FAQ’s

“How can I find out if I have a MTHFR mutation?”
Contact your physician and ask for a MTHFR Genetic Test. Make sure it includes the 677 and 1298 forms of the MTHFR gene. There are some labs that only test for the 677.

If your physician will not order the test for you, you may order the MTHFR Genetic Test from me.  The MTHFR Genetic Test costs $150 and is not covered by insurance if ordered through me. This is why it is best to ask your physician first.

“Can you diagnose me with MTHFR mutations?”
No. I cannot diagnose, treat or prescribe. However, I can provide information, resources, and tools you may benefit from in order to improve your health.

“Can I call you directly about MTHFR?”
I keep my phone number private to protect my time. It would ring off the hook if I published it. Should you need assistance with anything, please do call 1-800-547-9812 and speak with one of my company’s customer support team members.

“Do you do group consultations for those with MTHFR mutations?”
Yes. I prefer to do these actually as it is more cost-effective for people and I can help more people at once. Do schedule a phone consult and I’ll talk with you all then!

“Do you do lectures on MTHFR?”
Yes. Contact me for details.

Lectures are to be a minimum length of 1 hour and to a minimum audience of 20 people. Location does not matter and may be anywhere in the world.

Lecture fees depends on the group, topic at hand and location. Please contact me for details.

I am available to speak at no-cost to non-profit groups as long as my expenses are paid for in full. I do not need fancy lodging or expensive meals. A place to rest my head and obtain healthy food are all I need.

“Do you have seminars on MTHFR?”
I am planning a seminar in Winter 2012 around the topic of MTHFR and frequent genetic mutations. The location is TBA along with specific details.

“Do you have any programs on MTHFR?”
I have many programs in development. The first program to launch will be for those with MTHFR or desiring to learn about MTHFR mutations. This program will be available online as a video program and be quite affordable as I want many to learn about the seriousness of MTHFR mutations. Stay tuned for this program as I plan to launch it November 1, 2011.

“Do you practice?”
I do not have an ‘official’ practice site as I do not want to get caught up in the standard medical model of collecting insurance and being controlled how I practice via insurance company requirements.

I also do not have a standard practice as it is my goal to help 10,000′s of people a day via online programs, seminars, lectures and books. If I maintain an active practice, there is no way I can successfully maintain both.

“Can I see you or make an appointment to come to see you about MTHFR?”
There is no need. We can get a lot accomplished online via video, podcasts, online programs, lectures, books and seminars. I am happy to refer you to a highly respected colleague of mine or to a medical association that I trust.

“Do you accept insurance?”
No. I do not accept insurance.

“May I order other laboratory testing through you?”
Yes. However, I do not accept insurance. Payment of the laboratory test is paid directly to the lab. On the lab paperwork, you simply fill out your payment method and then send in your sample.

If you have insurance, I highly recommend you obtain the lab testing through your health provider.

If you’d like my opinion on the laboratory testing, you may schedule a consult.

7 Responses to “FAQ’s”

  1. Sharon October 1, 2011 at 1:26 am # Reply

    I was tested for mthfr earlier this year because my neurologist thought of it. My family members are also affected by many of the diseases you list.
    The reason I write is mthfr is new to me and I am now taking metanex. You were writing about purity of drugs and I wonder about this one. I went with this because of cost. Insurance won’t pay for it so I have to find the drug that will be of benefit and a reasonable cost. Also, I’m on meds for other things like seizures. How can one contemplate removing drugs and other chemicals from the body when they body needs them?
    Thanks!

  2. Jessica Johnson July 11, 2012 at 3:11 am # Reply

    I know you said you don’t accept insurance, but is there any way we can get insurance to cover your multivitamins? If not, is there another brand you could recommend my doctor proscribe? I have one mutation C677T. I saw your protocol page for that, but I’d rather take one multivitamin than try to take a million pills every day. Next question. Is all of that safe for me to take if I am breastfeeding or should I take my regular vitamin with folic acid? Which would be best for my baby (6 mo.) if I don’t know what his MTHFR status is…?
    Thanks!

    • Dr Ben July 12, 2012 at 12:03 am # Reply

      Hi Jessica –

      The vitamins typically accepted by insurance are usually not very pure or quality from my experience – unless your insurance company will pay for compounded nutrients – which may be possible.

      If you are breastfeeding, what I recommend is:
      - multivitamin
      - fish oil with epa/dha
      - vitamin d3
      - probiotic
      - coQ10
      - perhaps some additional methylfolate and methylcobalamin

      Those are all safe to take while breastfeeding.

  3. Jackie Novick January 27, 2013 at 1:12 am # Reply

    Anyone gets hives from taking methyl folate? 10 days after started he has hives. Not sure if from supplement or not. Could he be detoxing too quickly or maybe another cause like a new body lotion?

  4. Priseilla June 26, 2013 at 4:48 am # Reply

    Hi Doc,

    Firstly I would like to thank you for all the information on your website, it has been very useful and understanding.

    I am from Sydney, Australia and only just found out that I have MTHFR C677T and A1298C.

    Two months before I found out that I had the gene the doctor put me on Ultra Clean EPA/DHA plus, Musclease PSP, Zinc sustain, Multi-Essentials, Executive B stress formula and FGF-c Iron tablets.

    On finding out that I had MTHFR I just ordered from America (iherb.com) Life extension optimized folate (L-Methylfolate) 100 Veggie Caps.

    I was just wondering if L – 5MTHF was the same tablets as to what I ordered from iherb and if not how would I know if I need to take them as well.

    Please if you could help a distressed person like me that would be great with any other information.

    Thanks Doc

  5. MArie September 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm # Reply

    6 years ago I was tested for glutathione and the results showed it to be very high. Recently I was tested and found positive for MTHFR C677 homozygous. How could I have high glutathione levels if I am positive for the MTHFR gene mutation ?

  6. Steve November 21, 2013 at 10:27 am # Reply

    I’m from Sydney, Australia. I’ve just had a MTHFR A1298C and C677T gene blood test, but I forgot to mention to my doctor that, for several months now, I’ve been taking FolaPro L-5-MTHF (Metafolin).

    Will this affect my blood test results? Should one stop taking all folate supplements before having a MTHFR test, and if so for how long?

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