Spit is an iHeartRadio podcast with 23andMe where host Baratunde Thurston sits down with the most interesting cultural influencers of our time to explore how DNA testing gives us a new perspective on who we are and how we are all connected. Join us for an intimate conversation and the unscripted thoughts and opinions of award-winning recording artists John Legend, Melissa Etheridge, Wyclef Jean and Pete Wentz as we talk science vs stories, nature vs nurture, family, race and a whole lot more. SPIT is an iHeartRadio podcast with 23andMe where we sit down with the most interesting cultural influencers of our time to explore how DNA testing gives us a new perspective on who we are and how we are all connected.* *The views shared in SPIT are those of the individual participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of 23andMe.
Is Precision Medicine the Future of Healthcare?
Why do certain medications work for some patients but not for others? Environment and lifestyle play a part, but scientists are now beginning to understand that DNA is also a key factor. That’s why precision medicine, which involves tailoring treatments to meet individual patients’ needs, could very well be the future of healthcare, resulting in less guesswork and fewer complications.
In this episode, Baratunde is joined by Dr. Rick Kittles, a pioneering geneticist and professor at City of Hope’s Comprehensive Cancer Center; Dr. Julie Johnson, Dean of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy; and Roxane Gay, also a doctor (of rhetoric and technical communication!) and author of critically-acclaimed books like Hunger and Bad Feminist. They discuss the intersection of genetics and disease treatment and prevention, what the lack of diversity in data sets means for underserved populations, and why we’ll all benefit when we stop treating healthcare like it’s one-size-fits-all.
Beating Parkinson’s to the Punch with Laila Ali
Almost one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease, and another 60,000 cases will be diagnosed this year alone. But while there isn’t a cure yet, our understanding of disease and the discovery of certain symptom-mitigating treatments are helping the millions of people with Parkinson’s each day. On this episode, Baratunde discusses the disease with some of the most notable advocates for those with Parkinson’s, Laila Ali, who watched her father, Muhammad Ali, consciously choose to battle the disease in the public eye for over 30 years; American Ninja Warrior Jimmy Choi, who was diagnosed at the early age of 27; Debi Brooks of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and National Institutes for Health neurogeneticist Dr. Andy Singleton, who explains the latest findings in the fight against Parkinson’s. Dr. Singleton’s appearance on the podcast does not constitute any endorsement of 23andMe or any other genetics testing company.
Fox Insight is an online clinical study sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation where people with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones can share information that could transform the search for better treatments. Learn more at FoxInsight.org.
Opting in: Privacy in the Digital Age
While the new age of collecting and sharing genetic data is transforming our understanding of who we are, where we come from, and the health risks we might face, it also raises real concerns about privacy and security. But it’s not just genetic data that has the potential to be used in ways that we didn’t intend; it’s all data. In this episode, we’ll talk candidly about the current state of data privacy—who has access to your data, the things they’re learning about you (and others like you) from it, and why it's critical for you to educate yourself and read terms of service. Please note: the views and opinions shared in this podcast are those of the individual participants and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of 23andMe or their affiliates and partners.
A Conversation Around One of the Major Challenges to Human Health in the 21st Century with Tim McGraw
You have a one in two chance of having prediabetes or diabetes. As staggering as this is, we can take steps right now to beat the odds, and that starts with knowing your glucose levels. On this episode recorded live from South by Southwest, host Baratunde Thurston sits down with iconic musician Tim McGraw, American Diabetes Association CEO, Tracey Brown, and Lark Health CEO/Co-Founder, Julia Hu to get the scoop on what we can do right now to live healthier lives, stop prediabetes from progressing, and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Is Prevention the Key to Beating Breast Cancer? with Rita Wilson, Dr. Laura Esserman, Katie Thiede and Sara Altschule
One in eight US women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her life, and while we’ve seen a decrease in deaths thanks to advances in screening, treatment and awareness, that’s still too high. On today’s show, we ask the crucial question: what can we do to combat this disease, and how can our self-awareness of our risk, our genetic predisposition and our options aid in this effort? We have gathered an amazing group of women, with varied experiences and viewpoints to examine this: Actor, musician, activist and breast cancer survivor Rita Wilson; renowned researcher Dr. Laura Esserman, a professor of surgery and radiology at the University of California, San Francisco and the Director of the UCSF breast care clinic; Bright Pink CEO Katie Thiede; and breast cancer previvor (we’ll explain that term) and author of the “Braving BRCA” blog Sara Altschule. Host Baratunde Thurston leads an amazing conversation spanning Rita’s and Sara’s personal journeys, Katie’s ongoing advocacy, and Dr. Esserman’s industry-leading research and insight. Check out “Bigger Picture,” Rita Wilson’s amazing album inspired by her recent experiences, and catch her at Stagecoach in April 2019 (@RitaWilson on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook). Find out more about Dr. Laura Esserman on Twitter @DrLauraEsserman to keep up with her latest research and the WISDOM study. Follow Katie Thiede on Twitter @KatieThiede, and you can find out more about Bright Pink at brightpink.org. Be sure to check out assessyourrisk.org, their amazing self-assessment tool. Check out Sara Altschule on Twitter @sara_altschule and follow her amazing “Braving BRCA” writing at https://www.bustle.com/braving-brca. Spit is an iHeartRadio podcast with 23andMe. Enjoy this episode and subscribe, rate and review Spit on Apple Podcasts. And be sure to tell your friends all about it. Find out more about our host Baratunde Thurston at Baratunde.com or sign up for his text messages at 202-902-7949.
What Does It Take To Beat Addiction? With Nikki Sixx, Dr. Adi Jaffe, Dr. Abraham Palmer and Dr. Sandra Sanchez Roige.
Every day, drug overdoses kill 142 people. That’s more than car crashes and gun homicides -- combined. Prescription opioids and heroin are the prime contributors to these statistics. Heroin use in the U.S. has more than doubled, and heroin deaths have more than quadrupled just in the past decade. So, we ask ourselves, what will it take to beat this epidemic? In the latest episode of Spit, host Baratunde Thurston explores addiction, the relationship between genetics and the environmental experiences that may have led to early drug use and, ultimately, the journey to recovery. Baratunde speaks first-hand with the people who are actively using their experience, their influence and their voices to help understand what it takes to overcome addiction. In part one, Baratunde sits with Nikki Sixx -- The founding member and bassist of Motley Crue and Sixx A.M, a three-time New York Times best-selling author, a philanthropist and an addiction recovery advocate; and Dr. Adi Jaffe, mental health and addiction specialist, lecturer at UCLA and author of The Abstinence Myth. In part two of this episode, we go further to understand the science of addiction. Whether addiction is something we are born with and what triggers we need to avoid. Baratunde speaks with Drs. Abraham Palmer and Sandra Sanchez Roige from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry to understand their latest research where they discovered a genetic signature that correlates a person’s ability to delay gratification with reduced chances of addictive behavior. Could we be closer to having more answers? Join us for a real, raw and powerful conversation that calls on all of us to do our part in understanding the science behind addiction and what it takes to beat it. Nikki Sixx continues to advocate for greater awareness, research and financial support to end the opioid addiction. For more on his journey, check out his book The Heroin Diaries Visit Dr. Adi Jaffe is currently supporting the launch of his latest book dedicated to helping others overcome addiction The Abstinence Myth. Visit Dr. Palmer and Dr. Sanchez Roige continue to develop breakthrough research on the science of addiction and the relationship between Genetics and Alcoholism Research Study Spit is an iHeartRadio podcast with 23andMe. Enjoy this episode and subscribe, rate and review Spit on Apple Podcasts. And be sure to tell your friends all about it. Find out more about our host Baratunde Thurston at Baratunde.com or sign up for his text messages at 202-902-7949.