Gingivitis and Your Genes

Have you ever gone to the dentist, expecting a good report, only to be fussed at by the hygienist for bleeding gums? You brushed, flossed, and stayed away from candy for the past six months — so why on earth do you still have…

Acne genes

Ever wonder why some teens and adults can do everything ‘right’  – eat great, wash their faces, etc. –  and still have acne? While others can eat pizza three times a day, shower once a week — and end up with perfectly clear skin!…

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 can actually apply to your life today. There are…

How our genes shape our gut microbiome and our weight

Several studies have come out recently showing that those who are overweight have a different gut microbiome composition than those who are lean.  There have also been interesting mouse studies showing that transplanting feces from obese mice into lean mice causes the lean mice to…

Emulsifiers in Processed Foods: Your genes and your microbiome

Recently, I listened to an interview (from 2015) of a scientist who did a study on emulsifiers and found that they can lead to low-grade inflammation in the gut, especially in mice with certain immune system genes knocked out. I find the interaction between our…

Are you a non-secretor of your blood type?

Your genes control the species of bacteria that live in your gut microbiome. And your gut microbiome can help defend against — or make you vulnerable to — chronic diseases. A genetic variant in the FUT2 gene controls whether or not you secrete your…