What your DNA can tell you and how to use this information

What your DNA can tell you and how to use this information lecture was the first lecture at Johnson Compounding and Wellness kicking off the our fall lecture series.  Almost every seat was taken.  Dr. Gary discussed what gene SNPS are, what they tell us and how this information can be used to help with current health issues.  Also discussed was how this information can be used to help maintain  health as the years roll on.  Genetics, epigenetics and methylation were discussed.

Also discussed was what is involved, the process for analyzing the data and what can be accomplished.

Here is the recording of the presentation.

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Feel free to contact Dr Gary at 781-893-3870 x2 or gary@naturalcompounder.com if you have any questions.

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Dr. Gary’s podcast is now live: “Staying Healthy Naturally”

I would like to introduce you to Staying Healthy Naturally. A podcast that focuses on healthy ways to help you achieve optimal health.

Click here to listen. It is live on Anchor.fm, google podcasts, spotify, i-tunes, breaker, overcast, pocket casts, radiopublic.

Feel free to let me know any topics you would like to hear on the podcasts.

Thank you for your support.


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Get Ahead of the Next Big Wave in Healthcare

Click here to view a brief video for a better understanding of how very critical this information will be to healthcare in the coming years.
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You found out you have the MTHF C677T gene SNP! What should you do?

Testing your DNA can open many windows into pathways in the body that may not be working as well as they should.  Using this information properly can help you feel better, and help some metabolic pathways work better than they have been.

Many people are having their DNA tested for MTHFR, one of the genes responsible for methylating folic acid.  Folic acid is necessary for human life, and if you have the MTHFR C677T SNP, you probably are not methylating folic acid efficiently.

The quick response to this gene SNP is to take a large dose of methyl-folate and many people feel better at first.  But, there are a significant number of people who, after a few weeks or months of supplementing methyl-folate, start feeling worse.

How is this possible?  This nutrient is necessary for life, so why do some people who supplement with a necessary nutrient feel worse? 

To help explain this, you need to understand that genes, nutrients and their metabolic pathways are interconnected, and there are usually more than one gene SNP and pathway that is not working well.  If you support just one area, that pathway works more efficiently, but pushes the problem further downstream to the next sub-optimal pathway.

Methylation Map

Looking at this diagram, you can see MTHFR (3) in the middle of the picture.  If there are SNPS for MTR, MTRR, CBS, BHMT, MAT, DHFR, this can affect how the methyl-folate is used.

If there are other areas that needs support, adding methyl-folate can lead to decreases in glutathione, increases in ammonia, glutamate, super oxide, peroxynitrate, decreases in neurotransmitters, nitric oxide and any combination of these, and this can lead to a decreased sense of well-being.

This helps explain why testing only one gene such as MTHFR and not looking at the whole picture can lead to problems.

DNA testing and supporting the pathways are a great way to help understand where some imbalances may be, and to help correct the imbalances.  Make sure you are working with a practitioner that looks at the whole picture and each part of the above diagram.  The genetic report, along with lab tests, medical history, and symptomology should be put together to get a true picture of what needs to be done, and in what order. Sometimes labs such as NutrEval, Organic Acid test or Methylation pathway tests can be very helpful in understanding what is going on and what needs to be done.

Here is a short video that can help you understand that genetic testing and interpretation needs to be done completely, not just addressing one or two genes.

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Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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What is a Naturopathic Consultation?

I am a registered pharmacist with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine who provides in-depth consultative services at Johnson Compounding & Wellness.

My guiding philosophy is to treat the person as a whole, not to chase symptoms. I focus on finding the “why” to what is happening physically and mentally, and works with individuals to restore balance in the body.

Find out what a naturopathic consultation is all about. This short video will explain the differences between the traditional (main stream) approach and the naturopathic approach.

Consultations can be in person, by phone or over the internet by video.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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Lessons From A Century After The Flu Epidemic Of 1918: How Conventional Medicine Killed Millions And How Homeopathic Medicines Saved Millions

Every fall and winter, the media begins pumping stories about why you should be afraid, even very afraid, of the flu.

Here is an article by Dana Ullman that shows historically, how homeopathy has helped during flu epidemics.

Source:Spirit of Change:  Lessons From A Century After The Flu Epidemic Of 1918: How Conventional Medicine Killed Millions And How Homeopathic Medicines Saved Millions

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Preventing cold and flu with probiotics

This short video recorded last year explains the benefits of probiotics during the cold and flu season.  Dr. Gary also discusses other helpful hints to lessen your chances of getting sick this winter.

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Help for colds and flu

Cold and Flu season has arrived.  Here are a few homeopathic and lifestyle suggestions to help your whole family this winter.

Click here for more info and to purchase.

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