Ecogenetic Medicine

Vigorous Exercise May Extend Your Life

Wouldn't you love to live to the ripe old age of 100? Just imagine how you could benefit. With all that extra time, you could spend your golden years enjoying your grandchildren (or even great-grandchildren!), traveling the world, or simply living by the beach without a care. Well, if that's your goal, I hate to [...]

Thyroid Disease — Illuminating an Overlooked Condition

Most people with an undiagnosed thyroid disorder may feel exhausted, put on weight, sweat more than usual, or experience “brain fog.” Because these symptoms are broad and can be attributed to any number of health conditions, it’s easy to see why a true thyroid condition can be mistaken for something else. For instance, hypothyroidism can [...]

7 Genechanging Must-Haves for Your Spice Rack

“Variety is the spice of life,” especially when we think in terms of nutrition. Before refrigeration, spices were used to mask food that didn’t smell or taste all that great. Through the regular use of spices, people soon realized that spices were far more than a plant-based preservative that had the ability to increase the [...]

Genechanger Tips for Healthy Looking Skin

The physician-patient interaction is one in which emphasis is placed on treatment, whether through prescription drugs or surgical interventions. A key element in medicine that doesn’t get enough “air time” is prevention. Focusing on prevention is crucial toward driving a healthier aging population. People who eat better and engage in physical activity when they are [...]

7 Genechanging Keys to Getting Carbs Right

Sometimes, it’s enough to rock your fitness boat: calories to count, foods to select, deciding between good and bad carbs. Despite the fact that you feel you might need a calculator every time you go to the grocery store, let’s look at why carbs are a very important consideration. In general, complex carbs should be [...]

Optimizing Genechanging Foods

11 Ways to Boost Nutrients Healthy foods like fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals—all of which benefit our health. As health-conscious shoppers, we are more apt to fill our grocery carts with wholesome foods. But various things like the way foods are prepared or whether they contain added preservatives can affect their [...]

In Sickness and In Health: Which Are You?

Figuring out who is sick and who is healthy turns out to be much trickier to answer than we had thought. Take the startling example of the thyroid gland. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine analyzed this and other cases. It is now plausibly estimated that almost 100% of people, if they had [...]

Part II: Ecogenetic Medicine—Medicine’s New Frontier

Modern medicine, with its increasing diagnostic prowess, forces us to consider the very far-reaching implications of some recent developments in disease definitions. Advertisements abound for medications that treat "diseases," which did not exist a decade ago. Add to that, the ever-closer detail revealed about our bodies provided by today’s proliferation of imaging technologies, like MRIs, [...]

Part I Ecogenetic Medicine: Medicine’s New Frontier

The message of my new book, The Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of Your Genetic Destiny with Diet and Lifestyle, is that ecogenetics is happening all the time, wherever you are, whatever you do, or whatever you eat. The book also details the many actions that each individual can take to make sure that genes [...]