Dopamine Fasting: Genetics, Addictive Behavior, and Internet Usage

Our brains are constantly being stimulated by modern technology, causing people to feel distracted, anxious, and unmotivated. It seems like we have a fear of boredom in our ultra -stimulating world. Do we all need to take a break? Genetics plays a role in…

Do you carry the Hunter-Gatherer or the Farmer Genetic Variant

Our ancient ancestors lived much differently than we do today. They were hunter-gatherers, living off of fish, meat, and plant foods that they gathered. A huge shift took place when those hunter-gatherers began farming, growing grains and storing them so that there would be…

Should you vaccinate your kids if they have the MTHFR mutation?

You may have read or heard that anyone who carries MTHFR variants should not be vaccinated. Usually, the reason given is that those with decreased MTHFR enzyme activity cannot detoxify or ‘handle’ vaccinations, often with references to mercury in the vaccines. This article reviews…

Glucuronidation: UGT genetic variants, phase II detoxification

The UGT family of enzymes are responsible for an important part of phase II detoxification. In this article, I’ll explain what the UGT enzymes do in the body, how your genes impact this part of detoxification, and lifestyle factors that can increase or decrease…

Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

A genetic mutation in the SERPINA1 gene causes alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. This increases a person’s susceptibility to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and, in some cases, cirrhosis of the liver. As far as rare mutations go, the alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency mutations are fairly common…

Quercetin: Scientific studies + genetic connections

Quercetin is a natural flavonoid that acts both as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. This potent flavonoid is found in low levels in many fruits and vegetables, including elderberry, apples, and onions. As a supplement, quercetin has many positive health benefits. This article focuses on…

Plant Sterols for Lowering Cholesterol Depends on Genetics

One recommendation often made for lowering cholesterol levels is to consume higher amounts of plant sterols.  You can find plant sterols in supplements such as beta-sitosterol or spreads like Benecol or SmartBalance margarine. These butter alternatives are marketed as a heart-healthy way to help…

CYP2C8: Prescription medications and arachidonic acid

The CYP (cytochrome) family of genes codes for a number of different enzymes that interact with prescription drugs. This family of enzymes is important in breaking down medications in a process known as phase I detoxification. Genetic variants that alter the way that these…

Lipoprotein(a): A big genetic risk for heart disease

lipoprotein(a) gene check your 23andMe

By reading this information, you could possibly save your life today. This isn’t a scare tactic or overblown health-alert type of article – just statistics and solid genetics research on the increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of…

Genetics of Double Lashes

Ever wonder why Elizabeth Taylor had such compelling eyes? It turns out that she probably carried a mutation for doubled eyelashes, also known as distichiasis. [article] The FOX (forkhead box) family of genes codes for a type of protein known as a transcription factor. …