Doctors need Opal too

Nutritional science and genetics are evolving rapidly. Patients are increasingly turning to functional medicine to address root causes of disease, driving the need for medical education and research.

Opal Doctor's Portal will allow physicians to access their patient's evaluations and history, and monitor their continuing health and progress.

Patient Monitoring

Doctors can prioritize patients, monitor their dates and dosages of nutritional supplements, re-test, and keep time based snapshots until the patient's nutritional goals are reached.

Knowledge Sharing

Opal's Doctors Portal is referenced with research links on nutrition and the relevant genetics and updated regularly.

Knowledge

The Roots of Chronic Disease

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The mechanisms that underlie chronic disease - autophagy/mTOR, NADPH production, Nrf2 and antioxidant function, etc. - are under genetic control, and getting to the roots of disease requires a knowledge of each patient’s unique genetic make-up for these underlying mechanisms.

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At the heart of Opal lies this map of mechanisms, and the pathways and corresponding genetics of each user will be available within Opal to guide doctors with personalized treatment on a deep level.

The map also contains known natural interventions that will allow doctors to make the deep changes necessary for difficult patients to improve - or for wellness patients to feel even better - naturally.

Source: NutriGenetic Research

Mechanism

We need nutrients to build tissue, create signaling molecules, neurotransmitters and much more. But at the root of nutritional medicine is something bigger.

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Underlying genes for “disposition” towards chronic conditions lies another group of genes. These are what Opal considers the Foundational Mechanisms*. These are the mechanisms that must function properly to attain optimal health and longevity.

If these pathways can be modulated properly, the foundations of health and longevity will be in place to build future health upon. The good thing is if the dysregulation of these mechanisms is acquired, which it is in most cases, then they can often be returned to function – through nutritional factors.

*These mechanisms are inflammatory pathways - autophagy/mtor, oxidative stress response, NAD pathways, heme pathways and detox pathways.

Response

Our bodies are finely attuned to protection. This protective response is triggered by any toxin, invasion, or stressor. Nutrients and metabolites are the mainstays of this response.

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To successfully resolve the threat response our system must be able to clear not only the invader but also the response.

Systems that are nutritionally deficient are impaired in returning to homeostasis and this can perpetuate the response, leading to a chronic response and eventually chronic disease.

Cell Danger Response (CDR)

The cell danger response is a security system that tells your body to close ranks in order to isolate & process out an invader. An invader is any material that is not among the naturally-occurring substances that comprise a human body.

When the CDR system succeeds, your body eliminates the invader; if your body fails to neutralize the threat, the residue may be inflammation, a damaged immune response, free radical damage & incorrectly-folded proteins-all of which can result in cell damage or death, short cell turnover cycles, heightened telomere shortening, exacerbated aging & chronic disease.

Medical Use of Opal

Every mechanism in the body is based on nutritional cofactors and the corresponding genetics.

The goal of Opal is to help you and your patients regulate these foundational mechanisms. Also in the longer term to continue to explore how these mechanisms are affected by nutritional factors - to increase our collective knowledge, and to treat our patients to the best of our ability, for long-term health.