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Lab Tests

Carnivore diet health risks

Why the carnivore diet is unhealthy and what to try instead

When it comes to food, no two people are alike. What works for one may not work well for the next person. For example, we’ve written previously about how certain genotypes are very poorly suited to the butter coffee “Bulletproof” style diets and how these people are likely to see very scary lipid numbers on… Read More

Genetic testing for kids

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 for kids is something of an ethical minefield. Most kids don’t want to know their risk of Alzheimer’s disease. There are, however, some standard genetic… Read More

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, doctors look for genetic variants associated with conditions that might otherwise be missed. These are typically conditions that respond well to early treatment to prevent… Read More

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. The 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

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