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 also been a web developer, home educator, and teacher.  I’ve always been passionate about education and love to dig in and 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 website 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 articles 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 your body.

15 Comments

Dan Gay · October 31, 2016 at 9:46 pm

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.

Alex · December 8, 2016 at 6:43 pm

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

Thanks

Joseph Silver · May 11, 2017 at 8:38 pm

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:

http://www.geneheritage.com

Your article:

http://www.geneticlifehacks.com/23andme-raw-data/

Thank you!

Joseph Silver
Gene Heritage
917-532-0738

Bernard Straile · September 23, 2017 at 4:26 pm

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

TomBallard ND · November 29, 2017 at 5:53 am

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

Miriam · April 12, 2018 at 8:19 pm

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.

    Debbie Moon · April 12, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    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.
    Debbie

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    Debbie Moon · May 29, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Hi Raza,
    Thanks for the offer to be an affiliate for Dr. Berg; I’m familiar with his videos and work on adrenal fatigue. I’ll check out his line of supplements, but I don’t usually tie myself into recommending specific brands. I want to keep Genetic Lifehacks as a website that people can feel confident that the recommendations aren’t being made just for a 12% sales commission. :-)
    Thanks,
    Debbie Moon – http://www.geneticlifehacks.com

Patrick · May 24, 2018 at 10:57 am

Debbie,
Thank you so much for all that you are doing here. I absolutely love getting nerdy on this site, and always look forward to reading more articles. Please keep the great info coming! Many thanks and much respect!

    Debbie Moon · May 25, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Thanks! It is always great to know that someone is enjoying the website!
    Debbie

Liz Pacosa · July 7, 2018 at 4:49 pm

Debbie, thank you for your work; I just stumbled across your site. You are concise, detailed and thorough.

For several years I’ve been using another site that has begun to charge for every tidbit of info, especially decoding 24nMe genes and snps.
The author is not formally educated, and offers TMI that is hard to wade through.

Other sites offer just enough info to lead you to buying thier products or ‘ further consulting services’.

I found FREE links to genes and snps on your site that others ( I paid dearly for) did not offer, and which were more relevant to my issues. Wish I had found you sooner!!

Thank you.
An Engineering degree ( plus teaching experience) explains a lot in terms of your ability to research, analyze and present material like you do.

( I have teaching and medical degrees, and homeschooled…lol).

Thank you from those of us with an ability to learn, but without access to Educated Medical Providers.

Illness is so isolating. Having no one with new answers or knowledge makes it even moreso.
Thank you for a bit of light and hope.
Liz

    Debbie Moon · July 9, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks so much for reading my articles and commenting! It is so nice to know that someone besides my mom reads my work :-)
    I wish you all the best in figuring out your medical conditions. You are right that so many of us have the ability to learn, and we really are our own best advocates.
    Debbie

Paula Schmitt · October 2, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Hi Debbie, I just want to say that your website is the best! I have done several analysis (that I paid quite a bit of $$$ for) and they still don’t include everything. I love that your research includes all of the clinically relevant SNPs, and that it isn’t buried in too much data to sift through. I can easily explain things to my family and we can develop an action plan for health! I am so grateful for the time you have spent gathering together all of this information and making it easy to access!

    Debbie Moon · October 4, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Thanks so much for taking the time to post such a nice comment! I’m glad you are able to understand – and more importantly use – the information on my website.
    Debbie

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