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- Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (January 30, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 30, 2018
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072L4DSDC
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About the Author
DR. BEN LYNCH received his doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. He has supported thousands of clients and trained thousands of physicians and health professionals across the globe in using insights from epigenetics to optimize health. He is the founder of Seeking Health, a company that helps educate both the public and health professionals how to overcome genetic dysfunction through diet, lifestyle, and supplements. He lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and three sons.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
“A must-have companion for anyone struggling to sort out the confusing world of genetic science for the consumer. Have you thought that your genes were your destiny? Dirty Genes will give you the ability to actually reprogram your genes to have a long and healthy life.” (Alan Christianson, NMD, New York Times bestselling author of The Adrenal Reset Diet)
“Myth busting the assumption that genes lead to disease, Dr. Ben Lynch provides a do-it-yourself guide to personalizing your health through the lens of susceptibilities, none of which signify your destiny. Dirty Genes teaches the power that we have to heal, against all odds.” (Kelly Brogan, MD, New York Times bestselling author of A Mind of Your Own )
“Dr. Ben Lynch nails it with Dirty Genes. It is a pleasure reading as his indomitable ‘rower’ personality truly comes through, warm, funny, friendly, simplifying without oversimplifying, and highly organized. If you care about the future of medicine and the central importance of the gene/environment interaction, read this book.” (Sara Gottfried, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Younger, The Hormone Reset Diet, and The Hormone Cure)
“Dr. Lynch gives hope to the millions of people seeking information about their genetics...to bypass genetic weakness, improve cell function and optimize health. Dirty Genes offers a cutting-edge roadmap for healing the body and mind, including the whole brain, microbiome and gut, by activating your genetic potential.” (Raphael Kellman, MD, author of The Microbiome Diet and The Whole Brain)
“Dr. Lynch cuts through the hype around genetics, and shows us exactly what our genes can—and can’t—tell us, and what we should do about it. A must read for both patients and practitioners who want to better understand how to use their genetic information to optimize their health.” (Chris Kresser, MS, LAc, New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Cure)
“By understanding your unique genetic code, you can optimize your health, prevent and even reverse disease, and live a full and vital life. This great book by Dr. Lynch provides an easy to understand guide to taking full control of your health.” (Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, founder of Bastyr University, author of The Toxin Solution and bestselling coauthor of Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.)
“Dr. Ben Lynch delivers on a solutions-based approach to personalized medicine by showing the reader how to harness the potential of their genes through well-researched food and lifestyle approaches. Of course, we know that no genes are truly bad—it’s how we make the right choices to optimize them.” (Dr. Deanna Minich, functional medicine nutritionist and author of Whole Detox )
“Dirty Genes is an empowering, actionable, and practical guide on how to optimize our health and make the best of our genes. I highly recommend this book to every person who is struggling with health challenges or simply wants to optimize their health.”
(Dr. Izabella Wentz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hashimoto’s Protocol)
“Dr. Lynch has written what will certainly become one of the definitive guides to 22nd Century medicine…a roadmap for filtering out the complex, the ill-defined, and the humbug in genomics so you can discover the insights and master the tools to harness the phenomenal power of this emerging medicine.” (Peter D’Adamo, ND, New York Times bestselling author of Eat Right 4 Your Type ) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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In the book, he identifies the seven genes which, when "dirty", have the greatest impact on our health and well-being, and explains that a gene can be "dirty" (not functioning optimally) either because of nature (genetics) or nurture (environment). He recommends a 2 week "soak and scrub", during which time a person can function on "cleaning" all of their genes - focusing on diet, exercise, sleep, stress relief, and avoidance of toxins to the extent possible. After that period of time, if a person is still having issues, they can do what he calls "spot cleaning" of specific genes - MTHFR (methylation),PEMT (choline/phosphatidylcholine, important for cell membranes, liver, digestive, and brain health), DAO (diamine oxidase, breaks down histamine in the gut), MAOA (monoamine oxidase - breaks down/helps regulate neurotransmission, mood), NOS3 (produces endothelial nitric oxide, important for cardiovascular health/blood pressure regulation), GST/GPX (glutathione, the body's master antioxidant and important for detoxification), and COMT (metabolizes catecholamines, also involved in mood/personality). And the good thing for the majority of readers is that genetic testing isn't necessarily required, because Dr. Lynch includes a checklist for each gene that a person can use to assess whether or not that gene is or is behaving "dirty" and needs attention. Personally, I like having the hard data, but both methods are useful, since even a mutated gene may NOT be causing problems if it is being properly supported.
He also includes a recipe section, with descriptions as to how they support each of these genes and recommendations for modifications if you have issues with different ones. He also has a recommended ORDER for "spot cleaning" if you have multiple issues that need to be targeted specifically.
The nature/nurture argument has been going on for decades, but I feel that Dr. Lynch has made an excellent case for concluding that it really isn't either/or but BOTH, and this book is a wonderful tool that people can use in order to take charge of their own individual health.
We’ve learned that some 50% of the population has a flavor of MTHFR gene that affects the methylation cycle at some level.
When it comes to understanding how genes affect our health, many knee-jerk to MTHFR-- one gene variant that affects our health.
I like how Dirty Genes discusses the other important genes that are diverse and variable within us, simple quizzes within the book to identify which flavor we have and tips about how to optimize them with our diet and lifestyle.
I give this a five star!
What I liked best:
* Entry level, not scary understanding of the role of major genetic players in our health, without the complexity and contradictory cookie cutter solutions of many genetic reports. Thankfully, Dr. Ben Lynch has avoided personal theorizing and offers a program based on scientifically validated research.
* Simple steps that have improved my health issues by taking direct responsibility for cleaning up, achieving optimal physical and mental performance and how to prioritize choices to keep it there.
*Personally tailor my diet - better understand why some foods help and others hinder, given our subtle differences why those one size Diet fits All programs can not be a complete long term answer.
Seven major genes that cover key chronic illnesses, a focused look to prevent and delay ancestral inherited weaknesses.
How to best prioritize your resources for maxing your improvement energy and wellbeing. Personal care time for exercise, rest, de-stressing, targeted dietary and nutritional measures.
Incredibly grateful to Dr. Ben Lynch for his visionary undertaking, thoroughness of research and generosity of spirit.
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Would love another book maybe CBS polymorphism.
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