The Institute for Human Individuality (IfHI) a 501c3 under Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, has as its prime goal the fostering of research in the in the expanding area of human nutrigenomics. The science of nutrigenomics seeks to provide a molecular understanding for how common dietary chemicals affect health by altering the expression or structure of an individual’s genetic makeup.
The five basic tenets of nutrigenomics are:
- Improper diets are risk factors for disease.
- Dietary chemicals alter gene expression and/or change genome structure
- The degree to which diet influences the balance between healthy and disease states may depend on an individual’s genetic makeup.
- Some diet-regulated genes (and their normal, common variants) are likely to play a role in the onset, incidence, progression, and/or severity of chronic diseases.
- "Intelligent nutrition" - that is, diets based upon genetics, nutritional requirements and status - prevents and mitigates chronic diseases
Under the guidance of Dr. Peter D'Adamo and the Research Faculty, IfHI is committed to assuming a leadership role in this fast-developing field of scientific inquiry.
The essence of Naturopathic medicine is its focus on each patient as an individual, with unique characteristics in health and disease. The principle that one treatment does not fit all patients suffering from a given disease is fundamental to naturopathic practice. In addition to exposure to pathogens, naturopathic physicians examine a wide array of possible etiologic and contributing factors, including diet and nutritional status, lifestyle choices, and stress.
IfHI is partnered with the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM), a regionally accredited naturopathic medical school and health sciences center.
It is the goal of IfHI to research the genetic influence on our response to diet and nutrition and to develop new applications and practices.