Medicine and DNA
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It has always been my opinion that many of the problems we experience in society are genetic. A DNA test can reveal all kinds of things about bipolar disorder and other disorders and whether or not certain drugs will work for specific individuals. This really highlights why DNA testing is so important. Watch the video below:
Knowing what medication is good for you is in your DNA. Had I known this, I probably would not have had to go thru a near-death bleed out from taking warfrin. It was in my
DNA that I should Not EVER take it. The report can be done using the RAW data from your DNA results or from a simple test at your doctors office. Watch the Video below:
Your sexual orientation develops long before you are born. It is not by chance that you are heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, etc. and scientific evidence to this fact has been around since the 1980s. In 2014 it was confirmed that the association between same-sex orientation in men and a specific chromosomal region existed. It seems that there is the existence of a complex interaction between genes and environment either in the uterus or after birth that affects this chromosomal region. Research has found that two things entered into the equation. Heritable and environmental components. It was found that although it was thought that perhaps there was a “gay” gene, that was not the case. It occurs through another mechanism known as epigenetics. Epigenetics is the influence that environmental factors have on genes, either before or after birth. Epigenetics identify the molecular mechanisms (epi-marks) that mediate the effect of environment on the gene expression. It is known that epi-marks are generally erased one generation to another, however, under certain circumstances they may be passed on to the next generation.
Normally females have two X Chromosomes and one of the is inactive (switched off). It has been studied and proven that in some mothers who have homosexual sons, there is an extreme skewing of the inactivation of these X Chromosomes. This implicates a region in the X Chromosome in determining sexual orientation.
It has been thought that external factors such as chemicals, toxic compounds, pesticides and medicinal drugs can play a part in creating epi-marks on the DNA. These factors can interfere with the hormones of a pregnant woman, affecting the sex hormones in the development of the fetus and may influence the activity of these hormones in establishing the sexual orientation of the fetus.
Scientist are looking into this region on the X-Chromosone and possible the interaction. However, more evidence is leading investigators to a specific region on the X-chromosome and possibly a region on another chromosome.
This does not mean that homosexuality is a disorder—nor are there mutations in the genes in these regions, which still remain to be identified. It does suggest, however, that there is a specific region on a chromosome that determines sexual orientation.
People say “Why should I have my DNA test done? I guess not knowing is good for some people, but I am one of those who always wants to know, even if I don’t like the answer. Genetic testing has so many potential benefits, whether the results are positive or negative for any gene mutations. As in my case it told me to never take blood thinners. It was a little late, since I had already had two life threatening bleed-outs, one in 2014 where I had to be airlifted to UTSW in Dallas. Had that not have happened, I am sure I would not be here today to tell you about this. Also, in 2017 another one that only by the Grace of God did I make it to the hospital in time. Needless to say, I no longer take any doctors advise to take a blood thinner. This is all information that was in my DNA and if I had only known. DNA Tests can provide you with the information you need to make the best decision when managing your health care. It can give you a sense of relief also from things you may know about your ancestors again, as in my case, my grandfather on my father’s side died from multiple sclerosis at 44. Fortunately, while I have that gene the likelihood that it would be a problem is very small. If you have a positive result for some disease that seems likely to be a problem, you can have screening tests and preventative monitoring or treatment. Some test results can also help people make decisions about having children. If you are a carrier of, for instance, cystic fibrosis, you can have your mate tested prior to having children to know the likelihood of your offspring being affected. I don’t know how soon the possibility of the CRISPR technique will be available to edit out unwanted genes, and whether you feel this is playing “GOD”, but it is my feeling that God gave us this knowledge and he doesn’t want any of us to have the kind of life that comes with one of these truly horrible diseases. It’s kind of like standing in the path of a tornado. Do you do what is right to avoid it or just stand there and say God will take care of me. Newborn screening can identify genetic disorders early in life so treatment can be started as early as possible.
One of life’s hard truths is Yes it does. You can only party so long before your body starts asking you to chill out. When you decide to have the ultimate responsibility and have a kid you will have to hope that your genetic material isn’t so damaged from all the drugs you have shoved into random orifices that your offspring doesn’t suffer from serious medical problems.
We’ve all seen and heard of babies born with drugs in their system. Drug usage has a lot of complications including erectile dysfunction. So if you males want to stay virile you might want to take this into consideration. “If the cannabinoids latch onto cells in the testes or the sperm themselves, some unwanted side effects could occur and ruin your day.” According to Dr. Yazigi. Mother’s have a unique responsibility because, of course they carry the little one for 9 months of it’s life. It’s DNA can even be changed while in the womb by illicit drugs and major problems can be caused. Mothers have a unique responsibility of eating right and protecting her offspring from things like drugs or alcohol and smoking.
If you have adopted a child from a foreign country like Russia or China, it might be a difficult or impossible task to find any connections for that child by having a DNA test done. Unless, relatives have come to America AND been tested, the likelihood is nil that you will find what you are looking for. Chances would be better for the child coming from Russia than China though.
At the present time, Ancestry has connections with Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand and Sweden and a few others which I am not sure of. I do know however, they do not have Russia or China. As I said earlier, the only information would be if relatives had come to America from Russia or China AND had their DNA run. Maybe sometime soon things will change, but for now, I am afraid that is the way it is.
Many neuropsychiatric disorders are beginning to be unraveled through genetic research. With anxiety and phobias, determining the role of genes in the biological responses is crucial in the development of treatment tailored specifically for patients suffering from these diseases. By analyzing the genetic makeup thru markers associated with inheritable neuropsychiatric diseases, one can analyze a patient’s risk of inheriting the disease and what his responsiveness would be to medical treatment. For instance, when my DNA was analyzed, it was noted that I have a small percentage of being addicted to alcohol, (My father was an alcoholic) but on the other hand, it also showed signs that I would respond to treatment easily in the event I became an alcoholic. I know this sounds amazing, but your DNA holds many answers to be unlocked and used to your advantage.