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Genetics

Morning Sickness Genetic

Is my morning sickness worse because of genetics?

If you’ve ever had or known anyone who has experienced morning sickness in pregnancy, you’ll know that it’s more like “all day sickness” and can strike at the most inopportune times. Around 70%-80% of women experience nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP), typically in the first trimester. (R) Not everyone has to deal with morning… Read More

Hair Health Genetics

Is healthy hair genetic? Or does it boil down to diet?

If you’re one of the unfortunate few for whom every day is a bad hair day, it might be time to look to your genes and consider nutritional strategies that can help your hair blossom. Several genetic disorders impact the health of hair, leading to fragile hair that breaks, falls out more easily, that causes… Read More

Crohn’s disease genetics

The genetics of Crohn’s disease: what you need to know

Crohn’s disease is complex, chronic disorder primarily affecting the digestive system and with no single known cause. What we do know, though, is that this disease occurs more often in people with northern European ancestry and of eastern and central European (Ashkenazi) Jewish descent. When epidemiologists (who study disease development) identify this type of pattern… Read More

Vegan diet nutrient deficiency

The Vegan Guide to Dietary Supplements: B12, Iron and More

Attracted to its low environmental impact and potential health benefits, more and more people are beginning to follow a vegan diet and lifestyle. Just a few months ago, John experimented with a vegan diet for a week and wrote a blog detailing favorable results. Many people will find benefit from going vegan for the short… Read More

Manage Migraines Nutrition

How to manage your migraines with nutrition

Like many kids, I grew up with a parent who suffered from debilitating migraines. I learned early on the importance of keeping noise, lights, stress, and smells to a minimum on a migraine day, despite not suffering from migraines myself. I know I’m not alone in this experience, given that around 11-15% of the population… Read More

Malabsorption Nutrients Genetic

5 common genetic variations that affect nutrient absorption

Nutrigenetics is the branch of nutrigenomics focusing on how genetic variations affect nutrient absorption, use, and metabolism. Nutrigenetics research typically focuses on a type of genetic variation known as a single nucleotide polymorphism, or SNP. Each of our genes is made up of four nucleotides arranged in a specific pattern. When one of the four… Read More

DAO DAOO Differences Genetics

6 conditions you’d never guess are caused by allergies

Updated March 9th, 2018 So, you have allergies. You have a runny nose, and maybe itch, watery eyes. That’s where it stops, right? For most people the answer is yes, but some experience strange symptoms and conditions in response to allergic reaction. I’ve written before about how pollen allergies can cause anxiety. But since moving… Read More

MSG in supplements

The MSG in your supplements

Updated January 24th, 2018 Most everyone has heard of the dreaded monosodium glutamate, or “MSG” for short (remember the word glutamate in that phrase). The stereotype is that MSG is an additive in many Chinese dishes, and so it’s easily avoided, but it’s actually much more common than you might think. What if I told… Read More

CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing

What is CRISPR-Cas9? An introduction in genome editing

CRISPR-Cas9 is one of the hottest topics in molecular biology (see this Nature special), and with recent advances is starting to gain attention in the mainstream media; see NYT, Guardian, BBC and many, many more news sources. A lot of this interest has been driven by the case of Brian Madeux in California. Brian, who has… Read More

Best DNA Test

Finding the best DNA test: should I genotype or sequence?

Updated January 25th, 2018 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 sense) their health. The 4th quarter of 2016 saw 1.6 million people gain access to their genetic data in one form or… Read More

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