23andMe: WHAT IS ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?? Answer: 23andme and founder, Anne Wojcic…
23andMe: WHAT IS ALL THE FUSS ABOUT??
Answer: 23andme and founder, Anne Wojcicki, acknowledge that the company and it's concept is so “novel” that it “doesn't fit into the FDA's framework; like a square peg in a round hole.” The company provides a state-of-the-art service which allows consumers to purchase DNA kits for $99, allowing people to have better control over their health and lifestyle decisions. 23andMe has been working with the FDA “for several years” on this project.
WHAT HAS CHANGED?
Not much, actually. Consumers can still purchase the DNA kits, and have their raw genetic data analyzed and sent directly to them. The ONLY change is they will no longer provide “health-related” reports. Essentially, you will no longer receive information such as, “you shouldn't eat a (certain) food,” etc. The majority have found this information to be of little help, anyway. WHY??
Because, once you receive your raw data, you will upload it into an application such as LiveWello, and receive 20 pages of of unbelievable and specific data related to your health, risk factors and even medications or supplements which may be harmful to you.
WHY CHOOSE LIVEWELLO?
This is an easy answer. There are a few apps out there. One is free, but only provides a one page report. Another has questionable data/integrity, drama and uncertain member credentialing; another charges for each time data is run for updates, and LiveWello? For $20, you have lifetime access to updates, superior customer service, a PHYSICIAN-owned company, extra perks (such as “the Sandbox” feature) AND they even care enough about the privacy/security of your data that they pay to have it encrypted! Even the owners cannot access your data!
Choose 23andme for important information for you and your family.
Choose LiveWello as THE app through which to run your data.
You then have MANY choices moving forward. You may choose to work with a knowledgeable LICENSED provider (do your homework), and/or prepare to do some fun research on your own! Heartfixer.com, Yasko, Susan Owens, Snpedia.com, and many Autism experts now work with non-ASD patients and adults, since SNPs are not anything new to us. Please call us with any questions, and be on the lookout for NEW and EXCITING things just around the corner for CPM and 23andme!