Arthritis, Genetics, and What She Saw In The Photo

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:

Many people think that arthritis is just about joint pain.

It’s not.

Arthritis can cause other seemingly unrelated issues like brain fog, fevers, and a loss of appetite. And this myriad of symptoms can make the condition hard to diagnose.

That’s what happened to Brandi.

Brandi’s story

It all started with what Brandi saw in the black and white photo.

Up until then, she had struggled for years with mysterious and debilitating symptoms.

Fatigue that made it hard for her to get out of bed, brain fog so bad she couldn’t think straight.

And pain. Excruciating pain.

Some days she felt like someone had lit a match to her hips and she was walking on glass shards.

She’d gone to endless doctor’s appointments. They either just scratched their heads or, even more maddening, told her it was all in HER head!

And then she found the photo.

And she saw it–her grandmother’s hand, swollen and twisted into the shape of a claw, a cardinal symptom of rheumatoid arthritis.

Brandi had read about rheumatoid arthritis and had wondered if she had it.

Well, in that moment she looked down at her own swollen, bent knuckles and she knew. She just knew she did.

It turns out that Brandi has several genetic mutations for rheumatoid arthritis. She has variants in her FHL3, CXCR5, and PAD14 genes to name a few.

Armed with this genetic knowledge, Brandi found a rheumatologist who listened to her and was able to confirm what was in her DNA—

Brandi had an inherited form of rheumatoid arthritis. This was the cause of her agonizing pain and other symptoms.

Finally, she was able to get the proper medical treatment.

It wasn’t enough to just take a general approach to addressing her arthritis. She needed to address her problem at the genetic level. For example, she needed to do something to decrease her overactive FHL3 gene that was leading to an excess of prostaglandin E2, a hormone-like substance linked to inflammation.

That’s why Brandi upped her Omega 3 intake, to counteract the overproduction of those pesky inflammation-causing prostaglandins.

She also began implementing other natural strategies based on her unique genes to reduce the inflammation in her joints like eating more garlic, and taking water aerobics classes a couple times a week.

And then…Brandi started walking without pain.

And then…she had the energy to play with her kids. And think clearly at work.

Brandi is now free of the arthritis symptoms that kept her trapped in an inflamed body for years. She is FREE.

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About the Author

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen flipped the script on conventional and alternative medicine…and it worked. Growing up, he suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, and other issues that were poorly understood in traditional healthcare. Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a learning journey to decode his DNA and track his biomarkers in search of better health. Through this personalized approach, he discovered his genetic weaknesses and was able to optimize his health 10X better than he ever thought was possible. Based on his own health success, he went on to found SelfDecode, the world’s first direct-to-consumer DNA analyzer & precision health tool that utilizes AI-driven polygenic risk scoring to produce accurate insights and health recommendations. Today, SelfDecode has helped over 100,000 people understand how to get healthier using their DNA and labs.
Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, with a mission of empowering people to take advantage of the precision health revolution and uncover insights from their DNA and biomarkers so that we can all feel great all of the time.


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