Episode 22 Genetics and Health with Cynthia Smith

When we are unwell we often look outside ourselves for the answers: food, environmental toxins, medications etc. But what we almost always miss, mainly because the information is so new, is our own genetics. We each have a unique imprint, like a snowflake, and this imprint can actually direct us into finding answers. We’re joined by Cynthia Smith to discuss her compendium and what SNPs in our genes mean for our health, and how we can approach this for ourselves.

Topics Covered In This Episode:

  • How did you get involved in doing genetics?
  • What does it mean when you are looking at your genes for treatment?
  • How does someone go about doing this?
  • When someone is looking at their genes, can you explain a bit about what they would see on the sheet?
  • What exactly is a SNP?
  • Is there a certain order to address these SNPs?
  • Since our genetics are passed down to us, why are there so many more genetic diseases today then there have been in the past?
  • Is there a way to turn the genes on and off?
  • What is methylation?
  • What methods do you use when treating gene issues?
  • When you look at your genes, is there a place you should start with when you start treatment?
  • Is there a certain gene issues that stands out to you that causes the most issues?
  • The most popular gene is MTHFR.  Can you tell us about that?
  • What do you look at if there’s an issue with ammonia?
  • How does someone look at glutathione issues?
  • How does someone assess how their liver is working (Ie. CYP1B1). 
  • What is the COMT gene?
  • What is the warrior gene?
  • How are our neurotransmitters affected by this?
  • How do we take all this information to help ourselves?