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9 Things to Think About Before You Take a DNA Ancestry Test

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DNA ancestry tests are all the rage, but are they accurate? And who do they work for? Here’s what you must consider before you send away your DNA.

You’ve heard of people learning about their great-great-great grandfather being famous through a DNA ancestry test.

It makes you want to get one of those tests done yourself!

The question remains, however, as to whether or not it is a good idea. How do you know that it is really the right choice for you? 

If you’d like to learn about the top 9 things people should think of before getting a DNA heritage test, keep reading and figure out if a DNA test is what you want.

How Does DNA Testing Work?

Most of us learn about DNA in our science classes at some point, but it still can be a little confusing to understand what it is and what it does.

Also called deoxyribonucleic acid, DNA is a material in all living organisms that self-replicates and is the main constituent of chromosomes. It carries our genetic information.

People get DNA tests for a lot of reasons, so there isn’t one answer to suit everyone.

Some people want to learn more about their ancestry. Others want to find out paternity or maternity of parents. You may just be curious about your future medical health! 

The truth is that our DNA is able to tell us a lot about ourselves, so using DNA tests is a great way to learn what we want to know.

1. Know How to Choose the Right Service

There are a lot of services out there that offer DNA testing and information. They are not all equal, however, because they are not all the same!

The right choice will depend on what you are trying to get out of the test itself. If you want to get genetic genealogy information, you don’t want to take a test from a service specializing in forensic testing. 

Finding the right service is all about your own research to find the right test. You want to also be sure that it fits into your budget as well because not all services are the same price.

2. Understand the Privacy Implications

When you are offering up samples of your DNA for testing, remember that the companies you send it to will have a copy of that code.

The DNA you offer is essentially yourself. You are made up of DNA, so providing it to a company to test can mean your privacy could be jeopardized.

Anytime you consider testing, you need to be sure that you are aware of how or if the company is going to share your information. If you’re okay with it, that’s fine. If you’re not, you need to be aware of what will happen with your data.

If the testing provider is hacked, this is another issue as well. There are security risks when you work with companies, so providing information as personal as your DNA is something you need to be sure you’re comfortable with doing.

3. Learn How DNA Testing Works

DNA tests look at you to determine how you function as a human and what makes you “you”. It exposes your genetic code to help you get more health or lifestyle information.

A lot of DNA companies, with permission, store the data they get from all of their customers. They can match DNA to other DNA patterns to find shared unique sequences and prove ancestry. This is also how paternity and maternity is found.

The biggest thing that DNA tests are able to do for people is give you all of that information about yourself you never would have gotten otherwise.

4. Know What Limits Exist in Testing

The chromosomes found within our DNA contain the code needed to know our genetic characteristics, but also a genetic fingerprint of parents. This means that even though two siblings may be completely different people, they share a significant amount of DNA based on having the same parents. The chromosomal data will be similar.

Even cousins will share some chromosomal data due to blood relation, but it will be much less. The genetic fingerprint will be less potent than that between siblings. 

Moving back even more, less and less of the data will match as you look at grandparents, great grandparents, and so on. This means the data can only tell you so much and some limits do exist.

Once those differences start to become more apparent, it may be harder for tests to find a match. This doesn’t mean they don’t work, but it does mean that you need to be prepared that you may not get as much information as you think.

5. Find Out Which Test Type Works for You

In general, there are three different test types. Those include autosomal, Y-DNA, and mtDNA.

Autosomal are most common and these help to trace lineage in men and women. Y-DNA is only available for men and traces DNA through the patrilineal ancestry. Lastly, mtDNA is only available for women and lets women trace their matrilineal ancestry. 

With autosomal tests, you get genetic information as far back as about five generations on both sides of your family. The other two options will let you get information farther back, but again just about the one side of the family.

6. Know If You Want a DNA Ancestry Test

Sometimes people think they want something and then decide it isn’t right for them.

Before you pay money to have a DNA test done, be sure that it is something you actually want to learn about. You want to get the test done if it is really something that matters to you.

After all, they do not come cheap, but can be well worth it when you see the variety of options you have. Here is a helpful linkto show some of the tests that you could be interested in buying.

In some cases, you may find out information about your ancestry that you really would rather not know. Are you comfortable with learning about those types of things that may exist in your family’s past? If so, go for it!

7. Learn About Your Body

One of the great things about the medical side of DNA testing is that you can find out things about yourself that will help you be healthier!

For example, some people may find that they have a genetic lactose and casein intolerance or they may realize they have a genetic disposition to deeper sleep.

With certain types of DNA tests that are done, you can learn about your current medical situation and things to watch out for in the future.

8. Find Out About Your Story

Identity is a big question that many of us face at some point or another. Some of us deal with it for a large part of our lives.

Finding out about your health, your ancestry, and who you are through DNA can help you find out who you are in the real world. It can also help you determine who you want to be.

Although DNA testing is very scientific, the results that you receive may give you more than you bargain for in terms of really finding yourself. Learning about your story and where you come from can give you a new perspective.

9. Connect With Others

One of the things that are often thought of when it comes to DNA testing is that you will find out about ancestors that have done incredible things, but have already passed away.

You can also find out about living relatives you didn’t know you had!

You may connect with a long-lost cousin or find out there was an estranged aunt that you want to get to know better. No matter what the situation is, it is always a good idea to know as much as you can and choose what to do with that information.

Ready to Start Testing?

Whether it is a DNA ancestry test, genetic code test, or something else you are most interested in about DNA testing, it is a great choice to make.

You get to find out about yourself and your family in ways that you probably didn’t even think about!Feel free to check out our post regarding DNA testing by consumers compared to medical or pharmaceutical industries if you’d like to learn more about how it is making an impact

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Let Flowers Carry Your Heartfelt Messages on Occasions of Sympathy or Congratulations!

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You make gifting decisions on many diverse occasions to propose to the love of your life, win your date’s confidence, surprise her on her birthday, or admire your mom’s contribution to your life. You want to let them know how much they mean to you. One may pick expensive gifts as a straightforward way to woo people they care about the most. Can you buy them often? You know it depends on many factors. But buying a flower bouquet is easier. It also shows your loving, caring, and soft side. When you gift flowers, the recipient can feel your warmth before you say anything. The colours and fragrances can put them in a good mood instantly.

Nevertheless, flowers can also be the perfect gesture for professional or sombre settings. You can give them to your colleagues to boost their enthusiasm or cheer them up. You can buy them a bouquet on their birthday. However, if someone has transcended the physical boundaries for the world beyond, you can again mark your presence in their last round of journey with a bouquet. A reputable Mississauga florist will have all types of flowers to help you choose one based on the need of the hour. However, it will help to know beforehand which flowers and flower colours symbolize what. So, let’s gather some insights.

  • For colleagues/ clients

The choice of flower bouquet will depend on the celebratory occasion, such as work promotion, birthday, or work anniversary. Your relationship with the recipient also matters. Attach a personal note to the bouquet to convey your message. Typically, people pick hydrangeas, orchids, and tulips to be safe, as these are hypoallergenic. Knowing the suitable flower choices that celebrate the true spirit of the specific occasion will be great. For example, lilies and tulips are best for your colleague’s birthday. You can give your co-worker or client orchids or roses on their promotions. If you want to Thank You, your options include hydrangeas, tulips, and lilies.

  • For funeral or condolence meets

A grieving family expects warmth, comfort, and sympathy from near and dear ones. Everyone may not be the language champions. Or, their expressions could be too precise for a warm condolence. One can avoid all these obstacles by picking the right floral bouquet from a recognized Mississauga floral arrangements. They will have the best quality of fresh flowers of most varieties. You can choose white lilies to show your respect and grief for the deceased. Lilies are luxury flowers for condolence or funerals. People appreciate this gesture for the flower’s ethereal beauty and symbolism of soul restoration.

You can carry a bouquet of yellow roses to demonstrate your friendship bond or red for grief for the one who’s gone too far, never to return. If you want to convey to the family that you are there for them, you can carry a hydrangea flower bouquet. Some people carry Calla Lilies to funerals to stand by the grieving families in their hope that the deceased will be reborn. Purple orchids are symbols of respect.

Flowers embody all types of expressions in their soft petals and fragrances. So, let these gentle gems of nature showcase your emotions.

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Events For June

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On going is still  Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature, is at The Morgan Library & Museum through 6/9.Florals in Fashion highlights the work of designers Hilary Taymour (Collina Strada), Olivia Cheng (Dauphinette) and Kristen Alpaugh, aka FLWR PSTL Also Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s “Giants,”is at the Brooklyn Museum until 7/7. The exhibition features artists who have made and continue to make a significant impact on the art world and contemporary culture. The show features 98 artworks by Black American, African, and African artists including Gordon Parks, Kehinde Wiley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mickalene Thomas, Hassan Hajjaj, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, and Amy Sherald. Until 8/11 the Whitney Biennial, this happens every two years.  This year, the theme is “Even Better Than The Real Thing” and features the work of 71 artists and collectives. Also on display is Apollo: When We Went to the Moon at The Intrepid Museum. The exhibit is included with museum admission and goes until 10/2. The Rubin Museum, is permanently closing its physical space later this year and is open until October. If you’ve never been time to go. Until 10/27: The New York Botanical Garden is getting in on the Mad Hatter fun with a new, garden-wide exhibition for 2024 titled “Wonderland: Curious Nature.”

6/1 -23: How Long Blues at Little Island. Twyla Tharp featuring live music by T Bone Burnett and David Mansfield.

6/6 – 16: Tribeca Film Festival

6/7 – 9: Governors Ball

6/7 – 24: River to River Festival 50th anniversary has celebrations of dance, music, video, installation, and exhibitions. Featuring 13 projects of live art, performances, and participatory events in public spaces throughout Downtown New York, the 2024 River To River Festival explores themes of resonance, reconsideration, and resistance.  All events are free and open to all. Reservations are requested for some performances and events with limited capacity reserve here.

6/9: National Puerto Rican Day Parade

6/10: Movie nights in Bryant Park Forrest Gump (1994)

6/12: The Tony Awards

6/12: NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks

6/12 – 30: Summer for the City The Dream Machine Experience and The Bridge Lincoln Center Presents Time travel through an immersive AR experience across our outdoor spaces led by Cyboracle, the larger-than-life virtual avatar portrayed by Nona Hendryx.

6/12: The third annual Summer for the City festival. Over 200 free or choose-what-you-pay events that span a variety of topics, genres and  locations.

6/13 – 16: Juneteenth New York Festival

6/13: Summer for the City The Outdoor Film Series Black Swan Natalie Portman gives an Oscar-winning turn as a sheltered but driven young dancer with a ballet company in NYC who begins to buckle under pressure

6/17: Movie nights in Bryant Park The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

6/18 and 20: SummerStage The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital featuring Leah Hawkins, Mario Chang, Michael Sumuel

6/19 – 30: Black Restaurant Week up to 80 participating venues, including Red Rooster Harlem, Cascade Jerk, Twins BBQ Co., Collective Fare, Tamarind Island, Voila Afrique, Misfits Nutrition, Brooklyn Blend, Negril Village, Lee Lee’s Baked Goods, The Real Mothershuckers and many more.

6/20: Summer for the City The Outdoor Film Series Before Sunrise Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) meet on a cross-Europe train. In Vienna, they walk, talk, look around—and fall unexpectedly in love. Damrosch Park

6/21: Summer for the City Social Dance Abaddón Tango. Get swept up in the majesty and beauty of Argentinian tango at this social dance night featuring the Abaddón Tango sextet.

6/21: 125th birthday of the Bronx Zoo 

6/21: Summer for the City The Outdoor Film Series Before Sunset. Nine years after Before Sunrise’s open-ended finale, Before Sunset’s immediate question—did Jesse and Céline reunite in Vienna—soon gets eclipsed.

6/21: Summer for the City Silent Disco. Strut your stuff under the stars as our popular Silent Disco series returns to NYC’s largest outdoor dance floor with a ten-foot disco ball.

6/22: The Coney Island The Mermaid Parade kicks off at 1pm.

6/22: Summer for the City Mykal Kilgore a concert for all ages featuring GRAMMY-nominated performing artist Mykal Kilgore!

6/22: Summer for the City The Wedding: New York’s Biggest Day Ever dreamed of getting married at Lincoln Center? For the third year in a row, we’re inviting hundreds of couples to celebrate love. Come join us!

6/22 -23: SailGP (Sail Grand Prix) will bring 10 international teams to the waters to race turbocharged F50 catamarans at more than 60 miles per hour. Fans can watch the action in stadium-style seats close to shore along Governors Island.

6/23: Summer for the City Rosanne Cash.  one of America’s leading songwriters and creative voices, performs a live set on the 30th anniversary of her classic album, The Wheel.

6/24 and 26: SummerStage The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital featuring Brittany Olivia Logan, Hannah Jones, Matthhew Cairns

6/26: Summer for the City ABT Silent Disco With DJ Remeice and Connor Holloway. Celebrate Pride Week with American Ballet Theatre in a silent disco spun by DJ Remeice and co-

6/24: Movie nights in Bryant Park Boomerang (1992)

6/26-29: Robeson at Little Island.

6/29: SummerStage Pride Disco: DJ Trixie Mattel + Amanda Lepore + Jess King

6/30: Pride Fest, The March

6/30: SummerStage Dreamland: Pride In Central Park With John Summit

 

 

 

 

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The New York Philharmonic is giving a free concert on Monday, May 27th to honor of Memorial Day. Go inside the beautiful Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Conducted by Jaap van Zweden, the program will include Wagner’s Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Copland’s Quiet City and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. Its free but you can get a limited ticket, which are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. 
See Top Gun: Maverick Friday, May 24 at The Intrepid. Doors open at 7pm and the movie starts at sunset. Make sure to bring some blankets and lawn chairs along. You can also bring your own food and drinks (alcohol is not permitted, though), and light snacks will be sold at the event.

Also at the Intrepid on Saturday, May 25-Sunday, May 26 there will be musical performances and explore a variety of displays, activities, and demos from the military, including the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Naval Research and many more. OnMonday, May 27The Museum’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.

Tour Naval ships all week long:

Manhattan, Pier 88 South
— Amphibious assault ship, USS Bataan (LHD 5) from Norfolk, Virginia
Public tours only on Saturday, May 25, from 9am-4pm

Manhattan, Pier 90 North
— Baden-Württemberg-class frigate FGS Baden-Württemberg (F-222) from Germany
— Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS Frankfurt am Main (A-1412) from Germany
Public tours only on Saturday, May 25, from 9am-4pm

Manhattan, Intrepid Museum, Pier 86
— Four U.S. Naval Academy YPs, Annapolis, Maryland
Public tours are available May 23-24, from 10am-5pm

— Bay-class cutter USCGC Sturgeon Bay (WTGB-109) from Bayonne, New Jersey
Public tours are available May 23-27, from 10am-5pm

Homeport Pier, Staten Island
— Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS MARINETTE (LCS 25) from Mayport, Florida
— Legend-class cutter USCGC Calhoun (WMSL-759) from Charleston, South Carolina
— Keeper-class coastal buoy tender USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM-552) from Bayonne, New Jersey
Public tours are available May 23-27, from 8am-5pm

Every year, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Riverside Park is a site for a Memorial Day Observance. Representatives from the New York Council and other military and veterans support organizations participate in this annual ceremony to honor all who have served and sacrificed. The monument is located at Riverside Drive and 89th Street and the event is free and open to the public from 10am to noon.

Ride the wave of creativity at Convergent Waves: NYC, an immersive multimedia dance event aboard the 1885 tall ship Wavertree in the Seaport. Dancers will perform contemporary works on this historic vessel. The performance was conceived by Lenora Lee, of Lenora Lee Dance, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in this collaboration with South Street Seaport Museum. See the world premiere of Convergent Waves: NYC on Saturday, May 25, with additional performances on Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27. It’s free to attend, but guests should reserve tickets online in advance.

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Wojtek Bernat is Creating a New Era of Mindful Health with Ultimate Life Guiding

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Visionary entrepreneur and holistic expert Wojtek Bernat is bringing about a revolution in the realm of holistic health with his most recent venture, Ultimate Life Guiding. The brand is not merely a new venture for Bernat, but a testament to the healer’s unwavering spirit and resilience.

Wojtek Bernat

Bernat’s life has been marked by unconventional pursuits and a thirst for knowledge; from his early years in clergy work to his fascination with performance art and a deep interest in mastering healing breathwork, Bernat’s journey has been as diverse as it has been inspiring. Underlying all his endeavors is a unifying thread – a deep-seated desire to understand the deep connections between the mind, body, and soul, and to help others discover these connections within themselves.

A significant turning point in Bernat’s life was the diagnosis of his second daughter with deafness. This personal challenge led him and his family on a journey from Poland to the Netherlands, in search of treatment and educational opportunities. Faced with adversity, Bernat didn’t falter. Instead, he found a new path, one that led him to delve deeper into the realm of holistic health and wellness.

It was in Rotterdam that Bernat embarked on an extensive wellness journey, immersing himself in guided breathing exercises, martial arts, and holistic movement. He sought to understand the intricate connections between physical health and spiritual wellness. His exploration led him to the realization that the journey to holistic health was not just about physical wellbeing, but also about spiritual resilience and emotional balance.

This understanding fueled his desire to create ULG, a comprehensive solution that encapsulated spirituality, intentional gut health, and the mind-body connection. The principles of naturopathic healing form the foundation of ULG, focusing on a unique internal cleansing system Bernat coined as “The Circle of Complexity.”

“The intestines have direct contact with the brain,” Bernat explains. “Their influence on our perceptions and decision-making is enormous. Our gut vitality is more than just an element of the digestive process; it serves as a bridge connecting our world of emotions to the external world.”

Bernat believes in the power of cleansing, both physical and spiritual. ULG offers a variety of cleansing courses and kits, starting with the large intestine. These cleansing processes, detailed on his website, aim to gently remove toxins and waste from the body, leading to improved physical health and mental clarity. As Bernat’s vision for ULG evolves, he plans to introduce additional courses focusing on the cleansing of the liver, kidneys, blood, and bones.

When asked whether ULG promotes physical or spiritual transformation, Bernat’s response is unequivocal: “This absolutely applies to both sides of our Self. If the body does not function properly, then the brain, our conscious spirit, also does not function properly.”

Despite his demanding schedule, Bernat finds joy in traveling when he can, particularly to the Mediterranean region. He believes every change of place is a form of fulfillment, an attitude passed down from his childhood. Bernat’s love for travel and exploration is another reflection of his adventurous spirit and his thirst for new experiences.

Looking towards the future, Bernat envisions a dynamic structure for Ultimate Life Guiding, complete with practical courses, training, lectures, and a team of dedicated ULG guides. “Our first step that we are now taking together is a leading one for me. The effect of this action will be the real beginning,” Bernat shares.

Through his journey and the inception of Ultimate Life Guiding, Wojtek Bernat has demonstrated that the path to spiritual and physical resilience is not merely about temporary fixes, but a profound, transformative journey into one’s health and wellbeing. It’s about acknowledging the complexity of human existence and taking the reins to guide one’s life towards a more fulfilled, harmonious, and healthier existence.

Wojtek Bernat is not just creating a health program; he’s offering a path to whole-body wellness health that fosters deep, transformative change. He invites us all to acknowledge the complexity of our existence and take an active role in guiding our life towards a more harmonious, fulfilled, and healthier existence. This is not just a testament to Bernat’s spirit and vision, but a beacon of hope for a healthier, more mindful future for us all.

To learn more about Wojtek’s journey and the work of Ultimate Life Guiding, please visit wojtekbernat.com

 

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Understanding Leg Injuries from Car Accidents: Common Types

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Have you ever wondered how a car accident might affect your legs?

Car accidents can lead to serious leg injuries that impact your daily life. It’s important to know the different types of injuries that can occur and how they might affect you.

Read on to learn more about leg injuries from car accidents and find out how you can protect yourself in the event of an accident.

Fractures

Fractures occur when bones break, often during car accidents. The force of the crash can be so strong that it breaks bones in your legs.

Common fractures include broken femurs, tibias, and fibulas. These car accident leg injuries can be very painful and may need surgery to fix.

Recovery can take weeks or even months. After an accident, it’s important to seek medical help right away. Always make sure to file a police report after a car accident, as this can help document your injuries for legal and insurance purposes.

Ligament Tears

Ligament tears happen when the tough bands of tissue in your legs get stretched or ripped during a car accident. These leg injury types can be very painful and may make it hard to walk.

Common ligament tears in car accidents include the ACL, MCL, and PCL. Treatment might include rest, physical therapy, or sometimes surgery.

It’s important to get timely medical attention to properly diagnose and treat the ligament tear. Be sure to follow any medical advice to help your legs heal and to reduce the chance of further injury.

Muscle Strains

Muscle strains happen when the muscles in your legs get stretched too much or torn during a car accident. This can cause a lot of pain and make it difficult to move your legs. Common signs of muscle strains include swelling, bruising, and muscle weakness.

Treatment usually involves resting, applying ice, and doing specific exercises to help the muscles heal. Sometimes, a doctor might suggest physical therapy. It’s important to take care of muscle strains properly to ensure you can move without pain in the future.

Dislocations

Dislocations happen when the bones in your legs move out of place during a car accident. This can cause a lot of pain and swelling. It can also make your leg look strange or crooked.

The most common dislocations happen in the knee and ankle. If you have a dislocation, you need to see a doctor right away.

They will put the bones back in place. After that, you might need a brace or physical therapy to help your leg heal properly and get back to normal.

Contusions

Contusions happen when small blood vessels break, causing bruising. This can make your leg look blue or purple and feel sore. Contusions can cause swelling and make it hard to move.

Treatment usually involves resting your leg, applying ice, and keeping it elevated to reduce swelling. Sometimes, a doctor might suggest using a bandage to help with the healing process. It’s essential to follow medical advice to ensure your leg heals properly and you can return to your normal activities.

Know How to Deal With Leg Injuries From Car Accidents by Knowing About Them

Leg injuries from car accidents can have a big impact on your life. They can change how you move and do daily tasks.

Knowing about these injuries helps you stay alert and take action if needed. Always follow safety rules and wear your seatbelt to protect yourself. Stay informed and keep yourself safe on the road.

We hope you found this article helpful. Keep reading our blog for more helpful tips and advice.

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