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Genetics

Mold genes

The mold genes: what you need to know

The fuzzy weblike structures formed by molds are a common sight, which is not surprising given that the number of identified mold species number in the thousands, with likely millions more remaining undiscovered. Unlike plants, molds derive energy through the breakdown of organic matter, and especially like moist, warm conditions — which is why leaving… Read More

Depression and Genetics

What causes depression? Is it genetic?

Depression is a multifactorial disease, meaning that there are many things that contribute to the condition. For a long time, scientists have suspected a genetic element to depression, but finding those links has proven difficult. Last month, however, researchers published a paper in the journal Nature Genetics detailing 44 genetic risk factors for depression, at… Read More

Prevent Macular Degeneration Supplements Nutrition

Can macular degeneration be prevented with nutrition?

If you’re like me and you’re one of the millions of people who have had their DNA tested to find out more about their risks for certain diseases or where they come from, then perhaps you’ve already heard of macular degeneration. Or maybe you already knew about it from a family member who has it…. Read More

Hypothyroidism and Nutrition

Hypothyroidism and nutrition: Managing autoimmune thyroid disease through diet

Is it possible to “fix” hypothyroidism by diet alone? The short answer is no — there’s no dietary factor that can cure every case of hypothyroidism. There are, however, specific nutrients such as iodine and selenium that we need for healthy thyroid function. Too little or too much of these nutrients can cause serious thyroid… Read More

Vegetarians and B12

How to Handle Vitamin B12 Deficiency on a Vegetarian Diet

Over the last year, I have transitioned to a diet that is primarily, but not exclusively, vegetarian. I even went Vegan for a week as an experiment. I still eat meat on average about once every two weeks, and fish a few times a week, but I have cut way back on my intake of… Read More

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

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