A patient recently sought me out because I had experience treating MTHFR gene defects.
She was “homozygous”, a term that means she had two copies of the MTHFR gene. The MTHFR gene codes for, well…you guessed it: MTHFR! It’s an enzyme that helps convert folate into its activated form, in order to help methylation increase in the body.
There is a ton of information out there on the importance of this MTHFR defect. However, in my opinion, a lot of it is overstated. And mine is not an uneducated opinion. I’ve done at least eight hours of professional continuing education on this topic and have treated MTHFR issues in my patients for years. I even created an entire methylation lecture for my online Hashimoto’s class last year. Fast forward to about 3 minutes to get a good visual description of the methylation pathways and how they are supposed to work.
But a laser-focused approach that only pays attention to genetics misses a whole lot of the forest for the trees.
Digging deep into the nuts and bolts of how to treat MTHFR issues yields some pretty basic conclusions:
- It’s best to experiment with a complete b-complex, NOT high doses of methylfolate.
- It’s important to check out things in the body that might be sucking up a lot of methylation products. These include toxicity, chronic infections, chronic stress.
- You may have an MTHFR defect, but (and I can’t state this strongly enough) that doesn’t mean that the MTHFR defect is causing any problems in your body!
Just like with any lab test, including those for Lyme disease, we have to ask: “is this causation or correlation?”
So what did I do with my patient’s MTHFR status?
She originally made the appointment with me because she knew that I was knowledgeable about MTHFR. I shared with her my background and a few of the points above. My main argument was that we didn’t know if her biochemistry was causing any problems. She had already experimented with b-vitamins and discovered that they made her feel sick. So she was already willing to look for other underlying findings.
To find out, I got a drop of her blood and performed a Bioresonance Analysis of Health. This type of analysis will indicate health factors that are primarily driving symptoms. In her case they were immune exhaustion and fatigue. The bioresonance test discovered some chronic bacterial imbalances in her intestines and an issue with the distribution of energy throughout her body.
And rather than a myopic treatment of forcing b-vitamins that didn’t make her feel any better, she is on the road to recovery with the help of specialized herbal/homeopathic medicines that are addressing multiple systems (immune, digestive, blood) on both the energetic and physical levels.