It is exciting that advances in genetic research have finally reached a point where we can begin to look at specific genes and what their functions are. With the completion of the human genome project, research is mounting as studies are being conducted and associations being made as to between genetic variants and the causes of disease.
Connections between our genetic variants or SNiP’s (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms) and disease has revealed the importance of a metabolic pathway in the body that is critical to maintaining health, the methylation cycle.
Methylation is the process of a transfer of a methyl group (one carbon atom and three hydrogen atoms) onto amino acids, proteins, enzymes, and DNA in every cell and tissue of the body. This process is one of the most essential metabolic functions of the body and is catalyzed by a variety of enzymes.
The methylation process is affected by environmental conditions and aging, so is associated with a great variety of age-related disorders. Health and quality of life are highly dependent on the methylation process.
Prevention of conditions that we once considered “inherited” is well within our grasp.
Methylation is also central to such critical reactions in the body as:
- Repairing and building RNA and DNA
- Immune function (how your body responds to and fights infection)
- Digestive Issues
- Neurotransmitter balance (mood stabilization)
- Toxic Metal Detoxification
- Cell Membrane fluidity and function
- Energy production
- Cancer prevention
When methylation doesn’t work well, important processes are not carried out effectively. Aof a methylation cycle dysfunction can negatively impact the immune system and the detox system. If the methylation cycle remains blocked for an extended period of time, infections and toxins will build up in the body. It also affects the way a person uses folate, important for DNA repair and cancer prevention.
Methylation disruptions are associated with:
- Allergic reactions
- Bipolar disorder
- Bowel dysfunction
- Chronic bacterial infections
- Chronic viral infections
- Cytoskeletal breakdown
- Down’s syndrome
- Heart disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Language and cognition impairment
- Leaky gut
- Metal toxicity
- Mitochondrial disease
- Neural tube defects
- Renal failure
- Rett’s syndrome
- Sleep disorders
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
- Thyroid dysfunction
Modifying our Genetic Expression (Epigenetics)
We can’t change our genes but we can affect how our genes express. Through focused genetic and kinesiological testing and the addition of specific nutrients, we can improve the expression of the DNA, relieve symptoms, correct imbalances, and maximize the potential for health and longevity.
It is possible to circumvent inherited DNA mutations
Ancestrydna.com offers a simple inexpensive genetic test (done through saliva-$99). You can order online or pick one up at our office. Results are received in approximately 4-6 weeks and we can begin your individualized nutrient supplementation protocol.
After receiving the results from your genetic test, we will put your data through several templates to extract the information that is clinically relevant. We can then use kinesiology to determine your exact nutrient needs and amounts of supplements needed to compensate for your genetic variants. Remember, you have had a lifetime of not being able to absorb certain nutrients, so repair and detoxification will take a bit of time. However, progress is generally seen quickly in certain symptoms such as depression, focus, memory and fatigue. This first visit can take from 1.5-2 hours to take a history, go over your results and design a health program for you. Dr. Prahl finds that if you have already had a designed nutrition evaluation you are likely already taking many of the nutrients that you need.
The good news is that through this program it is possible to address all of the areas of methylation dysfunction and rebalance systems. However, this process takes time and patience. Success can be achieved by slowly correcting each imbalance and beginning to rebuild the body.
Follow-up visits: On your follow-up visit we will re-evaluate your program and make sure we are not missing any ingredients to get your body functioning normally again. These visits can run from 30-60 minutes depending on your situation and how you are tolerating your treatment protocol.