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23andMe Given Green Light to Sell DNA Tests for 10 Diseases

With the science of genetics progressing at an ever-increasing rate, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stepped on the gas by approving the first at-home genetic test that can help determine your risk of developing certain diseases. According to Nature, the ruling allows 23andMe to tell people whether they are at risk for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and eight other diseases.

While some experts worry that making these tests so readily available may encourage people to become their own doctors, the important thing to remember is that just because it may be in your genes does not mean you’re going to get a disease. A more influential factor is what you eat and how you care for your body. For example, research using identical twins has shown that diet trumps genes in terms of the level of health you achieve.

The fact is that science has shattered the central dogma of molecular biology, proving that determinism — the belief that your genes control your health — is false. You actually have a tremendous amount of control over how your genetic traits are expressed, by changing your thoughts and altering your diet and your environment.

That’s because, while your genome, or the assembly of your DNA, does not change, your epigenome does — in response to a variety of factors, not the least of which is your diet, making the old adage “you are what you eat” more true than ever.

Fermented foods are the best route to optimal digestive health, as long as you eat the traditionally made, unpasteurized versions. Healthy choices include lassi (an Indian yogurt drink, traditionally enjoyed before dinner), fermented grass fed organic milk such as kefir, various pickled fermentations of cabbage, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, squash, carrots, and natto (fermented soy).
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