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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, and it is a cholinesterase which breaks apart choline esters, such as acetylcholine. Acetylcholinesterase is a similar enzyme that is responsible for breaking down the…

Using your genetic data to solve sleep problems

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

Problems with IBS? Personalized solutions based on your genes

We tend to take happy bowels for granted — until something goes awry!  For many people, a daily battle seems to wage in their intestines. Pain, discomfort, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation — known as IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. There are multiple causes of…

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.  Triglycerides are used by the body as energy. They are also stored in fat cells. Most…

Genetic links to infertility for women.

The statistics on infertility are astounding. The CDC estimates that 12% of women overall in the US have impaired fertility. For women over age 30, that statistic rises to 25%! [ref][ref] Some of the causes of infertility for women can be categorized as follows: hormonal…

Should you take folic acid?

There is a lot of buzz online about MTHFR variants and the need to avoid folic acid. I’ve seen recommendations ranging from avoiding all processed foods that are fortified with folic acid — to recommendations that people with MTHFR variants need to take extra…

How do your genes influence your vitamin B12 levels?

Vitamin B12 is essential for your health! It is a cofactor for biological reactions such as creating the myelin sheath in nerve cells and the synthesis of DNA (rather important!). A lack of vitamin B12 (also known as cobalamin) can create a cascade of…

CBD Oil and Your Genes: Will it work for you?

CBD oil is the hottest new health hack for everything from anxiety to pain to cancer — according to the marketing geniuses.  While my skeptical side tends to go ‘pshaw…‘ when I see most of the CBD ads, there is actually some really interesting…

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…

HPA Axis Dysfunction: Genes and Environment

Stress. We all face it at times! But it doesn’t affect us all the same way.  Some people bounce back easily from a stressful situation. Others may face the effects of stress continually over their lifetime. I’m going to dig into the science of how…

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…