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Epigenetics: Preventative Medicine Tailored To Your Genes

Oct 01, 2015 10:17PM
by Dr. Isabel Sharkar 

As the epigenetic field is in its infancy, we are just beginning to understand genetic variants and how to nutritionally support them. As the field grows and changes, so shall we. A combination of genetic variants, hormonal imbalances, toxins and infections, along with other stressors can lead to a cascade of immune dysfunction and illness.

With the advancements in the field of epigenetics, we are able to better understand the various substances that regulate gene activity. As we learn more and more about our genetic expression, we are able to focus on the specific individual nutrients and foods to prompt healthy gene expression, by activating metabolic pathways or inactivating detrimental pathways so that you can thrive.

Saliva testing is used to acquire your genetic data. The most commonly used test is from Their website states that they do ancestry testing and no medical interpretations. Specialized practitioners are able to use the raw data from the 23andme saliva test to create a comprehensive genetic variant report.

This report focuses on methylation pathways, variants that impact gut health and digestion, genes that support the production of cell energy, detoxification capacity, folate pathways, neurotransmitters and many more. The comprehensive genetic variant report ultimately guides practitioners in creating individualized supplementation, based on your genetic variants and conditions.

Dr. Isabel Sharkar, ND, is a licensed naturopathic physician and co-owner of Indigo Integrative Health Clinic, in Georgetown. For more information, call 202-298-9131 or visit


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