “sludge” she had on the layer of her stomach has disappeared and she is seeing results. Wooohoooo!!! Genetic testing saves the day, again!
How Do You Test Genetic Mutations?
Super simple! You collect saliva and send the sample to the lab. I use a lab called GX Sciences (www.gxsciences.com). Not all labs are created equal, and for this reason I put my trust in these fellas.
The lab sends your results to me and I began playing detective, combining the genetic results with blood testing, and other specialized lab tests.
Gathering many pieces of the puzzle will help me help you! The more I see and understand about you, the better game plan I can create to help you reach your goals.
This Trend Will Change Healthcare!
I firmly believe the more we can get to the root cause of people’s health conditions, the healthier they can become.
More and more people are realizing the medical model’s Band-Aid approach to chronic disease is not working for them. They are not healing and living life as they did in the past. It is for this reason more patients are reaching out to me asking for more in-depth testing to get to the bottom of their issues.
Are you still having a difficult time reaching your health goals? If so, consider running some genetic tests to figure out why. Getting a sample of saliva is a heck of a lot easier than struggling with health symptoms for 10 or 15 years. Plus, there is no needle!!!