IFHI has as its prime goal the fostering of research in the in the expanding area of human nutrigenomics and epigenetics.

The essence of naturopathic medicine is its focus on each patient as an individual, with unique characteristics in health and disease. The principle that one treatment does not fit all patients suffering from a given disease is fundamental to naturopathic practice. In addition to exposure to pathogens, naturopathic physicians examine a wide array of possible etiologic and contributing factors, including diet and nutritional status, lifestyle choices, and stress.

1. Improper diets are risk factors for disease.

2. Dietary chemicals alter gene expression and/or change genome structure

3. "Intelligent nutrition" - that is, diets based upon genetics, nutritional requirements and status - prevents and mitigates chronic disease