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Let’s chat MTHFR

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

What is MTHFR?

You may have seen the abbreviation “MTHFR” pop up in recent health news. It might look like a curse word at first glance, but it actually has to do with a relatively common genetic mutation.

MTHFR stands for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. It’s getting attention due to a genetic mutation that may lead to high levels of homocysteine in the blood and low levels of folate and other vitamins.

There’s been concern that certain health issues are associated with MTHFR mutations, so testing has become more mainstream over the years.

Variants of the MTHFR mutation

People can have either one or two mutations (or neither) on the MTHFR gene. These mutations are often called variants. A variant is a part of the DNA of a gene that is commonly different (or varies) from person to person.

Having one variant (heterozygous) is unlikely to contribute to health issues. Some people believe having two mutations (homozygous) may lead to more serious problems. There are two variants (forms) of mutations that can occur on the MTHFR gene.

Specific variants are:

  • C677T. Guestimates of up to 30% p of the Australian population may have a mutation at gene position C677T. About 10-15% of Caucasian people have this mutation.
  • A1298C. Around 20% of the Australian population may have a homozygous mutation at gene position A1298C.
  • It’s also possible to acquire both C677T and A1298C mutations (one copy of each).

Gene mutations are inherited, which means you acquire them from your parents. At conception, you receive one copy of the MTHFR gene from each parent. If both have mutations, your risk is higher of having a homozygous mutation.

Symptoms of a MTHFR mutation

Symptoms vary from person to person and from variant to variant. If you do a quick internet search, you’ll likely find many websites claiming MTHFR directly causes a number of conditions.

Keep in mind that research around MTHFR and its effects is still evolving. Evidence linking most of these health conditions to MTHFR  is currently lacking or has been disproven and should be taken with a grain of salt.

More than likely, unless you have problems or have testing done, you’ll never become aware of your MTHFR mutation status.

Conditions that have been proposed to be associated with MTHFR include:

  • cardiovascular and thromboembolic diseases (specifically blood clots, stroke, embolism, and heart attacks)
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • bipolar disorder
  • schizophrenia
  • colon cancer
  • acute leukaemia
  • chronic pain and fatigue
  • nerve pain
  • migraines
  • recurrent miscarriages in women of child-bearing age
  • pregnancies with neural tube defects, like spina bifida and anencephaly

The risk is possibly increased if a person has two gene variants or is homozygous for the MTHFR mutation.

Some at-home genetic testing kits offer screening for MTHFR as well.

  • 23andMe is a popular choice that provides genetic ancestry and health information. It’s also relatively inexpensive (up to $260). To perform this test, you deposit saliva into a tube and send it via mail to a lab. Results take six to eight weeks.
  • My Home MTHFR (up to $225) is another option that specifically focuses on the mutation. The test is performed by collecting DNA from the inside of your cheek with swabs. After shipping the specimen, results take one to two weeks.

Treatment for related health concerns

Having an MTHFR variant doesn’t mean you need medical treatment, it could just mean you need to take a supplemental vitamin B. Treatment may be indicated when a person has very high homocysteine levels, almost always above the level attributed to most MTHFR variants. Doctors should rule out other possible causes of increased homocysteine, which can occur with or without MTHFR variants.

Other causes of high homocysteine include:

  • hypothyroidism
  • conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure
  • obesity and inactivity
  • certain medications, such as atorvastatin, fenofibrate, methotrexate, and nicotinic acid

From there, the treatment will depend on the cause and doesn’t necessarily take into account MTHFR. The exception is when you have all of the following together:

  • high homocysteine levels
  • a confirmed MTHFR mutation
  • vitamin deficiencies in folate, choline, or vitamins B-12, B-6, or riboflavin

In these cases, doctors may suggest supplementation to address deficiencies along with medications or treatments to address the specific health condition.

People with MTHFR mutations may also wish to take preventative measures by changing certain lifestyle choices that can elevate homocysteine levels. Things like stopping smoking, getting enough exercise, and eating a healthy, balanced diet may help without the use of medications.

Complications in pregnancy

Recurrent miscarriages and neural tube defects are potentially associated with MTHFR. The Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center says studies suggest that women who have two C677T variants are at an increased risk of having a child with a neural tube defect.

A 2006 study looked at women with a history of recurrent miscarriages. It found that 59 percent of them had multiple homozygous gene mutations, including MTHFR, associated with blood clotting, versus only 10 percent of women in the control category.

Speak with your naturopath or doctor about testing if you’ve experienced several unexplained miscarriages, have had a child with a neural tube defect, or if you know you have the MTHFR mutation and become pregnant.

Though there is little evidence to support it, some doctors suggest blood clotting medications. Extra folate supplementation may also be recommended.powered by Rubicon Project

Potential supplementation

The MTHFR gene mutation inhibits the way the body processes folic acid and other important B vitamins. Changing up supplementation of this nutrient is a potential focus in countering its effects.

Folic acid is actually a man-made version of folate, a naturally occurring nutrient found in foods. Taking the bioavailable form of folate — methylated folate — may help your body absorb it more readily.

Most people are encouraged to take a multivitamin that contains at least 0.4 milligrams of folate or folic acid each day. Pregnant women are not encouraged to switch prenatal vitamins or care based on their MTHFR status alone. This means taking the standard dose of 0.6 milligrams of folate daily.

Women with a history of neural tube defects should speak with their doctor for specific recommendations.

Diet considerations

Eating foods rich in folate may help naturally support your levels of this important vitamin. Supplementation may still be necessary, however.

Good food choices include:

  • proteins like cooked beans, peas, and lentils
  • veggies like spinach, asparagus, lettuce, beets, broccoli, corn, Brussels sprouts, and bok choy
  • fruits like cantaloupe, honeydew, banana, raspberries, grapefruit, and strawberries
  • juices like orange, canned pineapple, grapefruit, tomato, or other vegetable juice
  • peanut butter
  • sunflower seeds

People with MTHFR mutations may want to avoid foods that contain the synthetic form of folate, folic acid — though the evidence is not clear that is necessary or beneficial. Be sure to check labels, as this vitamin is added to many enriched grains, like pasta, cereals, breads, and commercially produced flours.

The takeaway

Your MTHFR status may or may not be impacting your health. More research is needed to assess the true implications, if any, associated with the variants.

Again, many respected health organizations don’t recommend testing for this mutation, especially without other medical indications. Speak with your doctor about the benefits and risks of testing, as well as any other concerns you may have.

Continue to eat well, exercise, and practice other healthy lifestyle habits to support your overall well-being.

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Chronic Fatigue, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Depression, Chronic Pain Conditions – there is help!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

 

What may all of these conditions have in common?  Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Chronic Pain Conditions are all linked to:

  1. Old infections that haven’t been fully resolved.  The ‘particles’ and ‘byproducts’ of these old infections, staph or strep, e-coli, glandular fever EBV etc etc, live in the tissues in the body and do not show up in regular blood tests.  It is estimated by some researchers that up to 80% of infections live in the biofilm, hidden deep inside the tissues in the body, and create a low-grade inflammation that is hard to shift medically. Depression is an inflammatory process – we simply can’t have depression without brain inflammation – there’s such a huge gut-brain connection that current research is looking at infections crossing the blood-brain barrier and being one of the many causes of depression.  Herbal tonics, nutritionals, chi nei tsang abdominal massage and kinesiology all help the body to break down the biofilm, recognise the infections, and start eliminating these toxins.
  2. Poor nutritional status:  recommended daily allowances of nutrients are ridiculously low (and totally useless) when we have a chronic health condition – of any sort.  Studies done in the 1970’s with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia showed (40 years ago) that all nutritional needs were higher once we’re stressed, in pain, not sleeping, working too hard, bed-ridden.  So a multi-vitamin or thinking we’re going to get the nutrition from our foods was disproven decades ago.
  3. When we’re unwell, our body goes into ‘crisis mode’.  That is, it starts running survival patterns which override normal day to day activities – digestion, blood pressure, lung activity, muscular function – this is why a cold or flu, or small car accident, or death in the family – can trigger a weird group of symptoms that often aren’t put together as being linked to the initial incident or episode.  We start to put together these parts of your history, so that the medical conditions that have occurred finally make sense.

We specialise in supporting people with chronic health conditions – nutritionally giving the cells what they need, structural balancing to take the pressure of the body, survival pattern kinesiology to allow the body to start healing… and much more.  Our Foundations of Health programme, particularly (which takes 9-18 months), is designed to work through cleansing the major filters of the body – the gut & digestion, the liver, the kidneys and immune systems – which slowly but surely allows all of the individual cells of the body to have better nutritional status, improves detoxification and improves health.

 

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098

Health issues and don’t know why? Is it leaky gut?!

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

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New Leaf now provides Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage – read on!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal Massage) available at New Leaf Natural Therapies

What is Chi Nei Tsang?

Energetically – who knows the cause of sickness?  Where does internal pain, issues with our major organs such as the liver and kidneys, the stomach, small intestines, large intestines come from?  Naturopathically, it has always been taught that step one for any long-term health problem has been to cleanse the body’s filters – the digestive tract, the liver, the immune system/lymphatic systems and the kidneys.  Congestion in any of these areas can cause poor energy, poor circulation and poor detoxification of any of these systems.

In Chinese medicine it has always been taught that blocked energy starts this toxicity building up – Chi Nei Tsang helps with both – it starts to move the inflammation, the toxicity and the energy blockages that are stopping blood, lymphatic flow and nutrient absorption throughout our major organs.

Have you ever felt ‘knots’ in your stomach, tightness under the ribs, described this to your therapist who simply prescribed antacids or digestive enzymes?  These is so much more to health than that…and the last thing you want is to suppress symptoms which may come back to haunt you down the track.

Our Foundations of Health programme is a nine month detoxification process which starts the body healing as our filters start to clear.  It is a long process (quick and dirty detoxes rarely make lasting change) to health for some people.

I found this fabulous description on Chi Nei Tsang from http://radiantliving.com/chi-nei-tsang-abdominal-massage/ in the U.S. and it describes energy and the abdomen and how it relates to our health, our wellbeing, our stressors, our operations and medications…

“The Taoist sages of ancient China observed that humans often develop energy blockages in their internal organs that result in knots and tangles in their abdomens. These obstructions occur at the center of the body’s vital functions and constrict the flow of Chi (energy), our life-force. The negative emotions of fear, anger, anxiety, depression, and worry cause the most damage. Problems can also be caused by overwork, stress, accidents, surgery, drugs, toxins, poor food, and bad posture.

Through meditative practices the sages learned to look within themselves. They discovered the internal organs connect with the Five Forces of the Universe and provide a link between the human microcosm and the universal macrocosm. The organs contain the essences of the spiritual force of a human being. They also provide the physical lines of force that hold the body together and give it structure.

When obstructed the internal organs store unhealthy energies that can overflow into other bodily systems and surface as negative emotions and sickness. Always in search of an outlet, these negative emotions and toxic energies create a perpetual cycle of negativity and stress. (Fig. 1) If the negative emotions can’t find an outlet, they fester in the organs or move into the abdomen, the body’s “garbage dump.” The abdomen can process some emotional garbage, but more often it can’t keep up with the flow. The energetic center of the body located at the navel becomes congested and cut off from the rest of the body.

Fig. 1 Negative energy cycle leads to knots and tangles in the abdomen.

B. Chi Nei Tsang: A Method to Clear Blocked Energy

Chi, the life-force energy, moves through the body’s internal channels, nervous system, blood vessels, and lymph glands. These systems concentrate and cross paths in the abdomen which acts as their control center. Tensions, worries, and stresses of the day, month, or year accumulate there and are seldom dispersed. ‘These disturbances can cause physical tangling and knotting of the nerves, blood vessels, and lymph nodes. The result is the gradual obstruction of energy circulation.

The ancient Taoists realized that negative emotions cause serious damage to one’s health, impairing both physical and spiritual functions. They understood that each human emotion is an expression of energy and that certain emotions could indicate the negative energy behind many physical ailments. They also identified a specific cycle of relationships between the emotions and the organs. For example, the experience of a “knot” in one’s stomach indicated the presence of worry, the negative emotion that accumulates in the stomach and spleen.
The Taoists discovered that most maladies could be healed once the underlying toxins and negative forces were released from the body. They developed the art of Chi Nei Tsang to recycle and transform negative energies that obstruct the internal organs and cause knots in the abdomen. Chi Nei Tsang clears out the toxins, bad emotions, and excessive heat or heat deficiencies-that cause the organs to dysfunction. (Fig. 2)

 

Fig. 2 Ancient Taoists massaged their abdomens and organs to stay healthy.
C. Chi Nei Tsang: A Complement to other Disciplines”

Makes a little sense doesn’t it?

We complement Chi Nei Tsang with all of the other services we provide in our clinic, in Wynnum Brisbane.

We know that Chi Nei Tsang is very energizing, strengthening, and detoxifying the internal organ systems of our body.  It supports the removal of negative influences and is fantastic for intestinal blockages, cramps, knots, lumps, scarring, headaces, menstrual cramps, poor blood circulation, back pain, infertility, impotence and many other issues.

Imagine avoiding intestinal surgery through an incredibly systematic and thorough treatment process.

For bookings, phone 3348 6098 and chat to Linda, Annette or Gabby to discuss pricing options.

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Let’s Talk Allergies!!!

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Aren’t allergies annoying!  They can make the best day the worst in a flash…  How do you suffer?

We treat individuals, not allergies!  But we have had success with:

  • hives, welts
  • eczema
  • dermatitis
  • acne
  • tummy pains: bloating, burping, belching, wind, flatulence, diarrhoea, cramping
  • hayfever and sinusitis
  • ADHD or hyperactivity
  • Chronic fatigue, mood swings, aches and pains from head to toe…
  • Asthma, bronchial asthma, stress
  • Depression, anxiety, panic attacks

Seems like a big list, doesn’t it?  But these are the obvious symptoms of allergy that people really understand.  But allergies can be linked to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, aspergers, autism, you name it, it can be affected if your body doesn’t cope with a substance…

Now medically, the AMA and TGA have decreed that natural therapies can’t treat allergies, diagnose allergies or improve allergies in any way, however we find in our clinic with a whole-body approach we get great relief from the symptoms…

Would you feel better getting through hayfever season more easily?
Would it be easier if you didn’t need to go to the toilet 10 minutes after eating spices?
What about those welts that appear every time you mow?

We look at the individual – so many things are linked to allergies:

  • the body being too acidic:  there’s a white blood cell (that we find in live blood screenings) that nature has designed to drop acid on half-digested particles that have ended up in the bloodstream.  This morning I saw a young, vital man with 21% of eosinophils in his blood (it should be less than 4%), but his only symptoms are tiredness and crankiness…  We need to find his untreated, unfound substances that are lowering his body’s energy – they’re probably not allergies, but there’s definitely something going on!!
  • poor digestion – dairy and wheat are classic – the dairy and wheat ‘particles’ are about 8 x larger than what should be released into the bloodstream – no wonder so many people have an immune response to these substances
  • toxicity – the more toxic our body is, the more overloaded our body becomes and the more dysfunctional our detox organs become.  Our detox organs are the gut, the immune system, the kidneys and liver, not to mention the skin and the lungs!

There are so many things that lead to allergies, this is why natural therapies are so good for treating the underlying CAUSES of allergies, not the allergies themselves:

  • by boosting the gut and liver function the body will be able to eliminate toxins more easily, break down foods more easily and start to regenerate and heal correctly
  • using kinesiology to reduce the stress associated with allergies. How often has someone you’ve known has an asthma attack under stress, a hyperactive outburst when the stress gets too much, or had diarrhoea when you hear bad news…
  • using live blood screenings and cellular analysis and various urine tests to find kidney function, acid levels, dodgy gut bacteria levels…

Give us a call, and start the process!!

Madonna Guy ND
3348 6098

Pain Seminar: Key Highlights…by Madonna Guy ND

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Key highlights of November’s Pain Seminar at New Leaf Natural Therapies were interesting…  Attendees were from different walks of life, with varying levels of pain and inflammatory conditions: gut pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, exhaustion, rheumatoid arthritis, menstrual pain, insomnia, depression…

When you put it all together pain, regardless of the type, comes from the same causes which were discussed:

  1. chronic nutritional deficiences such as magnesium, calcium, potassium and B vitamins
  2. inflammation
  3. acidity
  4. toxicity
  5. structural imbalances and
  6. stress… leading to the fight and flight response

Our tests can measure these problems and then our naturopathic processes can start to reverse these problems in the body.

Madonna Guy ND
Chief Clinician

Over 50’s: The New Ageing Process…

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

So much is now known about the ageing process that wasn’t known 15 years ago.  It’s what I love about current research and attending symposiums on genetic research, true anti-ageing ‘medicine’ and reversing chronic disease.  This is what we do here at New Leaf.

We have technology such as Frequency Specific Microcurrent which helps reduce inflammation, pain and chronic disease patterns, we use supplements which increase Stem Cell Production, we have supplements which gently repair and regenerate areas of the body, brain and nervous system.  We have listened and learned from experts all around the world who are using natural therapies to reverse dementia, depression and type II diabetes.

We can see in our live blood analysis when people already have a ‘dodgy gene’ activated within their immune system.  What’s really exciting is that seems to take 3-4 months to reverse.  Studies in the USA show that we can reverse 70-80 dodgy genes every 3-4 months with a healthy lifestyle, supplementation and a good mental attitude.  There’s a particular white blood cell called a monocyte which should have only 1 nucleus.  When it has 2 or more nucleii, it means we’re on a downhill slide of ‘dodgy gene activation’.  It is very well known now, that just because we have the gene for something, doesn’t mean we will get the disease.  The disease must be ‘activated’ somehow, usually by our diets and lifestyle.

Some medications at the symposium in June 2009 were mentioned as being drugs which activated dodgy genes in many study participants.

We are confident that a healthier way of life is available to everyone on the planet.  We know from experience that 99% of people can be helped.  We look forward to nurturing many clients in years to come take their health to a level they never thought was possible.

Madonna Guy ND

Chief Clinician at New Leaf.

Kinesiology – we do lots!

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Have you experienced kinesiology?  We love kinesiology at our clinic, it’s a big part of who we are and what we do!  when we were setting up the clinic we knew that it was not only important, but absolutely necessary that our practitioners understood and used kinesiology as an integral part of the way they worked, and that’s what we’ve achieved!

Madonna has been doing kinesiology since 1995 or so, and teaching touch for health for over 10 years…   Linda and Madonna have been training together for many years and have travelled all around Australia (and to New York) to learn from the top kinesiologists available.  Jacqueline learnt amazing techniques through her experiences in sensitivity balancing, and did courses such as Touch for Health many years ago.  She does most of our ‘endocrine balancing’, ‘immune balancing’ and ‘sensitivity testing and treatments’ at our clinic. 

There are so many types of kinesiology, it’s really hard to say how it works and what it does.  We do everything from Structural Kinesiology to Counselling and emotional kinesiology, LEAP (Learning Enhancement Advanced Protocol); Muscle balancing with Touch for Health; NOT (Neural Organisational Technique); SIPS (Stress Indicator Points System); Heart Healing and lots more. 

Most health problems link to emotional issues, the most common being rage & anger, fear & anxiety, pain & punishment, depression and escape, submission & freeze: we find those emotional links and ‘diffuse’ the nervous system so that it starts to act ‘consciously’ rather than ‘unconsciously’.  It’s often quite subtle, but it really kicks the nervous system into action and helps people hugely!

Have you ever felt like you weren’t in control of your emotions?  You wanted to be happy, you tried to be happy, but it just wasn’t that easy?  Kinesiology can help to find those ‘deep survival patterns’ and reduce the impact of them on your day to day lives.  We help people from all walks of life get on top of their health problems.  Give us a call and see how you can help you today!