How Genetics Affects Everything From Weight To Health on The Healers Cafe with Dr Sam Shay Dr Manon Bolliger ND


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In this episode of The Healers Café, Dr. Manon Bolliger, ND, chats with Dr Sam Shay, Certified Practitioner for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the Kalish Institute for Functional Medicine

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Dr. Sam Shay

Back in 2015, like actually, I think after 2014, when I actually started doing testing, and then I went more and more towards functional medicine as an entire study and field, developed a model called the Ten Pillars of Health, which is the primary model in which I work with clients because I found that including for myself, there are 10 major pillars of health. And people who struggle chronically, including me, have a minimum seven out of 10 pillars crumbling, and it explains why people who struggled for years and years and years, that after trying protocols, products, practitioners, they get kind of marginal, temporary, or unpredictable results. Because if you sit on seven tacks and you remove three technically you're healthier, but you don't feel any better.

Dr. Sam Shay

So brain, bowel, body, burst exercise, I find a B for that. So that's what I found: biotoxins bio-nutrients, breakfast, bothers, bugs, and bedtime. So I feel it's a pretty complete list and people had the seven out of ten. I also found four of those pillars could be sledgehammered. The body, car accident violence, or sports injuries, or that's a sledgehammer event which can knock out and then biotoxins can be a sledgehammer and a massive toxic exposure. The bothers can be sledgehammers if someone dies, a divorce a lawsuit, the firing of a job.

Dr. Sam Shay

This is not about variants, it is about duplicates. So there's a three-dimensionality to genetics that most people don't know. It's the copy numbers. It's not just merely if you’re red, yellow, green dot, it's how many duplicates of a certain genes matter. And that's the three-dimensionality that I really don't see discussed anywhere else. And so there's a few very meaningful things that can be done with that particular bit of technology.

About Dr. Sam Shay

Dr. Sam Shay, DC helps Biohackers, entrepreneurs, mom-preneurs, and service professionals increase their energy, resilience, and creativity, so they can create and sustain a great business to create more personal freedom.

Dr. Shay has dedicated his life to helping others through functional medicine and functional genetics. He has recently authored a free eBook on Genetics (available at where you can learn the different types of genetics-based weight gain, how to future proof your brain, food triggers, how to genetically determine your optimal carb-tolerance, vitamin D absorption, and immunity support.

Core purpose / passion : Life goal: Changing the understanding and approach to addiction. I overcame two addictions and have developed a model that explains all addictions. The first step for me before sharing this model worldwide is refining the functional medicine and genetics components to addiction.

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About Dr. Manon Bolliger, ND:

Dr. Manon is a Naturopathic Doctor, the Founder of Bowen College, an International Speaker, she did a TEDx talk "Your Body is Smarter Than You Think. Why Aren’t You Listening?" in Jan 2021, and is the author of Amazon best-selling books "What Patient's Don't Say if Doctors Don't Ask". & "A Healer in Every Household" For more great information to go to her weekly blog:

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