Ten years ago, it cost over £1000 to have your genome sequenced. I know this because my mother paid for my siblings’ genetic testing. (She didn’t deliberately preclude me, I was living abroad at the time!) Ironically I have the worst genes out of all three of us so I wish I had known about my gene variations sooner as I probably wouldn’t have ended up with the health problems that led me to train in functional, nutrition & herbal medicine and become a naturopath in the first place.
Since then, the price for genetic testing has dropped dramatically. 23andme offer tests for £125 in the UK, and this provides you with a few health reports and some ancestry data, which is very interesting. However, there is the potential there for a huge amount of information which could change your life and a lot of people do not know how to make sense of. It could also mean that incorrect interpretation could cause people to take supplements or seek out treatment that isn’t actually necessary.
What I do for my clients is take that raw data, break it down so it is easy to understand and provide relevant and detailed advice on nutrition, useful botanicals, lifestyle and environmental advice in a comprehensive report. This empowers my clients to understand the hand they have been dealt and allow them to take control of whether some of those genes get switched on or off and make positive and proactive lifestyle changes in the face of potential risk of inherited disease.
Tests I work with:
I also use LiveWello.
You can either send me your existing results for analysis or you can order the test through me to interpret.