Genetics 101

Health Canada Strengthens Warnings on Labels for Green Tea Extract

Update: Health Canada Strengthens Warnings on Labels for Green Tea Extract after Safety Review

A recent safety review of Green Tea Extract by Health Canada has prompted the agency to reinforce label warnings, as announced on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.  The changes are in response to yet another case of liver and kidney injury caused by a diet supplement. Health Canada is now asking [...]

Mental Health

Millennials, Mental Health, and the Modern Labor Market

Millennials, Mental Health, and the Modern Labor Market Western medicine has become much better at detecting mental illness. Decades ago, far too many people went undiagnosed. Their problems are much more likely to be recognized today. More than any other age group, Millennials are being diagnosed with depression or  anxiety disorders. ○ Rates of [...]


August 2017 Pillcheck update to version GYIAUG212017

While our DNA does not change over time, clinical guidelines established by the scientific community are continuously refined and expanded to cover a growing number of medications. In order to provide a lifetime of Pillcheck value to our customers, we periodically update reports, incorporating the most up-to-date information and [...]


Adverse reactions to antibiotics and Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase deficiency

-Manoja Eswara, Ph.D. People experiencing adverse reactions to antibiotics such as Ciprofloxacin, Sulfadiazine, or other sulfa-containing drugs should consider test for Glucose 6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) gene that encodes for an essential enzyme responsible for protecting cells from oxidative stress. G6PD deficiency is the lead cause of Acute Hemolytic Anemia [...]


When Green Tea is NOT a Healthy Choice

Antonietta M. Cerroni, Ph.D. May 23, 2017 Green tea extract, a readily available “natural health product” (NHP), can have a devastating impact on liver function in people who are deficient in certain key enzymes, leading to toxicity, liver injury, liver failure and even death. The Difference Between Green Tea and Green Tea [...]


Tecta side effects and health risks associated with PPIs

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) like Tecta, Prilosec, Protonix, Nexium are commonly prescribed for heartburn, a symptom for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and erosive esophagitis. The use of PPIs reduces stomach acidity. PPI’s are also used to treat stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori infection. However, over 30% of people [...]


Precision in Genetic Testing: High-definition for more accurate results and better outcomes

Rapid advances in DNA technology now allow us the opportunity to peak inside our genes, glimpsing information that reaches beyond what is outward apparent in eye colour, height, or the ability to form blood clots. A plethora of genetic testing companies have sprung up, offering services that predict everything from [...]