You know. I have been racking my brain why all of these "early adopters" kicking me on this blog have such an aversion to going to see a doctor. They claim that they want information, but I ask "How many of you know your cholesterol? How about your Systolic Blood Pressure? What about your family history of Heart Disease? What the hell is wrong with all of you. Those who say....."The government can't keep us away from our knowledge or data!" I challenge you to this.
That being said, these 13 companies are not just SNP testing companies. Some are pretty huge QUACKS!!! This is the point I am making. The Big 3 are just unlucky to have launched at a time when the government was looking to punish medical quackery. See Bayblab. They should have waited a year or 2 before launching. Then they would be safe. Unfortunately we have not been tending the ship at home. As such we have the upscale consumers.....not willing to take ANY genetic tests. That's why we regulate, to assure the public of quality. My focused friends at Wired have missed that because they are not talking about the quack tests out there....just the Big 3. The Big 3 are small time players in this game.....no offense Dietrich, but there are whole industries passing off nutrigenomic quackery making millions. Also to those impugning my ideals because of financial gain....beware. You don't know my business plan. I make NO money testing individuals.....I repeat I make NO money testing or NOT testing. This is to ensure that my patients TRUST me. To this effect.....
A total of 35 percent said that they would not submit to genetic tests, with 14 percent citing concerns about privacy, 5 percent saying they would not want to know about the results of their tests, and 16 percent saying both reasons would compel them to avoid genetic tests.
Although more than 50 percent of those who responded said that they are concerned about getting cancer or heart disease, only 4 percent of those said they had taken a genetic test for a particular disease. Two-thirds of those who did have a genetic test were advised to do so by a doctor.
The respondents had about the same comfort level of sharing genetic information with their spouses or partners as with their doctors, 72 percent and 71 percent respectively.
Only 22 percent of those who responded were comfortable with sharing results from genetic tests with institutions for research purposes, and almost none would give up that information to health insurance companies (3 percent), and even less to employers (2 percent) and prospective employers (1 percent).
From these findings, Burrill & Co. concluded that “makers of these tests might have more success penetrating the market by working through doctors rather than trying to make the case for their products directly to the consumer.”