In direct contradiction to what I learned in medical school, our genes do not directly determine every aspect of our health destiny. We now understand that subtle variations in genes, called SNPs, are highly influential in terms of health and disease. These variations in how genes function generally control various enzyme pathways in the body.
Dr. Ben Lynch has written an amazing book, Dirty Genes. His book focuses on this new understanding of genetics, which I feel is incredibly empowering. Why? Because, as Dr. Lynch makes very clear, many of the most important SNPs that might appear to be detrimental can actually be overridden by various changes in lifestyle, including diet and supplements.
Here’s what I said upon reviewing Dr. Lynch’s book:
Dirty Genes powerful he challenges the notion that jeans are the final arbiters of health and disease. Dr. Ben Lynch skillfully reveals how leveraging specific lifestyle choices can help rewrite our health destiny.
One of the most exciting developments that Dr. Lynch reveals is that we now have the ability to look at our genetic profile in a far more user–friendly way. In this interview, I describe how I took my 23 and Me results and submitted them to StrateGene. Within a few minutes I received a wonderfully detailed report describing exactly where I stood in terms of important SNPs. For example, I learned that I have a potentially unfavorable profile as it relates to the process of methylation. Methylation is very important as it relates to detoxification, lowering homocysteine, and other important functions. Knowing this information is important as the specific SNPs that I have inherited can be functionally overridden with specific dietary changes and supplements.
I know, right at the outset, that this may sound a bit challenging in terms of the science. And yes, the interview is a bit in-depth, for sure. But I think you’ll get a lot out of it, and I can assure you that Dirty Genes does a masterful job in making this important information very approachable!