Folate: Friend or Foe?

Folate-SamiGYesterday I was perusing my fitness magazines and couldn’t help but notice all the dietitians touting the importance of including more folate, from both food and supplements, for everyone.

And this got me thinking about how we are one of the wealthiest nations in the world, yet experience higher rates of disease and injury, and die sooner than people in other high-income countries.

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Genetics, Lab Testing and Sorting Through All the Hype

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I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately about genetic testing (MTHFR, etc.) for gene mutations (SNPs). Or put another way, using genetic tests to treat methylation imbalances that cause cognitive impairments.

To quote my personal physician, Dr. Albert Mensah, “genetic testing is qualitative not quantitative in nature. It just suggests there may be a problem, but does not tell how much methyl is present.”

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A Happy Guide to Suicide Prevention

EliminateSuicide-SamiGThe mood here in Tiburon is still somber due to the suicide of our neighbor, Robin Williams.

I’ve been contemplating whether or not to publish this post because it’s such a dark, taboo subject, but with his passing, I realized that’s exactly why I should.

If you’re reading this, and having suicidal thoughts, I want you to know it’s not your fault you feel the way you do.

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