Comment from a colleague of mine from a forum:
We cannot go overboard about MTHFR gene mutations. It’s just one of many gene mutations possible in the body and comes in mild, moderate and severe presentations. The physiologic problem with MTHFR mutations is lack of methylation and elevating homocysteine is the key point of all that occurring. If the person has a heterozygous gene mutation and without treatment their homocysteine is 7, I’m sorry, but that gene mutation is mild and the body is working fine with it. There is no need to panic the patient and elevate their gene mutation to some nasty alien about to burst out of their chest. It’s under control–look for Obstacles to Cure elsewhere. Even with a homozygous C677 and homocysteine of 21 untreated, if they take folic acid/MTHF and get their homocysteine down to 7, again, the damage is under control and the body is methylating and working fine. The mutation is dealt with successfully and again, no need to do a gloom and doom thing with the patient; just keep them on their supplementation for life. It’s like having hypothyroidism-
The problem is we have many patients with gene mutations and elevated homocysteine levels who are undiagnosed, like I was, and walking around for many years with potentially damage occurring to their bodies. Indeed that damage has many studies showing it can affect nearly every part of the body and many biological systems, since methylation is so vital a component of our physiology. So, we just need to catch patients with elevated homocysteine and treat it successfully; then they should do fine.
I am not about doom and gloom.
On the contrary.
It is a passion of mine to educate and inform – and empower.
I feel strongly that those who have recurring miscarriages – with heterozygous MTHFR and ‘normal homocyteine’ are being ignored – and there are a LOT of women out there like this.
Yes – there may be other reasons for the miscarriage – many other reasons. But when a woman tells me she has been tested for everything under the sun for things and only thing positive is a heterozygous MTHFR, I listen. When another woman says the same thing, my ears are doubly interested. When yet another one says the same story – I really start thinking that something is being missed.
My theory is a simple one.
Here is my theory in a nutshell
Those woman with heterozygous MTHFR and miscarrying may have a partner who is passing on another MTHFR mutation.
I am empowering people with MTHFR and helping them get better – I am not instilling fear.
Here is one statement I received yesterday:
“For over a month I have been following the regimen of supplements that Dr. Ben recommended in his consult for me for my MTHFR mutations, and the severe depression that resulted from them. I am happy to say that I feel so much better, I am going OFF of disability and going back to work. I am off my SSNRIs and my anxiety has reduced considerably. I feel “normal” again and I am starting to enjoy life. I am grateful to Dr. Ben for giving me my quality of life back!”
“Dr. Ben helped me improve my health by giving me insight on the MTHFR gene mutation that I have. My health has improved tremendously . My hair is no longer falling out of my head. I am more energetic than I have felt in years. It is about time that we have more professionals step up to the plate and acknowledge that MTHFR deficiency is serious and can kill if not treated. I learned many positive things from Dr. Ben to improve my quality of life.”
All I ask is that we have an open mind beyond what the research is showing.
Research is not always right and with MTHFR – it is sparse.
Research is needed more in this area.