The latest trend in functional medicine is to test patients’ genetics to help individualize treatment. Perhaps the most recognized example of this is the MTHFR test for methylation defects. Sites like have helped to educate thousands of people on this. However, recent studies are also showing that the appropriate intake of nutrients can influence genetic expression.

A new study in the journal Nature Microbiology showed that up to 90% of the genes studied could be affected by changes in nutrient intake. These findings are consistent with previous studies showing how the intake of nutrients such as proteins, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, and fatty acids could positively change genetic expression. 

This is important data because it gives hope to people who believe that they are doomed to their genetic variations. It is important to seek the help of a physician who is knowledgeable on functional genetic testing and how to work both with it and against it. This has many applications. First, it helps people realize that they are not necessarily doomed because of their genetics. Appropriate nutrients in their daily diet can cancel the effects of bad genetic expression. Alternately, the genetics connected to scoliosis development and progression may also be affected by nutrients in a positive way. This is why it’s so important to treat scoliosis as an entire whole-body condition, and not just a spinal curvature.

Not only will nutrients be important, but various types of supplementation is also crucial for appropriate healing and health maintenance. The physicians at the Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Center have been been testing patients genetically for several years, using their results to create custom treatment plans that restore vitality, and improve quality of life. Functional and integrative medicine are rooted in natural medicine. Unfortunately, it is considered a radical idea that food or nutrients might possibly solve your health problems. The key to staying healthy is appropriate intake of healthy nutrients. It’s as simple and difficult as that.