“You may be defined, but you’re not confined by your genetics – you have the final say in who, what, and how healthy you are!” – Dr. Ben
When gene testing first began, people did not want to see it. It could be like looking into the future and finding out really bad news. Now we know you can change the future.
Genes are the enzymes and proteins that code us to function. Yet, where we once believed that the DNA you were born with was your destiny, we now know that genes don’t turn themselves on and off on their own. Rather, something in their environment has to trigger them.
Genes create predispositions or tendencies, but it’s epigenetic, something above and beyond the genes, that actually makes the rules. You and your patients, not your great-great-great-grandparents, get to decide what those rules will be.
It turns out that we’re not a frail biochemical robot controlled by genes and predestined to either fail or succeed. Rather, we are mostly at cause in our lives and are vital and powerful beyond measure. You are a remarkable, dynamic being capable of programming or reprogramming yourself to be a healthy, creative, smart, outgoing, purpose-filled, and/or joyful person. Of course, alternatively, you are capable of screwing it all up.
When it comes to cellular success, it’s nurture and not nature that makes the biggest difference. Single gene disorders affect less than two percent of the population. That means that 98% of the time, we have the ability to live healthy and happy if we so choose.
ENVIRONMENT ALWAYS TRUMPS GENETICS! The process is to know your genes, assess their strengths and weaknesses, and set up an environment so they express health at their greatest potential.
Environment is created through nerve supply, the right balance, and type of macronutrients (fats, proteins, and carbs), sufficient levels of key nutrients such as Vitamin D, B vitamins, magnesium, E, zinc, and antioxidants, managing toxins and glutathione levels, enough activity, rest, and balancing stress.
- Take the DNA test
- Variant assessment in order of severity
a. Where there are deleted genes – requires a lifestyle change, supplementation, and often additional testing.
b. Where are the triple score variants – requires a lifestyle change, supplementation, and often additional testing.
c. Where are there multiple double score variants in any particular category? For example, several double scores pointing towards an issue with metabolizing fats or where carbohydrates cause a propensity for insulin resistance and weight gain. Other examples; multiple doubles for detoxification or methylation. – requires a lifestyle change, supplementation, and often additional testing.
d. Double score – lifestyle change and often supplementation
e. Single score – a lifestyle change
- Determine the right diet.
b. Modified Mediterranean
c. The Mediterranean with restricted animal products
d. Keto-genic (Anti-inflammatory) Diet
- Evaluate the functional health SNPs for potential lifestyle changes, supplementation, and further testing depending on the variant assessment.
a. Bone health
a1. For collagen: may need bone broth or collagen supplementation and Edison Pack for other bone minerals
a2. For D: May need additional testing and Vitamin D supplementation and Edison pack for other Vit K and other co-nutrients
b1. Increase intake of cruciferous and allium vegetables.
b2. Detox Pack and Edison Pack for required glutathione co-nutrients and antioxidant blends
b3. Environmental Toxin Testing
b4. Address sources of toxicity
c. Food responsiveness
c1. Make the necessary lifestyle changes
c2. Food Sensitivities and/or Candida test with multiple gene variants
d1. Test CRP/D
d2. Omega-3 supplementation and Edison Pack
d3. With positive CRP – add E-flamX
d4. Low Vitamin D – Edison Pack and Vitamin D
d5. Food Sensitivities and/or Candida Test for the cause of inflammation
e. Insulin sensitivity (Diabetes and heart disease risk)
e1. Low glycemic, ketogenic diet
e2. Cardio-metabolic testing
f. Lipid metabolism (Heart disease risk)
f1. Low carb, eliminate bad fat diet
f2. Edison Pack
f3. CRP/D and Cardio-metabolic test
g1. Increase the intake of raw cruciferous vegetables
g2. Edison pack for required Folate, B2, B6, B9, and magnesium
g3. Stress management – Be Calm.
h1. Increase intake of berries and all of the vegetable colors
h2. Edison packs for core anti-oxidants like A, C, E, and Se along with the general and heart antioxidant blends.