What does genomic data mean for you?

Genomic data is being generated at cheaper prices and in large quantities.  How relevant is that for you?  Many variations have no significance whereas others may be useful to know.  Ask what clinical benefit you might receive by learning this information.  Many variations are not sufficient or necessary for a noticeable health effect.  My program is designed to provide actionable steps that improve health and wellness without adding anxiety or stress.  This is such an evolving field expanding rapidly as we learn more about contributions from the microbiome, metabolomics and epigenetics.

Be well!

 

Carolyn Katzin

4-3-1 and Carolyn’s The DNA Diet

Four foods for each of the 3 DNA Diet major groups for one wellness focused nutrition theme for you.  Based on the latest understanding of whole exome testing as well as microbiome contributions.  Start with your DNA test (you will need to get this independently – look in our store for a link)

 

Who owns your genes? Supreme Court Decision

 SCOTUS Decision on Breast Cancer Gene Patent – Genes Cannot Be Patented
June 13, 2013  Supreme Court of the United States announced its decision in Association of Molecular Biology v. Myriad Genetics, in which plaintiffs challenged the validity of gene patents held by Myriad on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which are closely correlated with increased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.  At issue in the case was whether the genes are “products of nature,” and therefore not patentable, or “products of human ingenuity,” which are eligible for patent protection.  The Patent and Trademark Office has issued thousands of gene patents in the past and these patents have been routinely upheld by the Court of Claims, which is the federal appeals court that specializes in intellectual property law.  The Court of Claims had held that the BRCA gene patents were valid in this case, but that decision was reversed today by SCOTUS.  http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-398_8njq.pdf

 

Privacy rights and DNA

A scary scenario has been painted where anyone may analyze your DNA without your knowledge.  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/11/us-usa-geneticprivacy-idUSBRE89A06H20121011?feedType=RSS&feedName=healthNews

With 23andme you have access to your own DNA and know that it is only you who provided it as “the big spit” is certainly not something you wouldn’t know about!  I encourage you to have your genome tested with 23andme and own your own results.

DNA Barcoding Project

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The Right Nutrients can Prevent Hearing Loss

Here is an article contributed by John O’Connor a guest blogger
The Right Nutrients Can Help Prevent Hearing Loss

More than 28 million Americans are affected by hearing loss. Nutrition plays an important role in preventing hearing loss due to aging, as well as in helping to reverse noise-induced hearing loss. While hearing aids can help those with hearing loss navigate through a world full of sound, the right nutrients can improve hearing loss altogether. The following list of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants are particularly effective at helping to promote hearing health.

Vitamin A

A deficiency of Vitamin A increases your susceptibility to noise and decrease your sensory functions. In addition to helping prevent hearing loss due to these factors, Vitamin A has proven effective in helping to improve hearing loss.

Vitamin B Complex

The B vitamins help reduce ear pressure and keep the ear functioning properly. Among the ear-healthy B vitamins are B-2 (Riboflavin), which improve oxygen flow in the hearing cells; B-3 (Niacin), which increase circulation to hearing cell nerves; and B-6, which helps regulate the fluid in the ears. In the elderly, B-12 and folate deficiencies are a major culprit in hearing loss, affecting the vascular and nervous systems that are associated with hearing.

Vitamin C, D, E

Vitamin C protects the cochlear hair cells and can reverse some of the damage to hearing caused by noise exposure. Lack of Vitamin D can cause abnormal bone growth in the middle ear. Vitamin D is particularly helpful for improving cochlear deafness. A powerful antioxidant, Vitamin E can help improve sudden hearing loss and prevents damage done to the ear by free radicals.

Copper, Zinc, Iodine and Magnesium

Copper and zinc help preserve the cochlear hair cells, whose vibrations help move sound along. Iodine helps prevent cochlear lesions and changes in the middle ear due to aging. Magnesium helps protect the arterial lining and the hair cells of the inner ear.

N-acetyl cysteine, arginine and methionine

These amino acids have been shown by research to significantly improve hearing loss due to ear damage. Damage done to the ear by excessive noise is greatly reduced with n-acetyl cysteine, and arginine and methionine protect against sensorineural hearing loss and cochlear damage.

Alpha lipoic acid and co-enzyme Q10

These antioxidants are powerful defenses against hearing loss. Alpha lipoic acid is instrumental in generating mitochondria in the inner ear hair cells. Co-enzyme Q10 is especially helpful for those with progressive hearing loss associated with diabetes.

General Nutrition

Take good care of your hearing health by making healthy lifestyle choices and eating foods that are full of the proper nutrients. Research shows that this kind of diet slows the aging process, promotes longevity and protects against a number of diseases and conditions, including hearing loss.

If you have concerns about your lifestyle and whether you’re getting the nutrients you need, make an appointment with a Certified Nutrition Specialist or Registered Dietitian, who can help you map out a plan that’s right for you.

The Value of Experience in Understanding Genomic Data

Genetic counseling is helpful when determining family history however most genetic counselors don’t integrate this into lifestyle and specifically nutrition advice. That’s where I come in. Please let me know if you would like a brief consultation to explain the relevance of your findings and how to integrate these into dietary changes which may be helpful to you.

How Carolyn’s The DNA Diet works

DNA Diet 2017 infographic

The Cancer Nutrition Center Handbook is now available!

The expanded 4th edition of my handbook is now available on my site or at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. The cover features black and red raspberries as well as other beneficial fruit with cancer fighting properties. The bigger size of this edition features over 100 specific chemotherapy drugs and nutritional advice. The layout now has each recipe with its own page making it easier to use.
I look forward to your feedback
Carolyn

Personalized nutrition webinar

Good overview of Molecular Nutrition and Personalized Nutrition from one of the leaders of the European Food Information Council (EUFIC)