Gene-ius Minds: Navigating Mental Health through Genetics with Kashif Khan

Gene-ius Minds: Navigating Mental Health through Genetics with Kashif Khan

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In this episode of the Boss Body Podcast, host Dr. Tim Jackson talks with Kashif Khan, founder of the DNA Company, about the role of genetics in health and behavior. They explore how genetic variations affect detoxification, immune function, hormone metabolism, and mental health, including stress responses and personality traits. Kashif shares his personal health journey and how it inspired his company’s focus on personalized genetic insights. They discuss the limitations of traditional mental health treatments and the importance of a personalized approach that considers genetic makeup. The conversation also covers the significance of the microbiome, epistasis, and the need for accessible genetic knowledge, culminating in Kashif’s book, “The DNA Way.”


Episode highlights:

  • Importance of epigenetics and genetic variations in health
  • Impact of genetics on detoxification pathways, immune modulation, and hormone metabolism
  • Role of genetics in behavior and mental health
  • Specific genetic variations and their impact on stress response, cognitive function, and mental health
  • Complexities of genetic pathways and their impact on personality, behavior, and mental health
  • Challenges of addressing mental health issues within the healthcare system
  • Impact of genetic variations on children’s behavior and learning
  • Role of inflammation and genetic predispositions in chronic diseases
  • Importance of personalized nutrition and health based on genetics, epigenetics, and genomics
  • Need for effective communication of complex scientific concepts to a wider audience


Connect with guest:


Kashif Khan is author of The DNA Way, a two time TedX Speaker, Celebrity longevity coach and Founder of The DNA Company, where personalized medicine is being pioneered through unique insights into the human genome. 


Growing up in Vancouver, Canada in an immigrant household,  Kashif developed an industrious entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. Prior to his tenure at the DNA Company, Kashif advised a number of high-growth start-ups in a variety of industries.


As Kashif dove into the field of functional genomics as the Founder of The DNA Company, it was revealed that his neural wiring was actually genetically designed to be entrepreneurial. However, his genes also revealed a particular sensitivity to pollutants.


Now seeing his health from a new lens Kashif dove further and started to see the genetic pathways that led to his own family’s challenges, and the opportunities to reverse chronic disease.



Social Media: @kashkhanofficial


Episode Transcript

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All the best,

Dr. Tim Jackson

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