What have we learned?
“Scientists now see inheritance as more fluid, and the barriers between genes and the environment as more porous.
It’s not all about the genes anymore; it’s about expressing genes, or turning them on and off. Cells commonly turn DNA off by dotting it with small bumps called methyl groups, or turn DNA on by using acetyl groups to uncoil it from protein spools. ( Read more)
We have changed the climate.
The air is warming and the excess moisture is contributing to more severe weather.
The oceans are becoming more acidic.
We’ve industrialized food. Grassroots local food movements have sprung up but the incentives are built in for big corporate farming.
Because of the industrialization of food and premature harvesting most food is lacking in minerals and enzymes. Because of the incentives junk food is cheap.
There is a diabetes epidemic. The US is the second fattest country in the world. Mexico is number one.
Coal burning plants used for our electrical grid produce a by-product of methyl mercury. Methyl mercury is found in high quantities in the ocean (along with other toxins) and is also now being found in root vegetables.
Fracking from gas extraction results in flowback and produced water containing sodium, magnesium, iron, barium, strontium, manganese, methanol, chloride, sulfate, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and natural radioactive substances.
Aside from the by-products of fossil fuels we haven’t seen any dinosaurs lately so sustainable energy has become a priority – at least in other parts of the world. Germany has more than 300,000 solar homes and it is not a sunny country.
I live in a solar home and it didn’t cost any more to build than one that isn’t. When storms took out the grid, I still had power. Companies like Solar City, a Google backed company can provide the solar systems without the upfront expense.
There are wind and solar companies now that can provide electricity for the grid.
We have polluted the environment with pesticides, chemicals, drugs, genetically modified organisms including inserting BT toxin into the DNA of food which is showing up in the digestive tract of newborns according to clinical studies in the UK.
We have discovered patients are different. Their genetics are different. A one size fits all approach to health does not make sense anymore.
There are MDs curing so called “incurable” diseases by running the human genome and treating the patient based on their genetics. A doctor in Texas has been doing this for ten years but his treatment does not fit the approval process of the FDA because it is personalized.
There are medical devices now that can help prevent adverse cardiac events ten years in advance.
There are MDs using these devices to prevent issues by helping patients make lifestyle changes to support their genetics.
I do not have the symptoms of inflammatory diseases that I had previously because ten years ago I did a genetic screening, changed my lifestyle and cleaned up my environment.
Despite overwhelming scientific evidence there is still a fundamental disconnect between medical and nutritional mindsets and flawed studies on both sides.
The US pays the highest healthcare costs in the Western World.
The costs of clinical studies are exorbitant.
A gene can be patented but a natural substance cannot.
Experts wouldn’t expect a pill to have the same impact as an IV. They know all versions of drugs aren’t as effective. Some create worse side effects than others.
However supplements and nutraceuticals are all lumped together. Most MDs tell their patients to just go anywhere to get them.
The FDA does monitor them but not the way they monitor pharmaceuticals and that is because they usually don’t kill people.
I’ve seen clinical studies on an isotonic solution compared to the same exact powder compressed in a pill form. The difference in results is dramatic. And I expect if anyone bothered to study it, there would be differences based on genetics.
This would be true of pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. Some individuals benefit, some could be harmed and some have no impact at all depending on their genetics.
Some Interesting facts supported by science based studies:
40% of Americans have the MTHFR Gene SNP
Folic Acid fortification may be causing an increase of MTHFR defects
MTHFR can be related to birth defects and many disease symptoms
47% of Americans take at least 1 prescription drug each month
Close to 100% of prescription drugs deplete some component of B complex
Once a patient is taking 2 prescription drugs, they are likely to be put on an antidepressant
Host resistance and susceptibility to influenza depend importantly on the ratio of vitamin D to vitamin A activity
A 25-hydroxy serum level of 55 is needed to prevent the flu
Researchers have shown that vitamin D status is associated with the immune system, the production of cytokines and chemokine signaling.
Resveratrol can activate the SIRT1 gene. This has only previously been demonstrated with caloric restriction.
Gene SNPS that have been clinically shown to be involved in weight management and express or not based on lifestyle i.e. the patients can impact these by their lifestyle choices: ACE, ADRB2, PPARGC1A, CRP, IL6, TNFalfa, ENOS.
New clinical studies on weight management will be implemented into genetic screenings this year.
By 2015 the area of nutrigenomics will have exploded dramatically.
Patients are extremely interested in preventing disease as demonstrated by their buying decisions.
The ACA (Affordable Care Act) is now law. Incentives for prevention are built in for health professionals and for patients.
Most health professionals have no business training but many are running a business.
The question is will health professionals become healers and help their patients with this quest or continue down antiquated paths that are demonstrating abominable results and leave their patients to make poor decisions based on marketing alone.
Some health professionals will learn to understand the concept of leverage, the missing ingredient in most Americans lives. Some will be forced into being hospital employees or employees of other kinds of medical corporations or go broke.
This will be a breakthrough year for some health professionals. They will change their own health, the health of their patients and they will turn their occupation into an avocation because they will have their time back.