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...
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MTHFR & Male Fertility

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...
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MTHFR..an introduction

MTHFR..an 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...
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MTHFR and Chiropractic

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...
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Concussion

Concussion

Concussion has been reported to be the most common youth ice hockey injury. It represents more than 15% of all injuries in 9 to 16 year old players and close to 25% of injuries among male high school players. The report of injuries is estimated at a mere quarter of all concussions that occur! A study in the Journal of Pediatrics this month, found that young adolescent male ice hockey players had a significantly increased risk of prolonged post-concussion symptoms compared to older players. These studies performed in both Boston and Rhode Island Hospitals found that the younger the player (the lighter and least sexually mature) the longer the recovery. On average younger players took 40% longer to recover compared to the more physically mature players. In addition, the study demonstrated an increased probability of experiencing prolonged concussion symptoms among lighter weight males. These findings further suggest that adolescents may have longer recoveries from concussions than adults. These findings simply intensify the...
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SURVIVING the STOMACH FLU

SURVIVING the STOMACH FLU

  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...
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Bad Mood? Why?

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,...
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NO NO N2O!!

NO NO N2O!!

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...
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RECOGNIZING ANXIETY in our children 

RECOGNIZING ANXIETY in our children 

  In the pediatric population, anxiety is a common phenomenon. It is estimated that between 10% and 30% of children in North America experience clinically significant anxiety. Anxiety often presents differently in children than in adults. Instead of the typical worrying, physical restlessness, palpitations, and sweating with which anxious adults present, children can somaticize their worries into stomach pain, musculoskeletal discomfort, and headaches. Anxiety can also be misdiagnosed as a myriad of disorders including ADD, ADHD, depression and ODD to name a few. However it is important for providers to differentiate between typical developmental worries and clinically significant anxiety. Epidemiological research confirms that pediatric anxiety disorders are correlated with mental health conditions later on in life, particularly major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and, of course, persistent anxiety disorders. To mitigate symptoms of anxiety in our kids take a look at this!!: 1) There are well-established connections between pediatric anxiety and factors such as prenatal maternal anxiety, presence of parental anxiety disorders,...
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