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What is Nutrigenomics?

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.

 

What is Microbiome Testing?

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.

So what is microbiome testing …. and how does the testing work?

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.

When a child’s behaviour is unprecedented

When a child’s behaviour suddenly takes a change for the worse, first analyse the change as what it is, “sudden”. Look at what else in the child’s environment may have changed. This especially applies to children where the behaviour is not there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

It is now known that there are many forms of behavioural conditions in children.  It has also been researched and acknowledged that there are many environmental factors that can cause this, some that once eliminated or controlled will result in a reversal of those behaviours and an improvement in the level of social and intellectual development.

I have seen many children in the clinic whose parents are at the point of utmost frustration as the child’s behaviour is either out of control, or, when there is a change in that they are not making the milestones in terms of physical or intellectual development such as speech.

Child to child, while the underlying cause is varied, the nature and the timing of onset of symptoms provides the key to understanding the cause and thereby the treatment for each individual child.

Before we look to give the child’s behaviour a name, I suggest that we bear in mind the famous words of Hippocrates … “let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”.  When there is a change in brain function there has been a change in digestive function, the two are inextricably linked.

If the behaviour is “sudden” and “intense”, consider worms and parasites or a severe imbalance in the microbiome as a potential cause.  If the behaviour is worse on some days than others then we need to look at environment and dietary choices.  You may be following what you believe to be a healthy diet, however, person to person what the body is able to process and what it sees as the enemy can vary even with what would normally be considered to be a healthy food.

If you are at the point of not knowing what to do, which way to go, where to turn, I suggest that you journal the timeline leading up to the change and day to day, hour to hour if necessary, if the changes occur over the course of the day as this may highlight to you what is the underlying cause and if not, gives a great background and starting point for a health professional dealing in childrens behaviours to work from.