Nutrition and Digestion are the basis of optimum health.
Most ancient modalities from Chinese medicine to the Indian practice of Ayurveda use food and nutrition as a foundational piece of creating health within our bodies.
Similarly, Dr. Basu uses her study and training in nutritional practices as a foundational piece in her treatments with you. Intestinal and ‘gut’ health is a reflection of your deepest wellbeing.
The initial history part of your exam always incorporates your dietary history. And part of her evaluation is to suggest food as well as nutritional supplements.
Generally, she recommends an organic, locally sourced, traditional foods based diet. If after her evaluation, you are not getting enough of your nutrition from your food, she may recommend nutritional supplements to help in your healing process.
She currently favors The Functional Genomic approach to recommending supplements.
This approach uses genetic testing through using data from either an older version of 23 and me or Intellux DNA to gain information about your genomic variants.
2. Functional Genomic Analysis/Targeted Nutrition Approach
First, let’s establish that we cannot diagnose from our genetics. The genetic information is used as a tool to help evaluate your overall clinical history.
Also, we are not our genes! Our genetic expression makes up possibly 30% of our disease expression. Epigenetics (or nature or what influences our genetic expression) accounts for 70% of our gene expression.
Regardless, Dr. Basu currently favors the Functional Genomic Analysis approach as Bob Miller and his team have combined multiple inflammatory pathways and their relationship to each other.
The software helps collate the SNP’s into a functional pyramid system that Bob and his team have developed that may contribute to your disease expression. The analysis of your raw genetic data by the software combined with my knowledge of your clinical history, provides a targeted nutrition and supplement(herbally based) program. The genetic based supplement program can help identify enzymes, nutrients, and antioxidants to better support your health. For example, supplements although well meaning can also be toxic to your system if your system may not have the capacity to metabolize the nutrient.
For example, folic acid, a highly recommended nutrient may be toxic to about 40 percent of the current population as their genetics shows that they are unable to assimilate this version of folic acid and may need a different or methylated version of the vitamin. In taking the unmethylated version, this population may have a back log of folic acid and are unable to support their methylation pathways, which affects the proper assimilation into their bodies of folate, and b12. These vitamins are needed for a myriad of health concerns from mental health to heart disease.
Bob’s software currently has about 42,000 patients (and counting) enrolled in the program. So another advantage to using this program is it compares your variant to those clients already registered in the program, which highlights the importance of that variant. For example, if 99 percent of the population expresses this variant, then it may not be that significant. However, if only 1 to 2 percent of the population is expressing this variant, I may pay weigh the variant more heavily in your clinical course.
By providing a targeted nutrition program, Dr. Basu supports your specific genetic pathways, and also recommends that you stop potentially harmful supplements.
Our office highly recommends that you watch this video created by Bob Miller to explain the process and what we may discuss during our genetic nutrition consultation: https://vimeo.com/user20863995/review/137064917/bd14c94e08
His education program is also highly recommended, and you can sign up for the initial modules for free, if you are a healthcare professional. This may give you a better understanding of the process as well. I believe the first 7 modules are free.
If you are interested in this level of nutritional evaluation or if Dr. Basu recommends this process for you, then here are the next steps:
Please complete the order form below, and Renee will send you either an IntellxDNA or we may use your 23 and me data.
Please note, that Dr. Basu can only use 23 and me data versions that are older than 2017. The newer 23 and me versions actually have less of the SNP’s that we are interested in to help evaluate your data.IntellxDNA is affiliated with Dr. Bob Miller, and they will keep your data confidential. As a side note, 23 and me is owned by Glaxo Smith Kline.
IntellxDNA will send you a saliva kit, and then it takes about 10 to 12 weeks for your data to be processed. Once this is done, the lab notifies me, and I can then evaluate the data.
If you have an older version of 23 and me, you can upload the raw data to our current software, and there is a current $25 transfer fee, paid to my office. Renee will give you instructions on how to do this, if this is the route that you choose.
After the data is uploaded or becomes available, Dr. Basu currently sends out a Google Drive document highlighting your clinically significant SNP’s that may be contributing to your disease expression. The document will list your SNP’s, and will also state the relevance of importance of your SNP’s from -3 to +3. Once we determine the clinically significant SNP’s for you, I may recommend supplement(s), dietary changes, or further lab testing to help us evaluate how this is clinically significant SNP may be affecting your health.
Based on the above evaluation, Dr. Basu will collate a list of your targeted supplements and will send out a second document, labeled ‘FGN Report’. This second document will also be emailed to you, and will list the supplements, how often to take them, and where to source the products. Our office staff can assist you with ordering the supplements or labwork, as needed.
Please note that the dosing schedule of these targeted supplements may be different from what you have been taking in the past. As these are targeted, they are more potent for your system. Dr. Basu may suggest that you take them once or twice per week, especially at the beginning of your supplement program.