Probiotics are not all treated equally

It is no secret that probiotics are an integral part of healing and health maintenance for every body! The variety of strains and choices can sometimes confuse the naïve or “unprofessed vitamin snob”. Probiotics are NOT all the same!
As of recent, researchers are taking quite an interest in probiotic strains and their effects on human microbiome and ultimately health. In recent years there has been a surge in the study of specific strain probiotics, the human microbiota, and other related applications. The World Health Organization defines probiotics as “live organisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit to the host”.
Probiotics can kill pathogens by positively stimulating the immune system, balancing the gut microbes by secreting or inhibiting certain chemokines and supporting the inhibition of pathogens.
Check out this list to see which specific strains of probiotics can treat conditions.
Diarrhea caused by too many antibiotics-Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, when given at the same time as antibiotics, had a greater than 60% reduced risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea.
Anxiety- research has shown Lactobacillus helveticus R0052 and Bifidobacterium longum R0175 are effective in clearing high levels of anxiety provoking neurochemicals from the gut!
Colic or Infant Reflux
• Bifidobacterium breve PXN 25
• Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis
• Bifidobacterium infantis PXN 27
• Lactobacillus acidophilus PXN 35
• Lactobacillus casei PXN 37
• Lactobacillus rhamnosus PXN 54
• Streptococcus thermophilus PXN 66
Found in a selection of probiotic powders carried hereour custom supplements


Although Constipation has many causes, such a poor digestion, dehydration, ingestion of food allergens; to name a few. Probiotics play and integral role in optimizing digestion. Some of the Probiotic strains studied to help constipation include:
• Bifidobacterium breve PXN 25
• Bifidobacterium infantis PXN 27
• Lactobacillus acidophilus PXN 35
• Lactobacillus casei PXN 37
• Lactobacillus rhamnosus PXN 54
• Streptococcus thermophilus PXN 66
Found in a selection of probiotic tablets carried here our custom supplements
Dental Caries and Cavities
We all know that balanced digestion, proper mineral assimilation and probiotics play a role in healthy tooth development and maintenance. To reduce the incidence of dental caries and cavities try:
Streptococcus Salivarius 14685 Found in our product called “PRO-TOOTH”

Although in many cases there is no simple answer, a good start to healing eczema is a quality probiotic that can include some of these strains:
• Bifidobacterium breve PXN 25
• Bifidobacterium infantis PXN 27
• Lactobacillus acidophilus PXN 35
• Lactobacillus casei PXN 37
• Lactobacillus rhamnosus PXN 54
Found in a selection of probiotic powders, chewables and tablets carried at the FWC

Start your healing today with probiotics!
Videlock, E. J. and Cremonini, F. (2012), Meta-analysis: probiotics in antibiotic-associated diarrhoea. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 35: 1355–1369. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2036.2012.05104.x


It’s not unusual for children to have very high fevers. In fact, it is generally very helpful for kids to get robust fevers, as it signals a strong immune response which can quickly eliminate pathogens in a short period of time. A fever isn’t intrinsically dangerous until it reaches over 106° F at that point brain damage can occur. Febrile seizures can occur at temperatures below this point and may be related to a genetic predisposition. Febrile seizures in otherwise normal children can be safe.
Here are some guidelines for managing a high fever:
• Pay attention to how the child is looking/feeling than what the thermometer says. Use parental instincts and your own sense of touch to decipher how hot the fever is burning.
• Typical fevers range between 100.6 and 104° F
• Fevers around 105°F-106°F usually indicate a severe bacterial infection and should be evaluated
• High fevers in pregnant women are of concern, and should be evaluated.
• The brain has a set-point at which fever stops rising. It is a myth that offering a fever reducer will stop the infection. In fact it suppresses the immune system and allows the infection to strengthen. Cytokines that target infection work best at an elevated temp!
• High fevers that last over 4 days or a fever in a newborn should be evaluated by a healthcare provider immediately.
• Febrile Seizures- THIS IS TERRIFYING, but generally harmless. These seizures DO NOT result in brain damage; they can last a few seconds to a few minutes and can occur in 4% of the population between the temperature ranges of 101°F-103°F and febrile seizures only occur in kids’ ages 6 months to 5 years old. Fever reducers DO NOT prevent febrile seizures. General protocol is to have a child evaluated by a health care provider if they have a febrile seizure.
Avoiding a fever reducer is during a fever is very plausible. Acetaminophen is hugely liver toxic; it is the number one cause of liver failure in the UK, and the number two cause in the US. The way Acetaminophen/ Paracetamol are metabolized requires huge amounts of glutathione in order to make it less toxic. Acetaminophen is infamous for depleting glutathione. Acetaminophen overdoses can occur at remarkably low doses compared to other pharmaceuticals, can cause massive liver damage.

The constituents in Acetaminophen/Paracetamol require huge amounts of Glutathione to be eliminated from the cells; leaving excess free radicals. These Free radicals cause DNA and cellular damage, made worse by methylation defects such as MTHFR.
Another problem is that acetaminophen is in many combination products, including over the counter cough syrups, pain formulas, allergy medicines and more. So any chance we get to avoid liver damage in small children gives our kids an advantage in healing.

• Fevers only need to be treated if they cause discomfort. Usually fevers don’t cause any discomfort until they go above 102° or 103° F. it is rare to have a high fever above 105°F, and are generally they are harmless.
• With pharmaceutical treatment, fevers only reduce by 1° or 2°
• Without pharmaceutical treatment fevers will normally last for 2 or 3 days until the body fights off the infection.
• The body’s temperature normally changes throughout the day. It peaks in the late afternoon and evening. An actual low-grade fever is around 101° F
• Try “Wet Socks”, homeopathy, chiropractic adjustments or tepid baths as a natural way to comfort a child with a fever.

The difference between MethylFolate and Folic acid

But wait! My doctor says Folic acid is important to take!!

Conventional Doctors often use the terms ‘folic acid’ and ‘folate’ interchangeably. However they are not interchangeable. Folic acid refers to the oxidized synthetic pharmaceutical that is added to processed foods and dietary supplements for “food fortification”. Folic acid is synthetic compound manufactured in a laboratory where folate is the naturally occurring, and the body does not utilize them the same.

Human exposure to folic acid was non-existent until its chemical synthesis in 1943. Upon the addition of synthetic folic acid to food by government mandate in 1989, the US has seen a rise in autism, infertility, autoimmune disease and cancers. With a high intake of folic acid in a standard American diet, un-metabolized folic acid could mask a vitamin B12 deficiency which can harm central nervous system function. Taking high doses of synthetic folic acid with a MTHFR mutation blocks the ability to absorb and assimilate natural folate and methylfolate; THIS is a major failing of current widespread medical and prenatal advice.

Science has established that adequate folate intake from the consumption of folate-rich foods is essential for health. Folate aids the complete development of red blood cells, reduces levels of homocysteine in the blood, and supports proper nervous system development and function. Folic acid must undergo initial reduction and methylation in the liver, and then converted to the useable form; this requires a specific enzyme, MTHFR, absent or impaired in up to 60% of the population. The low activity of this enzyme in the human liver, combined with a high intake of folic acid, may result in elevated levels of un-metabolized folic acid entering the systemic circulation; Leading to a whole host of health problems plaguing modern society.

MTHFR, along with other gene mutations and heredity factors, can present special problems in pregnancy and reproduction as well as other serious conditions later in life. This is not to say that these mutations should cause alarm; but if you’re already aware of your genetic status, it would be highly beneficial to take special precautions. A baby can inherit problems in its own DNA, which present symptoms, caused by the nutritional deficiencies present at the time of conception present in the parents. Ensuring proper methylation from the beginning, in a baby, will prevent impaired immunity and virus and heavy metal accumulation from birth. This is an essential component to preventing autism, allergies, asthma and eczema later in life.

Researchers now know that supplementing with the proper forms of Methylated B vitamins can help restore health. However high amounts of folic acid in poor quality supplements AND enriched and fortified foods can be detrimental to health. Another beneficial treatment is to minimize stress in your life and in your cells. Remember to Avoid any and all “oxidative stressors” such as; Smoking, Alcohol, Certain Antibiotics unless absolutely necessary, Nitrous oxide gas (used at the dentist), Foods that cause sensitivities or allergies, Toxins in the environment (pesticides, radiation, EMFs, etc), Heavy metals (like mercury and aluminum) and stress!
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MTHFR & Male Fertility

Daddy’s Genes Matter!!
So much of the focus on Fertility and MTHFR falls on the mother and her genetic contribution. However 50% of the baby’s genome comes from DAD! We evaluate and scrutinize mom’s diet and yet dad is left alone!

Recently powerful new research on MTHFR mutations and miscarriages implicates the fathers role more than we thought possible. While each parent contributes equal DNA to their offspring, it is women, mothers that come to office visits and comply with recommendations. Next time ladies! Bring your man!

A recent large scale study proved correlation that BOTH the MTHFR C677T and the A1298C contributed from BOTH parents increased risk of miscarriage. Interestingly, babies with 2 copies of the MTHFR A1298c mutation had the highest incidence of miscarriage. 2 copies of a mutation means EACH parent donated one copy! DAD’s Genes matter too!

So here at the FWC our preconception health protocol includes BOTH parents! And the “inception” of the protocol is months before “conception”. A thorough review of lab work, medical conditions, diet, lifestyle and genetics assist in the best possible outcomes.

It is important to note when addressing conception and MTHFR that a good quality diet and proper nutrients including bio-available Folate is included. Folate is what ensures proper functioning DNA and provides the proper signaling for cell differentiation in early pregnancy, as well as protecting sex-cells in BOTH parents from DNA damage. However, Choosing Folate alone will not eliminate poor outcomes.

However we do know Low folate levels are associated with higher incidence of:
• Miscarriage
• Low sperm quality
• Autism
• Allergies
• Among other conditions
Getting Started!
Begin your road to parenthood months before conceiving. Give the PALEO diet a try. Paleo is a diet chuck full of nutrients and beneficial fat and free of many common allergens and chemicals.
Normalize weight and maintain exercise to help ensure proper function of metabolism, sleep cycles and menstrual cycles (for mama only of course in this instance).
Meet with an educated provider who can run proper lab testing and make recommendations to optimize the best pregnancy outcomes. Remind providers (or find another) that Folic acid is not the optimal form of folate for properly functioning DNA especially in the presence of MTHFR mutation.
Enjoy the journey; becoming a parent is one of the most amazing experiences in a lifetime. introduction

Faulty methylation has been linked to heart disease, stroke, reproductive disorders, neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and fertility issues. It has also been linked to chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, colon cancer, reproductive cancers, kidney infarct, cervical dysplasia, faulty detoxification and impaired DNA repair.

Methylation occurs when SAMe (S-adenosine methionine) donates a methyl group, which is then attached to the molecule that is being detoxified. SAMe then becomes homocysteine.
Vitamin B6, B12, and folate are necessary to reduce homocysteine and keep the methylation process occurring smoothly.
Methylation is also used in DNA regulation. If you have poor methylation, your cells will not function correctly leading to decline in health.

• MTHFR (Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) It is first converted to tetrahydrofolate (THF) then to 5,10-methyleneTHF. MTHFR is needed to further convert 5,10-methyleneTHF into active 5-methylTHF, in order to convert methionine from homocysteine.
• MTR – 5-methyltetrahydrofolate-homocysteine methyltransferase is encoded by the MTR gene. It’s task is to regenerate methionine from homocysteine by using 5-Methyl-THF(levomefolic acid obtained from MTHFR conversion) as a methyl donor. Vitamin B12 is needed.
• MTRR – this gene provides instructions for making methionine synthase reductase. Methionine synthase helps process amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. Specifically, it converts the amino acid homocysteine to methionine.
• COMT – catalyzes the transfer of the functional methyl group from S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) to the desired substrate. COMT snps can cause Impaired neurotransmitter metabolism, Decreased drug metabolism, Decreased detoxification of toxic catecholamine’s from the environment. Correlated with a variety of human disorders, including estrogen-induced cancers, Parkinson’s disease, depression, and hypertension.
• HOMOCYSTEINE- A modified amino acid that is toxic at elevated levels. In high levels can lead to many of the disorders. Homocysteine is not obtained from the diet; For treatment to be effective, levels should be monitored and genetics should be evaluated to properly lower homocysteine.

MTHFR and Chiropractic


Recently there has been a lot of talk about MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene that contains the DNA code to produce the MTHFR enzyme. This enzyme, simply stated, helps us convert B vitamins into energy inside the cells) When there are mutations or variations in the MTHFR gene, there is enzymatic malfunction or decreased function, this is implicated in everything from serious genetic disorders to no so serious nuisance type problems.
Because MTHFR is genetic, and appears in 60% of the population, there is little we can do about what passes to us from our parents, but a host of things we can do to support functioning of this enzyme and support the proper energy production.
Many factors related to MTHFR, can cause a person to become deficient in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants; and conversely have higher levels of inflammation. So the standard clean diet, good sleep, exercise and of course chiropractic apply here..however chiropractic can also be a useful tool in detection of a MTHFR problem.
Nutrient deficiency symptoms vary, but are very apparent to a physician educated about MTHFR. Deficiencies in calcium, magnesium, zinc, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), glutathione, iron and vitamins B1, B2, B6, B9 (folate), B12, and Vitamin D very common with MTHFR, and can effect chiropractic care. Many of these deficiencies can affect how we heal, perceive pain and even how an individual holds adjustments.
Science has shown us time and again that low Vitamin D levels affect mood and increase pain, low levels of minerals cause muscle spasms, poor sleep and anxiety, and low levels of B vitamins increase our susceptibility to toxins and oxidative stress…all things patients visit the chiropractor for!
In the meantime don’t start guessing where you’re deficient and taking supplements randomly. Listen to your body:

Is your fatigue unrelenting even after treatment? This could mean that your MTHFR mutation gives you the inability to utilize B vitamins properly, and your cells are “starving” for energy.

Are you holding your chiropractic adjustments? If not it is likely your MTHFR issue is causing low mineral levels in your cells.

Are you constantly getting injured or taking an extra-long time to recover? It is likely your levels of inflammation are higher; this alone can lead to long term damage and should be addressed in a timely fashion.

Of course, the best approach is proper diagnosis and treatment by a skilled provider who can educate and empower your healing. Eat well, Sleep Well and of course TURN YOUR POWER ON!!
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Recently there has been a Nasty Stomach bug going around. It is affecting moms, dads, kids or ALL ages and even pregnant women! It seems to take no prisoners! Here are some useful tips to survive this bug! This bug does not seem to have a particular “person zero “origin that I have found so watch yourselves this bug can last 1 to 10 days, however it seems to be a 3 day average across the board; At least for the most acute aspects of the illness.

Here are some great tips to surviving!
Small sips of Coconut water, or water mixed with maple syrup or even natural gummy bears. All of these sources have high levels of sugar, sugar stabilizes blood-sugar and wards off nausea, it also causes excess fluids to “flood the colon” helping wash out the nasty viral perpetrator that caused this bug.
Another great tip is to prepare a coconut water or maple water “granita” a thin icy treat if even the thought of fluids is nauseating. A good rule of thumb to try is a teaspoon/ gummy every 15 minutes. Remember Fluids keep you hydrated especially when you are sweating, vomiting, and having diarrhea.

As the Nausea subsides, try tea and bone broth, both will help restore the electrolytes lost. As recovery begins try the BRAT Diet – bananas, rice, applesauce, and (gluten free) toast, these foods that are easy to digest, contain a lot of carbohydrates to replenish energy, and restore nutrients lost through vomiting and diarrhea.
Rest is paramount; forget the mounds of laundry you are acquiring. Sleep is the key to a quick recovery. In spite of the fact that it feels like your insides are churning with hot acid, the body needs rest in order to fight off the virus. Get plenty of sleep and reduce the amount of activity you normally do during the day. The body is working hard to fight off the virus and repair damage on the cellular level.

Try some homeopathy! There is little conventional medicine can offer to ameliorate suffering, so here are some tips to getting through it quickly, depending on your symptom picture, here are some suggestions
Ipecacuana- vomiting preceded by much nausea or Persistent nausea and vomiting is its chief indication.
Antimonium crudum -vomiting as soon as he eats or drinks.
Aethusa- when vomiting looks like large green curds of milk, followed by great exhaustion
Phosphorous- vomiting causes great thirst for cold water, but as soon a it becomes warm in the stomach it is vomited.
Iris versicolor-Periodical vomiting spells and especially vomiting of sour matters so sour as to set the teeth on edge.

Doing simple acupressure on the point PC3 (3 finger breaths below the wrist) can reduce the nausea, as well as a cold cloth on the forehead or back of the neck.

Restore with probiotics! As soon as the vomiting stops, boost your immunity and gut with high quality probiotics, this will help restore the proper balance in the gut and (hopefully) insulate the cells to reduce the possibility of this happening again.
Hang in there it will be over quickly, even though it doesn’t feel that way!

Bad Mood? Why?

Methyl Trapping and HIGH AMMONIA!
Methyl trapping is a situation in which folate becomes trapped and unusable by the body. It is defined as a functional folate deficiency, in the presence or absence of a MTHFR mutation. Methyl Trapping alters proper homocysteine metabolism such that folate–dependent synthesis of methionine is compromised.
Methyl trapping was originally described in Down syndrome where plasma levels of homocysteine, and methionine, both which significantly which decrease cellular methylation capacity. Depletion of glutathione (also observed in Down syndrome) due to the presence of an additional CBS mutation, can cause oxidative stress.
Methyl trapping is described as cascade of symptoms, cause by “buildup” of neuro-excitation following supplementation with folate, or B12 or SAMe in an attempt to treat MTHFR SNPs. The consumer, in an attempt to self-diagnose and treat, takes high dose supplements with “active” (or methyl) B vitamins in an incompatible dose or formulation. These individuals may experience varying degrees of neurotoxic symptoms such as unprovoked insomnia, rage, anxiety, brain fog and alcohol intolerance, and other mood lability. In some cases individuals may feel better initially, and experience better mood and energy, quickly to be followed by troublesome symptoms.
Low energy, low mood and irritability occur because of an imbalance within the methionine cycle due to an accumulation of Homocysteine in the Pathway. A buildup of homocysteine is the consequence, often worsened by a CBS mutation causing impaired homocysteine clearing. In many cases histamine can rise and breakdown can be impaired, further complicating this process.
CBS defects are actually upregulations (This means the enzyme works too fast). Neuroexcitatory and depression symptoms ensue with issues in the CBS and transsulfation resulting in incomplete ammonia-clearing by the urea cycle and reduced neurotransmitter formation. BH4 catalyzes the first step of the transsulfation pathway, from homocysteine to cystathionine. BH4 can also become depleted with a CBS upregulation, as BH4 helps regulate neurotransmitters and mood. Lack of BH4 can lead to mast cell degranulation and possibly mast cell activation disorder (MCAD). Therefore, it is common to see low levels of cystathionine and homocysteine since there is a rapid conversion to taurine which leads to high levels of ammonia.
Lastly, The NOS mutation can exacerbate ammonia issues. Furthermore, addressing CBS can help lower excessive levels of taurine and help detoxify ammonia. A great way to do this is with probiotics!
Clinicians should screen for conditions that may overwhelm transsulfation and detoxification pathways including infection, autoimmunity, toxic body burden, problems with blood sugar and fat metabolism and other inflammatory indications. Nutritional support, proper supplementation and stress and emotional management should be provided by a qualified provider, for mutations that are problematic for the individual. Continuing support and guidance should always be part of the plan!


The perils of Nitrous Oxide and MTHFR

The research is clear and indisputable that using Nitrous Oxide with a MTHFR SNP (mutation) puts those individuals at a higher risk for complications and death! In the last year, the news reported over 5 kids under the age of 8 who died receiving “routine” dental care. There is no need for another such sorrow!

As parents and genetic carriers of MTHFR, it is important to make our providers aware of our uniqueness. THIS should NEVER be disputed, if it is find another provider, there are lots of providers who are understanding and educated about MTHFR and will work with you and your mutation.

Nitrous oxide (N2O) has been used for well over 150 years in clinical dentistry for its analgesic and anxiolytic properties. It’s a simple inorganic chemical molecule has effects of analgesia, anti-anxiety, and anesthesia. Findings to date indicate that the analgesic effect of N2O is opioid in nature, and, like morphine, may involve a myriad of neuromodulators such as GABA and NMDA.

N2O is a known oxidizer of cobalamin (B12). Inhaling nitrous oxide halts methylation by inactivating the vitamin B12 reserves in the body, where natural B12 is rendered useless, unless there are adequate nutrients available to restore it back to its active and effective state. Vitamin B12 is essential for the maintenance of a healthy nervous system; because B12 and folate work together Folate is also destroyed by this process, compounded by a MTHFR mutation, which causes faulty methylation to begin with.

Decreased methylation activity results in increased homocysteine blood levels, which has been associated with changes blood vessel elasticity, increased coagulopathy and atherosclerosis in adults. Other research has demonstrated evidence of DNA changes in individuals with nitrous oxide exposures. Multiple studies have shown an increased sensitivity to anesthetics in the rapidly developing brain as well as the aged brain. These studies have even shown a long-term effect on learning. Currently, we lack a body of evidence about the long-term effects on health of workers exposed to chronic low levels of nitrous; this is an area that clearly needs more examination.

The symptoms of such damage vary, and have included severe weakness of the arms and legs in some, and in a handful of cases, episodes of mental illness. Treatment with high doses of B12 is effective, but some damage can be irreversible. It is likely that less severe vitamin B12 deficiencies caused by nitrous oxide overuse go undiagnosed, but cause milder symptoms, such as depression, forgetfulness and tiredness which may go uncorrelated to the N2O exposure.

Proper balance and function of both Methylfoalte and methylcobalamin are necessary for appropriate cell functioning as well as methylation and detox. Low levels of either due to faulty methylation or diet can put an individual at greater risk.

The Risk is highest for:
• Dentists and their staff who inhale second-hand gas all day long.
• Individuals with MTHFR polymorphism
• Individuals who are Vitamin B12 or folate deficient
• Individuals with any chronic condition/disease( ie. Lyme, autism, reflux, autoimmune diseases, to name a few)

In individuals with a COMT mutation as well could experience HIGHER pain levels with N2O; other mutations will cause a less desired outcome and may require higher dosing of N2O leading to further methylation damage.

Knowledge is always power, share your concerns with your provider and have an open dialogue about the risks and benefits for your particular situation!
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