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Nutrition

Coconut oil: good for some, bad for others?

Updated July 27th, 2017 Must the Coconut Oil discussion be one size fits all? Intro by John. Hello everyone. Aaron and I decided to write this post in response to the renewed debate over the health merits of coconut oil after the American Heart Association warned against the dangers of its saturated fat content. The… Read More

Habit’s genetically tailored meal service isn’t healthy for these genotypes

When I first heard Campbell’s soup invested 32 million dollars into a new nutrigenomics startup called Habit, I was excited. That’s a big bet (from a major player) on people starting to use their genetic information to find the diet that’s best for them. We at Gene Food wholeheartedly support this mission. We applaud Habit’s… Read More

10 things I learned going Vegan for a Week

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. In fact, I can see your eyes rolling from here (Austin). Here we go again with another veganism changed my life post. Just what the internet needs. And I am sympathetic, believe me. The Vegan camp was the last nutritional outpost I had yet to visit. I’d simply listened… Read More

Do pollen allergies cause anxiety?

Feeling anxious? You’re not alone. The NY Times ran a story a few weeks back titled “Prozac nation is now the United States of Xanax.” Why is everyone anxious? If you believe, as I do, that anxiety is a symptom, not an identity, there are lots of potential reasons, many of which are work stress… Read More

Cystic fibrosis, nutrition and choline

We’re going to have a bit of  change of tack with topics and rather than talk about how polymorphisms can affect otherwise healthy people; I’ll instead talk about how polymorphisms can impact on people with already existing diseases. This also gives me a chance to talk about the research that initially got me interested in… Read More

A big blog post on Acetyl-L-Carnitine: benefits and side effects

Updated June 22, 2017 Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) is the acetylated form of the amino acid L-carnitine (LC), which means it is tagged with an acetyl molecule. Whilst both forms can be used as a supplement ALCAR is often preferred due to its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier allowing it to interact with nerves in the… Read More

Lion’s mane, chaga and cordyceps, oh my!

Updated June 17th, 2017  I have a confession to make. I’ve been experimenting with mushrooms. That sounds bad, I know, but it’s not what you think. These mushrooms are perfectly legal and have been used by healing traditions for hundreds of years. They’re called Lions Mane (Hericium erinaceus), Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) and Cordyceps, respectively. Should you be… Read More

Don’t fear the fridge! Histamine intolerance is bigger than food

Updated July 4th, 2017  Histamine intolerance. A real condition with a very unfortunate name. No one is actually histamine intolerant, we all need histamine, it’s an essential neurotransmitter. (R) However, as with anything else, too much of a good thing can cause problems. When we accumulate more histamine than our body can handle, symptoms begin,… Read More

The genetics of celiac disease: what you need to know

The gluten free lifestyle is now so common you can’t even call it a trend anymore. Brands and restaurants bend over backwards to cater to the increasing number of gluten intolerant people, or those with the more severe medical disorder celiac (coeliac) disease. In this post I’m going to go through the symptoms, pathology and underlying genetics… Read More

Welcome to Austin, now lay off the Sauerkraut

Updated May 13th, 2017 I moved to Austin about 6 months ago and love it. However, Austin has an allergy problem. A really big allergy problem. Austin’s allergy problem Check out this Allergy Calendar a local allergist created: Calendar credit As the calendar demonstrates, there is always an allergen to enjoy in Austin, with mold… Read More

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