Let me introduce myself.  My name is Debbie Moon, and I am fascinated by the connections between genes, diet, and health!

I am not a medical doctor in any way, so please don’t take anything on this blog as medical advice.  My undergraduate degree is in engineering, and I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in biological sciences.  Over the years I have been a web programmer, home educator, and teacher.  I’ve always been passionate about education and love to dig in a learn about a topic.

Looking into my genetic data from 23andMe ignited a real excitement for diving into the topic of genetics and health. Finally, everything was clicking into place! Using the genetic data as a starting point, I finally figured out which food and supplements work for me — and why general nutrition advice really doesn’t work for everyone.

I started this blog to share what I’m learning with others who are heading down this same path. It seems like there are a few sites out there that are pulling together some of this information. I wanted to do it in a way that is free and accessible to everyone.

My blog posts are backed up with peer-reviewed studies with links to all the references. Please take the time to read the references and understand what it means for you.  (And shoot me an email when/if I get something wrong!)

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  • Debbie,

    I like your site and your content. I know that I have something that will really get you excited. I’ve been working with Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, founder of Bastyr University, the Harvard of science-based natural medicine. We’ve been developing an on-line health portal (13 years of development). This solution has been in beta and will be released to consumers and doctors soon. We have over 1,000 people using it right now.

    We’ve linked 23andme DNA into the solution to provide real individualized health solutions for people. It is perfect for your audience and I could show you a webinar to share with you what we’ve done and where we are going with it. I already have leading health visionaries very excited about our program. The solution is called IQYOU and our website is http://www.iqyouhealth.com. We haven’t started to advertise it yet, but people are already hearing about it through word-of-mouth. I have a number of magazines who will be covering our introduction within the next 60 days.

    Dr. Pizzorno has numerous articles published, he is the author of The Textbook of Natural Medicine (2 million copies sold and it’s a reference for the majority of naturopaths across the world). His lectures and discoveries over the last 2 years are about toxins and their underlying causes of a number of chronic conditions. He has a new book coming out in early 2017 that will change the way that people thing about health.

    Send me an email and lets schedule a call.

  • Debbie,

    did you had a chance to check out our nutrigenetics analysis system at dnalifestylecoach.com ? I’d love to share free access to the system to get your opinion. Email me at alex [at] titanovo.com


  • Hi Debbie,

    You wrote an excellent article (“What to do with your 23andMe raw data”) about how consumers can reuse their raw DNA data. My company, Gene Heritage, uses raw DNA data to compile reports about family genes and their ancient origin. We’re trying to get the word out and I was wondering if it ‘s possible to add Gene Heritage to the list of service providers in your article (or wherever else on Genetic Lifehacks you think is appropriate). Gene Heritage’s website is:


    Your article:


    Thank you!

    Joseph Silver
    Gene Heritage

  • Hi Debbie, I just want to express my admiration for your blog. I am a holistic practitioner and have been focusing on changing genetic/variant expression. Not many people use the terminology you do. You’re on the right path. Now I am trying to get people to understand that through precision energy medicine one can actually change genetic expression rather specifically (down to the gene) More importantly I am teaching that knowledge, so other people can treat themselves and others. My sincere Blessings,
    Bernard Straile

  • Just found your site. Thanks, Debbie.
    An FYI for those concerned with their genetic information being secure: 23andme, Ancestry.com, etc can easily be made more secure by using a fake name and registering for an email address that you only use when you want to hide your true identity. Best, Tom

  • Hi Debbie,

    I just recently got my 23andMe results and am waiting for the download of my raw data to be completed. I’m just starting to learn about all the different companies that interpret these raw data. At the moment, I’m very interested in learning what variant of DRD4 gene I have. Do you know of a way to do this? Thank you so much.

    • Hi Miriam,
      If you are looking for information on the DRD4 variable number tandem repeats (VNTR’s), I don’t think you can get this information from your 23andMe results. It isn’t a matter of a company to interpret that data, it is that 23andMe is sequencing single nucleotides and not the full string of DNA. I’m not explaining all that well — but basically, the way that 23andMe (and Ancestry and all the rest) sequence the data, it isn’t going to give you the information on the VNTR’s.
      If you are looking for a specific DRD4 SNP, then check out https://www.snpedia.com/index.php/DRD4. Snpedia links to research studies for various different SNPs including several in DRD4. Unfortunately, all the really interesting studies on DRD4 are on the impact of the VNTRs.

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