Suffering from Chronic Lyme or Mold? Your genetics may hold the key.
The work that has been done at the Nutrigenetics Research Institute has been able to compile certain patterns of genes that are seen in individuals who have difficulty recovering from chronic inflammation. The original studies were only focused on those with Chronic Lyme but has now been shown to be important for those who suffer from difficulty recovering from mold or any other source.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, approximately 10 to 20 percent of people who are treated with the recommended antibiotics for a Lyme infection will have disease symptoms that persist after they complete treatment.
These symptoms can include fatigue, joint or muscle aches, anxiety, sleep disorders and cognitive dysfunction and may last up to six months or longer. These symptoms can interfere with a person’s normal activities and cause emotional distress as a result. However, most people’s symptoms improve after six months to a year, but many do not.
Some experts think that the symptoms are caused by persistent bacteria that weren’t destroyed by the antibiotics, though there is no evidence to support this conclusion. Others believe that the disease damages your immune system and tissues. Your damaged immune system continues to respond to the infection even after the bacteria are destroyed, causing symptoms.
Your Genetic Risks
If you’ve been searching for answers to recover from chronic disease and build your health, testing your DNA may be your next step. Possibly at the root of persistent chronic inflammation are your genes.
Bob Miller, CTN, originator of the Nutrigenetics Research Institute, has conducted numerous studies analyzing patients with chronic Lyme and their genetic variations. Miller used data from The 1000 Genome Project as the reference group. This group consist of 1000 healthy individuals from around the world incorporating all racial and gender groups. Miller compared this group to the genetics of thousands of patients with chronic Lyme. He then categorized the genetic variations that the patients with chronic Lyme shared and presented these findings at the ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society) conferences around the world.
His research showed that it is not just one genetic variation that causes chronic inflammation but groupings of specific genes that affect the body’s ability to recover. An example of the many pathways that increase the risk of chronic Lyme is shown below.
Read more about the studies conducted at The Nutrigenetics Research Institute below.
2016 ILADS Conference in Helsinki, Finland – Phase I
2016 ILADS Conference in Philadelphia – Phase II
2017 ILADS Conference in Paris, France – Phase III
2017 ILADS Conference in Boston – Phase IV
2018 ILADs Conference in Warsaw Poland – Phase V
2018 ILADS Conference in Chicago – Phase VI
2019 ILADS Conference in Madrid, Spain – Phase VII
For those who have difficulty recovering from chronic Lyme or mold, testing your genetics may be the only way to reclaim your health. We offer this genomic testing at The Johnson Center that may show you the path needed for recovering your health.
Data from 23andme is not recommended as their testing is not as accurate as needed for clinical genomic testing and does not test for all the relevant genes. By using the testing services of Functional Genomic Analysis, 602,000 pieces of DNA are measured by a simple saliva test. Everyone has some level of genetic variation in their DNA and having this information is your blueprint for health.
We offer both on-site and well as long-distance genetic nutritional consultations via Skype or phone call.
If interested, please complete the form below or call Rebecca at 276-235-3205.