If you’re in the industry, you know that long hours and massive amounts of egoic stress equal many trips to Starbucks along with MSG laden takeout. Then, before you know it, you’re 50 pounds heavier and binging every weekend as an escape.
Picture this: you’re in college and you have to write a 23 page essay on Gericault’s 19th century masterpiece, The Raft of the Medusa for your advanced art history class. You’re a go-getter and super driven, so naturally you aspire to create a well researched paper detailing the finer points of this icon of romanticism.
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.
Tomorrow is my 39th birthday and while I can’t believe I’m almost 40, at the same time, I’m invigorated and excited about this new chapter of my life. So here, dear reader, are a few of the things I’ve learned from being in this body, on this planet, for 39 years.
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.”