Genomics: Towards a Healthier You


NHGRI social and behavioral researcher Barbara Biesecker talks about the importance of family history in predicting disease risk for single gene disorders and complex genetic disorders. The singer and performer T-Boz shares her personal story about living with sickle cell anemia as one example of genetic health issues. Ms. Biesecker highlights the use of genetic testing and reasons whether or not to be tested. The career of a genetic counselor is highlighted.

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  1. If people have trouble with high cholesterol, a balanced whole foods plant based diet will certainly get it in range (50 – 70 mg/dl ldl is the safe range suggested by intervention trials, where atherosclerosis does not progress). In fact, you can even strengthen your endothelium and possibly reverse the damage done by atherosclerosis (look at Dr. Esselstyns research, Dr. Ornishes and then Dr. Pritikans, the whole "atherosclerosis cannot be stopped as is a progressive disease has been disproved many decades ago, we even have PCSK9 inhibitor drugs that can get your ldl cholesterol into single digits or very low double digits, and these people didn't have any health issues whatsoever, so no issues with endogenous cell membrane/hormone production and etc). Shout out to broccoli for your endothelium.

    Heck, even adding several servings of beans to a terrible (SAD) diet can quickly decrease cholesterol levels by nearly 30 points and even more depending how high your cholesterol level is.

  2. It's time to update this video. Try neutral colors clothing, it's hard to pay attention to the subject when her bright red shirt is louder than her. Soothing voice would be recommended with almost no stuttering. Hire a professional actor. There are times when she looks down to read the notes and there are times when she nods her head all the way down. It was difficult to pay attention with all that unnatural movements. And her head going side to side with voice increasing in volume when she begins sentences. The camera crew going side to side? Why? Is there something interesting about her ears? Keep it in front, it's too distracting. Overall not a good video. I watched this because it was recommended for my quiz, but I think i'll just fail it because I don't want to watch this again.


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