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SelfDecode Review: History, Features & More

Written by Victoria Shelton, MS (Social Work) | Last updated:

What is SelfDecode?

SelfDecode is a biotech company that helps people understand their genetics to achieve their health goals – be it optimizing their health, overcoming a health concern, or preventing diseases and age-related problems to live a longer life.

It lets you identify genetic weaknesses and suggests lifestyle approaches and supplements to improve your negative genetic variations.

SelfDecode has a huge database of SNPs, substances, genes, conditions, and more.

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Review of SelfDecode History

Joe Cohen, founder of SelfDecode, shared his story about how and why he started SelfDecode:

Joe said he started SelfDecode after struggling with numerous chronic health issues – such as limbic system problems (also called HPA axis dysfunction or adrenal fatigue), brain fog, gut problems, and mental health issues, among others. He says that for years, he didn’t get results by following the advice of other bloggers, medical doctors, or even natural health practitioners. Instead, he started hitting breakthroughs when he dug into the research for himself and committed to experimenting with supplements, diets, and devices.

Joe has said numerous times that he won the genetic lottery for a combination of rare bad genes, such as being homozygous for MTHFR C677T and CNR1 rs1049353. These rendered him especially susceptible to the negative effects of the Standard American Diet and lifestyle. All the while, I was eating a diet full of gluten and dairy, sleeping poorly, and living in a toxic environment.

Joe also had some rare SNP variations in the PPAR-gamma and serotonin receptors genes, which may explains his tendency to be Th1/Th17 dominant. He believes it may also be the reason he experienced mental health issues when eating lectins or did other things that worsen these genes’ functions.

At the time, health bloggers were not writing about these genes and he wasn’t able to meaningfully analyze his data with the available DNA tools.

The health hacks that had the most positive impact for Joe were ones that addressed his genetic variants. While doing the research and experimenting, he gathered information about many useful gene-specific interventions.

Afterward, he started reverse-engineering the same process for my clients to help them overcome their health issues. That’s when he realized that there was a need for a comprehensive DNA analyzer.

The existing DNA analyzers on the market may have provided some information but they were extremely limited. Some of them did not cite the information they provided, which allowed them to make up some of the information and unable to be validated. Others provide citations, but it was more difficult for Joe to understand their interpretation than reading the studies directly.

Many of them weren’t very helpful because they didn’t come with any recommendations.

Understandably, it is not easy to write about genes, the biochemistry, and risk associations for the lay people to comprehend. Over the years, Joe honed this skill by writing on SelfHacked and training numerous writers, who hold Master’s, Ph.D., MD, and pharmacy degrees.

Beyond the fact that SelfDecode covers over 150,000 SNPs, it also:

  • Thoroughly reviews the scientific literature about genes or lab tests
  • Presents the research in an accessible and helpful manner, both for the lay people and healthcare providers
  • Is constantly updated with the growing amounts of data that continue to become available with new sequencing technologies, functional genomics, and new research being published every day

SelfDecode is an all-in-one database tool that allows you to explore your genetic associations with your phenotypes (traits), health risks, and what you can do about them. If you want all the relevant variants listed in one place, along with an interpretation and recommendations, the DNA Wellness Reports provide just that.

How Does It Work?

In fact; using SelfDecode is so simple. Just follow the listed below steps to get full details about your genes:

  1. Sign in to your account and upload your genetic data from genotyping services such as 23andMe, FamilyTree and Ancestry or purchase a SelfDecode DNA Kit directly from us (SelfDecode promises to never sell your data).
  2. Provide your symptoms that help to target specific genetics and explore your gene-based causes for your symptoms.
  3. Download and read your DNA Wellness Reports on the topics that pertain to your health such as inflammation, sleep, mood, and more!
  4. Optimize your health based on the insights you learn about your genes and the recommendations SelfDecode provides.

Features Released Since Launch

SelfDecode Blog

SelfDecode believes that the future of health content will be personalized. The SelfDecode blog is the first of its kind–it personalizes posts based on your genetics. They analyze cutting-edge scientific discoveries to explore how your genetic variants are linked to health and various traits.

Once you log in to your SelfDecode account and upload your genotype file, you will be able to access health information specific to you. From each article you read, the smart algorithm will also calculate and automatically display a score and recommendation that applies to you.

SelfDecode DNA Wellness Reports

SelfDecode DNA wellness reports compile all the available genes and variants relevant to a specific topic and give you science-based natural recommendations about how you can overcome your genetic weaknesses.

As part of your SelfDecode membership, you will receive the Introductory DNA Wellness Report and five reports of your choice. Each year you renew your membership, you get 5 extra reports free.

Professional plan subscribers have unlimited access to DNA Wellness Reports.

Lab Analyzer

SelfDecode’s Lab Analyzer tool allows you to easily upload your lab test results and find out if your lab markers are within optimal ranges. The lab analyzer doesn’t just show you what the “normal” range is for a lab marker, it shows you the optimal range and then provides personalized health recommendations to help you optimize your levels.

You can track your lab tests over time and get detailed information about each lab marker and what your personal results mean.

Symptoms and Conditions Analyzer

The Symptoms and Conditions analyzer allows you to narrow your search to genes most relevant to your symptoms and health conditions.

Bad Gene Fixes

Not all rare SNPs are bad, but some that are particularly rare can contribute to your symptoms.

You can access the gene page for each of these SNPs and view the recommended supplements, diet, and lifestyle changes under the “My Fixes” tab, along with peer-reviewed scientific references.

Substance explorer

The substance explorer predicts potential substances (medications, vitamins, or supplements) that may benefit you based on your bad genes and SNPs. It can also reveal which substances or toxins are particularly bad for you.

You can bookmark the genes that you are interested in to explore more specific substance recommendations for each one.

Trait interpretation in 74 health categories

View trait interpretations in 74 different health categories within 9 different packages, including:

  • Lifestyle
  • Diet
  • Nutrition
  • Response to toxins
  • Methylation

  • Aging

  • Addiction potential

  • Drug response

  • Disease risks

The health categories section is a great place to get an initial overview of your genetic weaknesses and strengths.

Custom gene packs and bookmarking genes

Customize your own list of genes/SNPs or explore other members’ gene packs for rare SNPs in each category you’re interested in (such as neurotransmitters, lectin sensitivity, autoimmunity, and many more).

You can also bookmark any genes that you want to check out later in more detail.

For practitioners, you can look at gene packs of interest to your clients.

Gene comparison tool

You can compare your genes/SNPs that have rare variants with another user on the forum!

For example, if you are talking to someone on the forum, you can request to compare your genes with them.

How Much Does SelfDecode Cost?

Currently, there are three membership plans with SelfDecode. With all plans, you can cancel at any time.

The individual plan is $97/year. It gives you access to SelfDecode, our Introductory DNA Wellness Report and five premium DNA Wellness Reports of your choice. With this plan, you get 50% off additional DNA Wellness Reports and you can upload another file for $39. Upon renewal each year, subscribers of this plan will receive two additional DNA Wellness Report credits. Or you can get a lifetime membership for $297 and get access to all current and future DNA Wellness Reports.

DNA Testing is a one time fee of $90. Our DNA chip analyzes the most important SNPs related to your health. While you do not have to purchase a SelfDecode DNA kit from us, we recommend you do, because our chip contains all the data you need to analyze and optimize your health. Plus, we don’t sell your data like 23AndMe.

The Professional Plan is $99/month or $599/year. This plan, suited for healthcare practitioners, allows infinite file uploads and DNA Wellness Reports. It also includes enhanced practitioner-focused customer support.

Why a Subscription?

Although you are born with a set of genes that won’t change over time, our knowledge about these genes changes every day as new research comes out. SelfDecode is a fast-evolving startup software company. We are continuously releasing more features, blog posts and DNA Wellness Reports. A subscription model provides you with uninterrupted access to updated findings of your genes, our new analysis features, and DNA Wellness Reports.

About the Author

Victoria Shelton

MS (Social Work)
Victoria is a social worker turned digital marketer with experience in public speaking, professional writing and project management.
She combines her passion for empowering others to make positive life changes with her love of data analysis to provide strategic marketing expertise that prioritizes the customer and allows for data-driven decision making.

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