Researchers make new discoveries every single day about genetics. Incredible stuff you can apply to your life.  But that research rarely reaches the public!

So I’m taking those research studies and explaining them in a language you can understand.  I explain:

  • how to match your diet and lifestyle to your genes
  • how to use your genetic data from 23 and Me, AncestryDNA, etc.

All based on research with links to the studies. Not twisted to fit an agenda…  not trying to sell you a supplement or a ‘plan’…

Now is the time to educate yourself — and figure out how to optimize your health. No one cares more about your health and well-being that you do.

Get started today with learning about genetics and health:


Spring Sale – Genetic Lifehacks Guides

Use coupon code SPRING20 to save 20% on the Genetic Lifehacks Guide to Sleep or the Genetic Lifehacks Guide to Saturated Fat.


Recent Articles:

Problems with IBS? Personalized solutions based on your genes - We tend to take happy bowels for granted — until something goes awry!  For many people, a daily battle seems to wage in their intestines. Pain, discomfort, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation — known as IBS Read more…
Wine Tasting Genes: How your genetic variants influence the way that wine tastes to you - When you think of wine, do you wax poetically about the subtle notes of springtime apple blossoms with hints or truffles — or do you just hope that all your friends can’t tell that you Read more…
The genetics of high triglycerides - Triglycerides are the main type of fat in your blood. Triglyceride is a general term for a type of lipid-containing three fatty acids (tri) bound to a glycerol.  Triglycerides are used by the body as Read more…
Genetic links to infertility for women. - The statistics on infertility are astounding. The CDC estimates that 12% of women overall in the US have impaired fertility. For women over age 30, that statistic rises to 25%! [ref][ref] Some of the causes of Read more…
Should you take folic acid? - There is a lot of buzz online about MTHFR variants and the need to avoid folic acid. I’ve seen recommendations ranging from avoiding all processed foods that are fortified with folic acid — to recommendations Read more…
How do your genes influence your vitamin B12 levels? - Vitamin B12 is essential for your health! It is a cofactor for biological reactions such as creating the myelin sheath in nerve cells and the synthesis of DNA (rather important!). A lack of vitamin B12 Read more…
CBD Oil and Your Genes: Will it work for you? - CBD oil is the hottest new health hack for everything from anxiety to pain to cancer — according to the marketing geniuses.  While my skeptical side tends to go ‘pshaw…‘ when I see most of Read more…
Are you a spicy food wimp? - Some people thrive on spicy foods — eating the ghost pepper salsa or ordering the ‘nuclear’ hot wings. Are these people just tougher? stronger? superior? Or are they the genetic oddities?  Personally, I say that there Read more…
Back Pain and Your Genes - For some people, back pain is a daily occurrence that drastically affects their quality of life. For others, it may be an intermittent nagging problem that pops up occasionally, often without rhyme or reason. If you Read more…
Heart attack risk and hantavirus protection - Say that you slip with the knife while cutting up an apple for lunch. Ouch. It may bleed a bit, but you know that pretty soon it will stop. A whole cascade of events takes place Read more…
HPA Axis Dysfunction: Genes and Environment - Stress. We all face it at times! But it doesn’t affect us all the same way.  Some people bounce back easily from a stressful situation. Others may face the effects of stress continually over their lifetime. Read more…
Melatonin: Key to Health and Longevity - It seems like everything that I’ve written about lately has a common thread: melatonin. When I started weaving together all those melatonin threads, a big picture was revealed. You could say it is a… tapestry Read more…
C-Reactive Protein Gene: Marker of Inflammation - Chronic inflammation is the driver of many common diseases such as heart attacks, diabetes, obesity, and autoimmune diseases. Measuring C-reactive protein (CRP) through a simple blood test is one way to know if you have Read more…
Genetic Mutations that Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease - Alzheimer’s disease is a scary possibility that faces many of us today — whether for ourselves or for aging parents and grandparents. Currently, 10% of people age 65 or older have Alzheimer’s disease (AD).  It Read more…
CBS Genetic Variants: Should you eat a low sulfur diet? - Sometimes when you are getting started with learning about a new topic, such as genetics and the methylation cycle, it is easy to jump on board with whatever is being parroted by the experts who Read more…
Prothrombin and DVT - You wake up one morning with a pain in your leg, trying to think back as to what you did the previous day to cause it.  Then you notice that your leg is a little Read more…
Are you genetically less likely to get the flu? - Have you ever wondered why some people never seem to get the flu when it is going around?  Turns out that our genes play a role in both our immune response to the flu virus Read more…
Opioid Receptor Genetic Variants - Your body makes it’s own, natural opioids as a way to regulate pain, reward, and addictive behaviors. One example is the endorphin rush after a hard workout — a runner’s high.  This is also how Read more…
Factor V Leiden - Say you are chopping up peppers for your morning omelet and slip with the knife. Ouch! While cutting your finger seems to produce a huge amount of blood compared to the size of the wound, the Read more…
Will vitamin E increase your risk of cancer? - Vitamin E is an antioxidant that is often recommended as a supplement that everyone should take to prevent everything from heart disease to skin aging. But does everyone actually benefit from vitamin E supplements? Large, Read more…
Is fasting right for your genes? - There are many internet docs and nutritional gurus promoting fasting as a way to lose weight and get healthy. The recommendations are often for intermittent fasting, for example, a 24-hour fast every week, or sometimes for Read more…
Genetic Variants Associated with PCOS - Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder that causes an increase in androgen hormone production in women. It affects 5 -10% of premenopausal women, and genetics plays a large role in whether you have PCOS. Read more…
Resilience: Genetic Variants Involved in Surviving Childhood Trauma - Exposure to childhood trauma, such as exposure to abuse, violence, or repeated stress, can have a long-lasting effect. Adults who were exposed to childhood trauma have higher rates of depression, PTSD, suicide, and anxiety disorders. Read more…
Blue-blocking Glasses: Why? Which ones? - The biggest overall action you can take for your health, in my opinion, is to optimize your circadian rhythm. Yes, that is a big statement when there are so many other things you can do Read more…
The cheese effect and your genes. - Subtitled: Let’s all try not to have a heart attack this Christmas! Let me set the scene: You’re gathered ’round on Christmas Eve for a get together with all of your family, having traveled from far and Read more…