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Adding prayer to 23andMe’s survey

The genetic service 23andMe has DNA samples from over 3,000,000 individuals, including myself. They ask these people to fill out surveys to help uncover genetic connections to allergies, psychiatric disorders, and diseases. I love filling out the surveys to help them do their research. A number of the surveys I participated in have resulted in real publications and discoveries.

Today I’m filling out a 23andMe survey about links between dietary habits and genetics. One the questions asks “In a typical week, do you practice any of the following mind-body techniques for stress relief or health? Please check all that apply.” They list

[ ] Meditation or mindfulness
[ ] Yoga or tai chi
[ ] Another mind-body practice [___Fill in blank___]
[ ] I’m not sure
[ ] None of the above

In a typical week, do you practice any of the following mind-body techniques for stress relief or health

I was surprised to not see “Prayer” on that list. So I put it in the write-in option. To be more specific, I put “Prayer to Jesus”. I didn’t want them to think I was praying to some other god.

Technically, I think prayer is more to God the Father. But I wanted to put Jesus in there as a keyword for their survey.

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