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About the MTHFr Mutation

metabolism mthfr Mar 09, 2015


According to research, approximately 45% of the population has what is known as the MTHFr mutation, with 13-15% of that population having serious effects to their health from this mutation.

 

 

What does it mean to my health if I have the MTHFr mutation?

Having the MTHFr mutation means that you cannot metabolize standard folic acid or B12 in the cyanocobalmin form and that it builds in your system and has the capacity to cause cellular damage. The good news is that quality supplement companies are now aware of this issue and are producing formulas which have folic acid in the form of L-5 methylfolate and B12 in the form of methylcobalmine which can be metabolized by those with MTHFr.

People with MTHFr mutations can also have difficulty with detoxification, otherwise known as “methylation” so are more likely to be sensitive to environmental toxins and certain pharmaceutical drugs. We all know people who have more severe reactions to environmental chemicals,...

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Acne

Acne is most prevalent during puberty and adolescence as hormonal levels increase, though it can continue to be an issue or develop anew well into adulthood. Dietary changes can and do improve acne as well as exfoliation to remove the dead skin cells so that the pores stay unclogged.

 The primary dietary culprits for acne, in my experience as a practicing ND for decades, are wheat and gluten, sugar, and dairy, though any food the body has an allergic reaction to can exacerbate acne.

Eating foods one is allergic or sensitive to can cause the sloughing epithelial cells to adhere to each other, making a clogged pore worse. Add this to increased sebum production from the hormonal and increased androgen shifts of adolescence and you have a situation with more trapped oils and sebum blocked by stuck together dead skin cells, and acne worsens.

By enhancing detoxification pathways to calm down the hormones as well as identifying and eliminating the foods that cause the dead skin cells...

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Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding

Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding is irregular uterine bleeding that occurs in the absence of recognizable pelvic pathology, general medical disease, or pregnancy.   I am seeing more and more of this in my naturopathic medical practice as our environment is becoming more laden with endocrine disruptors such as pesticides, herbicides and other pollutants.

Most commonly I see profuse and overly frequent menstrual bleeding as a woman approaches perimenopause, but dysfunctional uterine bleeding can occur at any point between menarche and menopause.

Traditional western medicine typically treats profuse and frequent menstruation more and more commonly with uterine ablation as well as hysterectomy, when synthetic hormonal treatments fail. While removing the endometrium will certainly permanently stop the bleeding, it is not treating the cause, which in many cases is estrogen dominance. Unaddressed estrogen dominance may lead to more fibroid formation or breast cell proliferation,...

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Interstitial Cystitis?

bladder inflammation Feb 11, 2015

If you have ever felt urgency, frequency and pain during urination along with pain above the pubic bone, it is quite possible that you were experience a urinary tract infection. Diagnosis of a urinary tract infection ( or a UTI) is normally done by performing a test on your urine to see if it contains white blood cells, blood or nitrites.   Depending upon what sort of practitioner you are seeing, upon a positive diagnosis you may be prescribed an antibiotic or given some herbs targeted to the urinary system.

But what happens if after repeated infections, you continue to experience the symptoms of a UTI, but your urine test comes back clear and negative? It may be that you now have Interstitial Cystitis.   This is a very painful and annoying chronic condition.

Traditional western medicine offers very few safe and effective treatments for this condition. This is a time when an IC sufferer may want to explore naturopathic medicine with a licensed naturopathic...

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Digestive Health, the Microbiome, and its connection to all things

For decades naturopathic doctors have known about the link between gut flora and health. Harvard and other institutions are now in the process of mapping the microbiome so as to determine links between health and gut flora balance. Fantastic news that Harvard is finally catching up to the naturopaths with their research! We are also finding that GI tract health is also related to inflammatory responses in the body, neurotransmitter balance, detoxification, and immune system balance.

So for this reason, naturopathic doctors take a very nuanced approach to treating digestive disorders. Identifying and eliminating food allergies and intolerances is an important step towards healing the gut and eliminating inflammation and intestinal permeability, or “leaky gut”.   Our protocols have helped conditions such as IBS, IBD, Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, Ulcerative Colitis, SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth), Chronic constipation or diarrhea, GERD,...

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Eczema – that annoying itch!

Eczema is chronic inflammation of the skin which is caused by inflammation. The inflammation can be due to irritants or allergens topically/environmentally or internally through the digestive system. Often I find that if I can heal the GI tract and the digestive system, and eliminate food and environmental allergens, I can have a concurrent positive effect upon the skin.

So what causes inflammation? Well, from my training and decades of clinical experience, mainly stress and food intolerances/allergies and poor digestion due to the microbiome of the GI tract being affected. This same mechanism of action is often also the culprit in asthma, arthritis, IBD, etc.   Actually it has been shown that people who had a lot of eczema which was treated with topical corticosteroids are more susceptible to later in their life developing asthma , arthritis or other inflammatory condition.

Naturopathic medicine is adept at dealing with inflammatory conditions using diet changes,...

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Chronic Ear Infections (Otitis Media) in Children

children's health Dec 10, 2014

Chronic, recurrent ear infections are a common condition in young children. This is due to various factors. The main factor is the structural shape of a young child’s ear canal. The canal is shorter in young children and the shape of the eustacean tube straighter than in adults, making a child more prone to infections. Secondly, their immune system is still developing, so often young children get more upper respiratory infections than adults. Ear infections are also more common while a child is teething. Thirdly, 97% of ear infections can trace their original origin to allergies, either environmental or food.

Traditional allopathic medicine has 2 main ways of treating ear infections: antibiotics and tube insertion for drainage. This approach does not really address the cause, and chronic antibiotic use can cause further problems in a child’s longterm health. The child’s diet must be addressed if there is to be an impact in the frequency and duration of the ear...

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You and Your Adrenals

I am thinking a lot about the adrenal glands these days since their function seems to tie into so many other endocrine systems such as our insulin regulation as well as thyroid hormones, the immune system and our reproductive hormones.  I used to think of the adrenal glands as just our energy  “batteries”, and when we became exhausted from too much stress, we would get tired.  But they are so much more than that.  The adrenals are most commonly known as our “fight or flight” glands, i.e. they produce adrenaline so in ancient times, we could outrun a predator.  In modern times, however, our stresses are usually (though not always)  more chronic  (deadlines, work stress, relationship stress, financial stress, and just being too darned busy and plugged in all of the time).  So I often see health problems in my patients that can be traced to a stressful period in life (grad school, heavy work stress, a divorce, a death of a...

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Naturally Healthy Skin

skin health Sep 23, 2014

I am asked frequently how one can better support skin health. Skin tends to age faster in hot, dry, sunny Colorado, as well as increase your risk of developing skin cancer. While there are a myriad of topical creams, sunscreens and toners out there, and I recommend that you use a good one such as Dr. Haushka’s, I am going to shed light on nutritional support for your skin. The first thing I recommend is that everyone take a high quality fish oil. Fish oils contain high levels of DHA and EPA which promote skin as well as brain health.I recommend a product with at least 2000 i.u. of omega 3 activity pre daily dose. It is important to use a high quality fish oil that has been properly purified to eliminate any possible heavy metal or toxin contamination. Feel free to call me or email me for any recommendations. For vegans and vegetarians who don’t like to use any animal products, flax seed oil can be a good substitute, though it won’t help brain function the way fish...

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Bone Broth Recipes!

For many of my patients who have GI issues such as food allergies, celiac disease, candida overgrowth, etc.  I often recommend bone broth to aid in restoring and repairing the villi of the GI tract.  Bone broth contains easily digestible micronutrients and minerals to help tissues to repair properly.  Bone broth is also useful when recovering from any chronic debilitating illness as well as a supportive therapy while undergoing cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation.  It is important to use the bones of organically raised chickens and grass fed beef and pork to avoid introducing harmful chemicals into the body.


Winter Bone and Vegetable Soup
1-2 pounds of bones (lamb, chicken, or beef), chopped into large pieces
2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and halved
2 small potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 onion, peeled and quartered
3 garlic cloves, peeled
2 sticks celery, peeled and cut in half
2 carrots, peeled and cut in half
5 whole sprigs of parsley
1 tsp....

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