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.
Follow your Gut.
Although, genetic testing can be very helpful in designing a personalized nutrition and lifestyle protocol, it only offers a partial picture of who you are. Your gut microbiome may actually be far more influential to your long term health than the DNA in your human cells.(link here to gut health page?) Moreover, a genetic test tells us nothing about your current state of health – for example, have you developed an autoimmune thyroid condition, or Type 2 Diabetes? We want to use multiple sources of information, including genetic testing if you wish, to identify a protocol that moves you closer to living the life YOU want to live. What is the current state of your digestion and gut health? What protocol would fit into your lifestyle? What foods do you like and dislike? What are your cultural and religious values, and how can they be accommodated?
I would be honored to assist you in sustaining your health and well-being as you age and as our health status becomes more and more susceptible to the dangers of environmental toxins. Let’s develop a strong therapeutic partnership where you feel respected and supported.