I’ve taken a deep dive into the research on how genetic variants can impact your life and how you can get around the problem spots – thus Genetic ‘Lifehacks’.  I’m freely sharing what I’ve learned to help you understand the link between your genes, nutrients, health, and longevity.

My background is in engineering and education, and I’m currently working on a master’s in biological sciences. I look at the evidence-based science, make connections, and then present logical applications for lifestyle and diet option —  based on genetics.

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Recent Articles:

Gallstone Genes - Gallstones are not something you usually think about — until something goes wrong.  And then you think about it a lot! Gallstones are usually made up of cholesterol but can also contain calcium bilirubinate.  It Read more…
Medications and Your Genes - Here’s a dirty little secret: not all prescription drugs will work for you. Ok, that isn’t really a secret. Anyone who has ever gotten a prescription from their doctor knows it is usually accompanied by Read more…
Heart disease, cancer, diabetes: A gene that ties together the “Big 3” - When it comes to chronic diseases, the Big 3 are heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Heart disease is the number one killer in the US, with cancer a close second. Diabetes numbers are increasing Read more…
BDNF: Genetic variants for introversion, stress resilience, and more… - Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a protein that works in the central and peripheral nervous system to promote nerve function and growth. It works in the neurons of the brain both in forming neurons and Read more…
Mediterranean Diet and Your Genes - This website is all about how your genes make a difference in your body’s response to dietary choices.  Some people are awesome at breaking down dietary carbohydrates; others are champs at converting carrots into vitamin Read more…
Ancestral Lights: Circadian Rhythm Articles and DIY Tips - Digging into the science and research connecting genetic variants with health for the past four years, I have found a common thread that connected a lot of chronic conditions that affect so many people today. Read more…
Leveraging your gut microbiome to change your gene expression - I thought about titling this article ‘going to the dark side’ but decided that bathroom humor should be left behind…. (get it, behind :-)  Enough of the puns and onto the important science stuff that you Read more…
Turning up the internal heat for weight loss- UCP1 genetic variants - The dream for overweight people: just turn up the internal heat and naturally burn off the extra fat. It turns out that genetically some people do have more active ‘internal heat’ and they actually are burning Read more…
Psoriasis Genes - Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes dry, sometimes itchy patches of skin. It is caused by the immune system attacking your skin cells, speeding up the turnover of the cells. Everyone’s skin cells are Read more…
Bouncing back after a sleepless night – It’s genetic. - Adenosine is a molecule produced by the body that has a number of functions. You may know it best as part of the cellular energy molecule ATP – adenosine triphosphate, but it also plays a role Read more…

 

 



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