Resources

Useful MTHFR Resources along with general websites which you may find life-changing:

TOP RECOMMENDATIONS:

  1. 23andMe: an easy-to-do salivary genetic test which tests 1,000’s of your genes (including MTHFR)
  2. StrateGene: once you receive your 23andMe results, run your raw data through here to get MTHFR and other clinically relevant genetic polymorphisms graphically illustrated. Also has great support. Dr Lynch developed StrateGene and continues to update it.
  3. Seeking Health Educational Institute (SHEI): provides numerous free educational videos and conference recordings to further educate both health professional and the public.
  4. Infrared Sauna: best way to eliminate toxins – in the comfort of your own home.
  5. Eat Wild: obtain ‘real’ food

Recommended Lifestyle Products to Obtain:

  • Infrared Sauna: HighTech Health has a very pure line of infrared saunas. Dr Lynch personally uses the ThermalLife 3 person sauna. Save $500 when stating you were referred by Dr Ben Lynch.
  • Water Ionizer and Purifier: used by Dr Lynch for over 12 years. Effective water purifier. Save $300 when stating you were referred by Dr Ben Lynch.
  • SaltWorks: great place to get Epsom Salt – and other quality salt
  • Squatty Potty: eliminating stool on a daily basis is extremely important – ideally two to three times daily. The Squatty Potty helps facilitate this.
  • Eat Wild: a resource on where to access and purchase wild meats, eggs, dairy, berries!
  • MilkShare: database of where to obtain breast milk or donate your extra supply
  • Love and Logic: provides simple and practical techniques to help parents with kids of all ages:
    • Raise responsible kids
    • Have more fun in their role
    • Easily and immediately (first use) change their children’s behavior
  • Reading List: suggested books and DVD’s to further your health education from Dr Lynch
  • Seeking Health: Dr Lynch’s line of health products all with methylfolate and other active forms of nutrients. No folic acid in any formulation.

Resourceful Websites:

Presentations and Lectures

Laboratory Testing

40 Responses to “Resources”

  1. Jeanna May 30, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    I need supplements without folic acid, iodine and iron. What next?

  2. cyndi storm February 5, 2015 at 8:18 pm #

    are there any companies out there that assist with supplies like finger stick strips yes they did give me the monitor but the strips are over a 100 and i live on less that 600 a month what to do…….. the co pays for docters offices and prescriptions are killing me what a choice to clot or not

  3. Nelwyn Luman March 12, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

    I was going to view the link under “Laboratory Testing” for “Recurrent pregnancy loss, Infertility and related tests by MILab” and I got a Error message related to the site. Is there another updated link? I have already done numerous labs for pregnancy loss including the MTHFR (I have 2 copies of A1298C) with negative homocysteine levels, but wanted to see if there were any further options I haven’t done yet. Please provide us with a new link if possible.

    • Marie March 19, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

      Sites update their navigation periodically. When a link doesn’t work, I try shortening the URL. I did this and saw a link to tests and then to Pregnancy Loss. Click on Tests at the top for more choices. Here is the URL:

      http://www.millenova.com/tests.html#prel

  4. Jenny O. May 27, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    The 23andMe website states that as of December 2013 they are no longer allowed by the FDA to offer any health results; they are only allowed to offer ancestry results. Are there any other resources to utilize in the meantime until 23andMe can offer health results again (if they ever do)? Thanks!

  5. Deborah Swann May 29, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

    About a week ago I received my 23andme results back. I then had that raw data run through Livewello. Now I need someone to look at those results and explain to me what they mean. Do you guys do that? If not, who do you suggest?
    Thanks

    • Dr. Aron June 9, 2015 at 11:55 pm #

      Hi Deborah – The Physician Directory is a good place to start looking for a doctor who has completed training with Dr. Lynch – https://seekinghealth.org/physician-directory/. I would start here.

      Best of luck,
      Dr. Aron

  6. Sara June 12, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

    Isn’t ordering 23andme problematic due to possible privacy issues? For instance, if a hacker gets hold of the genetic information, etc.

    • Dr. Aron June 15, 2015 at 10:44 pm #

      Sara – This is potentially an issue…just as if someone stole your credit card information. Will you stop using credit cards? That’s up to the individual to weigh the risks and benefits. I’ve heard of some individuals using different names and personal information when ordering genetic testing. It’s something to consider.

  7. Anna June 14, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

    My body does not seem to metabolize folic acid or foods rich in folate properly. Pro Health sells L-5 MethylTetrahydrofolate which seems to work for me. I do not take the recommended dosage, but titered up slowly until I started feeling side effects and then lowered to the previous dose that worked.

    For years I had Vitamin B12 injections. I believe there are four different types of oral Vitamin B12. My body does not agree with the over-the-counter B12 (cynacobalamin) or the methyl form B12. I now take Perque Activated B12 Guard (hydrocolobalamin), which seems to work as good as injections.

    Sometimes, if my toes begin to cramp I take potassium and magnesium. I believe I read somewhere that the combination of folate and B12 can deplete either potassium or magnesium.

    I try to avoid over-the-counter vitamin supplements that are combined, as they contain folic acid and Vitamin B6, both of which seem to be bad for me. Too much folic acid seems to lead to a decline in health. Too much Vitamin B6 increases peripheral neuropathic pain and can lead to permanent nerve damage.

    Pro Health contributes 10% of their proceeds to research for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)

  8. Anna June 14, 2015 at 11:53 pm #

    http://www.malacards.org/

    One of the most important things I tried to remember when looking at the 23andme information is that most of the information provided on SNP’s (single neuclotide polymorphisms) or SNV’s (single neuclotide variations) typically represents a risk factor. It does not necessarily mean that we have a particular disease, only that we might be at risk.

    malacards.org can seem quite overwhelming initially. You can type a specific disease or diagnosis and it will show the genes that have been researched for that particular disease. I had to keep a window open to Google definitions for so many words in the beginning.

    malacards.org also has a direct link to genecards.org. genecards.org has information on specific diseases and has links for the pathway associated with the gene. On genecards.org, you can show all the SNP’s researched to cross-reference it with the the position location in 23andme (some of the 23andme rs id’s with “i”‘s can be found using the position location in genecards.org). There still will be a lot of “i”s that are unique to each individual.

  9. Anna June 15, 2015 at 12:16 am #

    Oh my, you accessed the National Institute of Health database, either using the 23andme or genecards.org for a particular SNP and it says pathogenic in red!

    No worries, go to snpedia.com, search using the rs id number, i.e., rs4846051, and it will show the alleles that are clinically common and risk alleles. So many of my SNP’s showed pathogenic, but the alleles (the G, C, T and A’s in 23andme) were in the common classification.

    Go to 23andme and research strand flips. G=C and T=A. Sometimes DNA testing machines report the G/C or the T/A differently.

    Try to keep an open mind in your research…. remember one of the keys to improving our health is reducing our risks.

  10. Sarah June 16, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

    I was recently diagnosed with heterozygous C677T and C1298T and am also trying to get pregnant. My ND is telling me to stop taking my prenatal vitamin that contains folic acid (New Chapter – brand) and only take the methyl folate she has started me on. My OB is saying to keep taking the folic acid (prenatal) but that I can take what the ND prescribed as well (methyl folate). Who do I listen to?!

    • Dr. Aron June 17, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

      Hi Sarah – In short, folic acid is a synthetic, not as biochemically active form of folate (there at 150+ forms). Methylfolate (the biochemically active, naturally-occurring form found in leafy greens) is what folic acid gets converted to…albeit with a lot of trouble in individuals with MTHFR mutations. Folic acid also competes with active methylfolate for utilization in your cells. This could have potentially significant health effects for you and your unborn child. Dr. Ben has spoken to this extensively. Here’s the 5 min. version: https://youtu.be/oZzR1NMg0hM.

      Hope this helps you and your provider make an educated decision. Keep us updated on your progress!

      Dr. Aron

  11. Christina July 13, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

    Can’t get reading list page it blank any other way to find it?

  12. lani September 19, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    How do you determine if you are estrogen dominant?

  13. Alissa June 15, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

    I’ve been taking 15mg of l-methylfolate (through a prescription) for the last 3 years. Suddenly my insurance stopped covering it because they say it’s available over the counter, so now I need to buy it somewhere else. Do you have a recommendation of which brand to buy? Thanks so much!

  14. Judith Anderson June 20, 2016 at 8:03 pm #

    Hi………… Do you know of any more resources on low sulfate diets? The link above is not working. Thanks

  15. Cory Angel September 20, 2016 at 1:27 am #

    Will my medication affect the saliva test?

  16. Karen September 20, 2016 at 8:02 pm #

    No. The saliva is looking at DNA. Medication does not change your DNA.

  17. Keesha Doss October 11, 2016 at 10:13 pm #

    Your link for “Handouts on Low Sulfur, Oxalate and Elimination Diet: from a colleague of mine, Dr Eric Yarnell” is broken. Just wanted you to know.

  18. camelia October 25, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

    I took a gene blood test through Recombine per my IFV doctor and found that I also have Methylmalonic Acidemia and Aciduria (I also have MTHFR C677 “severe”). Are all these genetic abnormalities treated different or can i just follow an MTHFR protocal supplements and diet?

  19. Dawn October 27, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

    Just an FYI. I just received my results from 23andMe which I took for the sole purpose of finding out whether or not I have the MTHFR mutation. 23andMe no longer tests for MTHFR. 😒

    • Dr Lynch November 1, 2016 at 5:14 pm #

      Hi Dawn – yes – they offer the raw data for MTHFR information. You now need to take your raw data from 23andMe and run it through StrateGene. Doing this will show your MTHFR results from 23andMe along with a bunch of other useful actionable information – and give you access to a private Facebook group where we discuss genetics and how to approach issues.

  20. Heather January 10, 2017 at 5:19 pm #

    The link to the handouts on low sulfur, oxalate, elimination diet does not work. Is there anyway I can get those?

  21. kathy January 19, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    I would like to be on a newsletter list, could not find a link……thanks

  22. Mary January 21, 2017 at 3:52 am #

    I can not find where to send my 23 and me

  23. Theresa Basting March 8, 2017 at 8:34 pm #

    I need a list of DRs in Mn

    • Dr Lynch March 16, 2017 at 6:11 am #

      Bernarda Zenker, MD – she’s great – start there.

  24. Isabel March 16, 2017 at 3:37 pm #

    Los Angeles MTHFR doctor?

  25. Kristie April 17, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

    I am looking for a dr who specializes in honing detoxification in ct. I have MTHFR, COMT, VDR, MTRR, CBS, BHMT and I have worked with several doctors but no one has the whole picture and I still feel like even after doing a major detoxification and then maintaining it with a good diet, supplements and sauna, I am sliding backwards.

    • Dr Lynch May 29, 2017 at 5:10 am #

      Kristie – Seeing that list of SNPs makes me question the validity of the genetic report you are using. I highly recommend you run your 23andme raw data through http://www.strategene.org Then join the Facebook group for additional support.

  26. Laura May 3, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

    Is there anyway to get a baby tested for MRHFR? Can’t do the 23andme because I can get that much saliva from her. My internal medicine dr said today they won’t do a blood draw until the child is 3-4 years old. I don’t want to do vaccinations if she has MTHFR like I do.

  27. Heather May 6, 2017 at 10:48 pm #

    What are the prenatal vitamins you recommend for someone with the homozygous 1298 MTHFR mutation? Thank you.

    • Dr Lynch May 10, 2017 at 1:36 am #

      Hi Heather – I use Optimal Prenatal for all women. It is the best formula out there -took me three years to formulate. It’s been proven effective by thousands of women worldwide. I recommend you read this MTHFR and pregnancy article and watch the video as well.

  28. Sara May 28, 2017 at 1:32 am #

    I recently found out I have MTHFR from my psychiatrist after she did a swab test. I have no idea where to start to get help for this. What type of doctor treats this? I am overwhelmed. Any good doctors in southwest Ohio? Thanks!

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