Approximately 50% of Americans & 95% of Autistic (or Spectrum disorder) 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 CAN 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 ALMOST everyone, with or without this genetic mutation. You DO NOT need much of this product. Too much can make you really sick. Use 1/day with breakfast.
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 methylfolate, (methylated B9), a very bio-available form of Folate (Vitamin B9), the form that most everyone can assimilate, with or without this genetic mutation.
SEVERAL WAYS TO GET TESTED FOR MTHF-R MUTATIONS:
Homemade "PiperWai" Deodrant
Natural deodorant THAT WORKS is hard to find. I really don't want to have to make all my own stuff. I'm busy. I work full time. But some things are just better & less expensive homemade. This recipe saves me money, will make great gifts, AND works FAR better than even my favorite natural deodorant, PiperWai. I did some research & prayed, and the Lord downloaded another winning recipe!!! Enjoy :)
5 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder: Amazon (bulk)
3 Tbsp Baking Soda (Aluminum-free): Trader Joe's
3 Tbsp Organic (raw) Coconut Oil
3 tsp 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1 tsp jojoba oil: Amazon or Nature's Sunshine
1 capsule Nature's Sunshine Activated Charcoal (opened)
1 capsule Nature's Sunshine Magnesium Complex (opened)
12 drops Nature's Sunshine Peppermint Essential Oil
12 drops Nature's Sunshine Lavendar Essential Oil
Mix all ingredients thoroughly until you have a smooth, silky, light grey consistency. Store in an old PiperWai jar or small 2 oz glass jar. This recipe makes 2 jars.
Scoop a small piece out and massage into your underarms. It won't stain your skin ;) This has been tested through multiple spin classes, full days of work, and even 2 days without a shower (don't judge me!). It works. Every ingredient matters, serves a specific purpose in balancing pH, absorbing moisture, and killing bacteria/fungus (odor), and was chosen prayerfully ;)
Both Magnesium Complex & Activated Charcoal are great to have on hand and will not go to waste.
Activated Charcoal is an essential in your natural medicine cabinet. It can be used to stop diarrhea, for food poisoning, to remove heavy metals, to take right before or following vaccines or amalgam filling removal to help remove the heavy metals (will need to take for 1-3 months usually) and chemicals from your body. You can mix a capsule with your toothpaste to make homemade whitening toothpaste (I know it's black...it won't stain...it will WHITEN!) or to a face mask recipe to do a good skin detox. It is safe to use on kids, pets or adults for any time you need to "absorb" something out of the body (toxins) that doesn't belong. Take as directed with a glass of water.
Magnesium is the #1 mineral deficiency so most people need this. If you are getting leg cramps, muscle spasms, are on prescription medications or have constipation, Magnesium Complex could be beneficial for you. If you are taking too much you will know because it will give you loose stools. Therefore, it makes a great natural laxative. It relaxes our muscles (good for sprains/strains/spasms) AND our smooth muscle (colon), to aid in healthy bowel movements. It is NOT a cure-all, however. Constipation, headaches, etc will usually have other layers involved that need to be addressed (ie: Candida overgrowth, low stomach acid or enzymes, liver congestion, IC valve problems, etc).
* DO NOT use Peppermint Essential Oil if you are nursing as it will dry up your breast milk. Choose Tea Tree instead of Peppermint or just stick to Lavender Essential Oil (double the amount to replace the Peppermint) to be safe.
* DO NOT use citrus oils if you will be in the sun at all as they will make you photo-sensitive. Your eyes can become sensitive to the any bright light and your skin will burn very easily if you are in the sun any amount of time.
SUGAR & BODY ODOR AND HYPERHYDROSIS
Body odor, excessive sweating, or clammy hands and feet (aka: hyperhydrosis) are symptoms that our bodies are toxic. Body odor is caused by toxins and hormone and microbiome imbalances. Hyperhydrosis is caused by adrenal fatigue, excessive stress, neurological toxicity, and overstimulation, all of which keep the body in fight or flight mode.
Traditional antiperspirants contain aluminum, a neurotoxin that “shuts down” the nervous/lymphatic system in our underarms to “prevent sweating”. However, sweating is natural and essential for daily detoxification and overall health. Sweating via the underarms is especially essential to breast health since those are the lymph nodes that drain/cleanse toxins from that region of the body. In the same respect, toxins applied to the underarms are contributing to increases in breast cancer and diseases.
Anything that we apply, ingest, or inject anywhere onto or into our bodies that contain neurotoxins or other poisons will affect the many other systems in our body since we are ONE body with MANY systems, which are all connected. The lump sum of toxicity is one major layer of “stress” which can lead to other more serious symptoms and diseases.
In “fight or flight” mode, our sympathetic nervous system is working overtime and the PARAsympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system is under-functioning, causing any combination of excessive sweating, body odor, anxiety, mood swings, digestive problems, skin problems, thyroid disorders, brain fog, fatigue, weakened or overactive immune system, body aches, other neurological symptoms, hormone imbalances, mental/emotional disorders, ADHD, insomnia, etc.
If you’ve made it this far in the challenge, you now know sugar feeds both bacteria and yeast, which means it feeds both dis-ease and disease. Things we can do to begin addressing some of these issues are:
Healthy Summer: sun & bugs
SUMMER = SUN.
Hopefully you know by now that the the sun isn't "bad." Too much sun (aka: sunburn or blisters is not good). Chemical sunscreen is WAY WORSE. There is so much FEAR around being in the sun. We need sun for health and to produce Vitamin D, however, most people guts are so sick they can't make Vitamin D no matter how much sun they get. Read this blog about what people DON'T KNOW about Vitamin D Deficiency. Now hear me out... if you're going to be in the sun long enough to burn, you need a pure, natural sunscreen. Exercise discernment and use your brain. The point is, you need to check your products because a lot of what is claiming to be "natural" is junk & very harmful to your health, liver, skin, hormones, immune system, etc. MOST SUNSCREENS are doing way more harm than good. On the EWG - Skin Deep Website, you can look up your products to see how they rate and what's REALLY in them.
If we are eating AND PROPERLY ASSIMILATING healthy fats (Gall Bladder 101) and have a healthy gut and liver, we can stay in the sun much longer without burning. We can then utilize the sun to make more Vitamin D and hold onto our summer tan longer!! We NEED good fats in our diet (coconut oil, grass-fed butter, avocados, organic virgin olive oil, raw nuts/ seeds, etc) for natural sun protection, to produce hormones, to stabilize blood sugars, to increase metabolism, to fight infection, to keep our immune system strong, and to fight inflammation overall. If you have/had Candida overgrowth, allergies, auto-immune disease, bloating/belching/heartburn, or constipation/diarrhea, etc your liver/gall bladder likely isn't working well, which means you COULD BE eating lots of good fats already but your body may not be able to use/digest them properly.
>>> HEALTHY FATS DO NOT MAKE YOU FAT <<<
So EAT your sunscreen from now on. Get your gut healthy and you'll notice you can tolerate the sun, people, food, stress, and life in general much better ;)
And for those long play or work days in the sun, find a GOOD, CLEAN sunscreen that isn't causing further internal damage. Here's what I use. They have a few different options.
When you DO burn by accident, here are some options that ACTUALLY WORK:
1. spritz or wipe skin with RAW apple cider vinegar (can soak a washcloth if necessary for bad burns of any sort). (Optional; stinky but it really helps with bad burns).
2. Apply Nature's Sunshine's Silver Shield Rescue Gel either alone or add to the following recipe (#4).
*This stuff is amazing for any burn, cut, wound, fever blister, sty or other topical wound/infection!
3. Nature's Sunshine's Aloe Vera Gel (+ Lavendar and/or Peppermint Essential Oil)
*You can add the Silver Shield Rescue Gel (equal parts silver & Aloe) to have a pre-made, smell-good, feel-good, REALLY GOOD "Natural After-Sun Care Gel". It will help prevent peeling, blistering & pain. You can essentially savor your "excess sun" and turn it into a tan! :)
Summer = Bugs.
I hate reading long blogs when I really just want recipes. SO, here you go:
1. HONEST CO. BUG SPRAY safe, non-toxic bug spray.
I found this 2-pack at our local Costco in San Juan Capistrano, CA.
2. BUG REPELLANT LOTION (If you're a DIY-er)
1 Tbsp Nature's Sunshine UNSCENTED Hand & Body Lotion
4 drops PURITY Essential Oil Blend
3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
1 drop Lemongrass Essential Oil
3. Got a tick?
Don't touch it! Put 1 drop Peppermint essential oil directly onto the tick. It will back itself out in about 20 seconds! And then you have all the antibiotic and antimicrobial properties of the peppermint oil going directly into the tick bite to help prevent infection or irritation! Thank you LORD.
I use Nature's Sunshine Products for everything because of their quality, purity, integrity & variety. EVERY product is far beyond ORGANIC standard. I can get pretty much everything I need (supplements, herbs, lotion, essential oils, flower remedies, cleanses, kids stuff, cleaning stuff, etc all in 1 place...at wholesale cost... get 30% commission on what I buy for myself AND 25% back in Rewards points (1 point = $1) because I use their Sunshine Rewards Program! I've been using them since 2008 and have never found any company that meets all these needs ;) All the photos above are Nature's Sunshine Products I carry through my ONLINE STORE.
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Genesis 1:3-5 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.