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March 12, 2019

Adventures in Urinary PH: is the Alkaline Diet Scientifically Valid?

Yes, you read that right, I am regularly measuring the PH of my urine using special test strips. I pee into a cup, dip in a PH strip and then… Read More

Paleo and saturated fat
February 8, 2019

Is the Paleo Community Right About Saturated Fat? A Look at the Evidence

This post is the third in our “Study Series,” the blog series we started to give a deep dive into the nutrition studies that are so often thrown around in… Read More

January 21, 2019

Breaking Down My Blood Sugar Numbers: Is HbA1c of 5.1 Good?

This is a post about my blood sugar numbers, including HbA1c (a metric that measures average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months), why they’re relatively low and strategies… Read More

platelet and white blood cell count on a plant based diet
January 14, 2019

Can a Plant Based Diet Suppress the Immune System?

How does adherence to a whole foods, plant based (“wfpb”) diet impact the immune system? Could it be responsible for low white blood cell and platelet count? If so, does… Read More

January 7, 2019

Does Losing Weight on a Keto Diet Increase Levels of “Bad” Cholesterol?

Losing weight is hard. As a guy that’s been heavy for as long as I can remember, the challenge of dropping pounds seems even more intimidating when you stop and… Read More

Heart Health Cholesterol Genetics
November 6, 2018

Important Blood Tests to Get in Addition to LDL-C

If you’re like most people, you go to the doctor once or twice a year to get blood drawn. A few weeks later, you get a call to go over… Read More

steak and high protein diets
November 5, 2018

Eating Too Much Meat? These Lab Tests May Hold the Answer

While the emerging scientific consensus from researchers like Dr. Valter Longo at USC seems to be to reduce meat intake for optimal health (especially before the age of 65) no… Read More

October 31, 2018

Why is my LDL-C High and What Can I do to Lower it?

LDL-C, often called “bad cholesterol,” is shorthand for the cholesterol that is traveling inside of special carrier proteins called “lipoproteins” as you read this blog. It is the job of… Read More

Genetic testing
August 30, 2018

The ethics of genetic testing for children

Note: this is an opinion piece. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Gene Food editorial staff.  Genetic testing… Read More

August 27, 2018

Genetic testing for kids: which genes matter most?

In many countries, it is standard practice to test every newborn for numerous genetic disorders. Using blood samples from a heel prick taken in the first 48 hours of life,… Read More

Toxins in tap water
June 28, 2018

The toxins in your tap water

For all the years I lived in NYC, one of the most common refrains you hear is “the tap water in New York is the best.” I heard it repeated… Read More

Best DNA Test
December 30, 2017

Finding the Best DNA Test: Should I Genotype or Sequence?

If you’ve arrived here you’re probably somewhat aware of the various consumer genotyping kits available for people wanting to check their ancestry and more recently (at least in an official… Read More

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