Thursday, June 21, 2018


You could consult a crystal gazer, tarot card or tea leaves expert about your career, love life, and life line -- it might be fun, even a little scary, but it's just one person's opinion. Could you trust what they say? And what about your health? Could they tell you how many years you have left?

23andMe, a well-established California company, can help you. The FDA allows them to give you facts about where you are heading in terms of your health. They also report data related to your ancestry, and have created a "Health Hub," where as a user, you can find out how others handle ordinary afflictions such as migraines, and depression.

23andMe was founded about 7 years ago by two women, Anne Wojcicki, and Linda Avery, who have top-drawer credits and years of experience in the field of genetic testing. Since we are made of cells and there are 23 pairs of chromosomes in every cell, this company's DNA testing can give an ordinary person (like you and me) a window into their DNA. You will get a DNA report that a doctor must explain to you.

Cost: 23andMe DNA Health and Ancestry Reports: $139.00. Other companies, charging $1000 to $5000, do DNA testing, but none offer to get your results in eight weeks and include a conference with a doctor.

23andMe reports your potential for these diseases:
Alzheimer's; Parkinson's (central nervous system disorder); Celiac disease (inability to digest gluten); Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (risk of lung and liver disease.); Primary Dystonia, (uncontrolled muscle contractions); Factor XI deficiency (blood-clotting disorder); Gaucher (organ and tissue disorder); Glucose-6(aka G6PD), (red blood cell condition); Hemochromatosis, (iron overload); Hrombophilia, (blood-clot disorder).

So, would you buy a DNA test kit from 23and Me?

Galavanting on the Internet, I've looked at videos and comments of medical people and ordinary folks with pro and con opinions about DNA testing. I read a blog by a man who bought the 23andME  testing kit and was on the verge suicide because of the bad news.

Are you thinking hmm...? Would you rather keep floating along, dancing along the way you’re dancing, or would you at some point -- go ahead and find out where you’re heading?

Me, I'll keep dancing. What about you?


Juss said...

Wow. Intriguing and scary stuff. I'm better than 50% for the "keep dancing" idea, though prudent planner that I try to be, one wants to know in order to plan, too. So it's a puzzlement.

Carola said...

I wouldn't do it. It sounds like a prescription for getting sick!

SCOOPDAA said...

I'll keep dancing too EM = Thanks 4 sharing

Linda Vee Sado of Slippery When Wet said...

I did the 23AndMe thing, but not the health part. I already have great grandkids so happy to get more 10 more years LOL. But I found out I am part Japanese which I would never have guessed in a million years

Unknown said...

I would consider a DNA test from these sites as for amusement purposes only.

Unknown said...

I did it, and found out surprises in my heritage---but I couldn't find out any health info because of !@#$%! New York State Law . . .