With the completion of the “1000 Genomes Project” in 2012, the foundational database for an overview of all human genetic variation was developed to assist in the fields of biological science, especially in the fields of medicine, pharmacology, biochemistry, nutrition and bioinformatics. This project’s main goal was to create a complete and detailed catalogue of human genetic variations which, in turn, could be used for association studies relating to genetic variation. Unfortunately, the human genome consists of approximately 3 billion base pairs which carry the coding for an estimated 20,000 protein coding genes. With such an overwhelming amount of information, it can be quite confusing trying to educate yourself on genetics and apply them to your practice. There are essentially three primary types of clinically useful genetic tools. The first, Exome Sequencing, evaluates the rare genetic variants that have a severe and permanent effects on disease states (e.g. Cystic Fibrosis, Huntington’s Disease, etc.) The second, Pharmacogenomics, evaluates the metabolism of drugs and evaluates their potential for side effects and efficacy for a specific individual. This course will focus on the third form of genetic testing which is Nutrigenomics. Nutrigenomics is the study of individual genetic variation and its’ specific effect on identifying and understanding molecular level interactions between nutrients and their subsequent bio-actives on health, disease prevention and recovery.
Healthcare today is a more personalized approach to looking and feeling good. Understanding why some patients respond differently than others and being able to talk with your patients about their specific genetic makeup and how you can best help them providers a distinct advantage to you as a provider. This course is a big step in medicine personalized for each and every one of your patients. This isn’t just about understanding a genetic profile its about using supplements to offset genetic switches. Simple, safe and personalized.
- Identify the 3 major types of clinical genetic tools and understand their distinct differences.
- Describe and understand the methodology, accuracy and specificity of genomic testing.
- Describe in detail the foundational biochemistry of various pathways.
- Identify specific genes related to nutritional deficiencies.
- Classify supplementation subtypes and identify various routes of nutritional delivery.
- Discuss a clinically useful algorithm that will prioritize the utilization of nutritional. supplementation as the foundation of treatment for recovery of and health maintenance.
- Define the most appropriate methods of supplementation for various ages and patient subtypes.