Basics of prevention: What makes you unique?
Ideally, we take the best possible measures to reduce our risk of developing chronic health conditions. Unfortunately, that isn’t at all straightforward. There is a lot of misinformation out there about what is “healthy” and what is “unhealthy.” Moreover, you are unique – a healthy lifestyle for you might very well include components that damage the health of another. My approach? Let’s assess your current state of health, and acknowledge any nagging symptoms that you might be dismissing (those symptoms can give us valuable information about what needs to be addressed before a serious health problem is presented). It might be helpful to get some foundational testing done to check for nutrient or enzyme deficiencies, ensure your immune system is healthy, and you are in the best possible condition to withstand increasing pressure from environmental toxins.
Many of you have explored your genetic state of well-being by taking advantage of one of the genetic testing services available, such as 23andMe. This kind of testing can be very valuable, if you know how to interpret the test results and how to respond to the genetic information revealed. Typically, we each discover some good news and some bad news. Importantly, your genetics do NOT seal your fate. A genetic weakness cannot express itself in an environment (diet, lifestyle, exposure to toxins) that will not allow that expression. Some of the information revealed by a genetic test can give us clues about your unique physiology – for example, that you need additional help in liver detoxification, or need additional Vitamin B12, or need help metabolizing estrogen or certain neurotransmitters.