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What Genomics Can Do For Your Practice

Genomic medicine is transforming healthcare, and enabling an entirely new business model for physicians and nutrition professionals. Typical one-size-fits-all, trial and error, and crisis-driven approaches to healthcare are expensive, inefficient, and out-of-date. Effective prevention strategies are limited. More personalized approaches to healthcare are growing, but they still often lack precision. Patients are becoming more involved in…

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Pharmacogenomics

Adverse drug reactions, over prescribing, under prescribing, and trial-and-error attempts to identify appropriate medications puts patients at risk and wastes billions of dollars every year. Half of the U.S. adult population uses at least one medication on a regular basis, and 15% are using five or more. Adverse drug events among adults are estimated by the…

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Talking With Your Genes: The Food-Gene Conversation

Here is a little-known fact: the food we consume at each meal “talks” with our genes. Yes, as improbable as it seems—a vibrant “conversation” occurs every time you eat or drink. While it has been known for centuries that food can be healing medicine, it was not until the completion of the Human Genome Project…

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The “Omics” Revolution is Changing Healthcare

The “Omics” revolution represents truly personalized, precision medicine. The term “omics” has penetrated virtually every field of medicine – from cancer treatment, to medication management, to personalized diet and lifestyle interventions for chronic disease treatment and prevention. In this article, we will provide an overview of some of the ways genomics is being used today…

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Introduction to Genomics

A genome is a complete set of genetic instructions. With 20,000–25,000 genes that contain over 3 billion base pairs of DNA, our genome provides the blueprint for everything that happens in our bodies. Genomics identifies and analyzes variations in the DNA called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs, pronounced “snips”). Over time, a small change can have a…

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Migraines

Migraine headaches are one of the most common neurological disorders worldwide, affecting between 10–20% of the adult population. Migraines are caused by an interaction between environmental and genetic factors. Genomic studies have dramatically increased our understanding of migraine pathophysiology. Evaluating a person’s genomic profile identifies susceptibility to developing migraines, and enables evidence-based, personalized prevention and treatment strategies.…

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Weight Management

Obesity is a growing public health concern both in the U.S. and worldwide: One out of every three U.S. adults are obese Nearly 20% of U.S. children struggle with obesity Genetic contribution to obesity is estimated at 40–70% Eating fresh, whole foods, reducing consumption of sugar and processed foods, exercising regularly, and drinking plenty of water all can help…

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Men’s Health

Heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases rank at the top of men’s health concerns. A multitude of factors are involved, and the fact that every person is genetically different adds to this complexity. Analyzing a patient’s unique genomic profile is a highly-effective first step in being able to personalize prevention or treatment. Cumulative estrogen exposure can increase the risk…

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Comprehensive Testing For Personalized Answers

Genoma International’s genomic testing can evaluate predispositions for hundreds of health conditions, and processing of more than 200 medications. We design our Ultimate Wellness nutritional genomic test to target a wide array of biological areas and metabolic pathways associated with health and disease. Our comprehensive, gender-specific reports provide DNA-directed guidance for diet, exercise and nutritional…

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Women’s Health

Estrogen metabolism is one of the most important factors influencing a women’s health. The majority – 70% – of breast cancer cases are estrogen-induced. Only 10-15% of all cases are due to hereditary gene mutations such as BRCA1 or BRCA2. Understanding a woman’s genomic profile associated with estrogen detoxification can provide personalized strategies to improve…

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Depression, Anxiety & Addictions

Mental health issues are a silent epidemic. Drug and alcohol addiction afflicts one in ten Americans. Major depressive disorder and anxiety disorder impact 6–7% of the U.S. population. Emotional health involves complex interactions between an individual’s neurogenetic chemistry and the environment. Contributing factors include neurotransmitter imbalances, mood disorders, inflammation, exaggerated stress response, response to trauma, cognitive flexibility, and…

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Personalized Nutrition

What Does My Body Really Need? Certain general guidelines apply to a healthy lifestyle—eat lots of fresh foods, reduce the intake of sugar and processed foods, and drink plenty of water. But any one-size-fits-all dietary program will inevitably fall short of providing the nutritional needs unique to your personal genetic makeup. Humans are 99% genetically identical. It’s…

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Healthy Aging

Human longevity is a polygenic trait, meaning multiple genes are responsible for overall health. The Human Genome Project advanced medical science in the understanding of which genes are involved in specific metabolic or disease processes. Genomics has improved our understanding of the aging process and enabled the development of personalized interventions that help people lead longer, healthier, more vibrant and active lives. Environmental…

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Athletic Performance

Aerobic Performance, Nutrition, Injury + Recovery People who are physically active tend to live longer. Regular exercise is important for stress reduction, weight management, brain functioning, detoxification, and much more. There are more than 70 genes linked to athletic performance for both the elite athlete as well as the weekend warrior. Genes can impact the risk of…

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Cancer Susceptibility

1.5 million people are diagnosed with cancer in the United States every year. By 2020, this number is expected to increase to 2 million, overtaking heart disease as the leading cause of death in America. The National Institute of Health identified that—without ever being aware of the threat—individuals resist an average of 6–7 cancer attacks…

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The Path To Personalized Medicine

This interview with Karen Rider initially appeared in The Progressive Physician. If doctors could magically peer into the genomics of each patient to prescribe the right treatment, at the right time, in the right amount, delivering personalized medicine would be easy as it is effective. Genomic testing and analysis, and translation of that data into…

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Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes & Stroke

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women worldwide, responsible for the deaths of 600,000 American every year. Heart attack is popularly considered a men’s health issue, but women are just as likely to be affected, and are more likely to die within a year of the attack. For most people, the…

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Detoxification

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, more than 80,000 toxic chemicals have been developed in the last century. These toxins in our food and the environment can overwhelm the natural detoxification process. When this happens, disease can result. Conditions including heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, behavioral problems, and obesity have been linked to poor detoxification.…

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