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Alpharetta Wellness Clinic

5755 North Point Pkwy, Suite 89, Alpharetta GA 30022 US

Alpharetta Wellness Clinic

Prevention is Our Passion

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Do your genes really determine your future?

Posted on November 16, 2019 at 11:37 AM Comments comments (0)
"It just runs in my family?" Do your genes really determine your future, your health and your lifespan? If one or more parents had heart disease, or diabetes, obesity or cancer, does that mean that you will experience the same fate? How much control do we really have over the expression of our genes?

It turns out that some aspects of our genes can be controlled. Within our DNA are single nucleotide polymorphisms or SNPs (pronounced "snips"), genetic variations. Some SNPs are actionable, that is, we can take certain actions, like diet, excercise and other lifestyle changes to prevent the negative manifestation of some of those characteristics. 

The first step is to test your DNA, with a simple cheek swab, to determine what your inherited SNPs are, then a nutritional formula is created specifically for you, based on those results. Sounds pretty futuristic, doesn't it? 

Well the future is here now! At Alpharetta Wellness Clinic we have the ability to provide this service. No more guesswork, wondering if you need this supplement or that. No more closets full of outdated supplements that you thought were a great idea at the time. And you can't get any more specific than your own DNA!
Get your roadmap to a healthier future, by calling the clinic and making your appointment today!


Link between aluminum antiperspirants and breast cancer?

Posted on March 9, 2012 at 9:27 PM Comments comments (0)
As an oncology certified nurse practitioner I have been instructing patients to avoid the use of aluminum based antiperspirants for years. I had read research several years ago that showed a link between fibrocystic breast disease and antiperspirants. My reasoning was that if aluminum was showing up in breasts cysts, it certainly could be linked to breast cancer. Here is research to show that there is in fact a link. More studies and research are needed, of course. But should we wait for definitive proof or be proactive about protecting against breast cancer?

Prevention is Our Passion

Posted on August 13, 2010 at 8:23 PM Comments comments (0)
Welcome to the Alpharetta Wellness Clinic blog! Our topic today is Prevention. For most people, preventive medicine means mammograms and screening of various kinds: Pap smears for women, PSA lab tests for men, and colonoscopy for both. But these are not prevention in the pure sense of the word. They are really means of early (hopefully) detection.
At Alpharetta Wellness Clinic we take a different view of prevention, an approach we like to call Proactive Prevention. What we have discovered over the years is that many , in fact most diseases are preventable, simply by making certain choices in life. Like choosing the salad over the hamburger at the cafeteria. Or shopping the perimeter of the grocery store where the fruits and vegetables are instead of the rows of snacks and soda pop. Or putting back items that list 20 ingredients with unpronounceable words, and choosing foods that don't require an ingredient label, like fresh apples, broccoli and carrots. Or grazing instead of gorging; the former method helps to maintain stable insulin and blood sugar levels; while the latter method causes spikes in blood sugar and insulin release.
There is a new epidemic in our nation, and it is obesity. We're not talking about those annoying saddlebags that make jeans hard to pull up over our hips. No we're talking about trunk obesity, which is best measured with a waist tape measure. This type of fat is unhealthy. Unfortunately this epidemic has severely affected our youth. Type 2, what used to be called Adult Onset Diabetes, because it was only seen in older adults, is now common in young children. It is feared that adults of this generation may outlive their children! Clearly this situation warrants a change in our diet and lifestyle.
Something else that helps to prevent disease, especially heart disease, is regular exercise. Nothing fancy, no boot camp required, no special equipment or expensive gym memberships needed, just MOVE. Get up off the couch and move! A brisk walk, a bicycle ride, swimming a few laps in a pool, or, my favorite, dancing, are all great ways to stay trim, fit and keep that most important muscle, the heart, toned and healthy. If you are unaccustomed to exercise, start off slow and build up to 30 minutes per day. Check with your practitioner before starting an exercise program if you have any serious condition or chest pain.