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What Age is Appropriate for Genetic Testing?

By: Dr. Robyn Murphy, ND Your genes are the same throughout life, so genetic testing could technically be done from the point of conception; however, this seems somewhat invasive. Joking aside, this question comes up frequently from savvy parents looking to make the best lifestyle and dietary choices for their kids for prevention as well as optimizing their potential. Some key information is available to parents using genetic testing. 1.  Dietary restrictions Genetic testing is exceptionally helpful for parents who want to know if their child is at risk for Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. It is especially helpful if a

Your Genes are Not Your Destiny: How to Tap into Your Genetic Potential. Part II

By: Dr. Robyn Murphy, ND The verdict is in, your genes are not your destiny. Advances in genetics and epigenetics have evolved through observations that environmental factors influence genetic expression to directly impact an individual’s health. Epigenetic changes are reversible while effects of genetic variations are modifiable. 1,2 Today, in the midst of personalized medicine, understanding an individual’s genetic blueprint provides simple yet powerful strategies to significantly make a difference in one’s health. While science reveals how general lifestyle strategies in diet, exercise and stress reduction significantly impacts epigenetic modifications and thus gene expression and risk for disease; it is

Your Genes are Not Your Destiny: A Guide to Epigenetics. Part 1

By: Dr. Robyn Murphy, ND Are your genes your destiny? This common question is top of mind for most, especially for those who are considering genetic testing. Questioning whether or not you really want to know, in fear that nothing can be done. Well, the simple answer is, NO, your genes are not your destiny. While this may be due to a number of factors, such as the impact of the gene, the main topic of this article is discussing how epigenetics and particular lifestyle strategies can positively influence health, and that knowing your genes may just be the missing

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS): What is it, what does it do and Why Do I Need to Know?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is another level of security, a defence system that the body layers onto the existing security organization that is keeping us safe, whilst making sure checks and balances are in place. The ECS is a vast signalling network that communicates with other well-known systems including the nervous, immune, hormonal or the endocrine, and other networks, but also some that are rather more obscure, like the lymphatic or the enteric nervous system sometimes called the “second brain”. The ECS’s job is relaying important and timely information between these systems, but it also primes and prepares the body

Softgels Vs. Capsules Vs. Tablets: Which is Right For You?

When you buy supplements, you are often are faced with a decision to make – which form should you take? Supplements might come in softgels, capsules or tablets. What exactly are the differences among them, and which is right for you? What Are Capsules? Capsules are formed plant or animal material that hold dry or oil supplement ingredients inside of them. The capsules fit together and are usually bonded in so they don’t break apart in the bottle. Most capsules are in the shape of a cylinder, but the size of the cylinder can vary, depending on how much dry

Plant Based Supplements – Everything You Should Know

You have a choice among plant based supplements, chemical based supplements and animal based supplements. Plant based supplements are considered the top choice among physicians and researchers. Here’s why. What Are Plant Based Supplements? Plant based supplements are derived from natural sources as opposed to chemical sources. Natural sources for plant based supplements include herbs, flowers, leaves, stems. bark, seeds, nuts, spices, vegetables, fruits, and other naturally-occurring botanical ingredients. Nutrients are extracted from the botanicals through a variety of means, depending on the botanical and depending upon the desired results. These nutrients are then formulated in accordance with regulatory guidelines

A New Kind of Genetic Testing: Nutrigenomics

The scientific community has known for some time that different people respond differently than others to similar environments, and this is also the case with nutrition. After all, we’ve all heard a friend say that a particular diet worked wonders for them, but when we try the same program, we don’t see the same success. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to know whether your genetic blueprint was compatible with a particular diet or exercise regimen? Or whether you have specific sensitivities to certain foods? And what if you could understand your genetic susceptibility to stress or

Personalized Nutrition: Achieving Optimal Health through Genetic Testing

Over the decades, authorities have published public dietary and nutritional guidelines in an attempt to inform individuals about the healthiest choices to optimize health and prevent disease. However, conflicting and sometimes contradictory messaging has often led to more confusion than clarity. With so many different types of diets and supplements available it is difficult to know if they are really right for you. We have all heard some people say that certain diets work wonders for them but unfortunately not all see the same success.  Part of the reason there are wide variations in individual responses to different diets and

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