In April of 2003 the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) completed the sequencing of over 30,000 genes to complete the “Human Genome Project”. This 2.7 billion dollar venture accomplished the astounding task of “mapping” the DNA that has the genetic code for “you”. The information gained from this project was going to “change the face of medicine”. I remember reading about the many targeted pharmaceuticals and the “personalized medicine” that was sure to come. A revolution in medicine was all but assured. In fact, to quote the NHGRI:
“Individualized analysis based on each person’s genome will lead to a very powerful form of preventative medicine. We’ll be able to learn about risks of future illnesses based on DNA analysis. Physicians, nurses, genetic counselors and other health-care professionals will be able to work with individuals to focus efforts on the things that are most likely to maintain health for a particular individual.”
The NHGRI goes on to state that there will be a personalized aspect to what we do to keep ourselves healthy.
It is astounding to me that in 2018 it is not apparent in the slightest way that patients today have any “personalized aspect” to any of their care. I am sure that there have been certain advances in some genetic diseases and there has been some progress with medications that target DNA. However, by and large, health care – especially preventative health care has not changed in the last 30-40 years. Why? In my opinion there has been a refusal to accept and incorporate the information gained from this expansive and expensive project. We can speculate that there is some hesitancy of medical providers to embrace the new knowledge. Perhaps there is a lack of knowledge of what is available for patients. I often wonder if there is not some interference by large pharmaceutical companies — tailored preventative medicine can prevent medication usage and that wouldn’t be good for business.
There is information out there that can be gained, reviewed, analyzed and utilized to maximize your health. At Vitality One we now incorporate genetic analysis so that we may personalize a diet plan specific to your genetic code and variants. DNA analysis allows us to have a BETTER AND MORE ACCURATE look at your specific likelihood of developing diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, and more.
It’s 2018. It’ll be 2019 before you know it. Sixteen years after the completion of one of the biggest undertakings modern science has been involved in “The Human Genome Project” and generally, day to day, our current health care system is ignoring it. The science and technology is available. We can “test, not guess”.
Stop by for a free consultation and let us show you how easy it is to incorporate this powerful technology TODAY!