Brandi’s Story: Finding Freedom from the Pain

Many people think that arthritis is just about joint pain.

It’s not.

Arthritis can cause other seemingly unrelated issues like brain fog, fevers, and a loss of appetite. And this myriad of symptoms can make the condition hard to diagnose.

That’s what happened to Brandi.

It all started with what Brandi saw in the black and white photo.

Up until then, she had struggled for years with mysterious and debilitating symptoms.

Fatigue that made it hard for her to get out of bed, brain fog so bad she couldn’t think straight.

And pain. Excruciating pain.

Some days she felt like someone had lit a match to her hips and she was walking on glass shards.

She’d gone to endless doctor’s appointments. They either just scratched their heads or, even more maddening, told her it was all in HER head!

And then she found the photo.

And she saw it–her grandmother’s hand, swollen and twisted into the shape of a claw, a cardinal symptom of rheumatoid arthritis.

Brandi had read about rheumatoid arthritis and had wondered if she had it.

Well, in that moment she looked down at her own swollen, bent knuckles and she knew. She just knew she did.

It turns out that Brandi has several genetic mutations for rheumatoid arthritis. She has variants in her FHL3, CXCR5, and PAD14 genes to name a few.

Armed with this genetic knowledge, Brandi found a rheumatologist who listened to her and was able to confirm what was in her DNA—

Brandi had an inherited form of rheumatoid arthritis. This was the cause of her agonizing pain and other symptoms.

Finally, she was able to get the proper medical treatment.

It wasn’t enough to just take a general approach to addressing her arthritis. She needed to address her problem at the genetic level. For example, she needed to do something to decrease her overactive FHL3 gene that was leading to an excess of prostaglandin E2, a hormone-like substance linked to inflammation.

That’s why Brandi upped her Omega 3 intake, to counteract the overproduction of those pesky inflammation-causing prostaglandins.

She also began implementing other natural strategies based on her unique genes to reduce the inflammation in her joints like eating more garlic, and taking water aerobics classes a couple times a week.

And then…Brandi started walking without pain.

And then…she had the energy to play with her kids. And think clearly at work.

Brandi is now free of the arthritis symptoms that kept her trapped in an inflamed body for years. She is FREE.

Discovering Your Genetic Risks for Joint Pain

Want to learn how to get rid of any pain or stiffness associated with arthritis?

SelfDecode’s Joint Inflammation DNA Report analyzes nearly 400,000 genetic variants so you can get your answers!

Plus, it gives you prioritized supplement, diet and lifestyle recommendations that will counteract any negative genetic variants you have.

You’ll unlock how to keep YOUR joints healthy and keep YOU free from pain!

Once you’ve had your genes tested with SelfDecode’s DNA kit (or upload a DNA file you already have), you’ll instantly be able to check out your own report to see which genes are a problem for you.

Discover whether you should be upping your Omega 3 intake like Brandi, or if you should be looking at something else entirely.

FDA Approves Health Claim For Resistant Starch and Type II Diabetes

Health claims are extraordinarily difficult to receive from the FDA, especially when it comes to a food or dietary ingredient. They often tell you what you can’t say about a health product, but very rarely tell you that you can make a claim.

So, when an ingredient does get a health claim, it really is a breakthrough in science and a huge milestone.

And you know what has an FDA health claim?

High-amylose maize resistant starch – which is exactly what Jo’s Resistant Starch is!

The FDA has stated that high-amylose maize resistant starch may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Consuming this type of resistant starch improves insulin sensitivity, which is an important biomarker for your blood sugar levels.

Most people think that type II diabetes is directly caused by eating too much sugar or being overweight and inactive, but that’s not the full picture.

How To Regulate Your Blood Sugar

These definitely play a huge part in increasing your risk of developing diabetes, but there are plenty of other factors – including your family history, age and ethnicity- that all contribute to your overall risk.

Due to there being so many contributors to this disease, the best thing you can do is to implement changes in your life that can help regulate your blood sugar levels.

One of the easiest ways to do this is by simply adding resistant starch to your diet!

Resistant starch isn’t digested like the starches found in things like pasta or bread. Instead, it travels all the way to your large intestine, and feeds your healthy gut bacteria.

Not only does this smooth out the spike in blood sugar levels that usually comes from eating starches, but it also comes with a whole host of other benefits, like a boost in your energy and a huge improvement to your gut health!

So why Jo’s Resistant Starch?

Some resistant starch mixes also contain inflammatory ingredients that can result in a number of negative side effects, and who wants to start one fire while they try to put out another?

This is exactly why I put together a huge team of PhDs, MDs, and scientists to develop a Resistant Starch blend that is made with clean and simple ingredients, so that you can get all of the health benefits without the drawbacks of other resistant starches.

Taking preventative action and regulating your blood sugar is key to living a long and healthy life, and we’ve made it easy for you to get started – by putting it all in one scoop.

Fear & Anxiety: 3 Genes To Look At

What if you could go through life without fear and anxiety?

How would your life look?

Oftentimes, these feelings seep into every aspect of your life and stop you in your tracks.

But did you know that this feeling fear and anxiety are a result of biochemical changes?

Not only that, but there’s many different genes and biological sources that create and make it worse.

When I was suffering from anxiety and depression, I would use Dr. Google and come across so many articles on how to “fix your anxiety” and I would literally try them all.

I was taking lemon balm, chamomile, passionflower and theanine because they were some of the best supplements for anxiety – but they didn’t help me at all.

You name it, I tried it (and wasted tons of money doing so.) I would literally have to take every single supplement I could get my hands on, but even then it wasn’t always clear what was working and what wasn’t. Sometimes you have to take them for an extended period of time to see if something works.

Anxiety response is affected by so many things, like oxytocin, GABA, BDNF, glutamate, serotonin, and cortisol.

So how do you discover what you’re susceptible to?

The answer lies in your genes.

It wasn’t until I started looking at my genes that my life completely changed. I managed to pinpoint exactly what my body needed, and found the supplements that effectively worked on me. My anxiety completely went away, and this process helped me save money as well.

Not only did this work for me, but I use the same approach to help my partners and friends.

By looking at your genes, you can discover diet, supplement, and lifestyle changes that can decrease your anxiety, improve your mood, and completely change your life.

Oxytocin, OXTR Gene and Your Amygdala

When you feel threatened and afraid, a part of your brain – called the amygdala – automatically activates the fight-or-flight response. Oxytocin (or the love hormone) decreases the sensitivity your amygdala has to signs of threat.

If you carry the negative variant of the OXTR gene, your oxytocin levels will decrease. This means you will be more sensitive to smaller “signs of threat,” which can cause anxiety to occur on things like a short social interaction.

If you do carry the negative variant, there’s a specific natural, plant supplement that can increase your OXTR gene activity, improve your oxytocin, and decrease your anxiety!

PITX2 Gene and GABA

The PITX2 gene enables the production of GABA, which is an extremely important neurotransmitter that produces a calming effect when it attaches to proteins in your brain.

The negative variant actually decreases GABA production, which is a hallmark in plenty of different anxiety disorders.

There’s a specific tea that targets the bad gene variant by helping to balance the GABA levels in your brain.

BDNF Gene and Cortisol

The BDNF gene creates BDNF (Brain-derived neurotrophic factor), which prevents the excess release of the stress hormone cortisol.

The bad variant of this gene actually has a number of negative effects. Decreased BDNF causes an increase in cortisol, which results in higher anxiety levels. On top of that, excess cortisol damages the hippocampus, which results in more stress-related hormones running rampant in the brain.

That’s why it’s extremely important to understand what variant you carry, so that you can implement changes that will counteract any negative effects.

How To Check All Of Your Anxiety Genes

We often neglect taking care of our mental health. But If you haven’t made it a priority, now is the perfect time.

With our scientific research, genetic data, and AI technology, there’s an easy way to check ALL of the genes related to your anxiety, and find out what the most important changes are for your body.

With the SelfDecode Anxiety DNA report, we look at the 3 genes listed above, along with over 800,000 genetic variants related to anxiety.

Plus, it’s so easy to start seeing results right away. We give you a prioritized list of personalized diet, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations that will work better than anything else you’ve tried because they’re based on your body.

These aren’t generic recommendations, they are specific to your genes.

AUTHOR: Joe Cohen, SelfDecode CEO