As we have noted in previous blogs, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is increasing and by 2050 it is predicted it will affect 160 million people globally. Over 200 genes so far have been identified that influence the risk of Alzheimer’s – so is this disease a consequence of our genetics or a mismatch of our genes with our environment?
“Nutrigenomics is surely part of the future for pro-active, personalised, predictive and preventative healthcare”, a snippet taken from a blog that we wrote back in April 2014 and now, two years on, the use of nutrigenomics as a tool in the health practice has only grown in stature.
When you consider that mental health problems affect around 1 in 4 people throughout the United Kingdom, it should come as no surprise that conditions that fall into that category such as anxiety, autism, schizophrenia, depression, ADHD and Alzheimer’s make up a significant proportion of people seeking complementary healthcare throughout the UK.
“High homocysteine in the population is associated with a doubling of the risk of developing Alzheimer’s”, commented David Smith, the Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford, on a recent BBC Radio 4 programme looking at how supplements that lower the levels of the amino acid homocysteine could help to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
“The danger posed by growing resistance to antibiotics should be ranked along with terrorism on a list of threats to the nation, the government’s chief medical officer for England has said. Professor Dame Sally Davies described it as a “ticking time bomb”. She warned that routine operations could become deadly in just 20 years if we lose the ability to fight infection.” Continue reading
Our article today is a conversation between Amanda Williams, Managing Director of Cytoplan and Dr Rangan Chatterjee who, post qualification, worked as a hospital doctor for 6 years and has spent the last 7 years working in General Practice around Manchester. His passion is to get to the root cause of problems rather than to just treat symptoms. He specialises in gut health and the immune system, and these areas plus nutrition typically form the core of his new patient consultation and treatment. Continue reading