"The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition. " ~Thomas Edison.
Precision Nutrition was once considered the science of the future. Concepts such as testing metabolites ( Metabolomics) and checking interactions between prescription drugs and genetics for potential adverse effects (Pharmacogenetics) can now be part of everyday care. NGHC was founded in 2013 born out of Christy's desire to bridge the gap between alternative and modern medicine. This bridge is called integrative or functional medicine. NGHC focuses on functional nutrition as it relates to biochemical nuances within the genome and microbiome. Functional nutrition concentrations that Christy focuses on include connective tissue diseases, dysautonomia, mast cell activation syndrome, autoimmune disease, Lyme disease, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, autism spectrum disorder, cancer and other medical conditions. Christy and her company are based in Midlothian, Virginia.
How It Works
Nutritional Genomics encompasses the complex world of functional medicine. This means that once you have your genomic data, it will need to be validated. This most often occurs through bio-individualized functional testing. These are non-invasive tests that are performed by certified labs such as Quest Diagnostics, Lab Corps, Genova Diagnostics or Great Plains Laboratory. NGHC will provide you with a professional report of findings that has easy to find sections including a physician's guide. Functional testing is also used for nutritional analysis. By looking at the biochemical function of each body system, we are able to accurately and succinctly develop the most effective plan of action.
Advanced nutritional care begins with a thorough assessment of medical history, daily habits and chronic exposures. This includes basic laboratory analyses and the functional or integrative medicine philosophy of working with the "whole body" in lieu of its parts. While this "ground to the top" procedure requires dedication, it allows for everything from chronic issues to minor complications to resolve for the long term. At NGHC, we typically meet two to four times per month depending on the nature of the problem.