Introduction to The Vagus Nerve
In people with fatigue, food sensitivities, anxiety and gut problems, brain fog and depersonalization, the vagus nerve is almost always at play. These people have lower vagal tone, which means a lower ability of the vagus nerve to activate.
The only question is what aspect of the vagus nerve is malfunctioning and how much the vagus nerve is a problem vs. other aspects of your biology.
The vagus nerve is part of the parasympathetic nervous system, referred to as the rest and digest system. It’s not the only nerve ... ..more
Vitamin B12 is one of the most frequently prescribed treatments in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) yet it is not uncommon
for it to perform poorly or even to have negative effectsthus. Here Fred provides some of the reasons he believes B12 does not sometimes work in ME/CFS
Taking It in Tablet Form- Active b12 is taken as an oral tablet reducing its absorbtion to below 1%. A 1000mcg active b12 oral tablet might bind as much as 10mcg of b12. Again the b12 has to be squeezed through a keyhole that limits the amount and is subject to ... ..more
VDR Taq has a minor allele (MAF) of "G":
Here are some studies that reference VDR Taq (rs731236):
"We observed that women with GG (rs731236), ... were characterized by a significant correlation between vitamin D vs testosterone concentration and FAI value. We found a significant correlation between testosterone level and FAI vs vitamin D concentration in men with heterozygote AG in the rs731236 polymorphism"
"The VDR polymorphism, TaqI (rs731236), was associated with a 26 % risk reduction (TT vs. CC, OR 0.74)"
All ... ..more
Published by Frank Marshall · March 26, 2015 at 2:12pm
The Compare Reports Tool allows you to view and compare up to 5 different people's Gene variance reports side-by-side. Comparing your Gene Reports provides side-by-side comparison with other profiles like the friends or family members in your LiveWello Account.
This tool is for those who have received their Gene results from 23andMe AncestryDNA or almost any other Gene Testing company.
Before you can do this, please make sure that:
--Everyone has generated the same Livewello Gene report you want to compare.
--Everyone has exchanged their "Add-Me" link with each ... ..more
MTHFR C677T and A1298C…how they don't work correctly By Carol Savage
MTHFR C677T...METHYLATION CYCLE...Epigenetics [SAMe and methylation of our DNA]
The MTHFR C677T snps causes the enzyme to be unable to utilize the cofactor FAD/FADH2 properly. The snp mistake [C677T] causes the enzyme to be temperature labile. As a result, the cofactor FAD disengages and subsequently L-Methyl Folate [5-MTHF] cannot be made. So, MTHFR C677T interferes with the forward action of the MTHFR enzyme and subsequently interferes with the conversion of Homocysteine into Methionine and the making of SAMe.
L-Methyl Folate is most beneficial to ... ..more
Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs. This relatively new field combines pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) to develop effective, safe medications and doses that will be tailored to a person’s genetic makeup.
Many drugs that are currently available are “one size fits all,” but they don’t work the same way for everyone. It can be difficult to predict who will benefit from a medication, who will not respond at all, and who will experience negative side effects (called adverse drug reactions ... ..more
Genome-wide association studies are a relatively new way for scientists to identify genes involved in human disease. This method searches the genome for small variations, called single nucleotide polymorphisms or SNPs (pronounced “snips”), that occur more frequently in people with a particular disease than in people without the disease. Each study can look at hundreds or thousands of SNPs at the same time. Researchers use data from this type of study to pinpoint genes that may contribute to a person’s risk of developing a certain disease.
Because genome-wide association studies examine SNPs across the genome, they represent a promising ... ..more
A genetic predisposition (sometimes also called genetic susceptibility) is an increased likelihood of developing a particular disease based on a person’s genetic makeup. A genetic predisposition results from specific genetic variations that are often inherited from a parent. These genetic changes contribute to the development of a disease but do not directly cause it. Some people with a predisposing genetic variation will never get the disease while others will, even within the same family.
Genetic variations can have large or small effects on the likelihood of developing a particular disease. For example, certain mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 ... ..more
Go to https://livewello.com/snps/... or log in and click on "Compare Reports".
1) Choose the 2 profiles you'd like to compare with each other.
2) Choose the Report you'd like to compare.
Make sure both profiles own the Gene App AND that they have both generated their results for the same SNPs.
If it says "No Comparable SNPs found" it means that both profiles do not have the same Gene report.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if this was not helpful.
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:
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
The most likely reason for these differences is the choice of minor allele used by the app to determine phenotype.
The criteria seems to be constantly changing, probably because this a relatively new and rapidly evolving field of science. To quote openbioinformatics.org:
"One obvious problem with this coding scheme is that one must know the "forward strand" with certainty, but this is usually not the case. Even for the well studied human genome, there are still many holes to be filled. It is possible that a sequence is assembled into the forward strand in 2004 human genome assembly, but ... ..more
At the bottom of your #Livewello gene variance report there is a legend table that describes what your results mean.
The variance report is essentially a table where each row represents a Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP). The columns in the table are:
1) SNP or name of the gene variation.
2) rsID. This is a unique number assigned to each SNP, by dbSNP.
3) Minor Allele. An allele is the nucleotide that is present at a gene location. This can be one of 4 nucleotides - A, T, C and G. A pairs with T on the opposite DNA strand, and ... ..more
Yes. Your #LiveWello Gene App does not just come with a color coded Variance report.
It also comes with the added functionality of the SNP Sandbox tool, which is designed to give you the power to access more than 600,000 SNPs on your 23andMe raw data genome. At the moment, you can technically create a variance report for up to 297,00 SNPs. This makes LiveWello even easier and more resourceful for our users.
As new correlations are made between diseases and specific genes, you will need an App that can keep up with this research information with frequent ... ..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
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.
Monitor for oxalates, high taurine, MMA, and/or methionine levels as well as low cholesterol.
Ethanolamine and the ... ..more
This is a statement from Dr. Iwegbue, Founder and Lead Developer of the Livewello Gene App:
I'd like to share with you the reason why 23andMe Variance Report results sometimes differ depending on the App used. Results are determined by the Minor Allele used:
All of LiveWello's Minor Allele information is retrieved directly from dbSNP. A link to dbSNP is added to every SNP in a Livewello Gene Variance Report. That way, a user and their Practitioner can verify minor allele information for themselves.
At Livewello, we only use the forward strand for interpreting all our SNPs. This ... ..more
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
Before you can do this, please make sure that:
--both people have paid for the Livewello App
--both people have generated their report using the Livewello report
--both people's profile are in the same Livewello Account
--If comparing sandbox reports, make sure both people have the same SNP sandbox templates with generated reports. Then, click on the 'compare report' link. Watch this video: https://vimeo.com/86789213/ ..more