Will Nutrigenomics Give Us “Personalized” Nutrition?

Obesity was recently classified as a disease by the American Medical Association. Ranking 5th in global obesity, over 30% of the US adult population is considered obese.  Everyone knows the traditional pyramid of nutrition, but new studies show that an…

Moving From Sick Care to Wellcare

As shown above in 2009, I began to notice an expanding definition of health and wellness which included habit design and self-care.  Albeit slowly, I think we are beginning to see a societal shift in the importance of health and…

Ayasdi – Using the Power of Math to Solve Medical Mysteries

Do you have a friend who has beaten the odds and survived cancer? I do. When I was in dental school, my best friend’s husband was diagnosed with melanoma and given 6 months to live.  Today, over twenty years later,…

Fecal Transplants

Microbiome and Disease: Fecal Transplants Fecal transplants, also known as fecal microbiota transplants (FMT), may be a cure to the 14,000 deaths per year from Clostridium difficile (C. difficile).  They are a quick and inexpensive outpatient procedure with a 90% cure rate.…

Learning that Germs Can Be Our Friends

There are trillions of bacteria that make up the human microbiome.  How do scientists study all the bacteria, their interactions and their effect on disease? What is Metagenomics? Metagenomics is a rapidly growing field of research that focuses on the…

The Other Human Genome – the Microbiome

Not all causes of disease can be explained by human genetics; there are trillions of bacteria in our bodies that can affect healthy gene expression and development - these bacteria are called microbes. Current statistics show that the number of…

You May Be More Than Your Genes

Ever wonder why family genetics don’t always make sense? According to the increasing number of publications on epigenetics, shown above, there may be both environmental and social influences involved. What is Epigenetics? Epigenetics is the change in gene expression that…