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Genetics could determine the best diet plan for you

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Some companies are using high-tech testing to come up with nutrition plans to fit the patient, but at a hefty price. Some companies are using high-tech testing to come up with nutrition plans to fit the patient, but at a hefty price. "A lot of folks just swallow pills arbitrarily and don't know how much they need. Well, now we're able to dial that in and tell you how much you need of a vitamin B6, for example, down to the milligram,” says Russ Scala of the Institute of Nutritional Medicine and Cardiovascular Research in Orlando. Stephanie Nickitas was looking for a way to lose weight and had a genetic profile done. Then, pharmacists created a concoction designed to fill what she was missing. It also told her to eat a diet rich in probiotics. The entire process can cost up to $5,000. "Practice biology before pharmacology. Test, don't guess. Education before medication,” says Pharmacist Sam Pratt. "That's a very attractive marketing approach, but I would say, 'Show me the data,’” says Dr. Phillip Wood, professor at the Sanford Burnham Institute in Orlando.

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Genetics could determine the best diet plan for you