How Can Genetic Wellness Be Regulated?
DNA is the blueprint of who we really are. While this is a known fact, what is lesser known is that even though this blueprint exists, it is external influences that can turn on or off certain genes. Epigenetics is the study of how environemtatl factors can influence how genes work. These parts of the genes ‘epigenomes’ which interact with the environment are responsible for the changes that are brought about and thus through the course of naturopathy, the focus is on studying how to use this interaction to one’s advantage.
DNA testing is done by swabbing a saliva sample and then running it through a sequencing machine. The analogy that can be used to explain the interaction between environmental factors and gene expression is that of a gun. A loaded gun represents the genetic makeup of the person, and the things that are beyond your control. However, external factors are the triggers that set off the cascade.