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Definition and Description of Nutrigenomics

Background Information on Nutritional Genomics Research
Atlanta Human Genomics - Personalized Medical Care

Personalized Holistic Medicine and Nutrition

Nutrigenomics Rationale

Nutrigenomics describes how food and food constituents influence the way our genes (DNA) are translated, via RNA (‘the messenger’ genes), into the proteins that make up our bodies.  The root cause effects of nutrition on health and disease cannot be diagnosed without a profound understanding of how nutrients act at a molecular and genetic level. The emergence and development of Nutrigenomics has been possible due to powerful developments in genetic research. Individual differences in genetics, or genetic variability, have an effect on metabolism and on phenotypes. With the progress in genetics, biochemical disorders with a high nutritional relevance are linked to a genetic origin. Common disorders like obesity, insulin resistance, high cholesterol and hypertension have their origin in metabolic genome variations.

Until recently, nutrition research concentrated on nutrient deficiencies and impairment of health. The advent of genomics now helps us understand how nutrients modulate gene and protein expression and ultimately influence cellular and organism metabolism. Nutrigenomics can be seen as the combination of molecular nutrition research and genomics applications. It provides insights into how nutrition works, allows comprehensive and deep phenotyping and the identification of early biomarkers for pre-disease states and allows to development of new nutritional strategies to keep people healthy and fit according to their individual needs.

Typical Conditions relevant to Nutrigenomics therapies

Methylation Pathway analysis to help proper metabolic functioning (Nutrigenomics)

  • Fibromyalgia (chronic muscle aches)
  • Brain Fog
  • Chronic fatigue and decreased energy levels
  • Problem with sleep and mood
  • Elevated homocysteine levels
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Issues with heart function

Metabolic Genetics

  • Body processing of fats, proteins and carbohydrates

Mitochondrial disorders, genetic drivers and possible medications

  • Diabetes
  • Anemia, Dementia, Hypertension, Neurodevelopmental disorders


The first patient visit comprises of a discussion with the doctor on current symptoms and / or potential concerns based on family history. Also discussed will be traditional medicines and therapies that have been attempted or in progress and the history of outcomes from these efforts. The physician will order a customized test panel to provide a genetic evaluation and diagnosis if there is a high probability of effective therapies using medication, diet and nutritional supplements.

Follow up visits will discuss the results of this testing and prescribe a personalized set of medication as well as nutritional recommendations, and hormonal therapies. A follow up appointment for testing to ensure efficacy may be suggested at this time. We will only continue with therapies and testing only as long as the efficacy analysis points to positive outcomes. Lack of progress, for whatever reason, will result in discontinuing our testing and therapies. We are committed to being an Accountable Care medical service in both resolving current chronic conditions as well as minimizing early onset of diseases.