Outsmart Your Genes: How Understanding Your DNA Will Empower You to Protect Yourself Against Cancer,A lzheimer's, Heart Disease, Obesity, and Many Other Conditions

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Penguin, Apr 6, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 336 pages
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Predictive medicine is the most exciting—and potentially groundbreaking—medical development in decades. Written by Brandon Colby, MD, a leader in the fields of predictive medicine and genetic testing, Outsmart Your Genes will empower you, the reader, with a clear understanding of exactly what predictive medicine entails and how it can be used today to protect your health as well as the health of those you love.

Written in straightforward, nontechnical language, Outsmart Your Genes enables everyone, even those without any background in genetics or medicine, to understand the benefits of predictive medicine. Separating myth from fact and answering all the tough questions, Outsmart Your Genes clearly explains:

  • How the revolutionary new medical specialty called predictive medicine analyzes your genes and provides you with clear solutions to protect your health and wellbeing.
  • What the process will entail and how simple it is. For example, the process doesn’t even require blood or use needles – instead, all that’s needed in order to run the analysis is a small amount of your saliva.
  • What your genes can reveal about your overall health and how we can use that information to provide you with a genetically tailored plan for preventing cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease, obesity, and many other conditions. As opposed to just generalities, specific examples are given so that you’ll know exactly how medicine will improve your life.
  • The many ways in-which learning about your genes can help you formulate a genetically tailored nutrition and athletic plan that may help you shed those extra pounds and stay trim and fit.
  • How predictive medicine can help both prospective and current parents protect their children against SIDS and also help minimize the impact of and most effectively treat many other childhood diseases such as autism, asthma, dyslexia, obesity, and diabetes.
  • Why analyzing your children’s genes may provide the best chance they have to fight against diseases that may not affect them until later in life, including Alzheimer’s, many forms of cancer (such as breast cancer and skin cancer), multiple sclerosis, and even hearing loss.
  • How groundbreaking advancements in the fields of genetic analysis, including predictive medicine panels and disease matrix technology, allow you and your physician to avoid information overload and focus only on the information most relevant to you.
  • The important concepts you need to understand before speaking with a doctor.
  • The top five questions you need to ask in order to assess:
    1. The credibility of the laboratory doing the testing.
    2. The types of diseases included in the test.
    3. How thoroughly the test actually evaluates your risk for each of the diseases.
    4. Whether the information is provided in a way that makes it actionable.
    5. Whether the results will be delivered in a format that is straightforward and easy to understand.
 

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This is possibly the most important medical book I have ever read or will ever read. To put that statement in context, while I am not a medical professional, I am a highly informed lay(wo)man and can ... Read full review

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I was extremely impressed by this book. Before reading, "Outsmart your genes" I had no clue that my genes had anything to do with my being overweight. Not only that, but Dr. Colby explains in a easy ... Read full review

Contents

KNOW YOUR GENETIC MAKEUP AND TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR FUTURE
USE NATURE TO DETERMINE YOUR NURTURE
THE GENETIC ANSWER TO GENERIC RISK FACTORS AND FAMILY HISTORY
WHAT GENETIC TESTING CAN DETECT
IS GENETIC TESTING RIGHT FOR YOU?
MEDICINES NEW PINCER MOVEMENT
DISCOVERING THE STRUCTURE OF DNA
05 PERCENT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE
PROTECTING YOUR ARTERIES WITH PREDICTIVE MEDICINE
REDUCING STROKE RISK AND AVOIDING DISABILITY
AVOIDING BRAIN ANEURYSMS
AVERTING HEART FAILURE
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
GENETICALLY TAILORED PREVENTION
GENETICALLY TAILORED MEDICATIONS
PROTECTING THE SPARK OF LIFE

THE HUMAN GENOME PROJECT
GENETIC TESTING
GENETIC ANALYSIS
BEHIND THE SCENES OF GENETIC RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
DIRECTTOCONSUMER GENETIC SCREENING
OTHER PROVIDERS OF GENETIC SCREENING
FEAR ANXIETY AND GENETIC SCREENING
CALCULATION OF GENETIC RISK
ARE PRELIMINARY STUDIES USEFUL?
HOW VALID ARE THE RESULTS?
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT REGULATION
GENETIC INFORMATION AND CONFIDENTIALITY
HMOS HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE AND GENETICALLY TAILORED INSURANCE
READ THE FINE PRINT
THE FARREACHING CONSEQUENCES OF OBESITY
THE WEIGHT OF YOUR DNA
SIZING UP A FAT GENE
PERSONALIZED PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
WILL WEIGHTLOSS MEDICATIONS WORK FOR YOU?
TIPPING THE SCALE IN OUR FAVOR WITH GENETIC SCREENING
PROTECTING OUR MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCE
GENETIC SCREENING OF PROSPECTIVE PARENTS
PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION AND SAFETY
GENETIC SCREENING OF NEWBORNS AND CHILDREN
SCREENING FOR AUTISM
PROTECTING YOUR CHILD FROM MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
GENETIC CAUSES OF ASTHMA
PROTECTING THE BEAT OF LIFE
THE GENETICS OF LONGEVITY
OUTSMARTING A FRAILTY GENE
USING PREDICTIVE MEDICINE TO AVOID SUDDEN DEATH
KNOW THINE ENEMY
THEAPOEGENETIC VARIANTS
OTHER GENETIC VARIANTS
GENETICALLY TAILORED PREVENTION
BUILD AND MAINTAIN A COGNITIVE RESERVE
WHATS GOOD FOR THE HEART IS GOOD FOR THE HEAD
PREVENTION IN A PILL
COMPLEMENTARY PREVENTION
MONITORING YOUR COGNITION
PREDICT PREVENT PREVAIL
PROTECTING OURSELVES AND OUR FAMILY AGAINST CANCER
PROTECTING THE BREATH OF LIFE AGAINST ADDICTION AND LUNG CANCER
GOING ON THE OFFENSIVE IN OUR BATTLE AGAINST BREAST AND OVARIAN CANCERS
PREVENT AND PREVAIL
NEXTGENERATION PHARMACEUTICAL CLINICAL TRIALS AND GENETICALLY TAILORED MEDICATIONS
GENE THERAPY AND GENETIC ENGINEERING
ANIMAL GENETIC TESTING
THERES A GENE FOR THAT
THE GENETIC REVOLUTION
1 The Power of Predictive Medicine
2 From Peas to Predictive Medicine
4 Become Informed About Genetic Screening
5 Do These Genes Make Me Look Fat?
6 Prospective Parents
7 Newborns and Children
8 Protecting Your Cardiovascular Health by Beating Your DNA
9 A New Strategy in Our War Against Alzheimers Disease
10 Predict Prevent and Prevail over Cancer
Afterword
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Brandon Colby, MD, is a world leader in the revolutionary field of predictive medicine. This new medical specialty combines comprehensive genetic testing with personalized prevention in order to provide you with clear solutions to protect and improve your health. The primary goal of predictive medicine is to empower you to fight back and protect yourself against disease before it ever manifests.

Dr. Colby practices predictive medicine in Los Angeles, California. For more information visit his website.

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