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MTHFR!

December 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Yeah, you heard me, but no, that’s not a curse word.

 Terry Wahls cures herself of MS with nutrition.  Helps her own mitochondria, using Paleo diet and

  • 3 cups of green leaves (vitamin ABCEK and minerals),
  • 3 cups of sulfur rich vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, radishes, onions, garlic, leeks, chives, shallots , asparagus) ,
  • 3 cups of color (beets, carrots, peppers, berries, peaches, oranges)
  • grassfed meat (Omega-3), organ meat (liver, kidney, heart, tongue) and
  • seaweed (iodine, selenium).

What is the connection between mitochondria and MTHFR?

The above video states that , there are environmental factors (pollution, chemicals, GMO) that are assaulting the human body.  The autism community is the canary in the coal mine, and it will effect everyone eventually.  Environmental Factors and Limbic vulnerability in autism,  claims that environmental assaults through the mother or early childhood contribute to the rise in Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), specifically metabolic and mitochondrial disorders.    Jon S. Poling, a neuro doc’s daughter got encephalitic as a result of the vaccines, and therefore doesn’t want to call it autism, but vaccines damaging an underlying mitochondrial condition. So we are seeing that many problems appear to be mitochondrial problems, and these appear to assaulted by environmental factors.

Some people posit an association between the timing of the MMR jab and subsequent treatment with Acetominophen/Tylenol. That combination may impact the liver. Have you noticed that pediatricians rarely recommend children’s Tylenol, and use children’s ibuprofen instead?  And of course now there is a recall on Tylenol combined with hydrocodone because there may be too much acetaminophen in it.  These greater assaults, combined with an impacted liver require more detoxification from our body, yet with the MTHFR mutations (two in particular), we are unable to detoxify as needed.  Luckily MTHFR deficiency can be bypassed through nutrition.

So we have to clean up our act here!

PTSD

October 28, 2012 Leave a comment

 Do you ever feel like you may have PTSD?  I have been known to tell myself that I do.  Not because I’m a hypochondriac but because it actually does feel like I’m different from what I used to be.  Contrast that with some people who are always like that.  What is “that” anyway?
This Mindhacks article spells out that PTSD is defined by 3 characteristics:

  1. Intrusive Memories
  2. Hyper-arousal, and
  3. Emotional Numbing

I think my memories are not intrusive but otherwise, I do feel I have the the other two symptoms, and that of course creates a barrier in relationships.  Relationships are what you need to help you through this, so this doesn’t seem like a good situation.

The Mindhacks article implies that there was no documentation of similar symptoms during the Civil War, but during that time, men didn’t really express their problems, and if they did, it was not shared, discussed, blogged.  The term “shell shocked” came into existence during WW1, and that really does sound like PTSD.  Nonetheless the point is made that PTSD during that time  (and now) may just have looked like alcoholism or depression instead.  The implication is that some people do not manifest PTSD while others do.

On the genetic side, the RORA (retinoid-related orphan receptor alpha) gene has been associated with trauma. The hypothesis is that brains that make less serotonin are then more susceptible to PTSD.

So if you have this genetic setup do what every lame article tells you: avoid stress.  Now that you have picked yourself up off the floor from laughing, let’s look at some other direct suggestions on what to do after you already have PTSD.  Generalized suggestions will follow in the next section, but I want to highlight the topics that will be coming up in subsequent posts terms of treatment.

  1. EMDR
  2. Trauma Releasing Exercise
  3. Ear Training (Polyvagal)
  4. http://www.traumahealing.com/

Now if you have the gene, how do you avoid PTSD? I know these sound obvious, so I won’t elaborate too much on these:

  • Supportive and large kind families — the larger the (and kinder) family the more likely that assisting with your symptoms will be spread out amongst several people.  But friends who are like family will help too.  Being a loner single parent is probably not the situation to be in.
  • Support your detoxification-Physical stress through lack of detoxification can also build up.  Take Vitamin C, lipoceutical glutathione, epsom salt baths, magnesium, fish oil to help support your body
  • Simplify — Our world continues to get more complex, you may have to consciously simplify to reduce points of stress. This might mean automation of certain things, but it could also mean staying off the computer!
  • Nutritious Food–this seems obvious right? Do what you can, but do more than you are already doing.  Take the proper folate to help you detoxify.
  • Meditate..no really!  It has been shown to help alleviate stress.

Once you have trauma/PTSD you stay primed for response, but the methods mentioned above may help modulate it a bit.

Methylation yes? Yes!

Methylation is complicated, it is involved in so many processes of your body,  and can impact the following:

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But what IS it exactly?  Methylation is the movement of a chemical compound called a “Methyl Group” that moves from one molecule to another. This movement allows the molecule to temporarily change shape and perform required biochemical functions.   When there are not enough methyl groups present, or the cofactors needed to continue the process is not availabe (like an enzyme).  These processes can slow down. 

One of the most studied genes involved in methylation is the MTHFR gene.  You can find more information about testing for the gene, increasing methyl groups, health impacts at http://www.mthfrease.com.

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