X-Men and Your Genetic Inheritance: Phase II Detoxification

Previously, I wrote about Phase I detoxification genetics and how your very own genes determine your strengths and weaknesses in removing toxins (not unlike the genetic polymorphisms in the X-Men series). Click here for the Phase I detox rundown. Now it’s time to understand what happens when Phase II detoxification begins. Basically, Phase I breaks down toxins part of the way and Phase II finishes the job. Once Phase II has worked its magic, the body can remove the offending substances from the body through the colon or urinary tract. There are four areas of clearing: Methylation, Acetylation, Glutathione Conjugation, and Oxidative Protection. Since the test speaks for itself, I invite you to peruse the results below.   Genova Diagnostics reports that this test has not been cleared or approved by the FDA. Nor do they claim this test is 100% perfectly accurate. Just as in many scientific tests, there is the chance of false negatives. In their words, “Negative findings do not imply that your patient is risk-free.” However, getting your own results can help you understand where some of your “weak links” reside. In the above example, the plus minus result for NAT2 R197Q explains why this person should never smoke. The risk of lung cancer is substantially higher in someone with compromised NAT activity. Have you ever wondered why some people smoke their whole lives without it affecting their health while others end up with lung cancer and emphysema? It’s all in their toxin removal genetics. Another interesting example is found in the COMT gene results. This patient has a polymorphism in this area. COMT stands...

Pre-Release Book Party in Charleston

I have the good fortune to live in Austin, Texas, but must admit that part of my heart resides in Charleston, South Carolina. The scrolling ironwork and expansive porches have an unmistakable charm.  On Saturday mornings, the farmers market in Marion Square is full of amazing produce and low country wares while the kindness of strangers abounds. The food is amazing just about everywhere you turn, and to sail on the Charleston harbor is one of life’s gifts to the soul. Charleston is also home to an avid group of foodies and farmers who know just how important farm-fresh food really is. One of my favorite restaurant owners there hosted the pre-release party for Broken Vessel Restored at The Park Café on Rutledge Avenue on July 7th. Karalee Nielsen Fallert supplied our celebration with plates of local pickled vegetables, mussels, roasted cauliflower, and a local head lettuces salad that was to die for. The conversation about the book touched on nutrition, thyroid issues, hormones, and toxicity. Personal stories were shared and favorite doctors discussed. With amazing food and a wonderful group to share this moment with, it was yet another memorable night in Charleston. Thank you to the many people who came out to support the upcoming release of Broken Vessel Restored!...