Empowering Health Revelation: The Environment You Choose for Yourself Can Over-Ride Your Genetics!
Recently, I got my 23 and Me genetic testing back. The reason I decided to do this testing was not only because of my ancestry but I wanted to see what it says about my health risks. One of the big promises of the Human Genome Project was that it was heralding in a new era of medical treatments as genes were predicted to be the root of much of the chronic disease experienced today. However, since its completion in 2003, genetics have been found to account for only about 10% of diseases.
Each of us inherits our own unique set of genes. We can’t change the hardwiring of our genetic code -- hair and eye color, etc. -- but epigenetic factors such as lifestyle, environmental exposures and diet can radically change what our genes do.
One positive attribute to evolve out of the Human Genome Project is the concept of “exposome.” The exposome is defined as the measure of all the exposures of an individual in a lifetime and how those exposures relate to health. An individual’s exposure begins in-utero and includes exposures from environmental and occupational sources. Understanding how these exposures from our lifestyle choices and environment interact with our genes, physiology, and metabolism -- and thus impact our health -- can be key in helping us to experience long term, optimal health.
Basically, certain environmental exposures, nutrient deficiencies and lifestyle choices can turn genes off and on!
This is not to say that genes do not have a powerful influence on our susceptibility to disease. They do! However, in most cases, genetic predispositions will often only manifest in the presence of certain environmental factors.
The obesity epidemic is a very good example. In the last 40 years, our genes have not changed very much but during that 40-year time span, we’ve seen an exponential increase in the rates of obesity. Genetics are clearly not the primary driver of this obesity epidemic. There are genes that may predispose some people to obesity more than others. However, what’s most often the “genetic” cause of obesity is that the obese person has similar genes to the parent, but they ALSO have similar lifestyle choices (diet and physical activity) and live in the same environment which cause that ‘obesity gene’ to express.
Change the diet, remove environmental toxicities and a healthier weight is achieved. The tricky part is, that while exposure to a certain toxic element may contribute to obesity in one person, it may affect another person in a totally different way causing that person to develop high blood pressure or an auto immune disorder.
Another popular genetic test right now is the MTHFR testing.
Everyone has the MTHFR gene. Some of the genes in some people just don’t copy very well. Among the most likely reasons for the copying errors, and thus variants of the enzyme, are zinc deficiency and the presence of toxic metal poisoning such as mercury and copper toxicity. Copper, for example, directly antagonizes or blocks the action of zinc in some cases. This is critical to understand because these copying problems can be reversed … at least in some cases.
This concept can be very empowering. To know that your environment, not genetics, is the primary driver of your health and disease is enough to motivate one into healthier lifestyle choices. How demoralizing is it to think your genes are the only determinant of your health? There wouldn’t be much motivation to optimize your environment or lifestyle choices would there? But now, knowing that the choices we make in our lifetime predict 90% of our risk of disease and early death, we have a strong reason to take action to improve our health.
So, when I found out I had some bad genes I wasn’t upset because I knew I just needed to help clean up the environment I was living in and be strict with my diet. As a result, I use essential oils to clean with and eat organic as much as I can.
The most helpful thing I found on my test is knowing that B vitamins are good for me.
Finding out that hydroxycobalamin B12 is best for me to process was a huge help. I tend to need more energy in the morning and for years I have been taking methyl B12 and have not noticed a huge increase in energy. After changing to hydroxy B12 I immediately noticed more energy.
Another highlight was knowing that coffee is good for me according to my genes. In fact, coffee was important in my control of fat metabolism and insulin sensitivity, with direct anti-diabetic, anti-atherogenic, and anti-inflammatory activities. Coffee is one of the most widely consumed food products on earth and one of the most extensively researched items of the human diet. In fact, over 19,000 scientific studies have been conducted on coffee. When consuming coffee there are a few things to consider because coffee is very popular it can have a lot of contaminants and mold. Purity coffee is one of the highest antioxidant levels while testing free of all contaminants. I have found people who have health issues drinking coffee have not been drinking purity coffee. So, if you want to try a new coffee crafted for health you can try here https://puritycoffee.com/ref/168/ This coffee made me love coffee again.
Antioxidants are a natural defense mechanism against free radicals that can cause damage to genes, making the aging process faster and actually leading to other diseases. So, drinking coffee can be one of the healthiest things you can do to protect yourself against major diseases, enhance brain function, and contribute to longevity. It’s the sugar or artificial sweetener and cream you use in the coffee that is not helpful. I enjoy my cup with some coconut milk and some local honey.
One of the ways to take action on our health is to test. Are there toxic elements in your environment? Are you excreting them efficiently? There are two important tests to consider when answering these questions. A Hair Elements test shows what toxic elements and nutrient elements you’ve excreted for about a 4-6 month period. However, just because it’s not coming out in the hair doesn’t mean it’s not in you. That’s where the next test come in: the Urinary Toxic Element Challenge. This test takes 2 days to complete. Day 1 is a 6-hour urine collection to see what the individual is excreting on their own within that period (vs. the slower 6-month period via the hair test). On Day 2, another 6- hour urine collection is taken, but this time you take a chelating agent prior. This will show what may be stored that the body isn’t excreting efficiently.
There are many benefits (and some limitations) to both tests but doing both tests give you a better overall picture of your excretion abilities as well as our ability to help you improve excretion rates.
A good overall metabolic profile is the best way to determine if you’re following the correct diet, if you need to supplement your diet or make changes to your supplement regimen and to make sure there isn’t anything critical creeping up on you. Many diseases can be seen in the blood long before you have symptoms.
By knowing deficiencies and toxicities that make up one’s metabolic analysis, you can evaluate your lifestyle and make better choices to optimize your health. It’s not easy knowing where to start. Contact us for a professional assessment and laboratory analysis to detect your body’s biochemical and physiological state. Let us help you get on the road to better health today!
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Dr. Corinne Weaver
Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.
Dr. Weaver was recently named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds.
Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.