The GENESIS Matrix™: A WHOLE PERSON MODEL
Our bodies – and our genes – do not exist in isolated silos. Everything is interconnected, with our genes at the center. What impacts one system can impact many others. But with so many variables and so much data, how do you make sense of it all?
The GENESIS Matrix™ is a proprietary clinical model that provides a framework and algorithm to put it all together and prioritize. It has been proven to help integrate the seven variables known to impact health to more effectively to understand the root causes of health issues, and effectively create personalized strategies for a lifetime of health.
The Genesis Matrix™
The seven elements proven to impact health
Genes are specific sections within our DNA, and we each have about 20,000 of them. They provide the blueprint for making proteins – the workhorses in our bodies. Proteins carry out all the daily activities we need to survive.
These genes interact with our environment, responding to cues to create and maintain health. When that process is affected by small changes in genes called SNPs, it can be more challenging.
Your environment is full of cues for your genes: light, temperature, pollution, chemicals in cleaning solutions and cosmetics, sounds – including noise and music, pesticides on food, water quality; even your exercise routine.
You also have a whole other environment – your internal environment. This includes the chemicals your body produces as part of its normal daily functions.
All of these are impacted by your genes, and in turn they affect how your genes function.
Your genes orchestrate how you process food -including vitamins and minerals, fats, and sugars. They even “listen” to the dietary information in a meal, switching on or off like Christmas tree lights. The end result of this conversation can promote health and longevity, or it can lead to disease.
Knowing more about your DNA helps you to pinpoint the best food choices to help keep your biological systems functioning optimally. Choosing foods that best support your genes can help to prevent chronic diseases that can develop over time.
Our emotions stem from how we respond to internal and external cues. They govern our relationships – with ourselves and others. How we feel has a powerful effect on our health – all the way down to our genes.
Feelings are neither good nor bad. It’s our behavior around our emotions, or reactions to other people’s emotions, that can create distress. Recognizing how we feel, and how this may be impacted by our genes, makes it easier to accept who we are from the inside out.
Stress is one of the most common elements of our lives today. Stress in itself is not bad, and some stress is needed to change and grow both physically and emotionally. But it is the amount of stress we experience, and how we respond to it, that can contribute to – or detract from – our health.
Genes can play a role in how we are “hard-wired” to respond to the many stressors we encounter in life, and knowing this can help in choosing strategies that are more likely to be effective in managing them.
Our immune system is designed to protect us from viruses and bacteria, and to help us heal when we are wounded. When there is no active threat, it goes back to its surveillance mode. It is not designed to be “on” all the time.
But when the immune system doesn’t get the proper message to turn on when an invader is detected, or to turn off when the threat is over, it can lead to chronic disease.
Genes can play a role in how well the immune system functions, maintaining the delicate balance needed for optimal health.
This is all about belief systems – those conscious and unconscious beliefs that are given to us as children by our parents and communities. These beliefs govern our thoughts about how we fit into the world, what our roles are, how we should behave, and what we should believe about ourselves and others.
Uncovering and working with these belief systems can be helpful in managing stress, improving relationships with yourself and others, and understanding challenges to making the changes necessary to achieve your health and life goals.