Penny Kendall-Reed is a Naturopathic Doctor in Toronto. After graduating from McGill University in Neurobiology, she earned a degree in Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine; here she received the Dr. Allen Tyler Award for Most Outstanding Clinician. Penny Kendall Reed is the author or 5 national bestselling books including The New Naturopathic Diet , Healing Arthritis, The No Crave Diet, The Complete Doctors Stress Solution and The Complete Doctor's Back Bible. In 2013 she was voted Naturopath of the Year by her peers and colleagues, and in 2018 was the recipient of the top Naturopathic Doctor Award in Canada.
Dr. Kendall-Reed travels world wide lecturing on the following topics: genetics - how to interpret and treat single nucleotide polymorphisms, neuro-endocrine disorders and metabolic related diseases. She appears regularly on television, magazine and radio across Canada and the United States addressing various health issues. Dr. Kendall-Reed analyzes and interprets genetic profiles and uses them to design peresonalized health programs for patients world-wide. She is an international medical consultant for Douglas Laboratories and Pure Encapsulation creating product formulations and overseeing the neuro-metabolic department. Dr. Kendall-Reed is a member of the scientific board for Pure genomics and presently is the director of natural therapies at the Urban Wellness Clinic in Toronto.
When I started clinical practise in 1996, I rapidly realized that although the
knowledge and training gained from my years as a student was comprehensive it
did not explain the idiosyncrasies of individual patients. Diagnosis and patterns
of treatment were useful in many cases but as I delved deeper into the
complexities of metabolic health, I found I needed to expand my spectrum of
management. My research took me through numerous dietary trends,
supplement regimens and lifestyle modifications. I explored the impact of
exercise, the environment and chronic stress and tried my best to fit patents into
diagnostic and therapeutic “boxes” within which I could expect them to improve
their health, lose weight and reverse or prevent metabolic parameters such as
high blood sugar or cholesterol. It worked well but I found I had to continually
expand the number of “boxes” to accommodate everyone. Certain patients did
well with some aspects of their treatment but not others, while other patients
seemed to require the interaction of two or more boxes.
In 2011, I noticed an increasing number of articles referencing SNP’s, single
nucleotide polymorphisms, and their association with metabolic function, weight
management and risk of disease, particularly diabetes. Numerous genome-wide
association studies examining the correlation of SNP variants with disease risk
made them relevant to my practise. So I began to build my own database of
research, focussed on SNP’s that were both relevant to my patient population
and available on different genetic platforms. At this point I ran myself through a
number of commercially available genetic tests to see what genes were analysed
and how well the results correlated with what I knew about my personal health. I
found that while some of the information was both useful and accurate, many of
the genes I knew to be important from my research were either not sequenced or
were documented but not analysed. As my research base developed in concert
with the ever-expanding literature, I was able to start formulating programs based
on individual SNP patterns. I began to realize why certain patients did not fit into
some of the therapeutic “boxes” I had assigned them to and why treatment
options that worked for some individuals failed in others that on the surface
appeared clinically similar. I recognized that patients were unique and did
not fit into pre-designed boxes.
As I went over their results, explaining why they felt a certain way after
different foods, with varying types of exercise and when stressed or losing
sleep, their eyes lit up with a recognition that I truly understood them and
their individual issues. “Yes, that’s me” would be a common expression at
the end of our discussion. I would receive emails a few weeks later from
patients seeing improvements in their health, their energy, their sleep and
their weight, problems they had struggled with for years without an answer.
Patients for whom I had scratched my head trying to figure out why my
protocols were not working were suddenly doing amazingly well with
simple SNP-based tweaks to their treatment.
As I learned more I felt that assigning treatment based on one SNP seemed
oversimplified, particularly considering the tremendous number of SNP’s
influencing certain aspects of health and metabolism. There were well-
documented interactions between SNP’s and as my database grew, I recognized
that patients with a certain SNP genotype responded differently dependant on
their coding for other complementary SNP’s. These algorithms, which I have
termed “SNP integration” are one of the unique features of my protocols and are
based on a combination of research and clinical evaluation with my patients.
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