BChE – Pesticides, Parkinson’s, and Potatoes

The BCHE gene codes for the butyrylcholinesterase enzyme. The BChE enzyme is found in the plasma of the blood. It is a cholinesterase which breaks apart choline esters, such as acetylcholine. Acetylcholinesterase is a similar enzyme that is responsible for breaking down the neurotransmitter,…

Using your genetic data to solve sleep problems

A good night’s sleep is invaluable – priceless, even – but so many people know the frustration of not being able to regularly sleep well. Not getting enough quality sleep can lead to many chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, dementia, and heart disease….

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 secretly like “Two-Buck Chuck” the best? If you aren’t…

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. Most importantly, triglycerides are used by the body as energy and are stored in adipocytes…

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 is no shame in being a spicy food wimp!…

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 are like me, you may have thought that back…

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 to form a blood clot.  The ITGB3 gene codes for…

Mushrooms intolerance and your genes

Mushroom intolerance genes

I love mushrooms and can eat them in abundance. But I know a lot of people hate mushrooms – perhaps with a genetic reason… Mushroom Intolerance and Crohn’s The study, Mushroom intolerance: a novel diet-gene interaction in Crohn’s disease, was published in the British…

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 of health. Melatonin may actually be the key to…

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 a problem with chronic inflammation. It is an easy biomarker…