Genetic profiling is set to be the most far-reaching health revolution of our time. Due to huge leaps forward in DNA medicine, we can now discover much we need to know about our own bodies, and for the first time, make informed choices about which lifestyles will lead to health and happiness, avoid potential illness and maximise our physical and mental well-being.
Our unhealthy modern lifestyle is now proven to be the driving force behind the epidemic levels of chronic disease. At home and work we are under constant pressure and stress. We often eat on the go without consideration for giving our body the nutrition it needs. A sedentary lifestyle and lack of physical activity and exercise is a major health risk. Many of us are also sacrificing quality sleep and relaxation, and smoking or drinking to manage stress.
Many of us have been in an unhappy relationship, feeling stuck in life, and left wondering why it all just seems too hard. This happened to Dhana McKeown, mother of two boys and contract consultant to the government.
The latest research in neuroscience and epigenetics has converged to revolutionise the way we view health and treat illness. The many studies demonstrating our ability to change our brain and genes, and repair damage to them, constitute irrefutable proof that what we believe, how we feel, and how we live has a real and lasting impact on our health. The paradigm is shifting to the bio-psycho-social model which recognises that health is an integration of mind, body and environmental factors.