Genetic Testing

Posted on: 25th September 2017

Genetic Testing

Have you ever wondered why identical lifestyles in two individuals can result in completely different health consequences for each person? The nature of the human form means that we are all unique and that includes our metabolic rates of certain nutritional elements or even of medications. In the same way that your genetics may indicate which disorders you may be likely to get, so too can they determine what treatments will be the most effective for you.

How does genetic testing work?

Using a non-invasive cheek swab, your DNA can be examined for genetic variations called polymorphisms. Although approximately 99% of all human genetic makeup is identical, the 1% of genetic variation, in conjunction with various environmental factors, is responsible for the differences between humans. These polymorphisms may not have any effect on health outcomes and rarely cause issues without a contribution from non-genetic factors such as dietary intake or personal experiences.

Therefore, although recommended daily allowances (RDAs) satisfy the nutritional needs of most people, they may not meet everyone’s requirements. The fields of nutrigenetics and psychiatric genetics have evolved to examine your individual genetic composition and identify which diet types and medications should work best for your particular set of DNA. This type of genetic screening has been extremely effective for developing meal and treatment plans that optimise physiological and psychological functioning.

 What can The Blue Tree Clinic do for you?

Here at The Blue Tree Clinic, we specialise in both nutrigenetics and psychiatric genetics. Nutrigenetics bridges the gap between genetic predisposition and dietary impact.

While psychiatric genetics helps us to understand the likelihood of developing certain psychiatric disorders based on your genetic profile. In this way, we can personalise treatment methods for you.
We understand the frustration of having to suffer the side effects and consequences of medication and dietary plans that don’t work. These genetic tests allow us to customise treatment methods so that they are as effective as possible and you can concentrate on getting the results you need.

Who can genetic testing help?

Diet is imperative to our mental state – if you aren’t eating right, you won’t be feeling right.  Lethargy, headaches and weight gain are just some of the consequences of a poor nutrition. Nutrigenetic screening can help determine which diet is most suited to you to ensure you are functioning at optimum health.

Similarly, for anyone that is concerned about developing certain conditions, such as addiction, autism and schizophrenia, psychiatric genetic testing can identify the probability of them occurring, in order for us to provide you with the appropriate treatment.

If you believe you may benefit from any of our genetic tests or if you are just interested in finding out about your own genetic predispositions, contact us by phone or via the form below.