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 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.

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

Purple-Blue and Health

Purple-blue fruits and vegetables such as black raspberries are rich in anthocyanins and provide health benefits. Metabolic syndrome is a condition that affects many Americans who have waists that exceed half their height. From the NHANES telephone survey results researchers have found that those who eat plenty of the purple-blue produce have a lower risk of having metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is having 3 or more of the following – being overweight (BMI >25), having a waist that exceeds 35 inches for women, 39 for men, having elevated plasma cholesterol levels, having high blood pressure. If a cup of berries each day would reduce that risk then it’s surely worth it! Check out my store for a great way to boost your berry intake
Source: Am J Lifestyle Med. 2011;5(3):279-290.

Aspartame to blame?

At annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association research presented that dieters who drank 2 or more diet sodas containing aspartame were 6 times more likely to have abdominal adiposity (belly fat) known to be associated with both type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Is this a chicken or egg situation? Do dieters select diet sodas before or after they get fat? Some suggestion that blood sugar levels are affected by aspartame provided by study using diabetes prone mice. Ironically, on the American Diabetes website they recommend diet sodas!

Food to share

Great idea to share your healthy food with others. Lauren Walters is co-founder and CEO of Two Degrees Food, a company with a smart idea of sharing healthy food bars. She will speak at the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival this year.