Archive for July, 2011

DNA Type Diet

A couple of days back I saw a news item in our local news channel 4. It was a very brief segment, but invoked me to search more about it. It is about DNA type diet. I was fascinated by the information available on the web about the DNA type diet. A few months ago, I got to know about blood type diet . I decided to follow blood type diet mainly because I was already adopting most part of blood type diet. After few months, I realized that it works well for me. The most important different between blood type diet and other prescribed diets is that blood type diet focuses on the healthy living while other prescribed food menus focus on weight loss.

Interleukin Genetics, Inc and Stanford University did a research on the effect of different diet type. The researchers requested participants to provide DNA samples by simple cheek swap. Individuals on a diet identified as appropriate to their genotype by the Weight Management Genetic Test lost an average of over 2.5 times more weight than individuals on diets that were not appropriate. We should take note that this experiment was conducted on overweight/obese woman. I did not see any mass scale research on this topic with a variety of participants.

The initial cost to know about the DNA type diet including the testing is about $170. I have no plans to experiment with this concept. You can find more information on the Interleukin Genetics website.

Going with the flow

Many of us do many things because we believe that it should be done or this is the right way based on the past or we are instructed to do it by parents, teachers, uncles, aunts, and society . This attitude is not limited to the career choice but expands to other aspects of life such as marriage, investments, place of living, and political views. Every one simply forgets that they are somewhat unique compare to the rest of the world. They don’t put any effort in searching or identifying the uniqueness. Personally, I would blame the lack of enthusiasm to find that uniqueness not the system.

When I was a high school student, my only goal was to get into the engineering college which is very competitive in Sri Lanka. I achieved it. I don’t remember having any dreams or thoughts about my life when I become 30 or 40 or 50. Years gone. Now, at, 37, I still don’t have any dreams or thoughts on the extended future. I think, I am just going with the flow all these years. In some aspects, I miserably failed, while I was successful in some other aspects. If I know my uniqueness, I think, I would have avoided some of the downfalls.

Let’s see some of the people who did not go with the flow. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg dropped from Harvard University to start their own companies. How many college students will even try to go on that path? James Goodnight, an established college professor, moved on and founded SAS Institute. The list goes on. The only similarity among them is that they all were obsessed with what they wanted to do and refused to go with the flow.

Life Is Too Short to Go with the Flow, by the comedian Ricky Gervais is an interesting read.