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Genomic Testing: Personalizing Wellness Deciphering our DNA

Genomic Testing – Our 23 Chapter Operating Manual

Never has genomic testing Genomic testing Dr. Mansoor Mohammed on Best In Corporate Healthbeen better described than my guest, Dr. Mansoor Mohammed, clinical genomicist, widely regarded as a pioneer in medical genomics and has been the recipient of multiple academic and industry awards. His academic CV  boasts University of Guelph, UCLA, Baylor & University of Toronto.  Dr. Mansoor is a leading and innovative provider of comprehensive Lifestyle Genomics and Personalized Medicine consulting.  His intensely vivid imagery takes us through a journey of discovery into personalized wellness. Imagine the most intricate game of connect the dots, where our cells are the dots……..I would like to think Dr. Mansoor and colleagues are leading the future of our medical care.

Genomic testing is Where Science Surpasses Science Fiction
Genomic Testing - our operating manual to personalized wellness Best In Corporate Health
“The most important legacy we inherit – is the legacy of our genetic, genomic operating manual” Dr. Mansoor Mohammed

Think of our genomic profile as our operating manual. This operating manual holds the vital inner minutia of how we work, how are we metabolizing our nutrients, our inner pathways…..  A users manual made of 23 chapters – our 23 chromosomes. Each of these chapters  contain the instructions, genes that dictate the body’s decision processes.

We inherit two complete 23 chapter manuals – one from our mother and one from our father.

If you ask people “what is genetics”, they usually have one of two answers;

  1. Inheritance – the genes we inherited from Mamma & Papa, our ancestral form
  2. The Angelina Jolie…..our predisposition to disease….

 

Mansoor teaches us that genetics is so much more than that ….this is as far as I am going

Dr. Mansoor Mohammed Genomic Testing Best In Corporate Health
Dr. Mansoor, Clinical Genomicist “You are unique. Your genomic legacy defines your uniqueness far beyond your physical appearances. It encompasses the minutia of your cellular functions…”

here…no spoiler alert….Listen to Dr. Mansoor…-  Understand the depth of health info encoded in our genetics.

 

I want to be very careful here –we are not victims of our genetics – we cannot use genetics as our universal scapegoat for  challenges in life. As the CDC says….80% of our chronic illnesses are lifestyle.

What genomic testing shows us – is just how directly our nutrition, environmental exposures, lifestyle choices can control how our genes express themselves in our health. We do not change our genes – we can influence how they are expressed. Genomic testing empowers us to make more accurate health decisions, for our own unique genetic composition

Point to Ponder: we often think we are making  good, responsible decisions with our health, when in fact, we are jeopardizing our health…………

Example: 85% of women under the age of 25 have tried the birth control pill, or are on it. Many women have an inherent genetic pathway, that introducing artificial hormones can be disastrous. Just because a woman is not feeling any “side effects” from the hormones, does not mean she is not causing deleterious health risks.

Genomic Testing for Supplementation:

A 2016 study found that Americans spend $30 Billion on dietary supplements. When we study medical genomics, we understand why many of these supplements can have a detrimental effect on our health. 

Just because vitamins and supplements are available without a prescription, does NOT mean they are harmless. Accurate supplementation is a vital part of our health. However, random supplementation can be a hazard to our health. In our interview, we share some of the risks associated with random supplementation.

Genomic testing allows us to customize our supplementation, optimizing our genomic legacy.

Know Our Genomic Legacy….Optimize our Genomic Legacy 

Lifestyle Genomics. The goal is to understand

  1. Understand the unique features of our genomic legacy
  2. Nutrition   Environment    Lifestyle  – Optimally synchronize these with our genomic legacy

We cannot change our genes, we can influence our gene expression.

Our genomic legacy is truly empowering in preventing illness.

Please enjoy listening to Dr. Mansoor – he will help you understand  so much about yourself, the need for personalized wellness.

 

Genomic testing – now available in our personalized wellness programs:

✔️Personalizing is the secret sauce of wellness programs –        -Corporate Health magazine

✔️Both participants and nonparticipants agreed that wellness programs need to incorporate a personalized, customized approach.70% of employee participants reported that their company’s offering is an indicator that their employer cares about them.                      Harvard Business Review

✔️Personalized wellness plans get better results, show significant improvements               Aetna 2015

Personalized wellness programs…..Yes…..We get VERY personal……right down to the DNA….

Corporate health programs…what a wonderful way to affordably  make the world a happier, healthier place.

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack – The Corporate Happy Place medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio


Genomics: Sequencing the Genome Preventing Disease

Genomics – The Science of Mapping our Genome

Genomics is changing the way we our proactive about our health, changing the way we treat disease. Genomic testing is truly revolutionizing healthcare.

 ( Register for a FREE Webinar with world renowned Clinical Genomicist Dr. Mansoor, on November 9, 7 p.m. eastern, and receive a promo code for 50% off  genomic testing……testing for more genomic markers, than any other test available. )

My Recent Interview on Genomics and Lifestyle choices based on Genomic Testing
Recently I was asked to appear as a special guest on the Make Your Body Work podcast. The show is a Q&A format and we were talking about the following question from a woman named Ainsley:
 

“‘…I was reading a book recently that suggested that we can change our genes based on our lifestyle choices. This makes me wonder how important it really is to cater to our genes, or to even worry about what our genes originally say. If we can actually change our genes, then shouldn’t that be our focus? At least it would be a nice thought, if we’re able to change them.”

As you know, this conversation topic is right up my alley. I was happy to share some ideas and insights that could be helpful to you as well. Listen to the podcast 

Genomics: Deciphering our DNA to Prevent and Recover from Chronic Illness

What is the Genome?

What is the difference in genetic testing and genomic testing?

Genomics Best In Corporate HealthKnowledge is power. Again, I am going to emphasize – according to the CDC 80 % of illness is caused by lifestyle. If we have the knowledge that we carry a genetic predisposition for an illness – you think that might help us hone our lifestyle choices?

If we know that we have a genetic predisposition for diabetes, which can more often than not be prevented by our daily choices, is that motivation for greater commitment to a life to prevent diabetes?

If we have the knowledge for a more targeted treatment protocol of disease, or a more targeted guide for our nutrition, supplementation, exercise…..think that’s motivation?

We so often want a crystal ball to gaze into our future. We do have a number of crystal balls. I am referring to the crystal balls based of science and research, Science that can read & decipher code of our DNA. I am referring to the science of genetic testing & more recently the study of genomics. The study of genetics has been with us for a long time, ever since an Austrian monk named Gregor Mendel traced heritable traits in his pea plants in the 1800s.

Genetic testing over the years has helped us isolate monogenic diseases – understand individual genes and their role in disease such as sickle cell anemia which we know strikes those of Middle Eastern, Indian, Mediterranean and yes, African heritage. Contrary to popular belief – sickle cell  is related to malaria prone areas, not skin color.

Genetic testing has helped women and men discover if they are carriers of the BRCA gene mutation. Other monogenic (one gene is affected) include cystic fibrosis, polycystic kidney disease, and Tay-Sachs disease.

Personalizing corporate wellness with genomics Best in Corporate HealthNow genomics: Genomics looks at a person’s entire genetic makeup – called the genome. If we look at our chronic illnesses of today – cancer, heart disease, diabetes these diseases are a perfect storm from the interaction of a number of genes……and further complicated by environmental factors and lifestyle choices…… And……the plot thickens…..
Where genomics is insanely helpful –  scientifically targeting  our lifestyle decisions. Genomics focuses on all of the genes and genetic material (not just one at a time) and their interaction with NON genetic factors. By understanding how genes interact with non-genetic factors over which many we have control, such as diet, exercise, and smoking, exposure to oxidative stressors……we can minimize our risk and prevent many complex diseases. Genomics allows us to choose more appropriate food choices, choose targeted nutraceuticals vs swallowing generalized vitamins that give us expensive pee, and genomics can be used in targeting treatment protocols for various diseases….Science has outdone science fiction!

Vitamins ….. Supplements . ….Nutraceuticals

We spend billions every year on vitamins and supplements. There is no question there is better health to be gained with educated supplementation, when guided by real science. Problems:

  • Most people take a general multivitamin – quality varies and is extremely questionable
  •  Very often excipients (flow agents, binders, fillers, coatings, preservatives) are used that can be a health hazard
  • There is a very incorrect view that vitamins can only help us, not hurt us – and that is just not true. There are some conditions we could be totally unaware we have – and those supplements can exacerbate the situation
  • People think if some is good, more is better….just NOT true
  • There are water soluble and fat soluble vitamins. It is possible for fat soluble vitamins to be stores and accumulate to toxic levels
  • There is very little quality control
  • Certain supplements can encourage the growth of tumors

Just as with medication, we need to be educated as to the best choices for us. Genomic testing  – alerting us to our potential for disease – helps us make educated decisions over which supplements we should stay away from, and which ones will support our health.

Genomic Testing in our Corporate Wellness Programs

Corporate Wellness Magazine:

Genomics personalizing employee wellness
Getting very personal – genomic testing to personalize employee wellness programs

Personalization is the secret sauce for any wellness program

Personalized wellness programs deliver better motivation, knowledge, employee engagement, and results.

A personalized wellness program also conveys a serious commitment on the part of the employer to the employee. In our current  world where “attracting and keeping top talent in our organizations” is  a priority, personalization is key.

Providing Employees the Wealth of Health in Genomics –

Nothing Says Value & Appreciation More Than Health.  Appreciation breeds engagement

Harvard Business Review 2016: The Cost of Disengagement

Genomics Personalizing wellness programs
Targeting Health – Personalizing wellness with Genomics and Biometrics

“While a cut-throat environment and a culture of fear can ensure engagement (and sometimes even excitement) for some time, research suggests that the inevitable stress it creates will likely lead to disengagement over the long term. Engagement in work — which is associated with feeling valued, secure, supported, and respected — is generally negatively associated with a high-stress, cut-throat culture.  In studies by the Queens School of Business and by the Gallup Organization, disengaged workers had:

  • 37% higher absenteeism
  • 49% more accidents,
  • 60% more errors and defects.

In organizations with low employee engagement scores they experienced :

  • 18% lower productivity
  • 16% lower profitability,
  • 37% lower job growth
  •  65% lower share price over time
  • Businesses with highly engaged employees enjoyed 100% more job applications.
Genomics in wellness Best In Corporate HealthCancer Genomics

As a scientist, corporate health provider – my passion has always been preventing cancer. It was established many years ago that cancer is only 8-10% genetics – the rest is lifestyle – exposures to mutagens, carcinogens, oxidative stress that disrupt our inner ecosystem – and create an inner biology that is a good host for cancer. We have all been touched by cancer – either ourselves, or devastated by the loss of a loved one to cancer.

Cancer costs in the workplace – courtesy Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) 2014:

  • In lost work time & treatment: $19,000/100 employees/year
  • Lost work time and presenteeism  $10,000/ 100 workers
  • Medical and pharmacy treatments  $9,100
  •  Absent 3.8 more days per year
  •  Lose the equivalent of 1.8 more days per year to presenteeism.
  • At any given time, about 1/4 of employees with a history of cancer are in treatment.
  • Employees with cancer have an average of approximately four other conditions that complicate care management strategies

By studying the cancer genome, scientists can discover what letter changes are causing a cell to become a cancer. The genome of a cancer cell can also be used to tell one type of cancer from another.  In some cases, studying the genome in a cancer can help identify a subtype of cancer within that type, such as HER2+ breast cancer. Understanding the cancer genome may also help a doctor select the best treatment for each patient.

✔️ Coming Next week to Best In Corporate Health, an Interview with Bryce Wylde & Dr. Mansoor Mohammed – experts in the science of genomic testing 

Personalization   ⇒ Creating the Corporate Health Culture. A vital aspect of attracting top talent, creating a loyal, productive, healthy workforce 

 

At Best in Corporate Health……we get very personal....

Understanding what genetic predispositions we have. This enables us to target the choices we make in our daily lives. It enables health care professionals to better target treatment options for pre-existing conditions. Health is NOT one size fits all, nor should our wellness programs be.

Biometrics   Incentivize with wearable technology     Live Interactive webinars   FUN

And now ……     Genomics…………

Yes…..We get VERY personal……right down to the DNA….

Corporate health programs…what a wonderful way to affordably  make the world a happier, healthier place.

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack – The Corporate Happy Place medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio


Redefine Data Analytics….Using employees’ own biometrics and sequencing the genome for the ultimate personalized wellness  programs-