How To Read Your 23andMe Results

How To Read Your 23andMe Results

Genetic testing has become very popular with bio-medical patients who typically have idiosyncratic chronic symptoms. This is where genetic testing comes into its own as it tests for idiosyncratic genes.

Many useful genetic tests are available within Australia but not readily accessible to a patient. This means 23andMe provides a viable option to “reverse engineer” genetic data, until genetic testing is more readily accessible.

A basic level of understanding of genetics is needed in order to read your 23andMe results. I recently met with Professor Sheffield, one of Australia’s leading geneticists, and he kindly gave me a lesson in genetics. Based on his explanation I hope to simplify genetics to empower you to read your 23andMe results.

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Detox your moisturizer

Detox Your Moisturiser

Detox your moisturizer
February 26, 2014  |  Blog, Histamine Intolerance  |  No Comments

I sometimes think of myself as a human test-tube. If you want to know what is skin-kind ask someone with a hyper-sensitivity disorder. Here I share how to detox your moisturiser.

In 2008, when I could not tolerate mass-market skincare, I launched one of the first natural anti-ageing skincare brands, which was wildly successful here in Australia. I soon realised I was not alone and women wanted natural skincare products that worked.

What I also found out was that skincare was not about the skin. Marketing had made it about an affordable treat to make us feel rather than look good. It was an emotional solution.

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Thai Green Curry Paste

Thai Green Curry Paste

This thai green curry paste is absolutely delicious. I make it in batches, when coriander is in season, and freeze it in portions.

Here I have smothered the thai green curry paste onto a chook before roasting and it has permeated the whole flavour of the bird. This ‘Green Chook’ tasted absolutely divine and was effortless.

I also use it to make a curry, using either cashew milk (with added water as it thickens quickly), or coconut milk (which I tolerate on rotation), but this rub and cook method is just as flavoursome, and is just so much easier.

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Pharmacogenetics : Drug Intolerances and Genes

Pharmacogenetics : Drug Intolerances and Genes

February 11, 2014  |  Blog, Drug Intolerance  |  12 Comments

When you look in the dictionary under ”adverse drug reaction” you will find my name. But a new world of pharmacogenetics (that uses genes to determine drug intolerances) has changed all of that. You see we all have our own bio-individuality.

First a little background.

In 2007 I had a CT-Scan and had an adverse reaction to the contrast. Then another. And another. I was prescribed a series of medication to deal with the severe adverse reactions, but developed severe adverse reactions to the medications, prescribed for the adverse reactions. It caused a histamine tornado in my body.

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