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March 30, 2014

A Missing Link in Healing Chronic Illness

Do you sometimes feel that you have done everything possible to get well, yet your chronic illness still prevails? Replaced your mercury fillings? Removed your root canals? Juiced? Raw food vegan diet? Detoxed by every available technique? If you are running out of options, you might consider getting the MTHFR genetic test.

MTHFR is the acronym for methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase and this enzyme plays a key role in the process of methylation.  It impacts your ability to make glutathione, a pivotal antioxidant for detoxification.  People with MTHFR anomalies usually have low glutathione, which makes them more susceptible to stress and less tolerant to toxic exposures.  Accumulation of toxins in the body and increased oxidative stress will lead to fatigue, premature aging and chronic health problems.  People with MTHFR mutations have a reduced ability to eliminate toxins and heavy metals, including mercury.

MTHFR genetic defects affect at least 40% of the population.  Having the mutation does not necessarily mean that you will show symptoms or develop conditions associated with MTHFR.  How the MTHFR genes express themselves can have a lot to do with a person’s nutrition, stress level, environmental factors and other genetic mutations. This may explain why two people can have the same MTHFR mutation and not be affected equally.

 Some conditions that may be associated with MTHFR gene mutations
  • Autism
  • Addictions: smoking, drugs, alcohol
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Frequent miscarriages
  • Male & female infertility
  • Pulmonary embolism and other blood clots
  • Depression & anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chemical Sensitivity
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Spina bifida
  • Migraines
  • Hyperhomocysteinemia
  • Breast cancer
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)
  • Nitrous Oxide Toxicity

Although there are over fifty known MTHFR variants, the two primary ones are called C677T and A1298.  Your medical doctor can order a blood test to determine if you have these genetic variants. Or, you can order a complete genetic profile yourself through 23andMe.  And if you find that you have the genetic mutation, you might suggest other family members to be tested, especially if they have any of conditions listed above.

Treatment for MTHFR mutations involves a special diet with nutritional supplementation.

More information can be found at this website to further your understanding of MTHFR http://mthfr.net/.

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