Epigenetic Testing Talk
Friday 17 July at 7pm
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What is Epigenetics?
The term epigenetics refers to heritable changes in gene expression (active versus inactive genes) that does not involve changes to the underlying DNA sequence; a change in phenotype without a change in genotype. Epigenetic change is a regular and natural occurrence but can also be influenced by several factors including age, the environment/lifestyle, and disease state. Epigenetic modifications can manifest as commonly as the manner in which cells terminally differentiate to end up as skin cells, liver cells, brain cells, etc. Or, epigenetic change can have more damaging effects that can result in diseases like cancer. At least three systems including DNA methylation, histone modification and non-coding RNA (ncRNA)-associated gene silencing are currently considered to initiate and sustain epigenetic change. New and ongoing research is continuously uncovering the role of epigenetics in a variety of human disorders and fatal diseases.
I have been thinking for a long time about introducing a type of genetic testing by a company called 23andMe to Green Door Health. But the question was how were we going to interpret the raw data? I had heard of a few apps (nutrahacker etc…) but it still seemed really complicated.
Then this amazing lady came into my clinic to talk to me about providing the reports from 23andMe data and I danced a happy jig!! She takes the raw data (up to 10,000 genes) and sifts out the benign and uninteresting ones and prepares a confidential report explaining it in lay-mans terms. It is complete with a traffic light system to show which genes are “switched on or off”. As you hopefully understand from the above information, it is not just about the genes you are born with it is whether they are active or not. I even saw a sample report which explained MTHFR with a cute little diagram to make it simple to understand, among others she showed me a gene responsible for emotional eating and others for diabetes or cardiovascular disease. It was fascinating. The testing can even show you which natural medicines suit you or which specific vitamins or minerals you need or should avoid! She picks about 50 of the most relevent genes to put into the report.