January 28, 2020

Understanding 23andme Chip Versions: Why V3, V4, V5 and Others Can Differ

ContentsSo what is a chip exactly?How do the various chips differ?Why does 23andme keep changing?Summary When I first started working on the idea of creating custom nutrition plans based on… Read More

PCSK9 drugs
January 27, 2020

Should you take PCSK9 inhibitors?

ContentsWhat is PCSK9?So, who should take a PCSK9 inhibitor?When to take a PCSK9 inhibitorWhat the research says about PCSK9 inhibitorsDownside of PCSK9 inhibitorsCostInjectionsPotential side effects of PCSK9 inhibitorsAlternatives to PCSK9… Read More

accurate DNA testing
January 27, 2020

Want Accurate DNA Test Results? Take Multiple Tests

ContentsDNA testing errors happenFalse positives in DNA testingFalse negatives in DNA testingSensitivity and specificity of DNA testingRepetition and aggregationMore genetic tests = more accuracyDNA testing accuracy ratesRare alleles are over-reportedAre… Read More

What is methylation
January 25, 2020

What is DNA Methylation?

ContentsWhat is DNA methylation?But what is DNA methylation? Where does DNA methylation occur?When does DNA methylation happen?What affects DNA methylation? DNA methylation is an essential process controlling how your genetic information… Read More

DNA Methylation and nutrients needed
January 24, 2020

The Key Nutrients Needed for DNA Methylation and Why It Matters

ContentsFolateMethionineBetaineCholineVitamin B2Vitamin B6Vitamin B12So, what’s the takeaway here? In this article, we look at key nutrients for DNA methylation, including those we need for the synthesis of essential enzymes involved… Read More

can cholesterol be too low?
January 23, 2020

5 Key Causes of Low Cholesterol, and Why it Matters

ContentsWhat causes low cholesterol?1. Genetic polymorphisms and SLOS2. Statins3. A zero-cholesterol diet4. Acute illness5. Older ageWhen is cholesterol too low?Symptoms of very low cholesterolWhat about if your cholesterol is just… Read More

January 23, 2020

Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome and Cholesterol: What You Need to Know

ContentsPrimary hypocholesterolemia and SLOSWhat is Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS)?What causes SLOS?Who is at risk for SLOS?What can you do if you have a faulty DHCR7 gene?7DHC and lipid peroxidation7DHC and simvastatin… Read More

January 20, 2020

Ranking the 20 Foods Highest in Cholesterol

Cholesterol is so fundamental to life that our body’s make 80% of the cholesterol in our system at any given time. In fact, all our cells can make their own… Read More

testing for ketosis
January 5, 2020

The Best Tools for Measuring Ketones and Whether You Are Actually in Ketosis

ContentsHow to measure ketonesKetosis vs KetoacidosisBlood, breath, and urine tests for ketosisMeasuring ketosis using urine test stripsHow to test urine for ketonesUsing blood to measure ketosisHow to test blood for… Read More

Screenshot of 23andme apoe callout
December 6, 2019

23andme and ApoE4 Reporting: How to Interpret Your Results

ContentsWhat is ApoE?ApoE4 does NOT guarantee Alzheimer’s diseaseWhat are the ApoE variants and what do they mean?So how do I determine what ApoE variants I have?The bottom line We’re writing… Read More

Bowl of oatmeal with blueberries in it
November 22, 2019

Are Grain Free Diets Healthy? Why I am 75% but not 100% Grain Free

ContentsCommon reasons people go grain freeThe anti-grain campThe pro-grain campThe grain middle groundQuestions to ask about your body and grainsWhy I eat grains in moderation Are grain free diets “healthy,”… Read More

Screenshot of the oura ring dashboard
November 21, 2019

Why I Stopped Wearing an OURA Ring

ContentsMy OURA ring reviewOURA ring benefitsImproved sleep hygieneEstablishes sleep lessonsReadiness score accurateHelps plan exercise intensityProblems with the OURA RingMovement and step count way offSleep data questionableNocebo effectClosing thoughts We need… Read More

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