In this age of healthy living, much emphasis has been placed on advocating an active lifestyle, nutritionally balanced diet, and adequate daily exercise to mitigate the risk of developing health complications. One of the major illnesses that everyone hopes to avoid is heart disease. The human heart is a muscle that pumps blood in our…

Mutations in Genes Small harmless variations in genes lead to the production of proteins which are slightly different, causing subtle but observable disparity (or “traits”) between individuals such as eye color or skin tone. However, when the variation is deleterious and results in a protein that affects normal function and physiology, the consequence is sickness…

Genetic testing has been in the news recently, and with improvements in technology has become much cheaper and more accessible for consumers. So you may be wondering, is genetic testing for me? For my family? And should I be asking my doctor for one? However as with any new technology, there remains a lot of…

I have little self-control when it comes to Big Mac, McNuggets, and french fries at McDonald’s restaurant. Its mesmerizing taste and smell make me forget all about the excess calories I am about to ingest until I step on a scale, which serves as a stern reminder of the awful reality in weight management. Like…

Patients diagnosed with advanced colon cancer have few treatment options besides surgery and aggressive chemotherapy. All chemotherapies are designed to block cell growth. Since all multiplying cells need to replicate their DNA, blocking DNA synthesis stops cell growth. The 5-Fluorouracil (5FU) drug is a modified nucleotide that blocks DNA replication. 5FU is commonly used in…

DNA testing can raise some questions as well as evoking excitement. On the excitement side of things, it’s an opportunity to learn about the ways to prevent diseases being passed down to your children, learn about your ancestry, and to be more self-aware of your health. In this blog post, we want to provide a…

Personalized medicine utilizes an individual’s genetic information to establish individualized treatments. Thus, it is where cutting-edge genetic technologies are applied to diverse areas of healthcare including naturopathic medicine. While genetic testing and naturopathic medicine may seem like unlikely partners at first glance, they are in fact based on some of the same principles. Similarity #1:…

Not all Genetic Tests are the same Each person carries 4-5 million genetic variations called polymorphisms. Most of these genetic variations do not cause any disease. Analysis of these common variations can provide very interesting insights on our ancestry, and can also be used to predict future diseases. However, the accuracy of these predictions depends…

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