I didn't realize when I became a mother I would also become a
food scientist, food allergy detective, investigative reporter on
hidden ingredients in our foods and now, a geneticist.
Some of you may have heard about the FDA putting a halt on the
popular at-home genome saliva test from 23andMme. The test
intrigued me. I debated doing it, but after checking out a couple
of private forums on Facebook, I decided this was something I
needed to do for myself and my kids. The information I have learned
has been eye opening and for the first time in a really long time,
I know what the heck is going on with my son's salicylate
Why the FDA doesn't want us to have access to our genetic info
is beyond me.
You see, we all have genes for diseases and obviously some
things can "run in the family." The thing that some of us may not
realize is that we have the ability to turn on and off our genes
based on our diet, supplementation, exercise, environmental toxins
(pollution, personal care products, etc.), stress and sleep.
According to my report, I have a 70 percent chance of being obese
and having heart disease because those run in my family, but I
defied those genes because of the way I eat and care for
I was surprised to learn I have risks for certain diseases not
even on my radar, including macular eye degeneration and breast
cancer. What I was looking for was a genetic mutation called the MTHFR gene, specifically the C677T
and the A1298C genes. These two big genes tell us a lot about how
our bodies are going to create disease or how we can better our
health and our health outcomes. I am a compound heterozygous, I'm
in the "yellow" (meaning I have one mutated gene from each parent)
and how that is passed down.
These mutated genes or heterozygous genes, are the big genes
found in ADHD, sensory processing disorder, hypothyroid,
depression, seasonal affective disorder, cardiovascular disease,
allergies, fibromyalsia, chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis,
multiple sclerosis, Alzhemier's, infertility and in kids on the
autism spectrum. The list goes on and on. Wouldn't you like to know
if doing so could help your body function better at the cellular
level, allowing you to live healthy and age gracefully? How about
I am new to this and do not claim to be an expert. In fact I am
working with an expert to help my family understand the results.
For the FDA to put the halt on something that can be so valuable is
ridiculous. This is the stuff that is being looked at in other
countries, but it can take 17 years before our doctors to use
information like this.
You see, the FDA is about the meds and having access to info
like this would boost the nutraceuticals industry.
If you struggled with infertility and used fertility treatments,
wouldn't you have liked to know the right supplements to get your
cells working efficiently? But you see, this would put the
fertility clinics out of business; they are not in the business to
fix you, they are in the business to get you pregnant. If you
struggle with mental health issues and suffer from the side effects
of using prescription drugs, wouldn't you like an option to help
treat yourself at the cellular level? I can now understand and
begin to heal my son's gut issues so he can eat more than just 10
foods, but we can also improve other things to balance out his
23andMe was funded $59 million by the National Institutes of
Health to lower the price so folks like you and me can afford to
get this test done. Or you can go to a special clinic where it can
cost thousands. Now the FDA has put a halt on any new sales at
For those of us who have taken the test, we are genetic pioneers
and are more empowered to take action to better our health and
well-being on a level that is beyond the medical community's
understanding. Why should we wait 17 years for them to play catch
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