The Genetic Makeup of a Savage with Dr. Anthony Jay

Have you ever considered genetic testing in an effort to discover more about your body in order to optimize your health? In this first part of a two-part series, Dr. Anthony Jay and I discuss my genetics and steps I can take to enhance my overall wellbeing.  

Dr. Jay earned a B.A. with a double major in Biology and Theology from Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida, where he researched HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) inhibitors.  After college, he continued to work with viruses (lentivirus) in the context of Alzheimer's disease for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Next, Dr. Jay earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Boston University School of Medicine, researching fats, hormones, and cholesterol.  Dr. Jay has also worked for 3 years as a scientific researcher at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, researching stem cells, epigenetics, and infrared light.

Currently, in addition to leading AJCCo, Dr. Jay is a bestselling author of Estrogeneration. (

What we discussed on this episode:

  • What a DNA console is and potential findings you can expect (2:31)
  • The relationship between genetics and nutrition, including saturated fat and cholesterol (6:07)
  • Gluten, dairy, and inflammation (10:42)
  • The pitfalls of constantly taking casein supplements (14:32)
  • Dr. Jay’s background in genetics (17:05)
  • The importance of being proactive in improving foundational health (18:46)
  • Anxiety from a genetic standpoint (19:40)
  • The pharmaceutical approach to handling anxiety (20:21)
  • Dr. Jay’s decision to leave Mayo Clinic and the reasons behind it (23:51)
  • How carbohydrates and blood sugar are two of the biggest problems in our health culture today (25:47)
  • Being relatable in the health and wellness space as opposed to making it too technical for your followers to understand (27:03)
  • Gut health as it relates to anxiety and other ailments (31:21)
  • The mechanism behind the production of serotonin and how quality foods and exercise may help with depression (32:00)
  • Cheating your genetics and how it will eventually catch up with you (34:24)
  • Why ignorance is not bliss when it comes to genetics (36:09)
  • Genetic indicators for cancer and environmental risk (39:22)
  • Nicotine and caffeine metabolism (42:14)
  • The five sections of Dr. Jay’s genetic reports for clients (42:55)
  • How genetics can indicate which type of workouts are most beneficial for your body type and goals (43:58)
  • Blood sugar fluctuation and what it means genetically (45:23)
  • How cholesterol numbers are not a good indicator of heart health (47:33)
  • My heart disease risk and the variety of categories Dr. Jay tests (48:21)
  • My genetic predisposition for gluten sensitivity (52:57)
  • Ergothioneine and its importance (53:41)
  • Vitamin hormones and detox genes (54:46)
  • Testosterone and estrogen genes (55:33)
  • Amino acids (57:53)
  • Fructose and fatty liver disease (1:00:41)
  • Blue light sensitivity and genetics (1:05:13)

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Written By

Robert Sikes


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