Monday, October 20, 2014
Methylation Problems Lead to 100s of Diseases
This article was sent to me by a patient. I liked it and will repost it here. Many people have defects in the MTHFR gene. Some experts have compared this enzyme (and related pathways) to the garbage collection system of the body and mutations impair its function. MTHFR is very important in detoxification and several other metabolic pathways of the body. I firmly believe that genes don't define a person and feel that we have epigenetic modifications which control gene expression (and multiple layers of redundancy). This is why I feel that genetic information is not a curse, but rather an asset - by providing you a firm instruction that you must do things correctly in order to stay healthy.
"Methylation, it’s a big word that you probably don’t think applies to you, however, read on because knowing about methylation could improve or save your life. Methylation is the process of taking a single carbon and three hydrogens, known as a methyl group, and applying it to countless critical functions in your body such as: thinking, repairing DNA, turning on and off genes, fighting infections and getting rid of environmental toxins to name a few.
Methylation defects are tied to a wide variety of conditions:
Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Addictive Behavior, even alcoholism
Autism or down’s syndrome
Bipolar or manic depression
Allergies or Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
Spina Bifida or Cleft Palate or Neural Tube Defects
Multiple Sclerosis and other Autoimmune Disorders
Hashimoto’s or Hypothyroidism
ADD or ADHD
Chronic Viral Infections"
Suzy Cohen, RPh