Thyroid Hormone Levels and Your Genes

The thyroid is a master regulator that controls many of your body’s systems. It is integrally involved in metabolism and helps maintain body temperature, heart rate, breathing, and body weight. [ref] Your genes play a big role in how well your thyroid works and how your body produces and converts the different forms of thyroid … Read more

Mast cells: MCAS, genetics, and solutions

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, or MCAS, is a recently recognized disease involving mast cells that are misbehaving in various ways.  Symptoms of MCAS can include  abdominal pain, nausea, itching, flushing, hives, headaches, heart palpitations, anxiety, brain fog, and anaphylaxis. This article explains how mast cells work and what happens when they are over active. We … Read more

TNF-alpha: Inflammation and Your Genes

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Do you feel like you are always dealing with inflammation? Joint pain, food sensitivity, etc? Perhaps you are genetically geared towards a higher inflammatory response. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) is an inflammatory cytokine that acts as a signaling molecule in our immune system. In an acute inflammatory situation, TNF-alpha plays an essential role in protecting … Read more

Psoriasis Genes

Itchy, painful, cracked skin that won’t go away… crumbling nails, inflamed scalp…. these are just some of the problems that people with psoriasis deal with every day. The National Psoriasis Foundation estimates that about 7.5 million people in the US have psoriasis. There is a strong genetic component to psoriasis, and it tends to run … Read more