Genetic 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. Our job is to help you navigate this data that provides a blueprint of your DNA. It allows us to analyze your unique gene expression and help personalize your treatment regimen. This gene expression can cause various symptoms or diseases.
Human Genome Project
The human genome project concluded that 90% of genetic expression is regulated by epigenetic factors. Simply put, our diet and lifestyle has a profound effect on the expression of these various conditions and illnesses. However, with this understanding, we can restore normal gene function by simple and specific lifestyle changes. Genes can be turned on and they can be turned off provided the proper stimuli.
During an evaluation, Dr. Michael Veselak uses this type of genetic testing as a road map, allowing him to analyze a patients underlying strengths or vulnerabilities. Most importantly this genetic data helps Dr. Veselak to provide a very specific individualized plan for the patient to ultimately help them achieve optimum health.
DNA: Medication Interaction
Have you ever wondered why certain people do fantastic on certain medications and others fail miserably? Much of it has to do the detoxification genes of CYP genes. These are the cytochrome P450 genes which has to do with phase 1 and phase 2 of liver detoxification. It can be determined if provided a certain medication if your body metabolizes this fast, possibly requiring more. There are also some very sensitive patients the slow metabolizers of certain medications that require less. This is very useful information and can be determined based on your specific DNA. We utilize the site Livewello to further evaluate various aspects of your DNA.
DNA Expression and Epigenetics
DNA actually repairs itself daily but sometimes due to nutritional deficiencies, chemical or toxic elements there can be an error in the transcription. Unfortunately these days we are bombarded with so many chemical and environmental toxicities many of these genes are expressing at a more rapid rate as in previous generations. This has led to a rise in Autoimmune Conditions, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD and Allergies.
It has been proven that epigenetics can control gene expression. This is strongly influenced by diet, nutrition and toxicity. After careful analysis of your DNA we will provide specific nutritional and lifestyle recommendations taking into your account your unique DNA.
When reviewing your DNA, Dr. Veselak can analyze certain single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPS). There has been much research and scientific literature about some of these like the MTHFR gene. Mutations of the MTHFR gene can affect many different conditions in the body including energy, detoxification and neurotransmitter production.
The MTHFR gene is also heavily linked to the thyroid gland, as 99% of people with thyroid dysfunction have a MTHFR mutation.
MTHFR and More
Most of our patients that call us for a genetic consultation our focused on the MTHFR gene. This particular gene is quite important but there are so many others that need to be looked at. For example with sleep or anxiety issues it is necessary to address the COMT, GAD, MAO genes to name a few. We have an entire website dedicated to some of these other genes called MTHFRANDMORE.com.
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. 805 482-0723.
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