Genomics to Improve Diagnosis, Treatment of CIRS

Posted on February 22nd, 2017

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Genomics is, in a sentence, the study of how genes function. This branch or science focuses on how single genes are composed, what the single gene does, and what it could be capable of. ¬†This is a paraphrasing of the World Health Organization’s definition of genomics.

In terms of Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (or CIRS), genomics could help physicians to better understand and treat the condition and help their patients. ¬†Chronic inflammation occurs when the body’s ability to regulate what is going on inside does not work.

In patients who have CIRS, or are at risk of developing the condition, scrutinizing the tfranscfrip0tin or DNA can tell us where their disease may be as far as progression and what their risk factors for developing the condition may be if they do not already have symptoms. The problem is that this sort of testing is expensive and not covered by insurance, so it won’t be an option for every patient.

This is why it is important for physicians to understand the symptoms and causes of CIRS. When a doctor understand what causes the issue (mold exposure, for example), they’ll know to look a little deeper into their patient’s symptoms and to go beyond what may seem obvious. Once a doctor knows what to look for, it’ll be easier to come up with a treatment plan that helps to alleviate a patient’s symptoms and improve their lives.

Related: Dr. Shoemaker’s Protocol Certification¬†

CIRS and Misdiagnoses

Patients who have CIRS are often misdiagnosed and their condition persists, despite treatments.

They are told that they are suffering from another chronic condition that has inflammation as a major symptom, like Lupus, Lyme disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, allergies or even rheumatoid arthritis.

These misdiagnoses often make a patient feel worse, and their treatments don’t solve the problem because they don’t focus on the real problem. These treatments don’t help the patient to address the underlying issue: out of control inflammation, and the mold that triggers the problem. Doctors may get the diagnosis of CIRS wrong because they don’t know to look for the disease, or they focus on specific symptoms, instead of looking at all of the symptoms as a whole before making a diagnosis.

A New Test for Better Diagnoses

There is, however, a newer assay and protocol that physicians can use to find out what their patient’s body is doing at the gene transcription level.

The Progene DX test is a genetic assay and report that will show a doctor exactly which genes are expressing and which are not. This protocol is based on proteogenomic analysis that looks at both genes and proteins, comparing CIRS patients to healthy subjects, a contrast that makes the issues easier to see and understand.

If you’re concerned that your patient’s symptoms are something other than the frequently diagnosed (and not always understood) conditions like fibromyalgia and stress, we encourage you to take the time to learn about Dr. Shoemaker’s Protocol and what it takes to become certified.

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