Genetic testing has finally become cheap and easy. To get your entire genome tested using your saliva, some companies charge between $59 and $99 at this time. In about four to six weeks you can receive an incredible amount of data about your personal genetics. This information includes statistics about your ancestry and family origins, as well as contact information to reach blood relatives you may not have known exist. The raw data contains the most amazing information about you. These details include sensory data, including whether you like bitter tastes, are empathetic, have specific food likes or dislikes, and so much more. You will be presented with incredible information about your health risks and your personality traits. Some of this is generalized data, of course, as life circumstances and traumas can change how a gene expresses itself.
In her book, Dr. J. Dunn explores issues into why you are the way you are and how you can make changes. It’s a whole new paradigm in understanding what causes disease and mental health issues. The basis of the book talks about how to bypass your genetic makeup to help change destructive behaviors such as overeating, substance abuse, and anger.
Dr. J. Dunn explains how her research was motivated because of her personal struggles to feel healthy. She had a case of mono when she was sixteen years old and suffered from lifelong depression. Since then she has battled chronic fatigue syndrome caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Looking into the history of the virus she found that 90 percent or more people have antibodies to the virus and yet don’t necessarily have an issue with it for the rest of their lives. She was also looking for true answers to her own depression. These were missing pieces in the puzzle of health, and she began her quest to search for why and how to fix them. She approached her research with a compassionate point of view, knowing that some types of behavior and health problems are caused by inherited biochemical imbalances and are not personal failings. Things such as: weight, depression, addictions, and many other illnesses.
Genetic testing can identify potential health problems and give you another tool to make informed decisions about managing your health care. Dr. J. Dunn explores how to obtain correct results and what to do with the results. She also talks about compassion for yourself and others when it comes to problems beyond our control. Her book – Genetic Compassion – will help you to understand how genes play a very important role in how we feel.