I'm still about 1-3 weeks away from receiving the results. Although I am primarily interested in my raw genetic mutations, I'm starting to get excited about my ancestry report. I expect to see a good mix of eastern and western European DNA but based on what I've read, it may not turn out as expected. I do know that my paternal grandmother was born in Scotland and my paternal grandfather was of German ancestry. My mother's side of the family is mostly Polish but I believe that there is some Irish mixed in as well. While I do expect to see those 4 countries represent the vast majority of my DNA, it is important to remember that none of them were completely homogenized when my ancestors came to America. Let's take a look:
Poland: There was a lot of Slavic migration in the medieval period here so I may see a bit more DNA from southeastern Europe or even west Asia. I do tan well and can retain some of it even through the winter months.
Germany: I've read that Germans commonly have a bit of east Asian DNA, which likely comes from the Mongolian Empire so if I do have a trace of Asian blood, that's where it came from.
Scotland and Ireland: Surprisingly, I've read that Scottish DNA is especially diverse. It's common to find Scots with traces of DNA from much of Europe including Germany, Scandinavia and even Asia and Africa. If I do have any African DNA, it will be a very small trace but that's the most likely source.
All told, I still expect to see more than 95% European DNA but would be surprised if it is fully 100%. If I do have traces of unexpected ancestry, it's certainly worth finding out.
Another interesting fact is that most African Americans have between 15-25% European DNA and some have traces of Asian and Native American. One case that particularly surprised me was that Condoleezza Rice is only 51% sub-Saharan African. The rest of her genetic makeup is composed of 9% Asian and 40% European. Since reading these reports, I have become even more disgusted by racism on all sides and can appreciate beauty in every ethnic group.
As for my health, I have a mixed report. Tolerance to folate has improved and I am back on Jigsaw Mag. Also, the zinc and copper sensitivity remains well under control as does the Cal/Mag ratio. That said, I still don't feel any better overall. If anything, I may have regressed a bit since last week. The taurine intolerance has not let up and that is almost certainly due to the CBS mutation. Also, the sensitivity to All In One is brutal. I may have to open the capsules and take half because 1 is not enough but 2 pills are too many. 1.5 may be just right .... for now. There's not much I can do until I get the results and talk to a health coach. If nothing changes next week, I expect that a "good day" in Kentucky will be a finish in the mid-high 1:40s. A bad day will be over 2 hours but likely not approaching 3. The time limit is a generous 3.5 hours (16 minute pace) so there's very little chance that I DNF. If my health coach suggests it, I may take off the month of April as well as the early part of May. I don't think I'm doing myself much good by continuing to train while so far out of whack. I am still very disappointed that I hit another barrier when I was so sure that Cal/Mag plus Thym-Adren would lead me to balance by Spring.
Next week's post will be on methylation, neurotransmitters and overuse of anti-depressants.