Dr. Ben Lynch is the best-selling author of Dirty Genes and President of Seeking Health, a company that helps educate both the public and health professionals on how to overcome genetic dysfunction. He received his doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and three sons.
How I Became a Genetic Pioneer
I first discovered the power of epigenetics in 2008. That was it for me—I never looked back. At the time, I was a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, graduate of Bastyr University, with a special interest in environmental medicine—helping people recover from the assaults of industrial chemicals, heavy metals, and other environmental toxins. When I discovered what a big role genes played in this whole process, I began eagerly reading every scientific paper I could get my hands on.
I quickly realized that there was a huge gap between what the geneticists published in their research papers and what the medical providers practiced in their offices. The scientists were ridiculously far ahead of doctors and nurses, who often had no idea how to help their patients respond to genetic abnormalities or even to follow the basics of good gene health. Nor did practitioners have any idea how to create a targeted program geared to specific genetic issues.
I made it my mission to bring that cutting-edge science right into the doctor’s office. I threw myself into genetic research, chasing down any article or paper that could shed any light on what we regular folks could do to improve our health. I began working with individuals whose health-care providers just weren’t giving them the help they needed. And I started to give seminars, webinars, workshops, and talks so that practitioners could learn how to help their patients.
In a remarkably short time, I had established myself as the go-to guy on treating genetic abnormalities through diet, supplements, and lifestyle. See here for some of the nationally recognized practitioners and best-selling authors who have come to me for help and endorsed my work.
In 2011, I founded Seeking Health, a research-based company producing high-quality supplements targeted to particular health issues. I’m proud to say that in 2015, I was named Number 37 in Inc.’s list of 500 Entrepreneur Superstars from America’s fastest-growing private companies and Number 1 in Washington state. In 2016, I made the list again.
I also established Seeking Health Educational Institute (SHEI), now operating as drbenlynch.com a website for both health professionals and lay people who want to learn more about nutrigenomics and methylation. Drbenlynch.com is now one of the most trusted resources on genetics for health professionals and laypersons worldwide.
In 2015, I developed StrateGene, a unique approach to helping people develop natural strategies for overcoming genetic abnormalities. People who were getting their genetic challenges from websites like 23andMe or Genos Research were receiving massively confusing documents with wildly contradictory information. My system zeroes in on the genetic abnormalities that pose the greatest challenges in people’s health and then provides comprehensive plans for overcoming those challenges through diet, environment and lifestyle.