Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Vitamins make you feel sicker? You might have Methylation problems (MTHFR...)

If you feel sicker when you take all the right vitamins, you may have genetic mutations that have been activated by your illness!

Gene mutations are where a good gene in your DNA was altered (mutated) by microbial or environmental toxins. Mutations in genes can either have no effect, alter the product of a gene, or prevent the gene from functioning properly or completely.

"Due to the damaging effects that mutations can have on genes, organisms have mechanisms such as DNA repair to prevent or correct (revert the mutated sequence back to its original state) mutations." (Bertram J (2000). "The molecular biology of cancer". Mol. Aspects Med. 21 (6): 167–223.)

There is a huge movement in the chronic illness arena revolving around finding and taking fistfuls of supplements to address the 40 different types of gene mutations, such as MTHFR, which is one of the best studied mutation sites. MTHFR is short for Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, an enzyme in the body that is responsible for helping your body break down and metabolize proteins correctly.

When you eat protein, your digestive processes need enzymes like MTHFR in order to break the protein down into various amino-acids. One of these amino-acids is a rather large one called Methionine, which breaks down into Homocysteine, which can breakdown further into Cysteine and Taurine, which both go on to feed the brain.

The problems in the chronically ill person seems to be be that there are about 40 different ways the MTHFR-enzyme gene is not expressing correctly. This makes the amino-acid called Homocysteine to not be able to convert to Methionine correctly.

As a molecule, Homocysteine is like slivers of glass. Normally your body should instantly convert Homocysteine into Cysteine and Taurine, or go back to Methionine. With MTHFR problems your body cannot get the Homocysteine to convert, and therefore it accumulates in the body.

As you can imagine it is not a good thing to have slivers of glass, even small slivers, streaming through your body. Massive irritation of the tissues happen as the Homocysteine molecules slice their way through your blood vessels and organs.

ALMOST all chronically ill people, whatever the diagnosis, have problems from high Homocysteine. that is most often undetectable with blood tests. The multitude of symptoms that can be set up from this one situation has lead conventional doctors to place people on handfuls of complex vitamin combinations.

Before you go running out to have your genes tested for this problem, remember this...taking vitamins and supplements to respond to the changes caused by this gene mutation is only going to treat the symptoms, which can make you feel better, but will not fix the cause...the epigenetic expression and genetic mutations that are causing the problems.

That is what our doctors are working on...addressing the causes, not just reacting to the downstream symptoms with a lifetime of vitamins and supplements. If you recall from the quote in the third paragraph, there are mechanisms within the healthy human body that are designed to repair these mutations. It is our goal to facilitate these natural repair mechanisms to eliminate these mutations.

Most people would say they enjoyed a very healthy life...until they didn't. That same you is often still in there, we just have to help it come out again!

As you can see, this is a big topic. Stay tuned for more on what we do to help your body correct these MTHFR issues.

For over 20 years the Hansa Center for Optimum Health, in Wichita, Kansas has specialized in the restoration of health for people with previously unresponsive and chronic illnesses of virtually all types. Over 85% of people come from other states and countries. If you have done everything you and your doctor know to do and are still struggling, contact our wonderful Patient Care Coordinator, Kara, at patientcare@hansacenter.com, for information on the exciting new treatments we have developed at the Hansa Center for Optimum Health. For additional info, visit our website at www.HansaCenter.com.

This article is for educational purposes. Before implementing any supplements/remedies always consult with your healthcare professional. Due to the complexity of the human condition there remains the possibility of symptoms getting worse. Again, discuss the ideas presented here with your health care professional before beginning, and stop, or get support, if your condition worsens. This information is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or mitigate any disease or illness, and has not been evaluated by the FDA. The Hansa Center does not treat named diseases, but seeks to restore the body's optimum structural and functional integrity so that the body can rapidly heal itself. 

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CW said...

What if your body will not absorb a vitamin? No matter what I do, my body will not hold on to iron. I have medullary cystic kidneys, a genetic condition I inherited from my dad. Most say my iron deficiency is attributed to this but I always feel like I want a better answer than that.

Unknown said...

Every gene has a different function and when they are mutated they are compromised, broken.

Some of them work too fast some of them too slow. Some of them exhaust the vitamins and some of them make mistakes or produce things that throws things out of wack. Bottom line two problems (based on which gene mutation is broken ) one it is like running water in a tub without plugging it and two because all the pathways are clogged like traffic on a beltway the body doesn't process the vitamins and break it down so the body can absorb it to utilize it.

It is a really complicated topic. Get the 23 and me test done and have a doctor explain you everything about your body. You will be amazed at what your body is going through.

Ashley said...

I agree that you should get the 23andme.com testing done. It has helped me tremendously in figuring out why I have B12 and low folate issues, and because of these methylation cycle mutations and blockages, I've developed multiple autoimmune disease along with chronic Lyme. The only thing that has granted me any success, in small amounts, has been because of my treating the methylation cycle issues.

Ashley said...

Also, you can open up a capsule, vitamin or mineral, mix it with some water and/or lotion into a paste, and apply to skin in small amounts.