Strategene Analysis in San Francisco
We’re all born with a genetic code inherited from our parents. We get half our DNA from our biological mothers and the other half from our biological fathers. This DNA codes every aspect of our bodies, from our immune systems to metabolism to skin color.
In 2008, The Genome Project revealed the importance of genes for our health, youthfulness, and body’s ability to regenerate. Further research has highlighted how specific genes correlate to how healthy our bodies are; for example, COMT: NOS-3: and MTHFR genes play a large role in our cardiovascular system, detoxification, and overall cellular health. Genetic research has continued to take off, and scientists are further understanding their vitality in determining how healthy our bodies are.
For most people, genetics is a topic we study in a high school or college biology class but quickly forget all about. Since genetic science is so complicated, most of it goes over our heads. As a result, we don’t have a clear grasp on why our genetics matter, how they impact our health, or how they may be keeping us from being healthy.
At Functional Health and Healing, our goal is to demystify the subject of genetics and educate our patients on how genes impact their health. But first, let’s discuss why we should care about our genetics in the first place.
Genes and Your Health
Our genetic makeup impacts how all of our body systems function. With an altered genetic makeup, our bodies can struggle in fighting disease and can have a harder time getting back to a healthy state.
Genetic information can be influenced by the environment in which it lives. Sometimes the genetic DNA can become mutated, deleted, or damaged due to environmental factors. This is known as epigenetics.
Our genetics are impacted externally by our environment and lifestyle habits. Even if we have Polymorphisms on our genes which affect their functioning, if the environment surrounding the gene (our body) is healthy and clean, it will help the gene function to the best of its ability. No gene functions alone; they are all interrelated.
Most functional medicine doctors focus on the external, environmental factors that influence our genetics and overall health: nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress reduction, gut health, and toxins. At Functional Health and Healing, this is a big part of our treatment. But we also want to cover every base when it comes to healthcare, and that includes attending to a person’s genetics.
Why Should I Care About My Genetics?
Because your genetics affect the way your body functions, they indirectly influence your quality of life. If you’re having trouble sleeping, experiencing chronic fatigue, or feel anxious all the time and keep hitting dead ends in treatment, your genetics are likely the culprit.
Even if you’re not currently experiencing uncomfortable symptoms, your genetics may predispose you to develop serious health conditions or diseases. Such as:
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol (hypertension)
- Type 2 diabetes
- Mental illness
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Celiac disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
These physical and mental health conditions are highly concerning, and most people want to avoid developing them in the future. By understanding your genetic makeup, you and your doctor can work to prevent the development of such illnesses as you age.
When you care about your genetics, you’re caring about your current and future quality of life.
Genetics Are Just One “Puzzle Piece”
A person’s genetic makeup is an important piece of the puzzle. But genetics aren’t the “Holy Grail” of health. When utilized along with a person’s symptoms and lab work, genetic mapping can shine new light on what may be happening behind the scenes.
If you want to improve your health, first start with the external, epigenetic factors you can control: diet, exercise, stress, sleep, toxins, and other behavioral factors. These impact the environment surrounding your genes.
Once you’ve improved your epigenetics, only then is it time to dive deeper into your body systems. For example, a functional medicine doctor will likely recommend testing for amino acid, fatty acid, vitamins, and mineral levels which our genes use to run properly.
After examining these factors impacting your health, it’s then time to look at your genes and determine what genetic factors may be impacting how your body works. This combination of health factors—not solely addressing your genetic information—will result in symptoms improving.
Genes and Functional Medicine
At Functional Health and Healing, Clare Cattarin (MSN, FNP, IFM-CP, S-CP) utilizes Strategene testing and puts together a detailed history for every patient. This health history along with genetic information, family history, and lifestyle factors gives her a clear picture of a patient’s current state of health, cause of illness, and treatment options. She approaches healthcare by examining each person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
Sleep is one of the aspects that Clare addresses when working with patients. When we sleep, our bodies take time to heal and repair. If someone isn’t sleeping well, their bodies are never getting enough time to heal themselves of illness and rebuild damaged tissue. The production of Melatonin is an important piece of information here. By utilizing Stratagene, Clare can see if a person has the genetic hardwiring to properly produce Melatonin.
Clare also looks at diet and movement habits. Without quality and adequate nourishment, the body is unable to function properly. Each cell is unable to perform its job as it’s supposed to. Also, exercise has many benefits, from strength to immunity to better mood.
On a deeper level, Clare makes sure her patients are getting enough nutrients, minerals, and vitamins from the food they’re consuming. Without these key components, cells are unable to thrive, and major systems in the body can stop working properly.
Each of these aspects is determined by your genetic code and the external epigenetic lifestyle factors that impact genetic health. Clare takes all of these aspects into consideration when working with patients.
Where to Get Strategene Testing
At Functional Health and Healing, we provide comprehensive genetic testing. Maybe you’ve looked into testing before, only to see your results come back as “normal.” This may leave you feeling crazy, because you know something is definitely wrong!
Our practitioners won’t take “normal” for an answer. We offer specialty testing, and we examine your results in depth. We view the body as a whole system, rather than isolating the specific area we’re testing. This helps us understand how other systems in the body may be affecting your test results.
If the first round of testing doesn’t give us the information we need, we’ll continue to dig into your health and find out what’s at the root of your health problems.
Our genomic testing will provide accurate information about your illness as well as your predisposition to certain health problems. Sometimes, a family health history isn’t enough information. These tests aid in measuring the diagnosis, cause, and severity behind your symptoms.
We provide Stratagene testing for San Francisco patients.
Where to Get Strategene Analysis
At Functional Health and Healing, we provide Strata Gene testing and analysis in San Francisco. Once we get your test results back, it’s time to get started on your journey to complete healing and recovery.
Our patients receive care that’s centered around them. Instead of rushing patients through our office, we take time to get to know each one individually. With adequate test results, we craft a custom plan designed to break the symptom cycle and get each patient back to feeling amazing again. We combine many forms of science and technology to get to the bottom of your health problems and yield fantastic results.
Certain patients may not be suffering from a specific health condition, but San Francisco Strata Gene results will help identify genetic predispositions for any given health problem. Our practitioners will use this data to advise patients on how to stay healthy and prevent disease from developing in the future.
Stratagene in San Francisco
If you’re ready to take back your health, get started today with our readiness assessment. From nutrition coaching to supplements to Stratagene testing in San Francisco, Functional Health and Healing is here to partner with you to achieve peak health.
NOTE: Stratagene is a trademarked creation of Ben Lynch.