Educational Series

Learning new things and especially learning something deeper is fascinating to me. We have a great advantage today with access to a vast collection of knowledge.  Tapping into it can sometimes be overwhelming.  Where do we turn to first?  Once we find a source how do we dig deeper into that subject? For some, that process is discouraging, for me it is a high.

First – be sure to check out our Video Archives where a variety of topics are covered such as: Genetics, MTHFR, Digestive Challenges, Autism, Women’s Hormones and more.  

Genetic & Epigenetics Resources:

Mini Educational Series MethylGenetic Nutritional Analysis video series with a range of topics.  There is also a tab on the page of this series where you can register for their bi-weekly live webinar series.  This is a fairly interactive webinar and loaded with information!  You can get the replays here

Functional Genomic Analysis Course – An in-depth genomic course designed for practitioners however, open to anyone who has a desire to learn!  The first three modules are free and jammed packed with information.  Approximately 60 hours of videos all together.  There are also a plethora of charts included in the course.

One of my favorite pathway charts – This is a chart from 2014 by Dr. Lynch.  He has since updated his charts however this is a great one to get an overview.  You can purchase his upgraded ones here

GeneCards – This is a searchable, integrative database that provides comprehensive, user-friendly information on all annotated and predicted human genes. It automatically integrates gene-centric data from ~150 web sources, including genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, genetic, clinical and functional information.  Those who love biochemistry can get lost in here for days!

Cogence Immunology – While this one is not directly about genetics, it is a fantastic resource which delves into the immune system and the immune response.

Lab Information Resources:

Here is a list of a variety of common functional health tests and informative guides:

Comprehensive Stool Analysis – GI Map/Diagnostic Solutions – There are a variety of webinars and interpretive guides on this page

Organic Acids TestOAT/Great Plains Laboratory this is my preferred OAT test in most situations as it checks oxalate levels which are often problematic in chronic health scenarios.   The other OAT related test that can be helpful are the ones from Genova – ION or NutrEval or Organix

DUTCH – This is a dried urine hormone test.  It also has some similar markers as an OAT however more focused on hormone

Drug-Induced Nutrient Deficiencies – Many prescription medications can deplete nutrients in our body.  This quick-reference guide can help you start a conversation with your provider to ensure you achieve the best health possible! 

Favorite Books

Dirty Genes

Research Links

PLOS Medicine  –  An open-access database – no need to have a membership to read the submitted research findings.  It welcomes negative findings which are often rejected in popular publications – basically, it doesn’t have a bias as to whether to include the research.  There are criteria that do need to be met but without the ties to companies that would pose a conflict of interest.  I just came across this site and still have much to explore there but wanted to list it since much of the research that has been done is never published in the mainstream publications.

Cochrane Library  –  A library of random studies in humans.  There are seven databases in the library.  Semi-open access. Their goal is to be completely open-access by 2020.  This is a new resource for me so I don’t have a lot of info on it other than their mission is to provide access to randomized studies without bias as to the outcome of those studies.

Pubmed: US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health  – This source used to be my first stop when looking up research papers.  There are various search options as well as ways to refine once you find a result that pertains to your particular situation.  Feel free to ask any questions you have regarding navigating the site – or I am ALWAYS interested in conversing about what you find!

KEGG Pathway Database: Wiring diagrams of molecular interactions, reactions, and relations –  This source is where I will delve into connecting the dots.  I will warn you it’s got a plethora of diagrams, well it’s pretty much mostly diagrams.  This is my dessert and one of my absolute favorite sites!  I am always willing to help others navigate through or help guide on putting pieces together with the information here.  Again, just give me a hollar if you need any help or if you are wanting someone to bounce thoughts on I am always open to listen to others discoveries!

Dr. Ben Lynch – MTHFR Gene Mutations ResoucePACKED with a ton of information, research and a forum to post questions.  I could spend days on this site!

Here is Dr. Lynch’s book Dirty Genes – a fantastic introductory resource to genetics, epigenetics and how we can take charge of our genes

UPDATE – Dr. Lynch has another site: Seeking and Seeking

HerbalLegacy.comDr. Christopher’s Herbal Legacy    – This source has the honors of being one of the initial sources to start my journey into natural healing and looking outside the box.  This too has a wealth of information.  Some practical options for supporting better health and especially concerning some health challenges that are usually considered impossible to improve.

Dr. Robert Lustig, MD  Dr. Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist in San Francisco, CA.  When our son was first diagnosed we attempted to get a referral with Dr. Lustig, unfortunately, he only sees obese patients, and our son is far from being obese.  Here is his information and I hope it is of benefit to you.

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics & Director, Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program

Contact Info:

Box 0434
550 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 502-8672

Dr. Lustig Videos

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