Feeding Your Genes – Dr. Nick Delgado with Dr. Jeffrey Bland

Feeding Your Genes – Dr. Nick Delgado with Dr. Jeffrey Bland

Dr. Delgado: So in Personalized Medicine Nutrition
Institute, you’re doing things to empower doctors and practitioners. Tell me a little bit more about that
project, actually say the title of the company again. Dr. Bland: So I was a founder a cofounder of the
Institute for functional medicine in 1991. We have about a 100,000 health practitioners now that have gone through the courses of the Institute for Functional Medicine since 1991. We are category 1 approved by the American
College of Medical Education. We have a medical
textbook, it’s being used in 17 medical schools. And that model, that functional medicine
model, which is built out what I’ve been talking about in terms of gene expression, is now starting to really catch fire
and getting traction. And were kind of on the knee of the hockey stick. Were seeing globally, people picking up this
functional medicine model. But what I recognize is that there was a gap between our
practitioners who were starting to understand this and the consumer, the health-conscious
consumer. We need to bring this message in down to people so they can agree within
their own lives and they can empower themselves. So from that, then I decided
“functional medicine” is kind of a weighty term for the average health consumers. So I
said what do they understand? They understand lifestyle, and understanding personalizing it to
their needs. So that’s why we formed the personalized lifestyle medicine institute
Which you can find by either going to Jeffreybland.com or thelmiinstitute.org
. And that is the consumer-facing of this
broad movement. People can find resources, information,
referrals, the latest the breakthroughs in
science. It’s really relating to how they can empower themselves this
concept of taking charge of their health. Dr. Delgado: Do you video education clips
that can help people to learn? Dr. Bland: Yes we have daily
blogs on the latest stuff, and news. It’s kinda trying to
bring this revolution thats happening from the bedside and from the bench of scientists directly to the consumer. So they can start using this as an effective way of
improving their health. Dr. Delgado: I think one of the challenges that the
consumer has who may end up becoming caught up in
the health care system is; When they’re referred to a specialist and
they’re being brought down to “Let’s focus on this particular disease
in this subspecialty.” The problem is that someone has to
step back and create a generalized system. And recreate:
what is true healthy lifestyle? What do these diseases
have in common? And oftentimes rebuilding that house, a
strong foundation, is going to maybe change the course of that disease.
Dr. Bland: I think you said it. Because what that
foundation you’re talking about is doing, is epi-genetically, Epi- means above the genes modifying how the genes are going to
express your function. The way we are shaped, look, act, feel and our health, is not
hard-wired in our genes. There’s no such thing as “Obesity
genes” there are genes that are related to the way a person responds to their
environment that cause them to gain weight. But that’s not an
obesity gene. By changing the way they diet, they exercise, and they live, that is not seen
as obesity. The example would be the Pima Indians.
The Pima indians that live in Arizona on the reservation have a huge problem with diabetes. Something
like eighty percent of the adult population has diabetes. So we say, ” Oh the poor Pimas. They were born
with diabetic genes” But if you look at the Pimas, going back
in history the first diabetes that we’ve ever seen in them was reported in the late 30’s early 40’s. It’s not their genes, they have warrior genes. Its what
we’re feeding their genes. The white flour, the white sugar, the alcohol, the
soft drinks, those things are creating an expression
in their genes that we called diabetes. So by going back to their’ way that they
lived earlier their activity patterns and their diets
they don’t diabetes. Dr. Delgado: Nathan Pritikin once stated that the
Pima indians, the blood relatives are the Tarahumara indians in Chihuahua Mexico. These people you know
they run non-stop 180 miles its phenomenal! You know they the granola, nuts,
and beans and tortillas, and a little avocado. So basically it’s a plant-based diet and
a lot of running because we were born to run. So you take the Pima Indians who
could say ‘genetics’ but then they went and they started frying bread with sugar
and oil and I guess they call them ‘churros’. I don’t think thats so cheery. Right? Thats going to be a problem. So
genetics can, certainly, a person could have a
predisposition. I guess in the example some people are born with three earned 330
billion fat cells and maybe a slender person that their father and mother were and the generation before were slender, maybe they only have 300 billion fat cells. So you could fill up all those fat cells, they dont look fat, but maybe their heart and their arteries aren’t very good. And the obese person could fulfill those cells by eating too much healthy food. But their arteries could be clean. Dr. Bland: This is the concept of personalization. There’s no one food that fits
all. There’s no one exercise program that
fits all. It’s really understanding ourselves that if you call it susceptibility I
call it unique-ness. Because susceptibility sounds a little
bit like a negative factor, like “Oh my word! I have all the susceptibilities!” What we all have in our genes are
high resilience factors. We want to maximize our resilience so we
can manage all these changes in life. And that’s the
way we need to eat, live, and act, compatible with our genes. Dr. Delgado: Yes, so the guy with 330 billion fat cells
might have survived famines, and the skinny guy, he was gone! Unfortunately, as it is, most of us who
have survived it, you know we get that challenge. So we just have to
express it differently right? We have to go back to the basics. Dr. Bland: That’s
exactly right. It’s something about knowing ourselves. There’s a place where we as health-conscious consumers can learn
about ourselves without professional intervention without a medical doctor
some other therapist telling us about it. Then there’s a place maybe where we need
professional help, and that’s why the Institute of Functional Medicine was formed to
train docs to help at that level. But the the basic first level
approach is a person understanding themselves. Being conscious of
how they’re responding to their own environment.

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