“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
This is an often-used quote in naturopathic medicine and a phrase that I probably think about daily as I work with patients. Despite the growing “obesity epidemic” and the pervasiveness of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disease, and cancer, we have an incredibly powerful to at our disposal to improve our health and our lives.
Got bad genes?
Do you think you are cursed with “bad genes” that have caused you to develop health issues? Think again. Yes, your genes are your genes and you cannot change the sequence of nucleotides encoded in every cell of your body. But these genes are only the starting point for your life journey… Starting before you were born and continuing every second of your life, you are influencing which of these genes are “heard” and which are “silent” through your diet and lifestyle, and therefore what health challenges you are most susceptible to. I feel like most people are aware of this influence, but still fail to grasp the full significance of it and do not know how to harness it.
The GenoType Diet
This is the life work of Peter D’Adamo ND, bestselling author of Change Your Genetic Destiny (aka The GenoType Diet), which identifies 6 GenoTypes and explains how to use diet and lifestyle to change your genetic destiny. Dr. D’Adamo has also created a software program called SWAMI GenoType, which I use with patients in my practice to create a personalized diet report including individualized recipes. This software uses blood type, medical history, family history, biometrics, fingerprints, and many other variables (including lab results and prescribed medications) to custom-design a diet protocol to address your unique health needs.
Why SWAMI GenoType?
Most patients who come to see me for SWAMI GenoType want to lose weight, but it can also be used as part of treatment for many physical and mental/emotional concerns. If it seems like SWAMI GenoType is a magic bullet for all that ails you, keep in mind that indeed, food is truly healing; personalized nutrition can be used to treat such a variety of conditions because what you eat is the most important influence on your health, via your digestive tract, immune system, and hormone levels. However, nutrition is almost never the only intervention that I work with and the onus is ultimately on the patient to take responsibility for his or her health by making habit changes that will support healing. You are a key part of the equation.
For even more information, such as what information is used, what the output looks like, and some frequently asked questions, check out my page all about SWAMI GenoType.