Genetic Testing

While it may sound like something out of Science Fiction, the reality is the genetic analysis is an efficient and effective way to allow your medical advisors to understand your specific health needs and tailor individualized health programs to meet those unique needs.

 

The sensationalized view of genetics created by the media has given people the idea that there are specific genes that cause specific diseases. While it may be true that certain genes cause people to display certain traits, brown eyes for example, there is no such thing as a gene that ‘causes disease”. News articles often proclaim the discovery of such-and-such gene, the gene for Alzheimer’s, the gene for obesity, the gene for diabetes, etc.

 

The reality is that all genes in the body serve a purpose. Genes are the like the software in a computer, when certain buttons are clicked, the software kicks in and the computer does what the program says. Where problems come in, is where errors have occurred in the programming.

 

In genetics, when there is an mistake in the gene, it is called a SNP, which stands for single-nucleotide-polymorphism. Poly means many, and morph means change. It means that a gene has been changed in a few ways. There are many things that can cause a gene to be altered, and these alterations can cause many changes in the body. Understanding these changes is a heavily researched field at this time and new discoveries are being made constantly.

 

There are, however, a great number of SNPs that have been well-researched and can be used to provide an outline of a person’s genetic abilities when it comes to a number of critical health areas. 

 

The current areas of analysis we offer are:

 

CardioGenomic Profile: This test evaluates genetic variations (SNPs) in genes that modulate blood pressure regulation, lipid balance, nutrient metabolism, inflammation, and oxidative stress.

 

DetoxiGenomic Profile: This test evaluates SNPs associated with increased risk of impaired detoxification capacity especially when exposed to environmental toxins. It also identifies individuals potentially susceptible to adverse drug reactions.

 

OsteoGenomic Profile: This test evaluates genetic variations in genes that modulate bone formation (collagen synthesis), bone breakdown (resorption), and inflammation, including key regulatory mechanisms affecting calcium and Vitamin D3 metabolism.

 

ImmunoGenomic Profile: This test evaluates genetic variations in genes that modulate immune and inflammatory activity. These variations can affect balance between cell (Th-1) and humoral (Th-2) immunity, trigger potential defects in immune system defense, and stimulate mechanisms underlying chronic, overactive inflammatory responses.

 

Estrogenomic Profile: This test evaluates genetic variations, called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), in genes that modulate estrogen metabolism, coagulation, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis.

 

Neurogenomic Profile: This test evaluates single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes that modulate methylation, glutathione conjugation, oxidative protection and the potential to evaluate vascular oxidation.

 

While many facilities use cheek cells, hair and saliva to determine DNA, our analysis is much more in depth and requires a larger and more genetically rich specimen which is why our is collected from blood.

 

FAQ

 

Do genes cause disease?

 

No. A gene requires certain factors in order to become activated. These factors include, dietary, environmental, and lifestyle factors that all greatly contribute to the risk of developing certain diseases and medical conditions.

 

Is genetic testing something that I will have to do routinely?

 

No, one test is good for a lifetime. There are, however, several different tests that analyze a different health category. To get a complete health profile one would have to receive all the tests available. Example, the cardiovascular genetic analysis will not determine liver function polymorphisms. But once you have done a test, that exact test will never need to be repeated.

 

Are the results of genetic tests private?

 

There are people who have privacy concerns about the results of their genetic information. We understand and completely respect these issues. This is why we have developed a system to protect your privacy. The results will only be seen by you, your doctor, and those who you directly authorize to view the results. We will never share the results of the tests with any third parties, unless you specifically request it.

 

Are genetic tests covered by insurance?

 

Not likely. Insurance companies may not consider these tests to be medically necessary in many cases, and also, there are few people who would want insurance companies to have access to genetic test results in the first place. The prices of these tests are comparable to other types of blood tests and are quite affordable.

 

Summary

 

Genetic testing is one of the most advanced tools available to give you a thorough understanding of the inner workings of your body, as well as give you a clear direction about what types of lifestyle choices you should make in order to reduce your disease risks by the greatest amount possible. It will also give you an understanding of what kind of deficiencies and toxicities you are more susceptible to and offer solutions to those issues.