I recently used 23 and Me to test my DNA for a whole battery of genetic markers to understand my increased or decreased risk of various genetic conditions. I essentially found that I am:

  • a mighty fine specimen of genetic health
  • a slow caffeine metabolizer
  • greatly increased odds of floxacillin toxicity
  • decreased risk for Type 1 Diabetes and Alzheimers
  • have no bad variants of the 50 or so inherited conditions tested for
  • not resistant to HIV
  • a wet earwax type (as opposed to a dry)….gross
  • 3% Neanderthal (at the 95th Percentile!!!)

Super interesting stuff. And nice to know that I have a much higher likelihood of living to 100 than the general population. I was kind of nervous about these results. It’s nice to know that I probably won’t die of some horrible neurodegenerative disease early in life.

This reminds me of Woody Guthrie. Woody died of Huntington’s Disease, an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disease. This means that if one of your parents have the defective gene, you have a 50/50 shot of developing the disease. However, Huntington’s shows up in your 40 or 50s or so and you slowly die. During the many year process of Woody wasting away, he wrote about 5,000 songs— he couldn’t play the guitar so he wrote just the lyrics, not the music. Nora Guthrie, his daughter, invited Wilco and Billy Bragg to browse all the songs and choose their favorite lyrics and write music for them. And Mermaid Avenue was created. One of my favorite songs of all time, California Stars, is on that record. The interesting part of the Woody Guthrie story is that his children, Nora and Arlo, both decided not to get tested for Huntington’s. They were afraid they’d live their life differently if they knew they would eventually die an early death. 

A new study suggests that eating eggs isn’t as bad for you as we thought. 

But of course. Eggs are real food. And, when studying things as complex as the eating habits of human beings and deducing what happens to a population decades away from now, it’s most likely impossible to even study. Especially when studying humans is complicated by this:

Simply put, if you’re attracted to ideas that have a good chance of being wrong, and if you’re motivated to prove them right, and if you have a little wiggle room in how you assemble the evidence, you’ll probably succeed in proving wrong theories right.

And of course, you have to ask yourself the following question when you come across a study like this— who would pay for and profit off the positive results from this study? In this case, the egg industry? If not the egg industry, then it’s essentially a doctor with an interest in eggs for some strange reason with very little resources to conduct a study powerful enough to extract meaningful and replicable findings. And therein lies the issue with all of these kinds of studies. 

My advice, as lifted from Michael Pollan:

“Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Sherpaa saved our clients over $6,000 this week


We are thrilled that our members are emailing us first whenever they have a health insurance question or concern. Here’s how it works:

  • Snap a photo of your bill and/or explanation of benefits from your insurance carrier
  • Provide us a brief description of your concern and submit the issue to us at Sherpaa
  • We go to sleuthing  

In several instances, we were able to identify procedures that were improperly coded by doctors, causing less of the cost to be covered by the carrier. We were also able to assist our clients with HRA cards that had incorrectly declined services. These fixes all take us a short amount of time, but had our clients attempted to find solutions on their own, they would have been on the phone with their carrier as well as their providers for hours. 

One of our clients had a $2,000 bill that we questioned for her. After going to work for her, she owes nothing. Healthcare is just so confusing and so ridiculously expensive, you really do have to have an expert to keep an eye on everything for you. Saving our clients’ time and money— it’s one of the many things Sherpaa does day in and day out.

If you’re a health professional here in NYC and want to meet the Sherpaa team and mingle with other like-minded health professionals in a beautiful space with cocktails on Sherpaa, please RSVP here. We’ll see you tonight at 6:30!

If you’re a health professional we know and love, here’s what you get from working with Sherpaa:

  • Great new patients. Our clients are engaged in their health, creative & interesting, and insured. 
  • You’ll be part of a cutting edge healthcare solution.

We’d love to meet you and see if we’re a good fit. We’re very picky about who we refer our patients to, so the first step is meeting our team and having some fun. See you tonight!