Comprehensive Genetics Analysis
Dr. Nigh combines years of studying genetics certification on Opus23 , a revolutionary new tool for assessing genetic contributors to your health and health risks
Have you ever wanted to know how much influence your genes are having on your health? Have you wondered if your tendency toward high stress or depression might have an underlying genetic influence? Do you want to know what genetic predispositions you might have for osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease or even cancer?
For several years Dr. Nigh has been extensively studying genetic changes called "single nucleotide polymorphisms," also known as SNPs or "snips." A single gene can have hundreds of these snips, which are small alterations in the sequence of a gene. Many of the tens of thousands of snips now known have little or no influence on health. However, there are several hundred that can have a very significant impact. What's more, when multiple snips are present at the same time, they can add up to major health risks.
Working from the raw data file generated through genetic testing by 23andme.com, Dr. Nigh has reviewed hundreds of genetic reports for his own patients and patients referred by other physicians. With the recent release of the Opus23 database, the depth of analysis Dr. Nigh is able to do has increased dramatically. He has completed the certification process for use of Opus23 , and now offers both patients and the interested public a unique opportunity to understand their health and their genetically based risks for hundreds of diseases and conditions.
These genetic reviews unfold over 2 sessions. In the first, the Opus23 database is used to assess the most relevant polymorphisms that might be impacting a patient's health. Several hundred of these snips get reviewed, and this review covers disease risks, specific organ and tissue health, drug metabolism vulnerabilities and much more.
In the second session, a comprehensive and proactive protocol based upon these genetic issues is presented. This plan takes into account the more important polymorphisms identified in session 1, and describes ways that specific nutrients in the recommended protocol impact the function of the affected genes.
For each identified polymorphism, find "upstream" nutrients to boost or inhibit its activity, and "downstream" nutrients to accumulate or drain its products.
See maps of nutrient/gene interactions that show how your protocol specifically addresses your genetic polymorphisms.
See a visual representation of your specific polymorphisms, weighted according to their potential impact. This image is one of over a dozen systems of the body that are genetically mapped. Clicking into any one of them opens a vast body of information about that gene.
Each box represents an organ or function in the body. The size and color of each box helps to visualize the number and importance of the polymorphisms you have related to that organ.
In the end, patients have a detailed understanding of the metabolic tendencies their polymorphisms have established for them since their birth. It is often a dramatic relief to understand how a set of polymorphisms combine to create, for example, an exaggerated stress response, or difficulty losing weight in spite of heroic efforts. Most importantly, though, patients finish with a detailed and highly annotated report that summarizes several areas, including:
Each of the polymorphisms likely having the largest impact on the patient's health
The specific set of nutrients most important for addressing the patient's specific genetic picture
A Protocol that includes a graphic representation of all nutrient, diet and lifestyle recommendations and the impact each on has on the patient's specific polymorphisms
A medication section of the report that details how the patient's polymorphisms can lead to high or low blood levels of those specific drugs
A list of specific foods and macronutrient recommendations so that each patient is eating in a way that most optimally addresses these underlying genetic tendencies
Dr. Nigh is now one of only a few dozen physicians in the country certified to access and utilize Opus23 . If you have ever wondered how your genetic make-up might be influencing your health, here is your chance to find out.