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You probably have done your Gene Test for a variety of reasons that may not have included your health. Did you know that your Gene results contain information about mutations that research has associated with certain health issues? This information can include your potential risk for certain health conditions. Of course, we always advise that any information our software provides for you is discussed with your Doctor but it is important to maximize the information in your Gene results. Read: Methylation: Why It Matters For Your Immunity, Inflammation & More

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Why would you need to run a Genetics test?
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LiveWello is unique because it gives you much more than just a Gene report: The Livewello Gene App will give you Gene reports for 600,000 SNPs and conveniently attaches 12 resources for learning to each Gene. The App also offers free updates that reflect your results when 23andMe adds more SNPs to your raw data. The reason for this feature, is that we believe that people should have information for all the Genes in their Raw Data not just some of them. That way, you and your Heallthcare Practitioner can have the benefit of all this information when creating your treatment plan. Basically, as long as a SNP is in your Raw Data with rsID and Minor Allele, the App will generate your Gene Report for it.
So, how does the Livewello App work ?
1) Download your Raw Data from 23andMe, Ancestry.com or FTDNA etc. Save it to your desktop.
2) Go to the home page at: https://livewello.com/genetics
On that page, you can learn more about our genetics tools. Then, click the "Get Started" button to upload your raw data and pay the 1-time fee of 19:95. The raw data file you upload into the App should not be altered in any way. i.e. Do not edit the file name, file format or contents.
3) Livewello currently gives you unlimited Health reports for about 600,000 SNPs in your Raw Data. Once you’re done with uploading your raw data, you can start generating your Health Reports with these free tools:
a) The Gene Library is searchable and has thousands of FREE Health Reports you will find helpful and can download: https://livewello.com/snps/...
It is designed to give your health reports on Genes that Research Studies have associated with your health issues and Diagnosis. Share your reports with your Doctor. These Gene Reports could be good indicators that your Doctor may need to order further lab/diagnostic testing. As a Livewello Gene App user, you can install as many Gene Reports as you'd like. There is no limit!

b) The GWAS Health Conditions Tool
If you don’t see Gene Reports about your health issues in the Gene Library, use this tool:
It will give you health reports on Genes that Research Studies have associated with your health issues and Diagnosis: https://livewello.com/gwas

DIRECTIONS FOR THE GWAS Health Conditions FEATURE
To use the GWAS Health Conditions Tool go to https://livewello.com/gwas
i. Simply enter the health condition's name to see if any Genome-wide studies have been done on that condition. If studies exist, as you type, results will come up. Click on the result that matches your search.
ii. Click on "copy to SNP sandbox" and
iii. Click "build template" and "view report" to generate a report for yourself.
c) The SNP Sandbox Tool Use it to create customized Gene Reports based on any Gene or SNP names you choose to have in it. How-To Video: http://vimeo.com/103512972
EXAMPLES: YASKO'S NUTRIGENOMIC SNPs: https://livewello.com/snps/...
MTHFR Gene SNPs ... ..more

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By Carol Savage
"Is it possible for people to be low in L-Methyl Folate [5-MTHF] even if they do NOT have single nucleotide polymorphisms affecting the MTHFR enzyme?"

The answer is... YES.

DIET
A person can have terrible nutrition. Someone who doesn't eat anything green. Someone who never eats beans. A poor diet low in DiHydroFolate [DHF] can cause there to be insufficient L-Methyl Folate.

MEDICATIONS
This includes thousands of people on coumadin [warfarin] who avoid eating greens and people with Rheumatoid Arthritis [RA] who have been given Methotrexate. Methotrexate blocks the enzyme that converts DHF into TetraHydroFoalte [THF ... ..more

By Carol Savage
"Is it possible for people to be low in L-Methyl Folate [5-MTHF] even if they do NOT have single nucleotide polymorphisms affecting the MTHFR enzyme?"

The answer is... YES.

DIET
A person can have terrible nutrition. Someone who doesn't eat anything green. Someone who never eats beans. A poor diet low in DiHydroFolate [DHF] can cause there to be insufficient L-Methyl Folate.

MEDICATIONS
This includes thousands of people on coumadin [warfarin] who avoid eating greens and people with Rheumatoid Arthritis [RA] who have been given Methotrexate. Methotrexate blocks the enzyme that converts DHF into TetraHydroFoalte [THF ... ..more

The MTHFR Gene, when expressed, causes the body to become unable to turn folic acid into methylfolate, so folic acid builds up in the body unused and causes health issues. MTHFR means you need to eat unprocessed foods, read food labels and avoid: enriched wheat, flour, cereals with folic acid, etc Eating an Organic, Non GMO, Gluten Free diet is also crucial.
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The MTHFR Gene, when expressed, causes the body to become unable to turn folic acid into methylfolate, so folic acid builds up in the body unused and causes health issues. MTHFR means you need to eat unprocessed foods, read food labels and avoid: enriched wheat, flour, cereals with folic acid, etc Eating an Organic, Non GMO, Gluten Free diet is also crucial.
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8 Factors that Affect Your Methylation Process

--Genetics – Like an estimated 20 percent of us, you could be genetically predisposed to high homocysteine

--Poor diet – The word “folate” comes from “foliage.” You need to eat plenty of leafy greens, beans, fruit, and whole grains to get adequate levels of vitamins B6 and B12, betaine, and folate. Egg yolks, meat, liver, and oily fish are the main dietary sources of vitamin B12 — so long-term vegan diets can be a problem. Plus, certain compounds can raise levels of homocysteine and deplete the B vitamins. These include excess animal protein, sugar, saturated fat ... ..more

I found this excellent description in Amy Yasko's forum: ch3nutrigenomics.com. It was posted by one of the members on the site- raji: http://www.ch3nutrigenomics...
This is a private blog, but it is a very rich source of information about methylation, nutrigenomics and dietary supplementation

Here is a copy of the post:

"Common Terminology:

Methyl group: A methyl group is simply a single carbon atom bonded to 3 hydrogen atoms (CH3).

Methylation: Transfer of methyl groups from one chemical to another is called methylation. Essentially any chemical compound that has a methyl group as part of its chemical ... ..more

5 “Healthy” Foods That Aren’t
January 15, 2014 by Erin Ter Beest

In a world of competing health claims, it’s hard to know what foods are really nourishing and health-promoting. Sometimes it’s even hard to tell whether or not something is really food or just a “food-like substance!” While the occasional #junk food isn’t going to kill you (and stressing out about completely avoiding it might actually do more damage than the occasional junk food itself), there are many “health” foods that have made their way into our diets regularly that are doing serious damage to ... ..more

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What is ACAT Gene Mutation

  4 years, 1 month ago

ACAT Acetyl-Coenzyme A acetyltransferase AKA A bad Gut & Oxalates issues. This is Priority mutation # 2.

Although this mutation is fairly uncommon, it significantly impacts the Energy Cycle (citric acid cycle) and mitochondrial function. The influences are wide and far ranging and include bile salt production, cholesterol, fatty acids, and the processing of oxalates. Notwithstanding a partial or full defect, many have a “functional” variation due to the impact of aluminum, heavy metals, and toxins as well as other defects that impact this area such as the NOS, MTHFR, & CBS. Upon viewing the methylation community diagram, it is important to note that the energy cycle is closely connected to each sequence, yet it is intimately linked to both the waste cycle and SAM’s Corporation.

Since the energy cycle is essential for processing and converting all dietary nutrients (glucose, fats, proteins) into useable forms of energy, a breakdown anywhere down the line might trip an internal alarm. This is analogous to your car’s “low fuel” gauge. Just as any industry processes coal, gas, or oil for energy production, your body must have the essential nutrients in order to properly function. If you visualize the energy cycle as a clock, each hour represents an area in which one nutrient or substance converts into a more compatible form of energy. Depending on digestive function, diet, rate of absorption, and the presence of any genetic quirks, a problem might occur at any point within the device. This may lead to significant chemical imbalances within your body chemistry as well as mitochondrial dysfunction or disorders.

The ACAT plays a key role in creating bile salts, which is crucial for cholesterol and other membrane lipid balances. While we tend to view cholesterol and other fats as the “bad guys” in the war against disease, these compounds are critical for general health and wellbeing. Whether it’s the coating surrounding a nerve, cell, or organ, cholesterol is essential in its production. Think of your home’s electrical wiring and the thick, plastic or rubber coating normally found protecting it. An exposed wire is vulnerable and may “short out,” so that the impulse isn’t transmitted. Similarly, the body’s nervous system requires the protection afforded from a nice, thick fatty coating or fundamental connections may never be made. An exposed nerve may lead to a misfire, which is often the source behind the early symptoms found in neuroimmune disorders. This often includes signs such as tremors, muscle fasciculations, weakness, and fatigue as well as word groping and poor concentration and retention. Without cholesterol, you also cannot make several vital hormones, including, your sex hormones (estrogen & testosterone) or insulin. Therefore, low cholesterol levels are not as beneficial as one would initially think.

Finally, if a chronically ill person has had heavy aluminum or other toxic exposures along with a partially functioning ACAT, energy production is likely to stall to a near standstill. Moreover, as outlined in the energy cycle, other problems may include:
1. More B-12 depletion, which has ramifications throughout the entire system.
2. Cholesterol & fatty acid imbalances, often leading to toxic fatty acid buildup & high cholesterol.
3. Decreasing bile salts & increased taurine production as well as poor cell wall function since they all rely
on the proper breakdown of cholesterol through the ACAT.
4. Poor breakdown of fats, carbohydrates, & proteins to fuel other cells, nerves, tissue, & organs.
5. Rising oxalate levels that may cause painful urination and bladder & kidney stones.
6. Co Q-10 reduction, which is also necessary for mitochondrial function & energy.
7. Limited energy for the Waste Facility & SAM’s Corp. due to less conversion of methionine to SAMe. In
having over 400 methylation functions, SAMe is critical for the entire community.
As the energy factories of each cell, mitochondrial damage has significant implications. In fact, anything that demands more energy, including the gut and the brain, are particularly vulnerable. Significant blocks may limit the availability of bile salts; hence the digestive process is doubly burdened. This provides a valid reason for many unexplained digestive problems, while explaining poor growth & development as well as failure to thrive. Well-studied toxins such as aluminum, lead, mercury, and MSG also greatly impact this factory. This is one reason those with known mitochondrial disorders are discouraged from eating foods with pesticides, MSG, and aluminum. Ultimately, anyone with multiple risk factors is especially prone to mitochondrial dysfunction.

Labs:
Monitor for oxalates, high taurine, MMA, and/or methionine levels as well as low cholesterol.
Ethanolamine and the ... ..more

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What is The Citric Acid Cycle ?

  4 years, 1 month ago

The Citric Acid Cycle AKA “The Power Company” is essential for processing and converting all dietary nutrients (vitamins, minerals, fats, amino acids) into useable forms of energy just as any power industry processes coal, gas, or oil for energy production. If you visualize this cycle as a clock, each hour represents an area in which one nutrient converts into a more compatible form of energy. Depending on digestive function, diet, rate of absorption, and the presence of any genetic quirks, a problem might occur at any point within this clock. This may lead to significant metabolic (chemical processing) imbalances within ... ..more

Julie Matthews, Author Nourishing Hope: Benefits range dramatically from child to child. Many parents report that their children make wonderful gains in language when starting a special diet, such as gluten-free casein-free – it may be an increase in words, speaking in sentences, or back and forth conversation. Some children make gains in behavior, a reduction in irritability or tantrums, or less hyperactivity. Other children have improvements in the quality of life, relief of digestive upset, fewer colds and infections, and are happier and healthier. While benefits differ, my experience as a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in autism for the past ... ..more

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What is the Urea Cycle ?

  4 years, 1 month ago

The Urea Cycle filters & processes toxic waste. Makes nitric oxide to limit free radical injury & maintains open & clean blood vessels to protect the heart & brain.
#NitricOxide #UreaCycle #Methylation ..more

There is little known about the A1298C MTHFR mutation. Or so it seems.
Research seems to ignore it almost completely while the C677T MTHFR mutation gets all the attention and glory.
For those who have the A1298C MTHFR mutation, this is frustrating.
Symptoms exist and doctors are saying there is no correlation between the MTHFR A1298C mutation and your symptoms – right?

I’d like to prove them wrong – at least for the symptoms which do correlate with the A1298C MTHFR mutation.

The MTHFR A1298C mutation may affect you if you are either:
--Homozygous A1298C MTHFR mutation
--Compound heterozgous A1298C + C677T ... ..more

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What is the Methionine Cycle ?

  4 years, 1 month ago

The Methionine Cycle is the major work tag (methyl donor) manufacturer. SAMe has over 400 functions in the community. Also serves as the main route through to liver & Waste cycle.

Methionine (SAM) Cycle AKA “SAM’s Corporation,” As SAMe has over 400 known methylation reactions, SAM’s Corporation is the chief work tag producer. It’s also where most of the action occurs since it contains the major thoroughfare to the liver (CBS & transsulfuration). While this often works to its’ advantage, it can also pose a safety risk since failure along this route may result in calamity (see Waste Facility ... ..more

#bloodsugar #diabetes diet #glaucoma #glucose #insulin #vitaminc
Diabetes and Glaucoma: A New Perspective

A study at the University of Michigan found people with diabetes have a 35% higher chance of having Glaucoma than people who do not. The study went on to say the reason for the higher rates of glaucoma in diabetics is “unknown.” My purpose for writing this article is to explain the nutritional reasons that diabetes and glaucoma often go hand in hand.

Before going further, let me state this very clearly: The purpose of this article is to provide education. Both diabetes and glaucoma are serious ... ..more

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HISTAMINE AND THE GUT By Carol Savage M.D.
Diamine Oxidase (DAO) is the enzyme in the gut responsible for the degradation of HISTAMINE.

Histamine N-MethylTransferase [HNMT] is an enzyme found inside cells so it breaks down histamine within cells. Diamine Oxidase [DAO] is likely “responsible for scavenging extracellular histamine after mediator release.”
Although Diamine Oxidase [DAO] is found everywhere in the body, the bowels are perhaps the most important site of the action of the enzyme DAO.
DAO is synthesized by mature and undamaged enterocytes [gut cells] in the small bowel, so any gut damage would decrease DAO release ... ..more

#Parasympathetic Nervous System “Rest, repair, & digest” or “Type B’s” There are 3 basic #PNS Dominant subtypes: Basic, Extreme, & Inefficient PNS Dominant types.
The following is a summary of the average PNS Dominant type. 
 The parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) works to nourish, heal and regenerate the body. It is anabolic, which means it is concerned with rebuilding the body and storing nutrients. Its’ nerves stimulate the immune system, digestion, and urinary function. These organs include the liver, pancreas, stomach, intestines, kidneys, and bladder.

The parasympathetic nervous system, when activated by rest, relaxation and positive thinking, is essential for the elimination of wastes, emotional wellbeing and healing. When you feel absolutely stuffed and lethargic after a big Thanksgiving dinner, it is your PNS that is most active. 
 
In situations in which we have excessive parasympathetic nervous system dominance, we often find #disorganization , #depression , #apathy , and #lethargy . There may also be a decrease in clarity of thought such as “spaciness” or poor concentration. The #adrenal and #thyroid glands tend to be underactive and sex #hormones such as #estrogen , #progesterone , and #testosterone are abnormally low. There are frequently issues with multiple #allergies and sensitivities #MCS , dry skin, weight gain or a tendency toward #obesity . These are generally the people who go on the same exact “Healthy” diet as their friends or partner yet struggle to lose a few pounds. Meanwhile, everyone one else has lost 10-20 lbs and is back to their regular routine. 



Other signs and symptoms include: frequent hunger, dry/irritated eyes, unexplained sneezing or coughing, #asthma , dizziness (particularly with standing), irregular heart beats or “skipped heart beats”, low blood pressure, and #hypoglycemia as well as increased production of all digestive enzymes and bowel activity, leading to more “stomach rumbling”. #PNS Dominants rarely struggle with #constipation and may have periods of loose or frequent stools. They are also more likely to experience the feeling of being “Tired yet wired,” particularly after eating a simple carbohydrate or sugary snack.

While #SNS Dominants may also struggle with this tired yet wired sensation, it is usually more prominent in PNS Dominance. Incidentally, those who cannot tolerate higher altitudes or the more rapid drops in barometric pressure (weather changes) are more likely the PNS Dominant or “Inefficient Balanced” types as a stronger SNS is required in adjusting to higher altitudes and changing weather patterns. These are the folks who know the weather is going to change before anyone else and often suffer with allergies or headaches. They are also prone to upper #respiratory infections, which may evolve to #bronchitis or #pneumonia . Despite this, they do not tolerate hot weather as well as the other types and prefer colder climates. They are also prone to flushing and may have pinker or darker ears and a “ruddy” complexion.

Nevertheless, when these individuals are well, they can be highly creative and productive and are often slow to anger. They tend to have less interest in “left brain” academics (math or science) and often prefer “right brain” academics (art, music, & lit).

According to Dr. Gonzalez, many Nobel Prize winners in art and literature are PNS Dominants (Hemmingway, Faulkner, & Lewis). PNS Dominants typically avoid confrontational professions and enjoy those, which allow their heightened creative abilities to flourish. And, depending upon where they reside within the PNS axis, many are “foodies” who live to eat rather than simply eating to live, as SNS types tend to do. These folks typically enjoy discussing good restaurants or engaging in discussions about great meals and recipes. They typically gravitate toward meat & potatoes with some veggies usually the root (potatoes, squash, yams) or cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, cabbage). In general, PNS Dominants are more sociable than SNS types. Likewise, they may prefer to remain busy yet tend to avoid exercise. Still, #genetic factors also considerably influence many of these traits.


Finally, PNS Dominants are most likely to develop immune related cancers such as malignant #melanoma , #lymphoma , #sarcoma , and #leukemia . 
 
Food priorities: It is generally helpful to evaluate the foods you crave and how you tolerate each newly introduced food. For instance, after eating meat do you feel better and more clearheaded or are you more anxious, jittery, or depressed? If you’re having a lot of digestive issues, you may want to begin with mostly cooked foods, at least to some degree, in order to reduce the strain on your digestive system. Therefore, it is important to consider whether or not you tolerate raw vs. cooked foods. Those with PNS Dominance favor butter, cream, meat, and potatoes as well as sour flavors. Yet they avoid sweets, although a heavier pastry with butter or cream is acceptable. 
 


Regrettably, many PNS Dominants have been heavily influenced by medical and nutrition experts and eat well outside their nutritional requirements. They may favor heavier, “meat & potato” meals yet eat leaner meats, whole grain carbs, fruits, and vegetables despite not feeling satisfied. While many desire bacon and egg breakfasts, they opt for the lighter fruit, toast, and yogurt fare of the SNS Dominant, thinking this is a “healthier” choice. And, even while they gag at the thought of oatmeal or cream of wheat, they do their best to find a “healthy” compromise. They frequently have a spurt of energy for 30 minutes or so, only to feel tired and lackluster within the space of an hour. Yet, if allowed to eat a thick slice of ham with potatoes, they’ll have the energy they need to work throughout the entire morning.

In fact, many “vegetarian” PNS Dominants feel much more alert and energetic when they start eating animal proteins While they sought out the heavier “allowed” proteins (cheese, eggs, hummus), most never felt satiated. 
 
For the PNS Dominant, eating meat is not “morally inferior”; it is essential for their health and survival Ultimately, each person should consume the most healthful foods for their metabolic make up. Though SNS Dominants require mostly vegetarian, raw foods, for greatest health, those who are PNS Dominant require fattier, red meats. They are hardwired to function well on the wholesome, omega 3 fats & #glutamate found in grass fed meats. Besides, most will develop a multitude of health problems if they adopt the SNS Dominant’s diet. 
 
For those with concerns regarding #sulfur , while foods such as #broccoli & #cauliflower contain a fair amount of sulfur ... ..more

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What is a Lipid Donor ?

  4 years, 1 month ago

Lipid Donors: Limit for CBS + & NOS +

Foods: High seafood/fish diet
Immune Factors
Any transdermal creams
Lipoceutical #EDTA
Lipoceutical #glutathione
EFA’s: Omega 3’s or #DHA
CoQ-10
ALA Idebenone

The goal is to be mindful of accumulating methyl or sulfur donors rather than attempting to limit all of them. Whenever we try to remove everything “bad” in one category, we create imbalances in other categories. The key is balance. For instance, if you love broccoli & garlic yet have the SUOX & CBS defects, just limit the others on the list.
#LipidDonor #Supplements
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