Understanding the Epigenetic Influences on our Genes

Understanding the Epigenetic Influences on our Genes

In my last post I reviewed the basics of genetic testing and how the resulting info can help us better understand our health. But examined through lab work or not, our genes and their mutations only tell part of the story. The other, maybe more allusive, main character is what we call epigenetics. By definition this term refers to substances or molecules that turn your genes on and off. Essentially they are factors that are hanging out around your genes and help to inform when and if and how often those genes get coded for – and ultimately used to make enzymes and other proteins. 

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What the MTHFR @#$%er Should You Know About Your Genes?

What the MTHFR @#$%er Should You Know About Your Genes?

In between televised Olympic coverage this week, the commercial for ’23 and me’ has been one of my favorites. It starts looking all the world like a car ad; asking you what car you’d pick if you could only have one car for life. They then remind you, half way through romantic American landscape footage, that while you will likely have many cars in your lifetime, you will only have one body and it’s your job to take care of it. What a compelling explanation for exploring your genetic makeup!  

Our understanding of genomics, or the study of our human genes, has accelerated quickly since scientists completed coding of the human genome in 2003. We now have many different genetic testing options to look at one or almost all of our genes and interpreting the results is rarely straightforward. While ’23 and me’ may be one of the most recognized testing services, it is certainly not the only one.   

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Anne’s Story of Hope in the Face of Ovarian Cancer

Anne’s Story of Hope in the Face of Ovarian Cancer

When I went through treatment for cancer almost 20 years ago, we did not have the genetic insights we do now. And, complementary care was not what it is today.

I recall a casual mention of an acupuncturist that was available to me through the cancer center. But there was no clear information about how to access her care and in the midst of feeling overwhelmed by all my other appointments, I never managed to seek out her services.

Fast forward ten years…

I am serving as one of a team of Naturopathic Doctors in an Indiana University Cancer Center as part of my residency.

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How is naturopathic medicine different? And does it work?

How is naturopathic medicine different? And does it work?

You’re considering seeing a naturopathic doctor…

But what IS naturopathic medicine?

How does it work?

What can you expect from it?

Naturopathic medicine blends centuries-old natural, non-toxic therapies with current advances in the study of health. Things like lab testing, genetics, the amazing microbiology in your gut, and how each body system affects the others in a delicate balance.

And the truth is, often people see someone like a Naturopathic Doctor when they’ve run out of options and can’t find a solution to a chronic problem.

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What is a Naturopathic Doctor, and What Do They Do?

What is a Naturopathic Doctor, and What Do They Do?

Let’s face it….being healthy in our world is not easy.

Then when you go see your doctor once a year you feel like you’re spending most of the time with a medical assistant.

And then maybe fifteen minutes, if you’re lucky, to ask a year’s worth of your questions about tests, hormones and dietary recommendations.

Talk about stressful!

What if you could have more support to ask your questions, understand how your body works and take charge of your health in a preventive, rather than a reactionary, approach?

What if you left the doctor’s office with a plan outlining how to address all your health cares and concerns? 

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A Tale of Two Patients Helped by Naturopathic Medicine

A Tale of Two Patients Helped by Naturopathic Medicine

In my practice since residency, I work with patients on a variety of concerns.

But regardless of the diagnosis, with most of my patients we’re working towards empowered health and balanced wellness.

During my fellowship, I worked with a woman named Carol.* Carol had been clinically depressed for most of her life.

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Genetics and Your Gut – The Fascinating Field of Genomic Medicine and the Microbiome

Genetics and Your Gut – The Fascinating Field of Genomic Medicine and the Microbiome

Medicine is in the midst of a sea change.

The Human Genome Project was completed in 2003.

When this project was complete, scientists had mapped our entire genetic code – the very blueprint of the human body.

Since then our understanding of genomics has exploded.

Genomics involves understanding our genes and the various ways they work together and are turned on and off and how that influences our development, functioning and health.

It’s complicated stuff but so fascinating.

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About Me

Trained as a primary care provider, Dr. Egginton is enthusiastic about offering general Naturopathic family care. She specializes in Oncology, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, LGBT health and the microbiome.

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