Today it’s all about health, and the focus turns to the Blood Type Diet, the fascinating field of Epigenetics, generative medicine and more. I personally benefitted from trying the Blood Type Diet, which went from a 30-day experiment of changing my food choices to my now ongoing lifestyle. I absolutely love it. What’s even more exciting is that I had no idea you could go much, much deeper with it, and literally shift your own DNA in order to avert disease that could be lurking in your genes. My guest, Dr. Tara Nayak, a naturopathic practitioner in Philadelphia, PA and I discuss.
Dr. Tara Nayak grew up knowing she wanted to be a doctor but not agreeing with our healthcare system, including overprescribing and lack of connection in patient care. She went on to Temple University to get my bachelor’s degree in Biology but chose to concentrate heavily on genetics. At this time she took some of the FIRST courses ever offered at her university in the fields of epigenetic, genomics, and proteomics. (That tells you how new the fields of epigenetic, nutrigenomics, etc. really are!)
She graduated in 2009, taught high school science for 2 years, then went back to medical school at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. It was here that she met Dr. Peter D’Adamo and forced herself under his wing. She took his classes, did clinical rotations with him, externships at his clinic, and was eventually selected as his resident physician at the Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine. This is a clinic where all patients are treated based upon blood type with the addition of further parameters to establish personalization including body measurements, lab tests, and history taking of their health and current symptoms.
Dr. Tara has continued to work with Dr. D’Adamo to learn and contribute to his latest developed tools in personalized medicine:
1. “Opus 23” which allows doctors to evaluate specific genes to assess patient risk and determine the best plan of action in terms of diet, nutrients, herbs, etc. and,
2. “Utopia” a micro biome analysis program that analyzes gut bacteria trends and guides dietary/supplementation decision to promote healthy gut flora. Dr. Tara contributes to editing and mining data for the program as well as participate in teaching other health care practitioners how to use this software in their practice.
The two doctors have also collaborated on teaching doctoral level courses including “Nutritional Genomics and Epigenetics” and “Generative Medicine”
Dr. Tara has a private practice in Philadelphia, PA and teaches at the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine as well as Maryland University of Integrative Health’s Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition Program.
To find out more, visit: www.TaraNayakND.com
Tara Nayak, ND
440 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Dr. Tara’s videos on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGF88PyfoopqVFnENZs4RoQ
Dr. D’Adamo’s sites: