DNA testing …. Why would you? Which one? Am I just sharing data to companies? What’s involved? What’s in it for me?
Ok, so going back a few years I would say that I was anti-DNA testing (given the testing available and the lack of helpful information that patients would get). I believe we have a duty of responsibility to get testing done only when the information that will come back is going to help us treat the patient more effectively and gain better tangible results. Also, in some cases finding you are genetically prone to a disease can be like pointing the bone in Aboriginal culture.
So, ancestry … not that helpful and can be quite a negative experience for some it seems where they find out that dad is not dad or siblings are not siblings …. Well they do say that 1 in 4 of us, our father is not. Also, some of the ancestry are just really collating information to on-sell.
Why is it different now?
What will you get out of it?
What we are using now is DNA testing to get a wellbeing profile and a glimpse into your likely biochemistry and why your body works/doesn’t work like the next person. What your body most likely likes and doesn’t like, what it can process and covert, what systems are likely affected.
How many SNP’s (Gene variations) are tested?
We test on 60 genetic variants, to offer extensive insight into methylation, detoxification, endocrinology, neurotransmission, oxidative stress and nutrient metabolism.
Why this is helpful?
DNA testing …. Gain your best health outcomes !
Nutrigenomics is a researched science based application of nutritional medicine to modify genetic expression.
DNA testing will analyse which genetic SNP’s you have and as a result how the biochemistry of your body may be working less efficiently and to what degree. We can then establish where the other factors of your life and health have affected or been effected and what nutrients and dietary interventions will offset these polymorphisms.
The food we eat not only provides nutrition and fuel for the body, but food components such as also have the ability to switch genes on and off. Specific dietary interventions can be used to improve outcomes for your health.
The benefit of approaching it in this way is that we are addressing the specific issues from the “root cause” and by improving the gene expression, rather than “symptomatically” with the band-aid approach.
DNA testing looks at genes, specifically those that have been specifically associated with Inflammation, Oxidative Stress, Methylation, Detoxification and Vitamin receptors.
What is the process?
Nutrigenomics testing is so easy to do. A saliva sample from a home cheek swab is all that is needed to get enough DNA. DNA kits can be posted anywhere with easy to follow instructions.
Once received by the lab, results are returned to the clinic in 2 weeks. You can then book a consultation to explain your DNA results and implement the nutritional and lifestyle interventions to change gene expression for the better, better, best.
Consultations can be in clinic on the Gold Coast or Brisbane, or via skype for interstate, overseas or time poor clients.
We have billions of bacteria living in our gut that produce chemicals, hormones, amino acids, vitamins and other components which are utilised by the body to maintain health every second of the day and night.
Alterations to the distribution, types and ratios within the microflora in the gut, can lead to multiple health problems and produce symptoms in many different body organs. As more and more research is done it becomes clear that the state of the microbiome is the base underlying instigator and the fall guy when things are not ideal elsewhere. It’s can be a vicious circle … we need to address the microbiome as an integral part of the whole picture.
We can now perform microbiome testing of the gut to establish a clear picture of the environment of the gut, being the gut microbiome. From there we can alter your diet and treatment to re-establish balance or maintain balance.
The extended Faecal microbiology performed by Bioscreen is far more comprehensive and useful than the CDSA or other tests used by most GP’s which only looks for abnormal bacteria and parasites that should not be found in the gut.
The testing we used is a specialist test that cultures and counts the bacteria that would normally be found in the gut – but most importantly it also looks at the ration that are needed for a healthy gut microbiome.
Your body needs a variety of microbial metabolites to function effectively. When these metabolites are scarce, or alternatively, in excessive supply, body functions and processes are impacted and symptoms likely surface.
The test is an extensive investigation of the microbiome of the lower intestines/Gastrointestinal Tract, collected from a faecal sample. Microbes from your sample are grown and the presence and exact quantities of faecal bacteria, both aerobes and anaerobes, gram negative and gram positive bacteria and yeasts are identified.
If these individual sets of microbes are significantly outside the normal percentiles, representing an imbalance of the intestinal ecosystem, they can be specifically identified and then addressed. This imbalance has been evidenced in many disorders including Depresssion, Fibromyalgia, Parkinsons, Dementia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and inflammatory Bowel disease, as well as immune, mood and neurological disorders.