Gulf War Illness: Genetic susceptibility and current research

A question from a patron via Patreon prompted me to look into the link between genes and Gulf War Illness. I wanted to share what I found in case it can help other veterans who are dealing with the aftereffects of their service to…

5 ways you can optimize your diet today, based on your genes

With all the dietary advice out there today, how can you know what is right for your body? I’ve boiled down 5 quick ways that you can use your genetic data (23andMe, AncestryDNA, etc) to optimize your diet to fit your genes. #1) Are…

Caffeine Metabolism and Your Genes

Whether you start your morning with a cup of coffee or a cup of tea, caffeine remains the most popular ‘drug’ of choice for a large percentage of the population. Caffeine wakes us up by blocking the adenosine receptor.  Caffeine also acts as a central…

Does eating meat put you at a higher risk for colon cancer?

The link between colon cancer and meat consumption has been trumpeted by vegetarians — and refuted by paleo fanatics. My question, as usual, is: “What role does genetics play?” The World Health Organization includes processed meat on its list of probable carcinogens. This is…

Circadian Rhythms: Genes at the Core of Our Internal Clocks

Circadian rhythms are the natural biological rhythms that shape our biology.  Most people know about the master clock in our brain that keeps us on a wake-sleep cycle over 24 hours.  This is driven by our master “clock’ genes. It turns out that we…

Salt and High Blood pressure: Genes Make a Difference (Patrons only)

Salt: Is it good for you? Or is it putting you at risk of high blood pressure? There is an interesting new book out by Dr. James DiNicolantonio called The Salt Fix that makes the argument that the experts got it wrong as far…

Increased Inflammation and IL-17A Genetic Variants

Articles about ‘inflammation’ seem to be everywhere these days, and inflammation seems to be blamed for everything from heart disease to mood disorders to obesity. But how does this somewhat nebulous idea of too much inflammation tie into our genes?  It seems that some…

Color TV has made us fat: melatonin, genetics, and light at night

Color TV has made us fat! Nope, not just because of the commercials advertising Taco Bell at night nor the fact that we are laying on our couches watching those commercials.  The flickering blue light that can be seen each evening pouring out of…

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

I recently read (for the millionth time) that anyone who carries MTHFR variants should not be vaccinated.  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…

Genetic Variants that Cause G6PD Deficiency

What is the G6PD gene? The G6PD gene codes for the glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase enzyme. The G6PD enzyme is part of the pentose phosphate pathway and supplies the energy needed to produce NADPH. NADPH then is responsible for maintaining the supply of glutathione, an antioxidant.  Red…