Nutrigenomics and Culinary Genomics: A Personalized Approach to Feeding Your Genes Wisely for Optimal Health of Body and Mind

Through interactive presentations, will introduce participants to the concept of genomics, differentiate between genetics and genomics, some of the common critical biochemical pathways underlying most chronic diseases, how gene SNPs impact these systems to predispose to chronic disease, and lifestyle interventions that have been demonstrated to potentially mitigate this impact. Illustrations with clinical cases will be used throughout. Connection between genes and mind-body approaches will be discussed. The role of nutrients and bioactive compounds in foods and how they impact gene expression will be emphasized, and participants will walk away with simple recipes and techniques that can be used with patients.

Learner's Objectives:

  1. Introduce the science and history of genomics, and understand the concept of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and how they impact health.
  2. Learn how to apply personalized medicine concepts to patients in your practice through clinical case histories, focusing on cardiometabolic disease, and emotional health.
  3. Develop an understanding of how specific foods impact gene expression, experience how to use these dietary interventions with your patients.

Medical Gap this workshop addresses:

Chronic health conditions including cardiometabolic disease, autoimmune diseases, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression and anxiety are crippling the health of our patients and overburdening our healthcare system. Research is showing that most of these diseases are a result of the interactions between our genes and our environment, and by knowing a person’s genomic predispositions and how to potentially circumvent them through diet and lifestyle, most of these chronic diseases can be potentially prevented and/or mitigated. Early experience is showing using personalized medicine that is based on a person’s DNA is effective both in improving health outcomes and lowering costs. Genomics is a relatively new science that presents a steep learning curve for healthcare practitioners, and they need education and programs to help them learn how to understand and apply these new tools in a clinically relevant way, and be able to help patients with scientifically valid, actionable steps for diet and lifestyle changes.