With genetic testing, we are able to analyze the DNA of a person to establish their theoretical disposition towards disease based on the presence of genetic variants called Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs). These SNPs are mutations that are actually relatively common in the population and many have been shown to be associated with the development of chronic disease. For example, many SNPs affect an individual’s ability to synthesize key nutrients like Vitamin B9 or break down & neutralize toxins like the pesticides & other chemicals we are exposed to every day. Especially when dealing with chronic disease, discovering such abnormalities can be a key factor to illuminating the patient’s path to healing.
Just because you have a genetic variant, however, does not necessarily mean that you have a problem in this area. Before making any supplement or lifestyle recommendations, Dr. Morcom will always take into account your medical history and current symptoms first and foremost. Furthermore, he often will confirm whatever genetic variants found that he suspects to be a problem by requesting additional diagnostic tests. Advanced Nutritional testing, for example, gives us insight into levels of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, oxidative stress, dysbiosis, energy production, toxicity, etc to give us a detailed snapshot of an individual’s biochemistry. Combined with Genetics, this wonderful synergy of NutriGenetic Analysis can give us deep insight into why someone is sick and allow us to individualize nutritional treatment to get them better.
We do not treat just genes, we treat the whole person. We don’t recommend supplements unless the genetics are in unison with medical history, symptoms and/or labs. We don’t throw a barrage of supplements for each variant confirmed but instead, offer numerous diet & lifestyle recommendations as well. Though Dr. Morcom is highly proficient in understanding all the complex biochemistry involved in genetic analysis, he views all this data through the lens of the Functional Medicine model. This allows Dr. Morcom to zoom out and see the genetics as simply one tool of many to understand and heal a very complex, interconnected system. Instead of just recommending an array of supplements tied to gene variations, he will customize protocols to heal the root systems out of balance first & foremost.
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