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Genetic Testing In Health and Disease

By Dr. Michael Veselak, D.C.

Genetics testing through companies such as 23andme.com or Ancestry.com can provide useful information on understanding potential areas of weakness and disease susceptibility.

The raw data obtained from these tests can be overwhelming because all of us are provided with a blueprint that with gene expression can cause symptoms or disease.

The human genome project conclude that 90% of genetic expression is regulated by epigenetic factors. Simply put our diet and lifestyle can help restore normal gene function.

I love the genetic testing to be used as a road map. It allows me to analyze underlying strengths or vulnerabilities. Most importantly the data provides me with a very specific individualized plan for the patient to help them achieve optimum health.

Analyzing the DNA allows us also to determine which drugs might interact in a potentially harmful manner. Have you ever wondered why certain people do fantastic on some medications and others fail miserably

It can also be used to address decisions such as hormone therapy and if you are at potential risk for this type of treatment.

So when we look and the DNA we analyze certain single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPS). There has been much research and scientific literature about some of these like the MTHFR gene. Mutations of this SNP can affect a lot of different conditions in the body including energy, detoxification and neurotransmitter production.

The MTHFR gene is heavily linked to the thyroid gland, as 99% of people with thyroid dysfunction have a MTHFR mutation.

DNA actually repairs itself daily but sometimes due to nutritional deficiencies, chemical or toxic elements there can be an error in the transcription.

It is well known that certain chemicals, radiation and heavy metals can cause these genetic mutations.

What most people are not aware is that Epigenetics can control gene expression. This is strongly influenced by diet, nutrition and toxicity.

If you are interested in your genetic roadmap and want to develop a personalized plan for health contact our office and we will be happy to discuss this with you.

We are accustomed to seeing distance patients so email us at dr.veselak@gmail.com and we will tell you how to get started.

Also, you can visit our website at drmcihaelveselak.com and set up a consultation.

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