… MyBlueprint™, a DNA-kit from Calgary-based AOR, delivers personalized health insights directly to your inbox. This off-the-shelf genetic testing kit provides a user-friendly, comprehensive nutrition and lifestyles report. It won’t tell you, for example, if you have the BRCA1 gene associated with breast cancer, but it will reveal your celiac risk and what exercises you’re best suited for. Once you have this actionable information, you can share it with your doctor for further analysis. (myblueprintdna.ca)
… In the other corner of this epic debate we have the nutritional supplements industry, ably personified by Traj Nibber, founder and CEO of Advanced Orthomolecular Research. Trained as a pharmacist, and holding a PhD in pathology, he came to Canada from the United Kingdom in 1989 and started a pharmacy in Smiths Falls, Ont. Back then, drug stores sold everything from tissues to tobacco but generally didn’t devote much shelf space to supplements. Nibber started creating customized supplements for people with HIV, sometimes giving them out for free. He founded Advanced Orthomolecular Research (AOR) in 1991, saying the name
Committed to educating consumers, AOR commissioned their own consumer survey that profiled the nutrition habits and trends of 2,000 Americans. MSN picked up the results, sharing the original video produced by BuzzLounge’s partner agency.
… So how do you know where to start? That’s where sleep experts can help. As a naturopathic doctor and medical advisor for Advanced Orthomolecular Research, Dr. Paul Hrkal is invested in the topic, and has seen firsthand how some of these natural supplements can help. And, in addition to the benefits they offer individually, some can be used in combination for a super-powered sleep booster — as this the case with AOR’s blend of melatonin, L-theanine, 5-HTP, GABA, lemon balm, passionflower and valerian root. For the full breakdown, as well as product recommendations, see Dr. Hrkal’s suggestions ahead.
… “Caffeine can be both helpful and harmful depending on the individual,” says NavNirat Nibber, N.D., medical advisor at Advanced Orthomolecular Research. “In many cases, it can help increase circulation and is thought to improve the effects of many common over-the-counter medications for migraines. However, there is a subset of people who have the opposite reaction.”
… “Many of these combinations have never been clinically studied and make unproven claims,” says Dr. NavNirat Nibber. “Most formulas are a guess work in compilation of the greatest number of different strains in the highest number per capsule to impress the consumer e.g. 12 strains delivering 20 billion CFU. The reason most companies put in such large numbers is because they have no clinical data that these combinations of strains are compatible, survive or produce any effect. The hope is that by incorporating such high amounts at least some will end up surviving. Some of these combinations have no history