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:
We are all surrounded by incredibly toxic chemicals every day that poison our liver, disrupt our hormones, keep us sick and inflamed, irritate our skin and lungs, mess with our brain and nervous systems, and affect thousands of daily functions in our bodies. Yes, the foods we eat and the products we use all affect us in some way. If you could see what I see working with patients every week, you could never doubt the reality of the damage these things are doing. Moreover, if you or anyone you know has a lot of symptoms no one can figure out OR is sensitive to a lot of food, medicine, vaccines, chemicals, textures, sounds, light, etc they need to read my blog on MTHF-R Gene Mutation. I would advise anyone with (a family member who has) Autism or Spectrum Disorders, any Auto-Immune Disease or Inflammatory (Bowel) Disease to read it, as well. There are simple, affordable alternatives to the harsh chemicals and beauty products we are using that make a HUGE difference in our family's health.
Changing your products over is one piece of the puzzle. There's no need to panic. You don't have to do it all at once. Just make a point to be proactive about this. You can start by seeing how your own products rank on the Skin Deep EWG website or app. It is very eye opeing and you can see exactly what's in your products and the damage each ingredient causes (ie: carcinogenic, hormone disruptor, etc).
I have tried and researched A LOT of products over the years. Many "natural products" don't work so great...but I've found my or created my favorites. I am determined to keep my home & body "green"...so I don't give up easily if I don't find what I'm looking for right away.
Here is a (growing) list of what I use:
Make-up & Skin Care; Hair & Sunscreen:
BeautyCounter - I was first introduced to this line in 2014. I use BeautyCounter for my hair care, skin care, make-up & sunscreen (best sunscreen I've found to date - smells good, feels good, non-toxic & IT WORKS!)
*Check out "The NEVER LIST" of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that they never use as ingredients in their products. This includes the over 1,400 chemicals banned or restricted in personal care products by the European Union, plus additional chemicals screened by Beautycounter and found to be of concern.
**I also use Acure Organics Brightening (Seaweed) Face Scrub & Trader Joe's Tea Tree Bar Soap for my body.
Anti-aging Face Serum & Stretchmark (Prevention/Treatment) Serum:
I make my own. Here's the recipe
I used to use this as a day or night time moisturizer, skin treatment (face, chest, shoulders, back of hands - anywhere that's exposed to sun a lot) and during pregnancy on my breasts, belly, bottom & lower back. I rotate between this product & my BeautyCounter Moisturizers for my face. When my skin feels moist I don't use this during the day if I'm going to be wearing make-up as it's a little too oily for MY skin to use under liquid foundation. I still use it on my neck, chest, shoulders and at night quite often. It has healed almost ALL of my sun damage, discoloration, and uneven skin tone. When I use this I do not use any eye cream. This is my 1-step product.
I got a facial in December 2016 and the girl asked what I used because she was surprise I didn't have more sun damage at age 37. When I've had facials in the past (which isn't very often), they always scolded me and pointed out how damaged my skin was, telling me I really need to wear more sunscreen & get facials more often (even estheticians aren't the "experts" in skin. (Healthy skin is a WHOLE BODY approach. And most sunscreen does more damage than good) That was also before my gut had healed ;) All of it plays a role just to be clear.
I make my own Salt Scrub. Here's my recipe
I make my own. Here's my recipe
*Use only a small amount of shea butter for a more "whipped" body butter.
Nature's Sunshine Hand & Body Lotion (available through my ONLINE STORE; I use this when I want hand cream or lotion instead of body butter & when I wear "white" so my clothes don't get greasy and stained)
*Sometimes I scent my body butter or lotion with Nature's Sunshine Essential Oils - do not use citrus oils in your lotions or skin products if you will be going in the sun; They will make you photosensitive (burn easily). I LOVE the CORE Balancing Blend or just plain Peppermint Essential Oil for a minty fresh moisturizer.
1. I make my own Tooth Polish.
*My teeth have never felt so clean! And it's super easy & inexpensive! My Biologic Dentist approved this re-mineralizing recipe:) Check out my blog on Natural Oral Health & Healing Cavities. I personally do not floss. To this day I've still only had 2 tiny cavities. Diet & Proper Oral Health matter immensely!
2. Sometimes I use Trader Joe's all natural, fluoride-free Fennel, Propolis & Myrrh Toothpaste when I want some lather :)
I make my own Homemade "Piperwai" deodrant. It WORKS & smells better better than the original!!
*You can buy the original Piperwai at Piperwai.com
All-Purpose Cleaner AND Window Cleaner:
1. 1 tsp Nature's Sunshine SUNSHINE CONCENTRATE + 25 drops ESSENTIAL SHIELD (Both available through my ONLINE STORE) + fill large spray bottle to top with RO or Distilled Water. -works GREAT on windows & mirrors, too!
2. Nature's Fresh Enzyme Spray (Nature's Sunshine Product)
2 Tbsp/gallon of Nature's Sunshine SUNSHINE CONCENTRATE ; Add Nature's Sunshine ESSENTIAL SHIELD Essential Oil Blend.
Regular 3% Drug Store Hydrogen Peroxide: Add 1-2 cups into "bleach reservoir" in washing machine just like chemical bleach (only you need a little more peroxide): Add 1-2 cups into "bleach reservoir" in washing machine just like chemical bleach (only you need a little more peroxide)
For whites: Regular 3% Drug Store Hydrogen Peroxide - touch up spots with a Q-tip or mini spray bottle of Peroxide.
For colors, carpets, heavily soiled clothes, etc: Follow recipe instructions on Nature's Sunshine SUNSHINE CONCENTRATE (use full strength)
Laundry Detergent: (2 options)
1. Follow recipe instructions on Nature's Sunshine SUNSHINE CONCENTRATE
2. Costco has Kirkland Brand HE Organic, Unscented Laundry Detergent: I add 20-30 drops of Organic Orange Essential Oil (or whatever favorites you like)
Fabric Softener: (this is one of THE MOST toxic products in your house!)
1. Wool Balls + 5-10 Drops of your favorite Essential Oils per ball (store in large mason jar)
Some ideas I'm going to try for Essential Oils Scents (all available through my ONLINE STORE):
Peppermint + Orange
Lavender + Lemon
Rosemary + Lavender
Inspire Uplifting Blend
RENEW Releasing Blend
2. METHOD Ginger Mango Liquid fabric Softener
3. Mrs. Meyer's Basil Liquid Fabric Softener
I use Nature's Sunshine Essential Oils & Nebulizing Diffuser exclusively. I do not use chemical fragrance candles at all anymore.
I'm still experimenting with new ideas when time permits. I will continue to update this blog as I update my life ;)
NOTE: You can use Nature's Sunshine SUNSHINE CONCENTRATE for body wash, shampoo, dish soap, fruit & veggie wash & more! Add any Nature's Sunshine ESSENTIAL OILS to pack more punch & enjoy the many safe, therapeutic & aromathrerapy affects of Essential Oils.
I've used Nature's Sunshine Products for about 10 years at the time I'm writing this blog. They have NEARLY EVERYTHING I need except beauty products. I can get all of my herbs/supplements, protein powders, essential oils and cleaning products (and more) from 1 place knowing they are 100% pure in quality AND the products work! You can order as much or little as you like, whenever you want. I love that no one is forced to do auto-ship. However, I personally utilize their SUNSHINE REWARDS AUTO-SHIP PROGRAM because it is such a great deal and I would be spending the money on these products anyway...
I've been on NSP's Sunshine Rewards Auto-ship Program for several years, which gives me 25% rewards points on every dollar I spend (1 point = 1 dollar) + FREE SHIPPING. You simply have to commit to an order of $100+/month (for at least 3 months) and in return you get all these perks from a company that has over 600 amazing, pure & potent products to offer! So the more I buy in 1 place, the more FREE PRODUCTS (of my choice) I earn. The 1st 3 months on auto-ship you get 10% back. Then 15% back in months 4-6, then 20% back months 7-9...and then they give you 25% ($25) back on every $100 you spend after 9 months of auto-ship and ongoing! If you need several things for your family & don't mind being on a $100/mo or more auto-ship, it's the best way to get the most bang for your buck! You can change your shipping date each month as well as the content of your order.