The intersection of environment, genes, microbiome and health. 


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Traditional understanding of disease dictates our genes are fixed at birth and we are predestined to the chronic health conditions of our parents and grandparents (e.g. Alzheimer's disease, autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes). Within this model, we are relatively powerless in overcoming any predispositions to these debilitating health conditions and we are 'doomed' to live out the chronic diseases of our ancestors. 


However, the gene and 'omics' revolution has brought a radical transformation in our thinking. It has empowered us with the knowledge that while are genes may be fixed, their expression is not. The environment in which we place our genes is critical in determining chronic disease outcomes. Once we identify the genomic weaknesses, we can create an optimal environment for our genes. By personalizing bioactive nutrient recommendations, targeted at reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, minimizing environmental toxin exposure and nourishing the gut microbiome, we can promote better health, resiliency and longevity.

Ultimately, we now have the opportunity to reshape our ancestral destiny and strive for optimal health.

Fiona McKiernan, MS, RDN, IFMNT

Genomic Medicine Clinician