From DNA to Genetic Report
You inherit your DNA from your parents, your parents inherited their DNA from their parents, and so on. 99.5% of your DNA is identical to every other human on the planet. Only the .5% left is what makes us unique individuals when compared to one another. These variations are called “mutations” or “SNiP” (single nucleotide polymorphism). Mutations can be linked to certain health conditions; certain ethnicities encounter more issues with their mutations.
It is important that you choose the correct DNA testing kit for you. Many kits report on ancestry, but not all report on health-related genetic concerns. If you are interested in genetic health concerns, you must choose a genetic testing kit that will report on your health and not just your ancestry. These kits can be ordered online and are readily available at Target, Best Buy, CVS and Walgreens.
DNA testing kits use your saliva to get a sample of your DNA. Your saliva contains DNA from cells in your mouth. The kits are always easy to use and come with clear instructions to help you best collect a sample yourself. They can be used by adults and children. Once the sample is received, the lab then extracts the DNA collected and processes it on a very sophisticated computer that reads hundreds of thousands of mutations in your genome.
Your genetic data is analyzed, and a personalized report is generated based on well-established scientific and medical research.
At Akasha we use the raw data provided by these kits to offer personalized recommendations to help you be healthy, stay healthy and optimize your health. During a 30 minute to 1-hour appointment we review the results and help you understand what affects your genes and more importantly elaborate a plan of action for you.
What Affects Your Genes?
When it comes to your health and traits, DNA plays only a small part. Other variables come into play and can affect how DNA expresses itself. These include non-genetic factors, such as your environment, lifestyle, nutrition choices, the food you consume as well as your daily exposure to toxins and chemicals in your home and environment that can turn your genes on or off; this is what we call Epigenetics.
“Epi” in Greek means “above”. These factors can control genes’ expression and may make you more prone to disease. There are new research articles published every day linking epigenetics to various diseases including autoimmune diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer (to name a few).
Who can benefit from Genetic testing?
Many people can benefit from Genetic Testing. It ranges from people interested in knowing more about their genes and how their body function, so they can make the right choices to optimize their health to people struggling with chronic conditions who are not seeing the results expected from current therapies. Athletes will benefit a great amount from having their testing done in order to boost performance.
Additionally, it is helpful for: women struggling with fertility issues, SIBO, Hypertension, Anxiety and Depression, Imbalanced hormones, thyroid issues, leaky gut, chronic fatigue and Cardiovascular diseases. It is also very useful for pregnancy planning.
So, I have done my DNA testing, where should I start?
Any sport coach will tell you that if you want to improve, start with the fundamentals.
What are the fundamentals of health? They are Nutrition, Sleep, Exercise and Stress-management.
At Akasha we can guide you through these fundamentals and utilize the information garnered from the test to determine how they may affect your fundamentals. This will result in a more comprehensive understanding of your health and how to improve it.
Are you going to recommend supplements?
Your doctor is focused on understanding the disease processes and in some cases the doctor will recommend supplements that he or she feels are necessary. At Akasha we do not provide a supplements list based on your genetic results but if we feel that you will benefit from a supplement then we will recommend it.
Are we recommending any other tests to complement DNA testing?
In addition to DNA Testing we also recommend an Organic Acid Test, especially if you are struggling with mood, focus and attention, or digestive issues.
Furthermore, if you are interested in anti-aging and health optimization we may recommend Telomeres testing.
If you are not entirely sure genetic testing is right for you, you can book a free 10 minutes consultation with me, Dr. Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND. I am Akasha’s Genetic testing specialist. I look forward to speaking with you. Please call at 310-451-8880 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Sobczyk is a physician at Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine. You can make an appointment with him by calling 310-451-8880 or emailing us at email@example.com