I am excited to announce that I'm offering epigenetics reporting and coaching to a select number of clients.
This human performance optimization is cutting edge.
I wish I had access to it many years ago!
(To be younger-looking and stronger than I am today, I am determined to catch up with the new information I now have).
This is an example of the report you get, just from swabbing your cheek and sending the sample in for analysis (easy peasy!).
The hard part is waiting for the report, which can take five-six weeks.
The report is not only beautiful, but it is also way more thorough and helpful than any other genetic testing and reporting I've seen. I've done several already to compare.
The report and set of recommendations provide information about:
All specific to YOU, based on YOUR genes (actually, your “Snips” or Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms). I know, I am starting to sound scientific, so I'll put more info below.
Reach out to me if you are interested in having more information about how to optimize YOU from an epigenetics standpoint.
A little background story about epigenetics and me
As a kid I used to play in the halls of the Chicago Medical School where my dad worked. Today the medical school is known as Rosalind Frankin University of Medicine and Science. I am proud to say that my dad, who was the Chairman of both the Biochemistry and Anatomy departments, was also part of the committee that helped to rename the school.
Who was Rosalind Franklin? She was a woman who was part of the team that discovered the double helix. She earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Cambridge University and worked under the team of James Watson and Francis Crick, two men who were recognized with the Nobel prize for the discovery.
Dr. Franklin learned crystallography and X-ray diffraction, techniques that she applied to discover key insights into DNA structure. Her techniques used radiation, and sadly she died of ovarian cancer age 37.
I did not follow my dad's footsteps to become a biochemist, but I do love to talk to him about genes! Here are some things that are fun to know:
- Cells are a basic structure of biology.
- DNA is in every cell. DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, has the instructions or “code” required to direct their activities for that cell.
- Nucleotide bases make up DNA. There are four building blocks of bases: A, C, G, and T. These letters stand for adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thymine. They combine together in pairs (A with C, and G with T) and build from there, making up approximately 3 billion nucleotide bases. Within the 3 billion bases, there are about 20,000 genes.
- The entire DNA sequence (or genome) is not run by these reports (that would require an entire server just to hold a single person's data!). The human DNA sequence is ~99% similar to a chimpanzee. We are also very similar to each other. Only a fraction of our DNA makes us distinctively different.
- Genes are specific sequences of bases that provide coding proteins – the magnets that used to be all over my dad's walls in his office and lab.
- “SNIPs” or Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms are what we look at for epigenetics. There are only about several hundred that we look at today that have enough research behind them to support interventions (nutrition, supplementation, etc.) to optimize human performance. COOL!
I think it is FUN how life weaves together an interesting pattern. My Dad has always been one of my heroes, and it is fun to think of those days when I was a kid and bugged him about all is work with DNA. (I was mostly very tempted to play with his magnets).
Today I have the chance to talk with him, Dr. Robert Kemp, Ph.D., now retired research professor, about his work in more depth. I challenge him to recall the machines that would heat up DNA and cool it in order to break it apart so that their team could modify it. I talk with him about the particular enzyme that was a major focus of his work, Phosphofructokinase (PFK) and his hopes that someday we will be able to treat diabetes through interventions directed at the enzyme level.
Positive interventions are what epigenetics is all about. Knowing what SNPs you have allows you to target interventions so that you can help to up-regulate or down-regulate (turn up or turn down) gene expression.