The Top 7 Genes– Inof & Quiz

Famously described as being either “dirty” or “clean” by Dr Ben Lynch, the list below contains the most important genes he, and others, have identified as being important for the maintenance of health and wellness, as well as health recovery and symptom reduction.

A “dirty” gene is one that doesn’t function optimally; the way nature intended.

The important factors to consider about genes are the following:

  • Lifestyle. Lifestyle. Lifestyle! Genes determine 40% of your health potential. Lifestyle is the 60% factor that makes or breaks your genes; enabling health.
  • SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms a.k.a. mutations) are present in all of us, to one degree or another. We need to support these poor-functioning genes with wise lifestyle choices and nutritional supplements, as needed.
  • SNPs tell us that a portion of the gene is missing. This means its shape has changed and it is not able to perform its intended function.
  • Even good genes can become toxic or “dirty” genes, depending on our lifestyle (poor sleep, stress, poor diet, insufficient exercise) and exposure to environmental contaminants. This means they won’t be able to function normally. Choosing the right vitamins and minerals to support your genes is important.
  • When genes become “dirty” the body makes use of other genes to perform the same or similar functions, as far as it is able to do so. This puts stress on the body systems and may cause collapses or symptoms down line.
  • Genes need vitamins and minerals to function properly; to produce their enzymes.
  • Proteins, in the form of amino acids, are needed as the building material that genes use. Enough is needed, but too much can overwhelm genes.
  • Knowing which nutrients support specific genes helps you to work out what you need. We use a symptom tracking list to help determine this.

HOW TO TAKE THE QUIZ

  • Have a piece of paper handy.
  • Read the statements in the headings below and note how many are true for you.
  • Add up your score per gene, with 1 point per statement that is true for you.
  • At the end of the list of the genes, add up how many marks you made.
  • Go to the last point “YOUR SCORE & WHAT “IT MEANS” and “WHAT YOU CAN DO TO FIX YOUR ‘DIRTY’ GENES”

If you have any other queries, please feel free to contact us

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Not everybody wants to do Genetic Tests. Even when we have these results to consult, they do not give the full picture of what influences our health.

 

For this reason, it is best to do a symptoms and lifestyle check. This will tell you more about which genes need attention, regardless of your genetic results.

 

We offer an Assessment & Protocol Development plan, based on tracking your symptoms. We compile this report with or without your Gene results.

 

An easy check to do at home are the gene assessments that follow. These are from the book “Dirty Genes” by Dr Ben Lynch.

 

It is worth a visit to his site if the subject interests you. Few people speak more sense than Dr Lynch when it comes to genes.

MTHFR

 

  • I suffer from headaches.
  • I sweat easily and profusely when exercising.
  • I take supplements with folic acid and/or eat foods enriched with folic acid.
  • I struggle with depression.
  • I have cold hands and feet.

 

PEMT

 

  • I tend to have generalised muscle pain.
  • I’ve been diagnosed with fatty liver.
  • I am vegetarian/vegan, or I dont eat much beef, organ meat, caviar or eggs.
  • I have gallstones or have had my gallbladder removed.
  • I have been diagnosed with small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

GST / GPX

 

  • I breathe air and drink water (sources of pollutants).
  • I’m sensitive to chemicals.
  • I developed grey hair early.
  • I have a chronic condition such as asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disease, diabetes, eczema, psoriasis.
  • I have a neurological disorder that results in symptoms such as tics, tremors, seizures, or problems with gait.

NOS3 / eNOS

 

  • I have above-normal blood pressure (higher than 120/​80).
  • I have cold hands and feet.
  • I tend to heal slowly after an injury or surgery.
  • I’m type 2 diabetic.
  • I’m postmenopausal.

DAO

 

  • I tend to suffer from one or more of the following symptoms after eating leftovers, citrus, or fish: irritability, sweatiness, nosebleeds, runny nose, and/​or headache.
  • I’m sensitive to red wine or alcohol.
  • I’m sensitive to many foods or suffer from leaky gut syndrome.
  • I generally feel better two or three hours after a meal as compared to twenty minutes after eating.
  • I felt better during pregnancy and could eat more varied foods.

MAOA (SLOW)

  • I’m easily stressed, panicked, or maybe anxious.
  • I find it hard to calm down after becoming stressed or irritated. 
  • I enjoy cheese, wine, and/​or chocolate but tend to feel irritable or “off” after I eat them.
  • I’m plagued by migraines or headaches. 
  • I have difficulty falling asleep; but when I do, I tend to stay asleep.

 

MAOA – helps your body in fight-flight situations by helping to process the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine.

MAOA (FAST)

  • I fall asleep quickly but wake up earlier than I’d prefer.
  • I’m prone to depression and a lack of desire.
  • I find that chocolate gives me a great mood lift.
  • I tend toward smoking or alcohol addiction 9or excessive use).
  • I achieve a better mood after eating carbohydrates, but that improved mood doesn’t help my focus or attention.

 

MAOA – helps your body in fight-flight situations by helping to process the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine.

COMT (SLOW)

MAKE A MARK ON A PIECE OF PAPER FOR EVERY STATEMENT THAT IS TRUE FOR YOU:

 

  • I find falling asleep a challenge.
  • I easily become anxious or irritable.
  • I suffer from PMS.
  • I am sensitive to pain.

COMT (FAST)

MAKE A MARK ON A PIECE OF PAPER FOR EACH STATEMENT THAT IS TRUE FOR YOU:

 

  • I’m easily addicted to substances or activities: shopping, gaming, smoking, alcohol, social media. 
  • I struggle with attention and focus.
  • I’m prone to feelings of depression.
  • I often lack motivation.
  • I feel an initial happy rush after eating lots of carbs or starchy foods, but feelings of depression return quite quickly.

 

 

 

YOUR SCORE & WHAT IT MEANS

ADD UP THE MARKS THAT YOU MADE.

 

Create a separate score for each gene, awarding one point per question:

  • 0 points: Excellent! This gene is likely quite clean and functioning well!
  • 1 point: Quite impressive! Your gene needs a bit of attention, but most likely because of problems in other genes rather than this particular one.
  • 2 points: This gene seems to be a bit dirty. Fortunately, the Clean Genes Protocol will be a good first step in cleaning out the gunk. Cleaning the rest of your Super Seven will also help this gene function better.
  • 3-5 points: This gene is definitely dirty. Two weeks on the Clean Genes Protocol will give you a great start. When you run through Laundry List 2, you can see whether this gene needs some extra attention.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO FIX YOUR "DIRTY" GENES

NOW THAT YOU KNOW WHICH GENES ARE INVOLVED IN YOUR SYMPTOMS…..

 

It is important to ensure you manage your gene-cleaning process in the correct order. This will minimise any detox symptoms you may feel.

 

Toxins have to exit your cells and your body, and this may feel like a hangover if you have not sufficiently supported your liver.

 

THE “OPEN DOWNSTREAM PATHWAYS FIRST” RULE

Ensure your last gateway to the sea is open before you open the floodgates at the top! This means start by ensuring your gut is healthy and can cope with the toxin dump you will be creating. Then support your liver to ensure it processes toxins coming in from your cells and that will be dumped. Only after this start to work on cellular detoxification/ methylation.

 

Attend to these genes in this order of priority: