Genetics Can Reveal Significant Health Information

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Functional Medicine, Genetics | 0 comments

So, you are are really excited about the new testing offered by Dr. Deanna, but also wondering what you’ll actually learn from genetic and micronutrient testing. As mentioned previously, my name is Krista. I met Dr. Deanna a few years ago through working on her books as an editor and graphic designer. So you could say I have read her books cover to cover.  However, my interest extends far beyond a publishing relationship. At the age of 19 I was diagnosed with Melanoma, a type of skin cancer. This form of cancer is one of the most highly treatable forms of cancer, but also one of the most deadly.

Thankfully, my cancer is in remission, but I want to do more than just being careful about my skin’s exposure to sunlight. I want to help my body fight against the cancer coming back. This means that over the past six years I have made adjustments to my diet, being more aware of what I actually eat and of what ingredients I am putting on my skin. While this is an important part of keeping my body strong, I do not know where my body is truly lacking. Do I need more Vitamin D because I have to limit my sun exposure, do I need to invest a high quality probiotic to help my gut flora, how much Vitamin C should I or do I need to take?  With the genetic and micronutrient testing and Dr. Deanna’s written reviews of my tests I will have a clear picture of what my body is asking for and the necessary information to make wise choices for my overall health both today and for years to come.

The first test that I did was the genetic test. How is a genetic test going to help me from a nutrition or disease prevention standpoint?  Let’s say a person has a Vitamin D Receptor Defect (VDR), their body will require a higher amount of Vitamin D supplementation, even during summer months. Defects in this receptor can be linked to lower immune function, cancers (breast, colon, skin), arthritis, neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, behavior disorders, and more — many of which are relative to Vitamin D and its relationship to Dopamine levels. Another example would be a MTHFR Gene Defect which has been implicated in a whole host of disease conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cerebral vascular disease (stroke), venous and arterial thrombosis, autism, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and more. Genetic testing identifies defects that allow you to understand your body’s weakness and start treating those weakness through vitamins, nutritional or lifestyle choices.

So what is the test like? The genetic test is a saliva test that comes in an easy to use package. You must register your test on the 23andMe website (with the barcode on your test tube), follow the instructions that come in your package (get ready to do some spitting!), then place your testing sample in the provided bag, seal it up in the pre-paid pre-addressed box and off it goes to the post office!  You will receive an email when your test has been received so that you know it made it.  It takes 4-6 weeks for your sample to be processed.

Next up – micronutrient testing! If you would like to know more about testing visit or if you’d like to know more about Dr. Deanna’s Healing Handbook visit

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