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Cynthia Smith

Cynthia organically developed a passion for functional medicine, clinical nutrition and genetics/nutrigenomics. Her desire is to assist individuals with complex conditions that have been recalcitrant to traditional forms of therapy.  She utilizes nutrition, genetics, test data and a comprehensive health history.  She is familiar with utilizing blood work, Functional Medicine testing from Genova Diagnostic, NeuroSciences, Spectracell, Cyrex (auto-immune), and many others, in determining SNP expression.  She can also work with your Doctor if need be.  She also has a wide breadth of knowledge regarding supplements, herbs, and those who make and sell them.


Like many, her interest grew out of personal experience with family members who suffered from depression, hormone metabolism/clearing issues (e.g., breast cancer) and autoimmune diseases (e.g., Hashi’s, Crohns, RA).  As a result, she is very familiar with the neurotransmitter pathways, receptors and their associated SNPs.  Similarly, she is well versed in addressing GI issues, pituitary/adrenal/thyroid/hormone clearing and auto-immune issues. She has a detailed understanding of SNP “groupings” and their interplay with lifestyle and outside influences, and how that interplay aligns with symptoms and chronic health conditions.  She has and continues to work with many types of folks.

A bit of history…  Cynthia retooled her career in 2006.  She is not an MD.  She previously worked as an Electrical Engineer for 12 years in aerospace and cell phone technology, then completed her JD and worked as a Patent Attorney for 9 years, writing patents in the electrical and mechanical arts.  


Without a particular plan, other than that she wanted to work in the health and nutrition field and spend more time with her son and daughter, she scaled back her lifestyle and returned to school to re-familiarize herself with chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, herbs and other related subjects. She also attended the full series of classes offered by the Institute for Functional Medicine, participated in Poliquin classes, focused on nutrition and exercise, participated in Anti-aging seminars, Nutraceutical company classes, medical testing/interpretation classes, studied Chinese Medicine for 2 years, and completed all of the prerequisites and prep classes for Clinical Certified Nutritionist.  Recently, she attended both of Ben Lynch’s methylation classes.


While studying Chinese Medicine in 2008, Cynthia wrote a term paper on Epigenetics after her interest was piqued from watching a NOVA special called “Ghost in Your Genes” (a huge stretch as not a topic in the Chinese Medicine world).  Shortly thereafter, while attending an IFM class, she first saw Dr Yasko’s methylation pathway diagram; then, it was off to the races.  The genetic component rounded out application of nutrition and functional medicine.  Obsession with genetics, and much studying ensued, and continues.

Today, Cynthia work with many clients, ranging in ages.  She also works with Physicians, Naturopaths, Chiropractors and Psychiatrists to apply the “genetic piece” to their practices.Cynthia is currently assisting Sterling ( with preparation of the new Variant Report (pathway diagrams) and will shortly begin working on a book with a few other Practitioners in the Nutrigenomic field.



The SNPBit Compendium Book 1 - ORDER HERE!



The Compendium 1 is currently 330 pages and includes the following SNP categories:

- Phase 1 and 2 Liver Detox SNPs

- Methylation SNPs

- Alcohol SNPs

- Histamine SNPs

- Neurotransmitter SNPs

- Mitochondrial SNPs (Electron Transport Chain)

This SNPBit Compendium 1 is a compilation of four years of research gathered by Sterling and Cynthia, and our associate Carolyn Ledowsky.

The current SNPBit Compendium 1 will be updated shortly.  Its next edition will include updates to the current enzymes/SNPs, additional sections/pathways such as the Pentose Phosphate Pathway, and more.



Intro to SNP Info Slides
Microsoft Power Point presentation [17.6 MB]
A Case Study of Blood Brain Barrier Autoimmune Response; mimics Alzheimer's diagnosis
Microsoft Power Point presentation [13.8 MB]
GI and Auto-Immune Slides
Microsoft Power Point presentation [33.9 MB]
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