Monday, August 06, 2012
As a nutritionist, I work with many different clients who have
diagnosed genetic disorders. This work is fascinating as we look at the
significant role nutrition plays in the powering of our cellular
There are a far ranging assortment of
genetic disorders. Some of these genetics disorders are caused by
genetic mutations and genetic duplications. Commonly known genetic
disorders include: cystic fibrosis, down syndrome, poly cystic kidney
disease, turners syndrome, ALS, anemia, breast cancer.... and the list
One of my newest clients is a young toddler
who has a very rare genetic duplication. So rare, she is the only one
in the whole entire world who has this particular genetic duplication.
The result of the duplication is slowed motor skills, weakened muscles,
developmental delays, digestive dysfunction, slowed metabolic process
and mitrochondrial disease. Many might classify this young child as
mentally handicapped or severely delayed- yet as we peel back her
specific genetic duplication, we can begin to identify areas for
improvement and nutrient needs to power chemical interactions within her
young body. By feeding her body, balancing her system and working to
maximize her metabolic process and feed her mitrochondria - we are
beginning to see positive changes. Our work is complex yet
individualized to maximize cellular power to create changes within this
little one's body.
Nutritional genomics is a science studying the relationship between human genome, nutrition and health. It can be divided into two disciplines:
studies the effect of nutrients on health through altering genome,
proteome, metabolome and the resulting changes in physiology.
studies the effect of genetic variations on the interaction between
diet and health with implications to susceptible subgroups.
specifically, nutrigenomics studies how individual differences in genes
influence the body's response to diet and nutrition. For example,
people with an enzyme deficiency caused by mutations in a particular
enzyme interaction cannot metabolize foods containing the amino acid
phenylalanine and must modify their diets to minimize consumption.
With modern genomic
data, severe gene mutations with less severe effects are being explored
to determine whether dietary practices can be more closely personalized
to individual genetic profiles.
At Healthy Being
Wellness Center we incorporate nutritional/food based supplementation,
blood testing, nutrient deficiency testing, toxicity testing and
hormone testing to identify areas to focus on with our nutrigenomics
Balancing the body is key in our work. Feeding
the body with nutrient dense foods and nutrient (vitamin, mineral,
antioxidant) rich supplements is an essential part of our work in
minimizing the impact of various genetic disorders, genetic
If you or a loved one has a genetic
disorder or genetic dysfunction, please call to set up an appointment
with our resident Nutritionist, Melissa Gallagher. Melissa conducts
phone consultations for individuals who live outside the Tampa Bay
Visit our website for information about nutrition, genetics and healing your body.