There has always been a lot of confusion in the world of nutritional supplements. What vitamins to take? What minerals are important? What antioxidants do I need? How much do I take, how do I know what’s right for me? Etc…etc…etc… yada…yada…yada….
If you’re reading this blog, I’m sure you’re taking some nutritional supplement based on something you’ve read or something someone has told you. Albeit a good book, your family doctor or an educated friend. But, how do you know what you’re taking is right for you?
Answer: You Don’t.
Why? Because until now, there have been only generalities and not specifics. Don’t get me wrong, we know certain nutrients are good for certain conditions and ailments. Wild salmon and eggs are essential for your eyes and brain, green leafy veggies are good for your teeth and bones. But how do you know what Y-O-U need? Not the person sitting next to you, I mean YOU…..? How do you know? Because when you go to the store, the supplements are made for everyone...so how do YOU know what YOU need?????
A doctor takes a history and a family history from a patient to get insight as to what he or she may be dealing with. Often, illness and disease run in a family. You can change many things in your life, but you can’t change your parents, grandparents and your genes. Your DNA is your DNA. Your genes are your genes. It's that way for life. Wouldn't it be cool if a company could take your DNA and figure out what your nutritional needs are?
Well, one company has figured it out and is making life much easier when prescribing nutrients for my patients and myself. Now, recommending nutritional supplements is as easy as taking a Q-tip swab of a patient’s cheek (like they do on CSI-Miami). The cheek swab DNA is analyzed and you get an analysis of your specific nutrient needs based on your specific DNA. Cool huh? Furthermore, they take your specific genetic information and make custom Organic Whole Food based nutritional supplements SPECIFIC TO YOU!!!
How sweet is that?
Finally, with 20 years of genetic research behind it, the guesswork is taken out of nutritional supplementation. This is the future of nutrition. In fact, genetics is the future of medicine. Now, your doctor can finally make recommendations specific to you.
For my patients, I’m now doing the genelink-genewize testing in my office. If your doctor isn’t, ask him or her to call me and I’ll help them advance their nutritional practice into the next millennium. Or, just click here to email me. There is a seminar being planned for medical professionals (MDs, DOs, DCs, dentists, eye doctors, pharmacists, trainers and nutritionists) in about 6 weeks and I'll have more info soon.
Oh, sorry guys, this doesn’t take the place of good healthful eating. You still have to eat good. All that stuff I’ve written about over the past 2 years still holds true. Now, you just have a good foundation on which to base your preventative health.
Interesting stuff for sure. Especially for the nutritionally geeky-science discovery channel people like myself.
Dr. Narson is a 2-term past president of the Florida Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation and was honored as the recipient of the coveted Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award in 1999-2000. He practices in Miami Beach, Florida at the Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.