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Last month I was honoured to be in the Practitioner Spotlight for Practice Better (practice management software for nutritionists, health coaches, and dietitians). Have a read:

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What’s your DNA report telling you?

What’s your DNA report telling you?

Companies like 23andMe, which produce DNA report based on your genes, give you a lot of data and point out some important genetic markers, but they are not allowed to give any health advice as regulated by the FDA. They do give some reports on potentially inherited conditions. But, genetic potential is only part of the picture.

Your genes are not your destiny

DNA is a molecular code containing the “recipes” that tell your body how to make proteins – the molecular workhorses that do the heavy lifting inside your cells. Your unique DNA code shapes who you are and how you grow.A section of DNA that contains a complete recipe for a particular protein is known as a gene.

But… Not all of your genes are read all of the time. Different genes may be “expressed” (turned on) or “silent” (turned off).

DNA report

Sure, genes which code for things like your eye colour or hair colour, are not going to change, but what about the genes which tell your body how to run its various biochemical pathways and how to replicate your cells? These genes must be “expressing” – that is turned “on”. Diet and lifestyle factors can impact the expression of these genes greatly. This is known as “epigenetics” (please see the link and the infographic below).

Do you know what changes you need to make to try to stave off health problems in the future?


You can expect

We will have a one-to-one 90-minute consultation, either in person or over Skype, to discuss your DNA report in a nutritional framework. What SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms) do you have that may be a concern for your future health? I will analyse your DNA report and give you diet and lifestyle coaching. The idea is to optimise your current health and hopefully prevent or minimise other potential health issues in the future.

I will also ask you to fill in a questionnaire about medical history, family history, etc, just as I do with a regular nutritional therapy session. This will help me in our consultation to tailor your programme.

Before the consultation

Before the consultation, we need a DNA report (at least) so I will need to organise some tests for you. The price for these tests is already included in my price plans. However, if you already have these test results a deduction can be made from my fees.

More info on epigenetics, shown with great easy to understand infographic: click here

Genetics vs. Epigenetics infographic
from “Hidden Switches in the Mind” by Eric J. Nestler. Scientific American 305, 76 – 83 (2011) doi:10.1038/scientificamerican1211-76 Protect My Future
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Why Can’t You Eat All The Pies?

Why Can’t I Eat All The Pies?

Why do you have brown eyes? Or blonde hair? Or long legs?

More importantly, why, at the age of only 40 does your forehead look like it needs ironing every morning?

Why can Sally eat all those mince pies and still look amazing in that killer dress, but if you do the same you look like you’ve been involved in an explosion at a marshmallow factory?

Most of us know, thanks to that little Scottish guy in Jurassic Park and Dolly the sheep, that it is because of our DNA – our genes.

Back in the day, whilst future mum and dad swanned around in the dating game, the genetic tombola was rolling.

Once cupid’s arrow had struck, your ticket had been drawn. Pure dumb luck (good or bad, depending on your perspective) provided you with your future inherited traits.

The choice of your genes (DNA that defines a function e.g. the ABO gene – which determines your blood type) can mostly be blamed on mum and dad (thanks, guys).

But it’s not quite as simple as we first thought. There is more to our genes than a binary black or white.

Geneticists today look at the ‘variant’ or ‘polymorphism’ of the gene we have. There may be several ‘polymorphisms’ of the same gene. So don’t think black or white, but which shade of grey your genes are. And it just so happens that some shades are better than others!


One thing is for sure; we cannot look at our DNA and tell for sure what diseases we will get. It’s just not that simple.


Using a genetic test we can determine which gene ‘variants’ we have. This information could give us an indication of the chance of developing particular chronic conditions. But more positively, it could also tell us how we react to specific nutrients, vitamins, fat, sugar, wheat or dairy, or how we convert vitamins if we are found to have the particular variant in question.

We can harness this information to change our current habits, potentially preventing or reducing the risk of conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes but also increase our chances of weight loss, general health and wellbeing.

“But the genes we have are set in stone!” I hear you cry.

To some extent that is true, but we now know that as well as our ‘locked-in’ DNA, an additional layer of our genes are heavily affected by environmental influences, namely stress, diet, sleep and whatever else we choose to put in or do to our bodies.

Managing these ‘epigenetics’ by applying the information we can obtain from genetic testing is called Nutrigenomics. It can be used to improve your life today, using facts instead of the dubious opinion of someone trying to sell you the latest health fad or diet.

Our DNA won’t lie to us!

Open the newspaper and pick a page. You might read that you can’t eat bacon anymore because it is bad for you. Open the same paper tomorrow and now dairy is the demon, or fruit juice, or tuna fish or . . . . . . every day a new enemy.

We live in a world of information overload, trying to ‘be healthy,’ but in reality, we are twisting in the wind, following the words of the loudest and latest fad or expert.

One thing we can see clearly now is that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. We are all very different creatures, as our genetics prove.

We have a different genetic makeup to Sally, so it makes sense that her genetics might allow her to eat all the mince pies but ours don’t. No fair!

But at least now we can have advance warning, in the form of genetic testing, which can help us plan best what we should eat and when, as well as when best to exercise.

Your genes can tell you how well you might process, convert and use vitamins and minerals.

Many people are becoming vegan. Maybe you happen to have a polymorphism which means you struggle to convert food to certain vitamins, and your vegan (or any particular) diet is preventing you from getting all the nutrients you need.

With a genetic test, you would be able to detect this and supplement your diet to ensure you get all the vitamins and minerals you need and prevent potential long-term impact on your cardiovascular health, bone health, immunity, mood and energy.

Speak it quietly, but they have identified the gene which is heavily (no pun intended!) involved in body weight regulation and body composition. One variant of this gene indicates an increased fat sensitivity and a higher risk for developing insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. This is definitely something you want to know!

Research has proven that these individuals with this variant lose more weight if they adhere to low to moderate fat diets rather than high-fat diets. So all those failed months on the Atkins diet might make more sense now!

Food intolerances have become a very hot topic, with many people labelling themselves as lactose, or gluten intolerant. Genetic testing can give you concrete evidence as to whether you are genetically predisposed to be intolerant to foods that contain lactose, gluten or histamine or not. In severe instances, genes for gluten intolerance may indicate an increased possibility of coeliac disease.

Nutrigenomics can help plan for these situations and adjust your diet accordingly.

Did you know your genes could show if you have a preference for sugary or fatty foods? Or that you might be more likely to snack between meals than others?

Research has shown this can lead to greater long-term weight gain and increased risk of diabetes in women. If you are aware of this tendency of your genes, you can modify potential negative dietary habits that you may not even realise you had.

Certain variants can also affect excessive caffeine and salt consumption and puts those with them at higher risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

Instead of unbelievable sci-fi movies like Jurassic Park or X-men, genetic testing can have a real and tangible effect on you today, right now!

Giving us unique personal information we have never had access to before, using this information will soon become the norm. Take a genetic test today and unlock the secrets of your genes to start giving your body exactly what it needs to be the healthiest brightest version of you.

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Death by buffet

Yesterday, I was at a seminar where one of the speakers was discussing his own genetics and how he has overcome his “faulty” genes to recover his health.

He pointed out that there aren’t really good or bad genes – we all have adaptations that made sense perhaps in a different context but with a modern lifestyle, maybe not so much. One of these is the MC4R variation (also known as the “death by buffet” gene) which has been associated with appetite regulation and increased BMI.

If you are living a typical modern lifestyle and eating a typical Western diet, then this might be deemed a “bad” gene. But in the context of a hunter/gatherer with a sporadic food supply, the tendency to binge when food is available would not be a bad thing – it would be considered a “good” gene.

If you have this variation, don’t just give in and blame your genes. Knowledge is power and you can adjust your diet and develop different eating strategies so you are not “DOOOMED”!

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Unlock the secrets of your mystery illness

Unlock the Secrets of Your Mystery Illness

It’s been under your nose all along…

If you’ve been suffering from an illness or physical symptoms that doctors can’t seem to diagnose or treat, you probably know utter despair.

Mysterious physical symptoms have the ability to ruin your life. They can put a stop to your career, to your social life, to your relationship. They can even make you depressed and unable to live the happy, full life you deserve.

There is simply no window of hope or recovery if you and your doctors cannot explain your symptoms. No light at the end of the tunnel. No finish line to work towards.

When you break a bone you are at point A, and the medical journey of putting the limb in a cast, or operating to fix the bone gets you to point B, which is when you are cured.

With a mystery illness, the journey is much more complex and sadly, never-ending. You start at point A with one symptom or often, a multitude of symptoms, and then the path leads you to many diagnostic tests and scans, both conventional and holistic consultations.

Emotionally, the turmoil is so devastating. People you were once close to either show understanding or they don’t, but even those who empathise only understand to a point because you likely feel nobody quite gets what you are going through.

You meet various ‘have you tried’ people who are desperate to find a solution but, you’re so exhausted with it all you feel like you’ve tried everything.

Eventually, people get tired of hearing you talk about the issues and so you end up internalising the daily struggle, feeling even more alone and like there are no other options.

The result is a person who survives day to day but eventually stops ‘living’. A vessel without any zest left for life.

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

What if there was a simple test that could unlock the answers you need to feel well again?

I know you feel you have heard it all before, promise after promise of a new way to heal or get better, or to finally get answers to why these mysterious symptoms are happening to you. But this is a solution that has been under your nose all along, and it really does hold the answer you’ve been waiting for.

There’s an entire area of your health that provides really amazing signs and hints and insights into your symptoms and illness. It might seem too good to be true, but really it is simple science.

It is a simple case of exploring a part of your physicality that hasn’t been looked at before.

Where? In your DNA.

Your Genes Can Help You Get Well

It might seem bizarre to think that your genes can help you get well when it feels like all your body wants to do is make you feel unwell, but your DNA really does have the answers you seek.

You’ve been asking questions all along, as have the doctors, but nobody has been asking the right questions or looking in the right place for them.

Think about all the areas your health care providers have looked at. They have looked at images of your body, they have performed specific blood tests. They have tested for anything that might relate to the symptoms you have. They have looked closely at your physical makeup, but not close enough.

Take a look at the incredible octopus in this Youtube video. It is a master of disguise, camouflaging itself to fit in with its surroundings easily. If you look at the coral initially, you likely don’t see the octopus, you just see the coral. It is only when the camera gets up close to the octopus that it reveals itself.

The same goes for you…

When you look closer you get so much more information. Which means together, we can discover what’s really going on with your body right now, at a chemical level. Because we look closer we can see things that all the other tests might have missed, and this can give us valuable clues on how to help you feel better and get well again.

The Tests That Reveal Your Body’s Truth

This is very much how DNA testing works in relation to your health. A DNA test will not find out the answers to your problems from those results alone, but your genes will provide hints and clues as to the science of your body and the way that those genes could relate to your current symptoms and issues.

The other test we can use to gain vital information is an Organic Acids Test which examines the chemicals made by your metabolism. These chemicals come out through your urine, making the test extremely simple.

There are lots of unique clues in these test results that tell us about the cellular processes and gut microbes inside your body.

By analysing this information, and following the clues, we can potentially find deficiencies, issues with bacteria and blockages.

A DNA report might also be useful because your unique DNA code holds a lot of useful information relating to your health. In particular, the tests reveal information about certain genes and whether or not they are working as they should be, which again gives a wealth of information to work on in relation to your health.

Find Out How To Heal

Based on the extensive information that has been gathered from you, through an Organic Acids Test and possibly your DNA information, we will have a wealth of new knowledge about your current health, and also about issues that may affect your future health.

This knowledge alone for sufferers of unexplained illnesses and symptoms is invaluable and often life-changing. Getting some clues and potential answers to issues that have been happening to you for seemingly no reason at all can have a profound effect. You may feel emotionally and physically exhausted, and on top of that you may feel completely let down by everyone and everything. Just knowing whats going on can be the greatest gift of all.

That is because, in some way, it validates what you’ve been going through. It confirms that you’re not imagining these symptoms. You know the symptoms are real but having endless professionals, doctors, experts and even friends and family tell you there is no sign of an issue, and asking if it could be psychosomatic, is devastating and it can lead you to question your own sanity.

However, the healing doesn’t end there. The information gathered through these simple tests provides all the tools needed to tailor-make a nutritional plan which is designed to specifically help you heal.

Is Diet The Answer?

Absolutely. There is so much research to support the fact that what we eat has a drastic effect on how our body functions.

Food does not just take energy into the body, it interacts with the chemicals inside it, and has the power to make certain reactions work faster, prevent certain actions taking place, and help things work as they should. Food supplies the body with the tools it needs to flourish.

You may believe you eat a healthy diet, and that you are already nourishing your body as much as you can, but you haven’t had this new information about your DNA and organic acids before. With this new information, we can specifically tailor-make a nutritional plan that is designed to get you feeling your very best, and hopefully, managing your unexplained illness or symptoms once and for all.

You Deserve To Heal

When you first started suffering from your mysterious illness, you probably thought about the days and weeks before it began and how you had never imagined this could happen. You never imagined that something so drastically life-altering could have happened to you when everything before was going well.

You probably also wondered, in your darkest days, how on earth you could ever have any quality of life again. You might have even forgotten what it was like to feel hopeful again, or what it felt like to be healthy again.

At the very worst, you might have given up on finding any real answers and thoughts that you’re destined to be like this forever could be in your mind.

Please listen…

If your body is not functioning as it should, there may be answers to be found. It may just be a case of looking closely enough at aspects of your body you haven’t looked at before.

By using DNA and Organic Acids Testing, together with a specialist who can give an insightful interpretation and create a targeted, effective nutritional plan for you, it could give you the health you’re looking for.

Dare to imagine a life where you feel well, and you feel healthy, and where you don’t have to worry about this mystery illness making you feel ill each and every day.

You deserve to heal, and you can heal when you know how.

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