Approximately 50% of Americans & 95% of Autistic (or Spectrum discorder) people have an MTHF-R genetic mutation. A person with this genetic mutation cannot produce the enzyme called Methyl Tetra Hydrate Folate Reductase (or MTHF-R for short). This enzyme is ESSENTIAL for methylation processes to occur in the body, which are critical for detoxification & wellness. These people are not methylating properly. Your body HAS to be able to break down folate (B9) to ultimately produce glutathione in the liver. Without glutathione, these people cannot properly eliminate toxins from their bodies, particularly through the digestive system (AKA: they are chronically toxic, sick & have liver & gut problems). In case you don't already know, MOST chronic health problems tie into the gut. Did you know that ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Atherosclerosis, Autism, Auto-immune disease, Bipolar & Schizophrenia & other mental illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, IBS, Osteoporosis, PCOS, Hormone Imbalances, and so many other "diagnoses" are primarily inflammatory bowel disorders! Emotions and Spiritual warfare also play a major role that most Doctors are ignoring. I always look at people Holistically. You cannot just focus on symptoms or the location of the pain or symptom. Now add those emotional and spiritual layers to a severely imbalanced gut (and add a genetic mutation that affects nearly EVERY process in the body), and you are now prey for the enemy to turn up the fear, doubt, frustration & hopelessness. Your mind can't work right at this point. BUT... YOU CAN HEAL FROM THIS!! Do not try to do this on your own. You need ask God what the FIRST step is. Ask HIM for a referral to a trusted Holistic Doctor. Adding psychotropic drugs (like anti-depressants or anti-anxiety meds), pain meds or other Pharmaceutical drugs to this mess is a recipe for disaster. It does not HEAL the patient. It essentially tranquilizes & numbs them, adding more insult to injury behind the scenes. Eventually the list of meds gets longer and longer while the patient gets sicker and sicker. Medication does NOT get the the root of the problem, it masks it. You have to actively participate in your health journey to get well. You will have to change your diet and lay down some things you used to enjoy. But if we are being really honest with ourselves... cravings and "bad habits" are just a more palatable way of saying "lusts of the flesh". Jesus is bigger than every craving, habit, addiction, obstacle, imbalance & doubt we have. When you truly want to be well, you will do whatever it takes. When the pain of regret or illness surpasses the pain of change, you will change. And you can! Jesus is your secret weapon. I witness miracles every week! In my office, we help you change without shaming you or ever getting mad at you. We always point you back to the Lord and motivate you through LOVE & GRACE. Fear is not of God, so avoid those who use fear for motivation.
Moving on. 95% of our neurotransmitters are produced in the gut (not the brain!). Our gut & brain develop from the SAME fetal tissue. It's all related. Don't roll your eyes. It's true! Remember, 95% of Autistic children have this (heterozygous or homozygous) genetic mutation. The prevelance of this genetic mutation seems to be one major reason why some people are really susceptible to adverse reactions to drugs, vaccines, GMO foods, processed grains & any other chemical or toxin, while other people do not react so significantly. Toxins literally build up in the body causing severe chronic illness, chronic pain syndromes, a compromised immune system, the inability to heal, microbiome imbalances & psychological issues ranging from mild to severe. Folic Acid, found in grains & most processed foods, builds up in these people's bodies instead of being assimilated, absorbed & utilized for healthy bodily functions. Furthermore, the toxic overload of this Folic Acid often masks dangerously LOW levels of the other B vitamins. I thought a bulleted list would be the easiest way to summarize...
MTHF-R MUTATIONS AFFECT THE FOLLOWING:
A genetic mutation does not mean you cannot be helped. In fact, this means that once you change your diet and provide the CORRECT nutrients, that you will see significant results in the body's ability to heal from all kinds of chronic and "un-curable" conditions!! There is hope! If you are sick or have any serious "diagnoses," there is much more work to be done in the gut and otherwise, so I highly recommend scheduling an appointment so that I can test you or consult with you to customize a plan specifically for you. If you are/were a patient and you were one of the hard cases that we just could NOT figure out why your blood pressure wouldn't heal, or your gut wouldn't completely heal, or we couldn't get cholesterol numbers into range, or you still feel "stuck"... I BET this is one piece of the puzzle, a key that could unlock a lot of healing pathways in your body. I'd love the opportunity to work with you again! Remember, 50% of the population has this, which means those numbers are only going to increase over the next few generations.
If you cannot get to the bottom of your health issues, assume you have this until you learn otherwise and take proper action (see below). Also, I would NOT VACCINATE your kids IF YOU or YOUR SPOUSE has this or any auto-immune condition. Get your child tested for this genetic mutation before making a decision that changes your child's life forever. If you have this or suspect you have this, then your kids are at even higher risk. Read my blog "Educate Before You Vaccinate" for more information.
Watch: The Animated Genome to understand what a genome is and why it matters to each of us. This is an excellent 5-minute video in genetics and genomics.
WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW?
*The names in BOLD font above are great, general product recommendations to get you started. ALL of them can be purchased through my ONLINE STORE at wholesale cost. Please note: if you want custom care or have questions you will need to make an appointment. I must have Intake & Consent Forms & a full hour to consult with/test you to answer specific questions for you.
**You are welcome to join me each month (locally or online) for ASK THE DOCTOR. This is time I donate each month to serve, educate & answer questions :)
METHYL COMBO is methyl-folate AND methyl-cobalamin... a great product for everyone, with or without this genetic mutation. You DO NOT need to mega-dose this product. Too much can make you really sick. Only take as directed.
NOTE: Nature's Sunshine Products, the supplement line I use, is in the process of removing Folic Acid from ALL their products and replacing it with methyl-folate, (methylated B9), the most bio-available form of Folate (B9) there is, the form that everyone can assimilate,with or without this genetic mutation. Yay!!
SEVERAL WAYS TO GET TESTED FOR MTHF-R MUTATIONS:
Hormones 101- Back to Basics
Hormone problems are simply a SYMPTOM of something deeper going on. Let's go back to the basics, take an honest self analysis and get to the root of what's going on.
We are pouring gasoline on the fire. We are completing burning out our little, fragile adrenal glands that are responsible for much of our peace and calm and energy and hormone production and natural pain relief… AS GO OUR ADRENALS & NERVOUS SYSTEM, so go our hormones & other systems!
CHALLENGE: Go without coffee a few days.
#1: can you do it?
#2: Does this post make you angry instead of curious? Are you willing to ask God for the humility to be challenged? Is there any chance coffee could be an idol/addiction? Is this a primary source of comfort or perhaps a crutch to survive each day? Do you catch yourself saying “I NEED MY COFFEE” ?Sometimes we let stuff go (a fast) just to be certain our comfort is solely coming from the ONE TRUE SOURCE of comfort…Jesus!! AND to see what HE has to show us about our habits.
#3 If you feel terrible without coffee…that’s the reality of the state your body is actually in. Your body needs nourishment, not stimulants. Your adrenals are likely FRIED (likely your thyroid, too…I know…I’m sorry), and they are responsible for producing over 50 hormones in the body!! No wonder everyone’s hormones are out of whack?!
For over 7 years I have worked with people whose lives are out of control and health is failing, so much of which is a direct result of lifestyle habits such as this. Don’t worry, I’m not denying we live in a fallen world, and some things ARE out of our control. The coffee and stimulant issue is one of many layers….but our habits add up to make us either MORE HEALTHY or to DESTROY OUR BODY. This means there is HOPE…we can change through the conviction and transforming power of Christ and it WILL HAVE a direct effect on our health. Yahoooo!!!! You don’t need a Doctor to tell you that!
If your nervous system controls all the other systems in the body, then doesn’t it make sense to nourish it instead of over-stimulating it and wearing it out daily? And then if IT tells the adrenals what to do, but our adrenals are like the adrenals of an 80 year old person when we are in our 20’s (yes, that’s what’s happening!!)…then how can we expect to have healthy menstrual cycles, happy and stable moods, a healthy libido (when we are married), breasts that maintain their volume, energy, good quality sleep, peace and calm, maintain a healthy weight, hair and nails that grow strong and long, fertility, mental clarity, good muscle tone, endurance, motivation, healthy thoughts….
NEED I SAY MORE? DO YOU SEE HOW THEY ARE ALL RELATED?? I’ll refrain from getting into Bio-Identical Hormones and Birth control pills.
I get to see people healed ALL THE TIME!! Those who humble themselves to saying YES to JESUS, to being willing to change WHATEVER GOD WANTS to change AND THOSE who realize that WE DO have control over many of the factors causing us to be sick (diet, exercise, forgiveness, etc) are the ones that get the good results. It’s really just an act of submission to the Truth, obedience to do the work and being transformed by the renewing of our minds to think and live in a new way. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit. Therefore, in Christ, anyone can change.
Just as God made Himself as the Trinity, 3-in-1, He made us in His image…A Spirit, soul and body…they are all part of the whole and cannot be separated.
We can do ALL things through Christ who gives us strength – Philippians 4:13
Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me, BUT I WILL NOT BE MASTERED BY ANYTHING – 1 Corinthians 6:12
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