DNA Testing Kits are super popular these days. They give you great insights into your genetic history. But they don’t provide a complete picture. If you are thinking about ordering one, or are frustrated with the one you took, these are the 3 missing pieces with DNA Tests that you should know about. And a solution on how you can find the answers.
I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials on TV or have heard your friends and family talk about DNA test kits. The advertising is working as more than 12 million people have now tried one. We live in a world where chronic disease is prevalent and we want answers.
Does cancer run in my family? What about heart disease? Diabetes? Autoimmune disease? Or other health conditions? These DNA tests have great information, but they are incomplete. And they don’t give you the tools you need to understand not just your genetic history, but also how to help prevent disease and create optimal health according to your DNA.
PS – all I remember about genetics is from 10th grade and that a blue-eyed gene from both mom and dad will give the child blue eyes. Or something like that. I’m all about providing you with science-based information without the science language. I like to keep it simple and easy to understand. Are we good?
1. Most DNA Tests are Incomplete
When Dr. Joe Pizzorno of Bastyr University (also known as the Father of naturopathic medicine) studied the popular tests (such as 23andMe and Ancestry), he learned that dna tests did not provide a complete picture of all of the genes. They have some of the big ones. But they are missing hundreds of what’s called SNPs. (source)
SNPs are technically called Single-nucleotide polymorphisms and are also known as “snips” or gene variances. What’s important to know is that these SNPs are inherited from your mother or father and may put you at higher risk for thousands of different health conditions. So yes, they are a vital component to understanding your DNA as it relates to your health.
Not including all of the genes nor the SNPs is like watching a mystery movie halfway through. You don’t get all of the information, and you especially don’t get to find out “whodoneit.”
2. DNA Results Can Be Misleading
Back to the SNPs. I’ve read a lot of articles about SNPs and they tend to be a bit confusing for this simple gal. I don’t want to put you through that same torture, so I’m getting as super basic as possible here.
The presence of certain SNPs MAY put you at risk for certain diseases, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, or many more. But if you have one of these SNPs, it doesn’t automatically mean that you’re going to get one of these diseases. So if you test positive for a risk variant (SNP), it’s not a 100% guarantee that you will get sick. Conversely, if you do have or get any of these diseases, it does not mean that you have that SNP. (source). Clear as mud, eh?
Interpreting DNA tests is another issue. The results provide information, but not action or recommendations.
So even having a full report with relevant gene SNPs, it’s still not going to give you the full picture.
Oy vey! Does it get any more complicated? Keep reading, my friend, and we’ll get to the answers. I promise!
3. The DNA Privacy Dilemma
In an era where we post pictures of our every meal and the embarrassing details of our lives all over social media, we still want to keep certain things private. Like information relating to our health.
An editorial in the 2 August 2018 New England Journal of Medicine states, “Our current regulatory approach to privacy in direct to consumer… genealogic testing has permitted the creation of a Wild West environment. (source)
One of the popular DNA test companies admitted to selling your information to “Big Pharma” (to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars). But they only do it with your opt-in permission (the privacy statements that you opt-in when printed out are close to an inch thick). Do you know what you are agreeing to when you click the box? Do you read the privacy statements? They claim that your information “may” be sold for research. But it’s not always medical research as Big Pharma pays top dollars for your genetic codes.
The Golden State Killer case is a great example of how police collected DNA, sent it into one of these companies, and were able to catch the killer based on a familial match. It’s great news that they caught a killer and took a threat off the streets. But is this an invasion of your privacy?
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It’s an ethics conundrum. There are pro’s and con’s on each side and arguments can be made both for and against using your private data.
The most important questions about your privacy are:
- Do you know what you are signing up for?
- Are you ok with how your private health data is used?
- Is the company being transparent about how they use your private health information?
How to Find the Answers
As we transition to this section, I want to provide full disclosure and let you know that Pink Fortitude is an initial investor in IQYOU. The information I’m providing is not just an alternative to the traditional DNA testing companies, but also a complete picture of your health that I firmly believe in.
The founders of IQYOU have pioneered a new field of science called EpiBioGenetics®, which looks not just at DNA, but also many other factors like your biochemical markers, diet, lifestyle, environment, and toxins, to give you a more complete picture of your health.
Remember the SNPs that were discussed above? IQYOU looks at your SNPs as they relate to:
- Detoxification ability
- Endocrine and hormone regulation
- Cardiovascular health
- Inflammatory response
- Digestive system and gut health
- Neurological function
- Immune system
- Energy production
- Musculoskeletal function.
IQYOU uses proprietary technology with over 40,000 clinical studies, to overlay all of these different sets of data (literally THOUSANDS of data points about you) to find the hidden connections that are missing, and to provide you with real and actionable steps on what to do about it.
The DNA test reports that you get are backed by science and are personalized recommendations for:
- Toxin Removal
- Lifestyle modifications.
The goal with these reports is to mitigate the most important risks for your health and lifestyle. It’s an easy to use (and comprehensive) dashboard and you can even upload your own lab results and bloodwork.
You see your results in priority order, with the most important action steps listed first. And oh, by the way, all of this is with 100% complete privacy.
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I know that’s a lot of information to unpack. I’m one of those people who take 100% control of my health and I love being a partner with IQYOU to help you take the same steps. Be sure to share this article on social media and let us know what your thoughts are!
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