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Lab Tests

Toxins in tap water

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 so many times that I believed it unquestioningly. It wasn’t until I saw research put out by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that I started… 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

B12, B6, B9

B vitamin supplements and cancer risk: how to make smart decisions

You might have come across some articles discussing an association between B vitamins and an increased cancer risk. Given how fundamental B vitamins are to some of our major focus genes, think MTHFR, CBS, SHMT, MTR, we thought this was a topic worth diving into. In addition, and putting nutrigenomics and this blog aside, we… Read More

UTI treatment

Can urinary tract infections be cured with diet and supplements?

Although I have been lucky never to have had one, urinary tract infections (“UTIs”) are a common and recurring problem for millions of Americans, especially women, with complaints of UTI accounting for an estimated 7 million doctor visits every year. E. Coli, a nasty type of pathogenic bacteria, is thought to be the culprit behind… 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

Best DNA Test

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

Updated May 12th, 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.┬áThe 4th quarter of 2016 saw 1.6 million people gain access to their genetic data in one form or… Read More

Psychobiotics: can probiotics make our brains work better?

Nootropics (supplements that increase cognitive ability) are all the rage these days, and I’ve already written on this blog about my experiences with the popular nootropic theanine, however, I’ve read studies lately that make me believe that the best path to cognitive enhancement may just travel through the microbiome. Probiotics as brain enhancers It turns… Read More

Gut Microbiome

How our gut bacteria can fight tumor growth

The average adult gut extends over 20 feet and is the home of over a thousand different bacteria species, all with specific roles to play in digestion. In fact, science is just starting to understand how important the microbiome is to our health, with animal studies even showing the potential for certain strains of bacteria… Read More

Should you eat eggs everyday? No, and cholesterol has nothing to do with it

Updated December 12th, 2017 Note: for a thorough breakdown of the science behind TMAO metabolism and how genetic factors play a role, Aaron’s recent post TMAO and heart disease: what we know (and what we don’t) is worth a read. I just finished a delicious breakfast of three scrambled pastured eggs cooked in ghee, half… Read More

High Homocysteine Levels

7 genes linked to high homocysteine levels and what to do about them

Homocysteine is a vital molecule required for numerous processes within the cells of our body to ensure good health. However, as with much in life, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. When present at elevated levels homocysteine is associated with numerous poor health outcomes including; increased cardiovascular risk (R,R), increased risk… Read More

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