Cynthia organically developed a passion for functional medicine, clinical nutrition and genetics/nutrigenomics. Her desire is to assist individuals with complex conditions that have been recalcitrant to traditional forms of therapy. She utilizes nutrition, genetics, test data and a comprehensive health history. She is familiar with utilizing blood work, Functional Medicine testing from Genova Diagnostic, NeuroSciences, Spectracell, Cyrex (auto-immune), and many others, in determining SNP expression. She can also work with your Doctor if need be. She also has a wide breadth of knowledge regarding supplements, herbs, and those who make and sell them.
Like many, her interest grew out of personal experience with family members who suffered from depression, hormone metabolism/clearing issues (e.g., breast cancer) and autoimmune diseases (e.g., Hashi’s, Crohns, RA). As a result, she is very familiar with the neurotransmitter pathways, receptors and their associated SNPs. Similarly, she is well versed in addressing GI issues, pituitary/adrenal/thyroid/hormone clearing and auto-immune issues. She has a detailed understanding of SNP “groupings” and their interplay with lifestyle and environmental influences, and how that interplay aligns with symptoms and chronic health conditions. She has and continues to work with many types of folks.
A bit of history… Cynthia began retooling her career in 2006. She is not an MD. She previously worked as an Electrical Engineer for 12 years in aerospace and cell phone technology, then completed her JD and worked as a Patent Attorney for 9 years, writing patents in the electrical and mechanical arts.
Without a particular plan, other than that she wanted to work in the health and nutrition field and spend more time with her son and daughter, and understand her Mom's depression and grandmothers depression and suicide, she scaled back her lifestyle and returned to school to re-familiarize herself with chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, herbs and other related subjects. She also attended the full series of classes offered by the Institute for Functional Medicine, participated in Poliquin classes, focused on nutrition and exercise, participated in Anti-aging seminars, Nutraceutical company classes, medical testing/interpretation classes, studied Chinese Medicine for 2 years, and completed all of the prerequisites and prep classes for Clinical Certified Nutritionist. She also studied Nutrition and all classes for clinical certified nutrition (CCN) which is functional medicine equivalent of nutrition.
A bit of background; while studying Chinese Medicine in 2008 at PCOM, Cynthia wrote a term paper on Epigenetics after her interest was piqued from watching a NOVA special called “Ghost in Your Genes” (a huge stretch as not a topic in the Chinese Medicine world). She then shifted her focus to nutrition and genetics. Shortly thereafter, while attending an IFM class series, she first saw Dr Yasko’s methylation pathway diagram; then, it was off to the races. The genetic component rounded out application of nutrition and functional medicine. Obsession with genetics, and much studying ensued, and continues until this day. She sought out Sterling when she was visiting her sis in Chicago; that was 8 years ago. That visit was beginning of collaboration, teaching classes, and more and is now life long and every Monday Skype as we discuss research, and exchange "fixes" for our sons who were both vaccine injured in the early 1990's. The pathway diagrams at the bottom of your Variant Report are reflective of Cynthia's engineering days, and researched and drawn by Cynthia.
Today, Cynthia works with many clients, ranging in ages. Complex vaccine injured children and adolescents are increasing as clients, as are women in their 50's and 60's, and couples who want a heathy pregnancy. She also works with Physicians, Naturopaths, Chiropractors and Psychiatrists to apply the “genetic piece” to their practices.
DO NOT work with Cynthia unless you are prepared to implement recommended dietary changes. She stages supplement recommendations and dietary changes to address specific biochemical pathways, in proper order. One size does not fit all. Methyl folate (B9) and methyl B12 is not fix for MTHFR SNPs as upstream and downstream pathways likely need to be addressed first.
Time is precious wrt advice, and folks who are willing to make dietary changes will get best results. She wants best results for her clients, always.
Cynthia is currently assisting Sterling (MTHFRsupport.com) with preparation of the new Variant Report (pathway diagrams) and will shortly begin working on the 2nd Compendium with her daughter, and input from Sterling. and then update Compendium 1 in the fall to add new SNPs and link TOC to text in the electronic version.