Jonathan, a successful Osteopath, has osteoporosis. He found out at age 30 that he had the bones of a 70 year old. When he fractured his back in two places, he was told he had brittle bones. Jonathan spent 18 months in painstaking rehab to rebuild his body before he could resume his practice full-time.
Jonathan wanted to know why he had osteoporosis and what he could do to avoid future problems. He explored many paths leading to dead ends until at age 48 he had a DNA test.
It turned out Jonathan hadn’t inherited any genetic risk factors for osteoporosis, which made sense as no-one else in his family had brittle bones. Jonathan did however find out he had a number of genetic variations that severely limited his ability to make and transport Vitamin D around his body. Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption and consequently bone health.
A specific blood test for Vitamin D identified that Jonathan’s levels were very low. Even after a short period of taking Vitamin D supplements, his levels have reached the optimum point.
Jonathan’s first reaction was to wish that he had known about his Vitamin D levels 20 years earlier so he could have reduced his risk of osteoporosis. Not one to dwell on the past and armed with his genetics training at Monash University, Jonathan became inspired to share his knowledge and experience . As a result he decided to help everyone live a longer and healthier life by creating Genetic Health Plan.