MTHFR’s are Toxic: Reduce Body Burden – Part 1

bodyburdenbookcoverLet’s face it.

We’re all loaded with chemicals, toxins, heavy metals, and biological waste products of various types.

You’re loaded.

I’m loaded.

We’re loaded no matter how hard we try to avoid environmental exposures from food, water, air, soil, furniture, work, transportation and so on.

We need to get them OUT.

It is not easy.

It’s especially not easy to get them out when one has a MTHFR defect or their methylation is hampered in some way (and there are many ways).

[To remind you, if you’re new here, I have MTHFR. In fact, I am compound heterozygous MTHFR and so is my middle son, Mathew. My youngest, Theo, is homozygous for A1298C. My wife and oldest son, Tasman, have only one A1298C. Lucky dogs.]

The way that you move them out is critical – or you’ll make yourself worse.

It’s safer – and much easier – to prevent them from getting into you in the first place.

There are a few very effective ways to reduce our overall body burden.

Body Burden?

Body Burden is the total amount of naturally-occurring and man-made chemicals that are present now in the human body.

Body burden is highly dynamic for two main reasons.

  1. Some days you get exposed to more of these chemicals than others.
  2. Some days you eliminate more of these chemicals than others.

Let’s discuss Point 1 today and then another day I’ll discuss how to eliminate them.

The biggest and fastest impact you can do to support your methylation and MTHFR defect is to reduce the daily burden! It takes time to remove the chemicals and toxins – but it is ‘right now’ that you can reduce putting garbage into your body. Of course, some things cannot be avoided but many can.

The main ways you increase your body burden is done silently – daily:

  • factories
  • air
  • water
  • food
  • lifestyle

Find out who is increasing your body burden by visiting Scorecard: The Pollution Information Site.

Here is what I am exposing myself and my family to – daily.

When I worked with patients and clients, I always asked many environmental questions.

Here are three key questions:

  1. “What year did you start getting sick?”
  2. “Where were you living at this point – zipcode please.”
  3. “What is your current zipcode?”

With a little confusion, they’d respond and I’d plug into Scorecard.

Sometimes my treatment recommendation was one word:

MOVE.

Extreme? Yes. Effective? Absolutely. If they moved to a less toxic place.

When I worked with Dr William Rea of Environmental Health Center – Dallas, I saw first hand how extremely sick the environment made people. Many times when they moved, they regained their health – or they at least were able to function.

The other ways which affect your body burden are within your control:

  • Food:
    • organic?
    • microbes present?
    • processed or unprocessed?
    • providing nutrients or taking them away?
    • fresh or rancid?
    • burnt or raw?
    • cooked with gas or high heat?
    • hormones?
    • GMO?
    • glyphosate (RoundUp ready foods)
    • allergen or intolerance?
    • arsenic??
    • glycemic load? (more insulin secretion = more oxidative stress)
    • overeating or undereating?
    • eating while stressed or relaxed?
    • chewing or eating like a snake?
    • digestive enzymes present or not?

We eat organic foods most of the time. We eat out on occasion and I am fully aware that we are increasing our body burden. We don’t eat fast food ever but still – restaurant food is definitely not ideal 95% of the time. We cook with electric – not gas. I work hard to keep the food nutritious and balanced. Not easy when kids are in school and the peer pressure to eat crap is high. We do pretty well with this through educating our sons what that ‘yummy food’ actually is. We buy our meat from a local rancher or I catch wild Salmon once a year and eat that. Chicken consumption has dropped significantly due to high levels of arsenic found in it.

Now that many are gluten-free, rice consumption has increased tremendously. Rice, rice milk, rice cakes, rice ice cream, etc.

You need to know that rice can be quite high in arsenic.

According to the NHANES recent study of common sources of arsenic exposure in those living in the USA, they found:

In a nationally representative sample of the US civilian, noninstitutionalized population, fish (adults), rice (children), and rice cakes/crackers (adolescents) had the largest associations with urinary DMA. For MMA, rice beverage/milk (adults) and rice cakes/crackers (children, adolescents) had the largest associations.

For this reason, I have switched away from rice milk, rice ice cream and do not consume rice itself much. Instead, I use almond milk and also coconut milk. It is quite easy – and tasty/nutritious – to make your own almond milk. Search online for recipes. If you have a great one – please post it in the comments below!! 🙂

BTW – getting arsenic OUT of your system is NOT easy. Thus, it is incredibly important to reduce the amount getting in.

In order to eliminate arsenic, one has to have adequate levels of glutathione (body’s primary detoxifier/antioxidant) AND SAMe (the body’s primary methyl donor). Having your doctor test your RBC levels of glutathione and methylation profile (SAM/SAH ratio) is important. Issue with both tests is I don’t think they really give the most accurate picture. Instead, Spectracell’s Lymphocyte testing may provide a better job of intracellular levels of these important nutrients; however, I don’t think it is perfect either. Supplementing with liposomal glutathione and SAMe may be supportive in eliminating arsenic – along with chelation. Talk with your doctor to find what is best for you.

Learning how to eat is so important and there are a ton of great books out there.

I’ve been recommending one lately – a lot – The Metabolic Makeover

So much applicable information, easy to understand and answered a lot of important questions for me – and will definitely do for you.

It’s WAY more than just food – it’s biochemistry, lifestyle and how to be energetic again.

  • Air:
    • air fresheners (air fresheners don’t clean or purify the air AT ALL – in fact, they load it with chemicals)
    • cook with gas in your home?
    • drive to work in traffic?
    • flatulent family member? (couldn’t resist 🙂 )
    • mold spores?
    • off-gassing furniture?
    • where do you live? (www.Scorecard.org)
    • location of home – airport, freeway
    • heating and cooling? forced air?
    • location of gas furnace? gas water heater? (in house? garage? by bedroom?)
    • allergens?
    • by sea? mountains? forest?
    • oxygen concentration?
    • carpets or wood/tile floors?
    • neighborhood use of chemicals?
    • perfumes? colognes? scented dryer sheets?
    • cleaning supplies?

I work from home. We buy furniture that is wood or glass. If we got stuck with an off-gassing piece of furniture (new couch), we keep it in the garage or outside until it has reduced the stink significantly. Ideal? No. Realistic? Yes. We have our gas furnace out of our house and in the crawl space venting through the roof. We are planning a new form of heat – considering an electric heat pump. Our air intake for our furnace has a high quality HEPA air filter which I change out every three months. We have on-demand gas water heating which is located outside. We are a few miles from the freeway which is not ideal but it’s big city Seattle and I am not going to uproot my family from this amazing city. We all love it. We don’t use dryer scented sheets and we mop the floors with steam cleaner.

I use a high quality Alen HEPA air filter (actually 3 of them). When one of our sons gets ill (which is rare but happens), I turn on the unit to suck in the viruses and bacteria to reduce exposure to others. I used to have them running all the time on low – and need to start doing that again. Kids keep unplugging them to plug in other things…

I air out the home quite often – about once a month – and that entails opening windows and doors, turning off the heat (we don’t have AC – it’s Seattle), and letting out the stuffy air and good fresh air in (making sure no yard equipment is running or cars idling or other noxious things like neighbor dryer scented sheets, etc).

Here is what I and my family are breathing though – out of our control (source: Scorecard):

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Do you stink?

Perfumes, shampoos, makeups, etc need to be evaluated.

Many skin and hair products are full – absolutely full – of garbage. Check yours out by using the Skin Deep Database provided by the Environmental Working Group.

 

  • Water:
    • well?
    • city water?
    • filtered? how?
    • spring? where?
    • storage tank? made out of?
    • pathogens? bacteria?
    • arsenic level?
    • fluoride?
    • chlorine level?
    • near airport? perchlorate level?
    • near fracking?

The obvious thing to do here is to obtain pure water. Bottled water is not the answer long term – especially as it is bottled in plastic. One should know that BPA Free does not mean it is safe if it is still plastic. There are other harmful components in plastic. Bottom line: Do not drink out of plastic long term. When traveling, it is unavoidable or nearly so.

Getting a water purifier is the long term solution. Knowing which one to get is not easy. There are two that I recommend – three actually – but the third no longer exists it appears.

Before I get into what I recommend, I want to mention that I do not recommend reverse osmosis water purifiers or distilled water. These waters are ‘dead’ and deplete your minerals and possibly vitamins as well. If adding high quality minerals back in before drinking, that is helpful but I still don’t recommend it.

Berkey Filters is what I recommend to people who want to have very pure water with minimal fluoride. It took me years – a decade and a half actually – to figure out which water purifier to use and recommend – and this is finally one that I have total confidence in. Turns out that Sean, our graphic designer, provided this golden nugget. It’s awesome working with people who believe and live by a similar mindset. After doing my own research and emailing the company multiple times, I was very impressed.

berkey

Berkey water purifiers remove a ton of different contaminants – including fluoride – but need a fluoride water filter if you choose to remove that as well.

What does Berkey remove or reduce signifcantly?

  • heavy metals
  • bacteria
  • viruses
  • chlorine
  • Trihalomethanes
  • dirt
  • solvents (VOC’s)
  • nitrites!
  • odor
  • foul taste
  • discoloration / rust
  • arsenic

The amount of volatile organic compounds it removes is very impressive. That is important to me. Goodbye jet fuel.

I just purchased the Royal Berkey Water Filter along with 2 fluoride filters and 2 black filters (don’t tell my wife as it is her Christmas present 🙂 )

 

akaiAkai Ionizer Plus is the other water system I recommend.

If this one is so great, then why do I recommend two?

Because the Akai Ionizer Plus is what I have used now for over 15 years. It also functions differently. This water purifier not only purifies the water, but it also makes the water:

  • more alkaline
  • uses UV light to eliminate microbes and pathogens effectively
  • smaller clusters of water so more easily absorbed into your cells.

When my wife and I first started using the Akai, we drank and drank. It was an interesting experience. We actually felt like we had been dehydrated for years. Why else would we ingest so much water and not pee it out? I cannot explain it more than that. Our systems just absorbed more water and penetrated our cells more deeply.

If you mention ‘Dr Lynch’ when ordering the Akai Ionizer Plus, you will save a couple hundred dollars I believe.

It will be interesting to compare how we feel when drinking water from the Berkey water filter vs the Akai Ionizer Plus. I will update this point when I have more information.

If I were to choose between one or the other, which one would I pick?

I cannot tell you now which is why I am recommending both. In a couple months, I believe I will have a decision and will revise this post for you then.

Here are some things to help you make a decision now:

  • If finances are an issue (and when aren’t they?), the Berkey water purifier is a significantly less expensive investment
  • Cost per gallon is less with the Berkey
  • The Berkey water purifier does not require electricity to run. The Akai does.
  • The Akai has a UV light. The Berkey doesn’t.
  • The Akai provides smaller water clusters for increased absorption into the cell. The Berkey doesn’t.
  • The Berkey doesn’t waste any water. The Akai produces acidic water when it makes more alkaline water. The acidic water is great for cleaning, watering plants or washing clothes. The alkaline water is great for drinking – obviously.
  • The Berkey removes fluroide quite well. I am not quite sure how much the Akai does. Something you need to ask.
  • Akai is easier to use and looks nicer. Definitely less bulky.

Given that humans are significantly composed of water, it is essential we take care what we put into our system.

UPDATE December 9, 2014:

Someone just asked me “What about entire home water filters? It’s important to shower and bathe in clean water.” It is actually in the comments below but I felt it was too important not to share in the main body of the article.

First, entire home water filters are great as they do indeed filter water for the entire house. That said, they also are terrible because they are designed for quantity – not quality.

It is extremely important to me to have the water filter do as much filtration as possible – not just reduce chlorine and dirt and some microbes – but also heavy metals, fluorides, solvents. An entire house water filter is NOT going to remove those. Not a chance.

This is why I recommend the Berkey water purifier or the Akai Ionizer Plus. However, in terms of filtering the most contaminants, I think the Berkey water purifier beats the Akai Ionizer Plus. I just received an email from Akai today about this and will review.

Showering:
I totally agree with this and should have discussed this here but cannot remember every detail in one shot (It’s the MTHFR blocking me 🙂 ).

Installing a shower water filter is extremely important.

Why is a shower water filter important? Because chlorine:

  • damages mucous membranes – lungs, skin, eyes, nose
  • irritates or contributes to:
    • skin disorders of eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, dry skin
    • asthma, chronic cough
    • dry eyes
    • brittle hair

The chlorine shower filter that I have been using for well over 15 years is the Rainshow’r shower filter as seen here.  As I am writing this, I need to get replacement shower filter cartridges (just bought 2). It’s been over a year since that I’ve replaced my sons’ shower filter and the master bathroom unit. I’ve noticed a bit of chlorine smell coming through the shower head whereas with a working cartridge, no chlorine smell is detected.

The Culligan shower filter appears to have great reviews but it won’t work for us as we have our shower head on a 5′ hose so we can move it around.

Bathing:
I love baths and so does my wife and our three boys. I tried the bath balls by Rainshow’r but found they didn’t work very well. We used them for years. After lots of research, I discovered I learned how to remove the chlorine from bath water by using a vitamin blend.

This led to one of the first products I ever created which is not widely known sadly – but should be.

When I draw a bath, I allow the bath to fill about 1/2 the way and then I add 1 heaping teaspoon of Pure Bath to it. I then stir my arm around in the bath water and that’s it. Chlorine neutralized.

Bath ready to go!

Doubt it works? Test it.

  • Draw a bath.
  • Close the door and leave the bathroom fan off.
  • Come in when the bath is half full and take a whiff.
  • Chlorine pretty potent, right?
  • Add the Pure Bath, turn on the fan and open the bathroom window.
  • Finish drawing the bath and then enjoy.

Now obviously this will make the chlorine smell go away if you have the fan on and window open. Point is I didn’t want you wasting the bath water.

The next time you take a bath, do the same steps, except add 1 heaping teaspoon of the Pure Bath earlier, shut the door and leave bathroom fan off. Come in when the bath is half full and you should notice…no chlorine smell.

You also feel a difference when in the bath as well.

That is the end of the update.

Some interesting water hydration facts – in the human body, water constitutes:

  • 78% of body weight of a newborn
  • 65% of body weight of a 1 year old
  • 60% of body weight in adult men
  • 55% of body weight in adult women
  • 73% of the brain is water
  • 73% of the heart is water
  • 83% of the lungs are water
  • 64% of the skin is water
  • 79% of the kidneys are water
  • 79% of muscles are water
  • 31% of bones are water
  • Fat repels water so if overweight, you may be more dehydrated – and more toxic – as water is needed to flush out toxins, chemicals, etc

Think water is important??!

Summary:

  1. MTHFR’s are more prone to toxicity and environmental contaminants and biological compounds than others.
  2. Body burden is affected by what you put IN and how you get it OUT.
  3. Reduce body burden immediately by reducing what you put in – now.
  4. Know what to eat – and how to eat. Change it over time. Drastic big changes don’t stick. Evolve with it.
  5. Clean up your air.
  6. Purify your well or tap water – and drink it.
  7. Filter your shower water
  8. Purify your bath water

Start making these changes today.

Bit by bit, you’ll reduce the burden on your already messed up MTHFR enzyme, as a result, bit by bit, you’ll feel better!

Next article, I am going to let you know how to effectively get toxins, chemicals and compounds OUT of your system – by using SAUNA.

Properly….that’s the key.

As promised, here is the article describing SAUNA: Benefits and How to Sauna

UPDATE: Feb 11, 2015:

YOUR FEEDBACK IS HELPING OTHERS: Please Read Below

Someone commented on this article today about how she enjoyed all the recommendations but …

There must be no buts…

“I know BUT” statements immediately prevent one from moving forward in a positive direction.

Do what YOU can even if it is a small step in the right direction.

Not everything healthy requires money.

Identify what is the MOST harmful thing in your life RIGHT now AND how to eliminate it at NO cost.

I know you are creative and I know you also have some fantastic ideas how to do this.

What I’d love to see is YOUR INPUT.

In your comment, I would greatly appreciate you sharing the following with people – so they can move beyond the things which are making them ill on a constant basis:
1) Top thing which was negatively affecting your health
2) What you did FREE or inexpensively to remove #1
3) The outcome – what was the result
4) Great FREE or inexpensive resources that you know about that you know are reliable, trustworthy, credible and helpful. For example, I like MilkShare, Eat Wild, etc – all found here – http://mthfr.net/additional-resources/

I’d love to expand on this list.

There are many many people who will gain tremendous benefit from your input.

Thank you for your contribution!

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121 Responses to “MTHFR’s are Toxic: Reduce Body Burden – Part 1”

  1. stephenie December 9, 2014 at 4:33 am #

    Dr Lynch, what type of mattress do you recommend? I know conventional mattresses are full of toxins we breathe while sleeping. Organic cotton is quite costly….. do you have an opinion on wool or natural latex? Is there a company you recommend?

    • Missy December 9, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

      I second this question. I have a foam mattress that I purchased some time ago. This summer I purchased a wool topper for it, and I love it. At the same time, I purchased a wool pillow (from the same company). I’d like to look into a wool mattress too sometime in 2015 to replace the foam one. It was very costly and I couldn’t do both at the same time.

      • MICHELLE January 4, 2015 at 3:07 am #

        I also would like your opinion on a mattress. I had to move out of my house in September due to mold. They did not get rid of it completely and the combination of that and the chemicals made me sicker than I already was. I purchased a new mattress and the chemicals cause a Hashimoto autoimmune disease flare. I’ve had Hashi for 2 years and haven’t had to take meds because it’s been ok. So I’ve been sleeping on an air mattress ever since. I’m afraid at this point to buy a new mattress due to the flame retardant chemicals. Thank you.

        • Ann Meiring January 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm #

          Michellle,
          I was able to get a mattress without the flame retardant. State laws on this may vary, so you would have to check. I had to get a prescription for it from my ENT due to my chemical allergies. The mattress was made by Holder Bedding in Muncie, Indiana, made right there on site, in business for 67 years. I do not know if they would make it and ship it to you. The cost wasn’t anymore than a traditional mattress and the peace of mind is priceless. Holder Bedding Anderson, Indiana 765-642-1256. Also in Muncie, Indiana 765-747-8103 http://www.holderbedding.net. I am not affiliated with this company in any way, just a happy customer!

    • Marilyn January 16, 2015 at 7:42 am #

      William Rea, MD, Environmental Health Center of Dallas (mentioned in the article above) recommends a completely organic cotton futon. Every time we have bought one for someone in our family, we had to get an Rx in order to have them leave out the flame retardants (bromine). Certain manufacturers offer a layer of wool, which some claim can be used as a fire retardant. Be sure to ask questions regarding source of wool and processing as I believe I read somewhere that some contain toxins, which is not what you want in your mattress.

      I believe we got our latest organic futon from LifeKind and the price included free shipping across the country. We have also bought them from Heart of Vermont and White Lotus Futon. The quality on all was wonderful, but it’s been awhile, so before ordering, investigate carefully in case things have changed. If you can’t afford a 100 percent organic futon, another option is getting an all organic topper, which would definitely help.

      For anyone with EMF issues (sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation), I learned at an EMF seminar help by an expert from Toronto, that you must avoid any metal in the bed, which includes coils, as the metal acts like an antennae pulling in EMF. Ditto regarding metal on the bed frame. We found some all-wooden platform bed frames for futons that work great for this. They even allowed us to chose the wood type, finish (we chose none to avoid the chemicals in the stain and topcoat), and the number of slats to support the futon. Heart of Vermont carries these, although I think the company who makes them was somewhere in the southern part of the country.

  2. Michelle December 9, 2014 at 4:54 am #

    Dr Lynch,
    Do you know of any MTHFR docs in the Los Angeles area?

  3. Melanie December 9, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    Hi and thank you for the wealth of information. Just curious what your thoughts were on a kangen machine. Our family has been using one for two years now. We keep it on the clean alkaline (7.0) level. Are minerals taken out of it. I just recently found out I have this mutation. Thanks

    • Dr Lynch December 9, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

      I don’t know about Kangen. Heard about it and that’s about it. Anything MLM makes me a bit weary.

      • Daniel Anear February 1, 2015 at 10:46 am #

        If you ever do learn more or research Kangen I’d love to hear your point of view. My massage therapist has been trying to sell me one, shes convinced it’s amazing. She’s finally convinced me too but mostly of the need for alkaline water not necessarily that I need to pay Kangen to get that water. Thanks for all you do (Dan, Adelaide South Australia).

      • Stephanie Martin June 7, 2016 at 12:50 am #

        LIFE IONIZERS!!! I researched Kangen and found all of the same features (and better) at about half the cost (non-MLM company, I feel the same way Dr. Lynch). Look at Life Ionizers, they purify, kill any potential bacteria and alkalinize the water as well. We got the under the counter model about 5-6 years and we love it. It has never been any trouble, and the filters are affordable and easy to change. I have become one of those people that brings my own water everywhere! I am a chiropractor, RN and I do not have any affiliation with the Life ionizers company. We like ours so much that we bought one for my sister-in-law and their family.

  4. Jennifer December 9, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    I’m curious as to why you wouldn’t have a whole home filter? That is what I am considering buying. Don’t like the idea of breathing in the contaminants and letting them in through my skin when I shower.

  5. Dana T December 9, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    If you have well water and live in the country do not assume your water is safe. Took me a number of years to track down the source of my illness. After many, many doctors and naturopaths etc, none ever suggested heavy metals. Then I began on my path to many years of training in nutrition and health. My second year I was taught how to run a hair tissue mineral test and discovered my results showed uranium right off the chart. Yes, turned out to be our well water. It was very high in uranium and radon. Tasteless, ordor less, but very toxic.The consequences have been significant. Switched to reverse osmosis water treatment after trying many other types of treatments. Now, six years later, test shows I have released most of the uranium but still deal with the secondary consequences daily. Lesson learned, test your water. In our state we can send samples directly to the state testing lab.

  6. Holly December 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    I just want you to know I am adopting you as a big brother. Your articles have been so helpful to me, even thogh I am only heterozygous for MTHFR and have not yet been able to tolerate methyl donors because of other homozygous mutations like MTRR A66G, but we are just now starting tiny tiny doses of hydroxycobalamin and methylfolate every few days so I don’t get sick this time (late stage lyme and babesia so I’m crazy sensitive, though improving now by leaps and bounds). I have been using a far infared sauna…I guess I will find out soon if I am doing it right!

  7. Joe December 9, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    Dr Lynch –

    You need to research the 4th phase of Water – Dr Pollack @ U of W. Reverse Osmosis water is the only water to drink.

    Epi-Paleo Diet is the only way to eat – Dr Jack Kruse @ wwww.jackkruse.com
    Learn the real truth to curing patients at his website

    • Dr Lynch December 9, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

      Joe –

      I will learn the 4th phase of water – sounds interesting.

      Stating that the epi-paleo is the only way to eat is wholly incorrect. People need to eat what is right for them. Not everyone can eat a certain way – we’re just not built that way.

      ‘Curing’ patients is also not possible. Cure is not possible.

      There is only maintenance of bodily systems and learning how to optimize them to reduce or remove dysfunction.

      Cure is not permanent. Things will come right back if the body is dysfunctional in any way.

      • Ann Meiring January 5, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

        Dr, Lynch,
        “People need to eat what is right for them.” I absolutely agree 100%. Years ago (1970’s?) I read a paperback book by Roger Williams (the B vitamin guy – I hope I’m remembering his name correctly.) He either borrowed or coined the term “biochemical individuality.” He seems to have been way ahead of his time with his ideas. Your words pulled that idea right back across 45 years.

  8. Donna December 9, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    I live rurally, way up in the mts of Idaho, and am grateful to have a lesser toxic load. My water concerns are more about well water, particularly an older well with pre 1985 lead solder attaching galvanized pipes to copper ones. Do you know what filter works best to remove metals? Things like microbes and fluoride are not an issue. Many filters claim to remove metals, and I do not taste them, but I wonder??

    • Dr Lynch December 9, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

      Donna – the Berkey removes metals as explained on their site.

  9. Claudia December 9, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

    Dr. Lynch,
    What do you reccomend after a single toxic exposure for those of us being treated for MTHFR? My husband just refinished our wood floors, and I am now suffering what seems to be cold symptoms, but I suspect it’s my body detoxing.

    • Dr Lynch December 10, 2014 at 12:59 am #

      Claudia –

      Sounds like your mitochondria are sick.

      Liposomal Glutathione – first.
      Deep breathing – slow and focused breathing.
      Air purifier.
      Hot bath or sauna – as often as you can – but use electrolytes when sweating – critical.

      • Jenn February 25, 2015 at 2:28 am #

        I had the same problem with exposure to builder’s grade paint except I had diarrhea, flu-ish symptoms and woke up in a sweat for almost 2 months. ANYTHING I consumed that I didn’t make started the sweating cycle all over again. Then the sweating stopped and instead just wake most nights around 2am. Now I am more sensitive than ever to any type of toxin. So…does the sauna have to be infrared? My health club has one that is not. Will that work? Does Epsom salt work in the tub?

        • Dr Lynch March 1, 2015 at 7:49 am #

          Just need to sweat – period 🙂 Doesn’t matter how.

  10. Mary December 10, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    Hi Dr. Ben. 🙂
    Quick question. My job is a nail tech and an educator and very well known in the industry. After knowing about me being homozygous c677t I have been trying to cut out as many toxins as I can but I’m wondering if I am going to get anywhere do I have to change careers?

    • Dr Lynch December 10, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

      Hi Mary –

      If you love what you do – then just take some extra precautions and choose your products wisely.

      Solvents can be quite toxic and damaging to your neurological system.

      Wear gloves – ones that protect your skin against solvents.

      Here are some steps you can take:
      Air purifier – quality one – I recommend something by Alen. It’s what I’ve used for over 10 yrs.
      Or you can implement a high quality air filtration system in the building eliminating the use of a smaller air purifier.
      – Plants – act as natural air purifiers – get them in your office.
      Liposomal glutathione
      Liposomal vitamin C
      – SAUNA!! This is the infrared sauna I’ve used now for about 5 yrs or so and enjoy it.

      • Mary December 10, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

        Thank you Dr. Ben! I will look into your suggestions. Thanks for your response,

        Mary.

  11. Kim December 11, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    We just bought our home last spring and they did a test on the well. Is that test good enough (it passed) or should we have another test done? I used a reverse osmosis filter for several years because we were always renters and moved often. I was hoping well water would be good for me to replenish some minerals. I’m compound Hetero among other things. My obvious issues are skin ezcema that comes and goes (I definitely have histamine issues) and I got Burning Mouth Syndrome at the same time the histamine issues got worse. I just started working with an Integrative MD and I’m hopeful she can help.

  12. Dana T December 12, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    Kim, most typical water testing done for home purchase is very basic, at least in my area. Ask to see the test results and see how comprehensive it is. What to look for depends a lot on where you are located. Here in Maine we live atop a lot of granite thus radon and uranium are often issue along with arsenic. These are easy to test for. Where it gets more complicated is near industrial or agricultural areas or even neighborhoods where people use weed killers and pesticides on their lawns. There are numerous environmental chemicals and pesticides to check but you have to know what to check for specifically. That why I believe the safest bet is to use reverse osmosis filtering for all drinking water. But it is also important to know what you are bathing in as well.
    We sold our house and moved to a rental. We were told the water was tested and fine. I ran our own test (thru the Maine state testing lab) and found the uranium here was just under the allowable limit. I have re-tested again 3 years later and found the level very low. That shows it can vary, I don’t know why, maybe related to how much rain in a given period or something. The point is one can never be certain, even with testing. My research on uranium clearly shows even a small amount can pose significant trouble.
    I also recommend hair tissue mineral testing (I use Trace Elements Inc), and Environmental Pollutants testing (Lab interpretations LLC) to see what your body burden may be if you have any concerns.

  13. Julie December 19, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    Thank you so much for your site. I have 2 questions if that’s ok:

    1)We live in a brand new house with a sump pump (sp?) And I’m curious if we should be concerned about radon exposure, and if so, what to do about it. (If anything.)

    2) I’m not sure if you touched on this topic yet, but is there a link that you know of to acne with MTHFR? I am hetero A129C (I’m also hetero for factor v Leiden). I’ve been getting it worse over the years. I have 3 children and I first noticed getting it when I was pregnant with my first 10 years ago. Is there a protocol you would recommend for me? I’m 30 years old and 105 lbs (I’ve always been small). If it helps, other symptoms I’ve been having recently are: hair loss, receding gumline, cold intolerance (also cold hands & feet), horrible memory, exhaustion during the day, panic attacks/ heart palpitations (more rare now).

    I have herpes I, had hpv related cervical lesions (God allowed miraculous healing there after I was treated with essential oils and it resolved), and recently a blood test came back positive for d-dimer, which I don’t fully understand yet, but the Dr said it meant there was a breakdown of a clot. However, full body imaging didn’t show any, but anyway, that’s another topic.

    I’m sorry- this is longer than I intended! I wanted to give a clear picture of all my ailments in case it helped. I know you must be very busy…. thank you for any input!

    • Marie January 15, 2015 at 11:33 pm #

      Hi Julie,

      I would suggest you look into adrenal fatigue and low thyroid. The symptoms of each can overlap somewhat. Search for “Dr. Rind metabolic temperature graph” and follow his charting technique to test for issues with both. All you need is a good thermometer, pen and paper to do this home test for a few minutes over several days.

      The acne may indicate a hormonal imbalance, perhaps higher testosterone? You can order testing on your own through canaryclub.org. I would suggest getting a doctor’s input for both of these issues though, but choose carefully. Stopthethyroidmadness.com has a list of doctors and more info on hormone balance. I wish you good health.

  14. Sarah December 21, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    When will part 2 about how to prep for a sauna be avail?

  15. Laurie December 29, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    Hi Dr. Lynch,
    I heard you say on a webinar that you were a vegetarian for many years then did a genetic test and found out that you should be eating meat and after doing so you felt a lot better. Can you tell me what on the test let you know that you were supposed to eat meat?
    Thanks,
    Laurie

  16. James January 3, 2015 at 12:15 am #

    Dr Lynch

    I’m struggling to figure out if I’m over or under methylated. MTHFR and all -/- however I do have +/+ for MAO, NOS and VDR Bsm in addition to a bunch of +/- for COMT.

    My memory and cognitive ability/problem solving has taken a rapid nose dive and I’m suffering greatly at work as a result. DMAE worked great at first but gave me a frightening degree of anxiety to the extent I’m frightened to use it again.

    My SAH/SAMe ratio is 3.96 (is that considered low?), low glutathione, high oxidized glutathione. I also have high adenosine. In terms of symptoms, my libido is non existent, memory is poor and I’m finding it hard to focus.

    Appreciate any suggestions.

    Thanks so much 🙂

    Any ideas, should I

  17. Suzanne U. January 10, 2015 at 8:35 am #

    How best to reduce toxic load, I am same as you Dr Lynch: compound hetero 1298 & 677. A recent hair and urine challenge test indicated very high lead and mercury. ND has recommended Bioray’s Organic NDFand Liver Life. Is this the best way to remove heavy metals? Thankyou!

  18. Wendy Dussault January 14, 2015 at 1:43 am #

    Dr. Ben in your spare time LOL research vortex water attachments there are some good sites on Youtube. It changes the water structure much like water running down a river It’s called Structured Water and you can then add stuff to it. I make it every morning and add Cell Food to mine and drink it through out the day. I also dissolve mineral salts plus I add ionic minerals sometimes, I am having problems with chelation and need to build up my minerals before we can continue.

  19. Linda January 14, 2015 at 2:46 am #

    Dr. Lynch…..do you still recommend water filtration if you have well water? Ours was just dug for our new home about 3 years ago.

    • Dr Lynch January 15, 2015 at 8:54 am #

      Test your well water – Doctors Data can do it for you. Then see if you need to filter it.

  20. Stephanie January 14, 2015 at 11:23 pm #

    I have been reading everything on the site and can’t find a list of medications to avoid. I thought I had seen that on here before but can’t track it down now. I am homozygous C667T and have had severe adverse reactions to Cipro. I would like to know what else should be avoided in the future. Thank you for all of this information!

    • Dr Lynch January 15, 2015 at 8:52 am #

      That’s a great question –

      There is a laundry list –

      Read the book, Drug Muggers.

  21. Bobette Kyle January 15, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    First, I want to say I am NOT an “automatic fan,” but require people to really prove their worth before I become a devote follower–they have to be intelligent and NOT a profits-at-no-cost kind of person. You have surpassed the test. After listening to a couple of your guest audios on other sites, I was hooked;’ IMO you clearly have your followers’ and clients’ best interest in mind. I am also compound heterogeneous and my adult daughter is homozygous for A1298C (still trying to figure out the implications for her–she has many other methylation mutations and frequent migraines, both with and without aura).

    This concept of minimizing the influx of toxins is what I am focusing on at this point. Have an under-counter Aquafina filter, which removes 60 chemicals and sediment but does NOT remove chlorine. Just got it four months ago, so will consider your recommendations after a while.

    • Dr Lynch January 15, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

      Thank you, Bobette 🙂

      Removes 60 chemicals but not chlorine? Odd.

      I would recommend selling it on Craigslist or something and moving to something that removes chlorine and other things. Water is so vital for us.

  22. Marie January 15, 2015 at 11:18 pm #

    Thank you for the very detailed post with steps that we can take now. We use a Berkey w/PF-2 filters to remove fluoride, etc. from drinking and cooking water, but also a whole house filtration unit to remove chlorine from our showers and baths and the outside spigot we use to water the vegetable garden. We change them yearly. They are made from coconut shell carbon which is very effective at removing chlorine. When I researched the issue six years ago (perhaps things have changed since?), I read that shower filters have a hard time removing chlorine from heated water, so we went the whole house route. We hired a plumber friend to install the housings in the basement where the water line comes in. Interestingly, our showers are very easy to clean now.

    I got the filter housing and filters (4.5×20 in.) from purewaterproducts.com in Texas. They also have filters for chloramines, which are harder to remove. No affiliation, just love their products and customer service. I’ve benefited from MTHFR.net and perhaps this can help someone out in return.

  23. Jo January 16, 2015 at 10:52 pm #

    Thanks for the great info Dr. Ben. I have become extremely sensitive to essential oils. I am a soap maker and use a respirator but even so I get palpitations and a sore upper back on the side where I had an ulcer two years prior when I use essential oils.

    I am hetro Mthfr 03 and Mthfr 1298. I can’t find much informations about Mthfr 03 and have been told it is nothing to worry about. Do you know anything about Mthfr 03?

    • Dr Lynch January 17, 2015 at 8:14 am #

      I don’t know anything about MTHFR 3.

    • Dan January 21, 2015 at 3:41 am #

      Hi Jo,

      According to studies done by Anne Steinemann at the University of Washington, even the so-called “essential oils” emit volatile organic compounds:

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3018511/

      http://www.drsteinemann.com/Resources/Green%20Clean%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

      Quoting the last paper:

      “Are “organic” or “natural” fragranced products any safer?

      • No, generally not. In tests, all fragranced products emitted hazardous chemicals, even those products certified as “100% organic” or “green.”

      • Products with “organic fragrance,” “natural fragrance,” or with “essential oils” contained similarly hazardous chemicals as products with regular fragrances.”

  24. Terrie January 17, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    Do the shower filters you recommend remove fluoride?

    • Dr Lynch January 18, 2015 at 7:22 am #

      I doubt it no.

      No reason for them to – you’re not drinking the water.

  25. rowan January 19, 2015 at 9:06 am #

    are some messages censored or simply checked before they are posted?

  26. rowan January 19, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    why am i being censored? I’m merely trying to share information.

  27. Dan January 21, 2015 at 3:44 am #

    Dr. Lynch,

    Have you seen these studies suggesting folate may help lower arsenic levels?

    They used ‘folic acid’, so I’m wondering if methylfolate or folinic might’ve been even more effective?

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18522624

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17921403

    • Dr Lynch January 21, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

      Dan –

      Yes – am aware of these.

      Definitely better if they used methylfolate vs folic acid.

      It’s all about SAMe and glutathione levels – if those two are healthy, then arsenic gets out.

      Methylfolate is better as it is the form of folate which produces SAMe

      Folic acid…sucks.

  28. Sara January 22, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    Hello,
    A few questions for you:
    1) Why is it better to cook with electric than gas … assuming the obvious that you won’t then be breathing in the gas fumes but I wanted to be sure :0(
    2) When you air out your house, how long do you usually do it for? It is cold here in the Northeast and we can’t exactly leave our house with all the doors and windows open!
    3) Have you decided which water filter is better? Berkey or Akai?
    Thank you

  29. Jo January 22, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

    Thanks for the links Dan. After reading them I’ve decided to stop using essential oils, I hope it helps me feel better. Saunas have played a big part in my recovery so far.

  30. Sara January 22, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

    Jo – did I miss something in the links? Why are you giving up essential oils?

  31. Trina Eddy January 22, 2015 at 11:59 pm #

    What do you think of Kangen water. I’m looking into purchasing a machine. Sounds similar to the Akai. Are you familiar? I was surprised it wasn’t one of your choices. Please share if you have any info or thoughts.
    Thank you
    Trina

    • Dr Lynch January 23, 2015 at 6:27 am #

      Hi Trina –

      I am not into evaluating products that are MLM. I find them overpriced and overhyped. I recommend the two as I am familiar with them both – and I own them both. I only recommend things which I am very familiar with and/or own personally.

  32. Jo January 23, 2015 at 1:20 am #

    Scroll up 8 comments Sara.

  33. Debra E January 26, 2015 at 1:46 am #

    I’ve used a bath ball for a year or so, but find the PureBath interesting for removing chlorine! My question though is, would PureBath remove other things in the water such as copper or just the chlorine? I found out recently I have a copper toxicity and need to make sure my bath has all the extras filtered out.

    • Dr Lynch January 27, 2015 at 7:57 am #

      Hi Debra –

      Pure Bath just removes the chlorine. I wouldn’t think you’d need to remove copper from bath water –

      From drinking water and cooking water – yes – but not bath or shower.

      • Rachel May 28, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

        There is a lot of confusing information about the difference between drinking and bathing/showering with different chemicals, such as flouride and copper, and I’m wondering if you would be willing to take the time to explain the difference between drinking and showering/bathing with various chemicals? I am finding this subject very confusing and it appears I am not alone in my confusion. I am learning crucial and invaluable information from you and this site, thank you so much Dr. Ben! In gratitude, Rachel

  34. Ingri January 29, 2015 at 2:06 am #

    Dr Lynch

    Just received our well water testing kit from Doctor’s Data – not
    sure whether to take the sample from the indoor reservoir tank or
    from a tap. What do you think?

    Thanks for that info and the Berkey filters info-
    ingri

    • Marcia January 29, 2015 at 2:18 am #

      Ingri — Dr. Lynch is swamped with his own patients and research. That’s a question you should ask Doctor’s Data to answer.

  35. Lisa January 29, 2015 at 3:29 am #

    Dr. Lynch,

    I suspect MTHFR may be an issue for our family, particularly one of my children. She has severe chemical sensitivities, her toxic threshold is very low. Her symptoms are mostly neurological, cognitive function, speech, behavior, dyslexic traits. Basically anything that is synthetic will set her off.

    I have found that giving her detox baths with epsom salt and bentonite clay accelerate her detoxification process. Giving her Kombucha also seems to help her detoxify. After these chemicals leave her body, she returns to normal. Without the detox baths, her detox time is upwards of a week. With the detox method, one two days tops. Have you come across any instances such as this in your research?

    I was excited to see that we live nearby, sad to see that you no longer see patients.

  36. Dare Luck February 4, 2015 at 6:13 pm #

    Dr Lynch, we just started seeing a new a MD that has a background in physics. She is adamant that the first step to getting healthy is restoring ENERGY and enzymes in our bodies through vortex water. She says without the energy from water, our cells don’t absorb it well and we just pee it out. I can totally understand this, but to my surprise, she discourages water filters because they filter out important minerals. Would you please address the VORTEX WATER theory. What about the minerals that are filtered out with water filters. We have always filtered our drinking water, so I’m reluctant to remove our filter.

    • Dr Lynch February 5, 2015 at 8:35 am #

      Hi Dare –

      I am not sure about vortex water.

      I agree that energy is key.

      This is why I have energy producing nutrients in the Optimal Electrolyte. I just played tennis – start time of 10 PM and we finished at 11:40 PM. Now I cannot sleep as I drank too much of the electrolytes 🙂 Oops.

      The electrolytes will NOT get into the cell if there is insufficient ATP.

      The Optimal Electrolyte provides nutrients which support ATP production.

      Many water filters preserve minerals. Only reverse osmosis or distilled filters are the ones to really worry about – from my understanding.

      Definitely need to filter water – that’s a MUST.

      Just take a really good multivitamin/mineral to ensure you have them on board.

  37. Lora February 11, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

    I just found out I am homozygous MTHFR A1298c. I had a horrible reaction to cipro for diverticulitious in 2011.
    Before that I had c. Diff and took vancomycin for 4 months and finally beat it in 2008.
    I am 49 years old and feel I am seriously ill. I do sauna, vit c/glutathione infusions, vitd, methyl b12 and bio identical hormones as I have not had a period since I was 46.
    I work full time as a deputy sheriff and transport prisoners s it’s highlt stressful and am raising a 12 year old daughter.
    I am under the care of a doctor. Any advice?

  38. Katie February 11, 2015 at 11:08 pm #

    The cheapest thing that improved our health was to stop using water from our hot tap – we have copper pipes in our boiler and are dealing with bad zinc deficiency and copper toxicity. Switching to cold tap water boiled in the kettle improved zinc deficiency symptoms a lot.

    The next thing was to use a Berkey for all drinking, cooking and bathing water (for the boys – I can’t boil enough kettles for me to have a bath with filtered water!)

    A gluten free, low oxalate diet has made the biggest improvement to health – literally transformed our lives, especially my almost-ASD son.

    Adding unrefined sea salt to food and drinks helped us loads, and regular use of Epsom salts has improved all of our health.

  39. Ruth Mcloughlin February 11, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

    Least toxic skincare products I’ve encountered:

    http://www.moogoo.ie/

  40. Maritza February 11, 2015 at 11:43 pm #

    Medications are the most toxic things one can put in one’s body. I’ve been iatrogenically disabled for almost 4 years now due to psychotropics which I took for situational issue and which left me “bipolar” and brain damaged. I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same person again. All of this is great but if you’re taking meds regularly (even OTC), you might as well throw in the towel…

    • Kelly February 12, 2015 at 7:51 am #

      I’m truly sorry you’re suffering the effects of meds you were prescribed Maritza. I agree that they are indeed in general toxic, and there are much better alternatives, but to say they’re ‘the most toxic things one can put in one’s body’ is stretching the truth by far.

      You’ll get better — the body regenerates all cells all the time.

  41. Janel February 12, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    Love this post! As a RN and wellness coach, one aspect of making change that has an extremely powerful impact is your perception. If what you perceive is a block or “problems”, in problem solving mode at best you may only correct the problem, at worst it may create a downward spiral of hopelessness. Instead, look at it using the Positive Principle look for the POSSIBILITIES! Positive energy and emotion disrupt the downward spiral, build aspirations, broaden thinking, expand awareness, and generate new possibilities. Can all these positives changes in perception change gene EXPRESSION? YES INDEED! Barbara Frederickson’s book Positivity is a great start. Cost to change your thoughts to POSITIVE ones that inspire an upward spiral of learning and growth – FREE!

  42. Lisa February 12, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

    I find that people can very easily say they can’t afford to make changes that will positively affect their health, like eating organic or buying local meats. However, it is often revealed that they just went on several vacations or they go to a fancy spa every few weeks, etc. You need to look at your priorities and decide how important your health is to you. Yes, there are creative things you can do to save money and also you may need to give up some of the frivolous activities in favor of things that will improve your health. It always shocks me when someone is desperately ill, but then they say they cannot afford to make any of the changes that would help them because they are not willing to put their health before anything else.

  43. Tricia February 12, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

    I am homozygous c677t , I am working on cleaning up my home and my mattress is past due on needing to be replaced. I have been researching organic latex mattress’s and am very interested in purchasing one. My only concern is the smell of the organic latex and whether I will have a difficult time handling it due to my issues with multiple chemical sensitivities and migraines. They are quite pricey and are non returnable. Are you familiar with the organic latex mattress and if so, what are your thoughts and/or recommendations in regards to them or another chemical free option.

  44. ThinkingM0M February 13, 2015 at 10:54 am #

    Easy and cheap lifestyle changes that make a big difference:

    I make my own cleaning solution that I use for everything. I fill a spray bottle with: 1/3 white vinegar, 5 drops dr Bronners Castile soap, 10 drops orange (or lemon) essential oil, 3 drops Cedarwood essential oil and then fill the rest up with water. Shake it well before each use. I use this solution for cleaning my kitchen and bathrooms, all my countertops, all my tile floors, even windows and glass.

    I make my own coconut oil supplements. I mix organic extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil with organic raw honey and a smidgen of GF vanilla extract. YS Eco Bee Farms Super Enriched honey is the best for both taste and nutritional value. Use a fork to mix together in a bowl with the CO mushy and the honey slightly warmed. I fill up a silicone ice cube tray that makes mini circular cubes with the mixture and put in the freezer overnight. Next day pop them all out and fill a container. I eat 1 a day sometimes 2, and I give my kids one “candy” a day. One of my sons is not a fan of coconut taste so I also make a batch using 3/4 the above mixture and melted enjoy life choc chips which makes awesome somewhat nutritious chocolate circle “candies”. Haha

    I use RO water for cooking and drinking, cook with coconut oil, add organic apple cider vinegar to stews, soups and meat dishes, add magnesium to all my kids drinks, trace minerals to one drink a day and add pink Himalayan salt to every dinner.

    We recently started using apricot kernel oil as a skin moisturizer and I absolutely love it. Very moisturizing and no questionable toxins.

    Also, I highly recommend considering AC chelation (Andy Cutler chelation) if u need to detox heavy metals. Low frequent dose chelation requires commitment and effort but it is extremely inexpensive and very effective. DMSA is affordable but using only ALA is stupid cheap. A 60ct bottle of ALA 100mg capsules for less than $10 was enough to last for a years worth of chelation rounds (weekends). Chelating my son with ALA for a lil over a year (after 6yrs of biomedical healing) was what finally brought full recovery from autism.

  45. Morgan February 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    Hi, my son with autism is homozygous for the c677t gene. He loves to swim and when he does he drinks the water. I know he is ingesting all this chlorine and he is not high functioning enough to stop drinking it or understand the consequences. Any suggestions besides not swimming? We don’t have access to a non chlorinated pool. Thank you.

  46. Tricia February 25, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

    February 12, 2015 at 5:32 pm # Reply
    I am homozygous c677t , I am working on cleaning up my home and my mattress is past due on needing to be replaced. I have been researching organic latex mattress’s and am very interested in purchasing one. My only concern is the smell of the organic latex and whether I will have a difficult time handling it due to my issues with multiple chemical sensitivities and migraines. They are quite pricey and are non returnable. Are you familiar with the organic latex mattress and if so, what are your thoughts and/or recommendations in regards to them or another chemical free option.

  47. Tricia February 25, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

    Tricia February 12, 2015 at 5:32 pm # Reply
    I am homozygous c677t , I am working on cleaning up my home and my mattress is past due on needing to be replaced. I have been researching organic latex mattress’s and am very interested in purchasing one. My only concern is the smell of the organic latex and whether I will have a difficult time handling it due to my issues with multiple chemical sensitivities and migraines. They are quite pricey and are non returnable. Are you familiar with the organic latex mattress and if so, what are your thoughts and/or recommendations in regards to them or another chemical free option.

  48. justine March 4, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    Is glitathione safe while breastfeefing?

  49. Lynnet March 15, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    I’m curious as to why you do not mention the biggest exposure to mercury that most of us have, in our mouths. Coal-fired power plants 30 miles away do not affect us nearly as much as the mercury in our fillings.

    • Dr Lynch March 26, 2015 at 12:12 am #

      Sheesh – duh.

      Spaced that one – will add.

      Thank you!

  50. Rae March 23, 2015 at 8:25 am #

    Hi,

    I just wanted to throw in my experience with the Berkey water filter (make sure you get the Berkey Black Filters with the fluoride filters, *not* the white ceramic ones which cost less but are significantly less effective and don’t last as long).

    Although I’ve been aware of this site for awhile, we purchased our Berkey about 18 months ago completely on its merits and ability. We loved the fact that it’s a tried and true system, no requirement of electricity, no moving parts to break down. It can even take outdoor water (lake, stream, river, etc) and filter it to be safe to drink. Given its standalone qualities, that makes a lot of versatility and a pretty cool back up in case of emergency. We even found they started making a small size to take camping with its signature black filter. The water tastes absolutely amazing. I haven’t ever been one of those people who just love water but the Berkey filtered water is sweet without a hint of harshness or chemicals. We adore ours! If you plan to buy one, I will say this… The size difference between the models is negligible when it comes to taking up counter space but strongly consider buying a size larger than you initially think. We ended up doing that due to a stock issue & it’s the best thing that could have happened. We use it so much that having the larger size means we’re not pulling our hair out always running out of water. Strongly consider adding the glass spigot so you can see how much is left. We used ours with and without & it’s a huge improvement.

    The other thing that I was going to mention is that we also purchased a Berkey shower filter. We’d used a couple of the other brands in the past & they were fine but we really have been happy with the Berkey shower filter & it lasts a long time.

    Lastly, I’m not connected with the Berkey company in any way. I’m just an person dealing with multiple debilitating chronic health issues myself and when I saw that Ben recommended the Berkey, I wanted to share our experiences. I hope they’re helpful.

  51. Dr Carl March 25, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    As a physician (DC) and research freak, I find myself amazed by the gems on this site. Amazing. I want to share a couple of opinions about water. I’ll try to be super brief. HAH!

    MOST important is drinking (and veggie-washing) water. I am SO impressed with Berkeys that I became a distributor, and have everyone in my family set up with a unit. Unlike RO water, the minerals are left in the water. Bottled: $1.50/gallon. Better water from a Berkey: $0.02 per gallon. This does not take a rocket surgeon to figure out what’s better.

    Next is the shower water. I switched from a vitamin C (ascorbic acid) shower filter that mainly addresses the chlorine devil, to one that uses KDF media and. (Also sold by Berkey). It is not as complete of a solution for chlorine, yet it filters out many other things like heavy metals and radiologicals.

    Bath anyone? I agree that chlorine is the enemy there. Pure Bath calculates out to be about $47 a pound. Ascorbic acid in the bulk section of our store was $26/lb the last I checked. Online, it’s about $11/lb. I think a teaspoon works out to be about $.05 per bath. It only takes about 1/4 t. to do the trick, but I figure I am worth the extra three cents. Ascorbic acid “ties up” the chlorine (and chloramine) molecules so that they are no longer available for inhalation, or for the skin to drink it up. I add Epsom salts and baking soda routinely as well.

    Kangen. Playing with pH can be really fun, and dramatic, and I suspect that there may be a place for a similar unit in my eventual master plan – just not first place. Also wary of over-priced MLM products, I found that a little online searching can save a person $1000 and provide a potentially better unit (something about the number of plates, and the life-expectancy of the machine.) Have to thank Kangen for the education.

    It would sure be nice if well water, and spring water was still pure. I do dream. It’s be nice if there was not a continuing catastrophe in Japan, too.

    I also dream of the Earth Ship houses that recycle grey water to indoor food production….and for a whole house solution so that my machines last longer and work better.

    Oh! Remember the garden, too! Get the white food grade hoses and pop on a KDF filter, or create a three-stage one…just use something so that the water your plants get is water that is pure enough for YOU to drink.

    Thank you for the good work Dr Lynch. I’ve a great deal to learn.

    • Sam January 27, 2016 at 11:19 pm #

      Thanks for that great info!!

  52. rowan March 26, 2015 at 8:13 am #

    Unfortunately, its not Chlorine that people need to worry about most, its Organophosphates, and these are not removed by many cheap filters.
    I suggest everyone do some homework on this, as these will affect your health far more than chlorine.

  53. jay April 6, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

    Dear Dr. Lynch,

    I eat very well, am very conscious of avoiding toxins, and also use a very good water filter both for drinking and cooking as well as showering. I also supplement, but can’t get my homocysteine level down and am curious what suggestions you might have.

    Blood tests over the past two years have put my homocysteine in the 11-12 range. Recently tried to get it down by taking daily for a two month period B-vitamins (good quality) that included 2000mcg of methylcobalamin, 1600 mcg of L-5 methylfolate, 110mg B-6, Riboflavin 50mg, and 6 GRAMS of TMG! Also had sufficient zinc and magnesium. Homocysteine level hardly budged. My triglyceride is 51, LDL is 66 (total cholesterol 167) and T-CHO/HDL ratio is 2.0. It is hard for me to get tested for MTHFR mutation where I live, but I suspect I have it based on the homocysteine levels of my dad (14.7) who is 85 and otherwise healthy, and my sister, who at one point had 24 until I told her supplement! She got it down to 10.

    Anyway, what’s your take on this? Your advice would be most appreciated! Thanks in advance!

  54. Danna Seevers April 16, 2015 at 3:33 am #

    You said you’d report back about the Berkey vs Akai water filtration after a few months of using both. Do you have any updates?

    • Dr Lynch April 17, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

      Hi Danna –

      Thank you for the reminder!

      Berkey:
      – I like the taste better. Somehow just tastes cleaner/crisper than the Akai water – even after changing the filters.
      – No power needed to clean the water – which allows for greater flexibility for location
      – I found I drank more water initially with the Berkey – maybe it hydrated me better?

      Cons of Berkey:
      – filling it is a hassle. Don’t overfill it. Also – don’t let it empty as it takes a long time to filter. So keep an eye on it.
      – tall. It stands out in your kitchen – so find a spot for it that wont get in the way – and also having it close to a tap so easy to fill.

      If Berkey could figure out an autofill system, that would be great – and it wouldn’t be that hard. Even can do some sort of home job for that – just no time.

      Be great to develop an undercounter Berkey – so it’s also discreet.

      Overall – I am more pleased with the Berkey and so is our family. We’ve basically stopped using our Akai.

      • Rachel May 28, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

        Thanks for giving us your updates, I really appreciate having this info! 🙂

      • Dr Carl June 5, 2015 at 10:28 pm #

        I like the Berkeys, too. So much so that I became a distributor. Here are my solutions to the cons:

        Filling it is a hassle…I used to drive 3 5 gallon carboys (bottles) to mom’s about 3 miles away in order to have a good supply of really good water from her awesome well. Making a trip to the sink with a large pot is MUCH easier, faster, cheaper and totally worth the hassle for stellar water (that still has the minerals).

        Don’t overfill it…Yep. A skill to acquire. Berkey offers a glass spigot, but in my opinion, that’s one more thing to break. At fill time (once a day) I lift the top and see how much room is available in the bottom. That’s how much I put into the top. Have not spilled a drop yet.

        EASIER: Drain it completely into a carboy in the AM, then just fill the top of the Berkey to about 2″ from the top. No estimation skills required, and the water is soon ready to be used, or go in the carboy.

        Don’t let it empty as it takes a long time to filter…Water is heavy. The flow rate increases dramatically by the weight of the water. A full unit makes water FAST. the last ¼ takes forever. If I forget to fill it, and am greeted in the AM by an empty (or almost empty) Berkey, I fill it to the top and have all I need in perhaps 15 minutes or sooner. I have two purification elements. If I loaded my unit with the four elements that it can take, water would be purified twice as fast. It has never been an issue for me and I even use it for miso soup, coffee, poached eggs, rinsing veggies, etc. And, at less than two cents per gallon, it’s almost free.

        It’s tall…Yup. And probably the most important part of my kitchen. Not probably. It IS the most important. I picked up a wooden stand from a local bottled water supplier for $40. It’s made to hold a ceramic “cooler”, yet holds my Berkey perfectly. I also have a small stand under the spigot so that I can place my carboy right up under the spigot and not have to stand there bent over while it fills. Sometimes I want lots of water fast; that’s why I use a carboy. I also have a small bottle of Berkey water by my sink for splashing on coffee cups or anything as a final rinse. We fill glass bottles for taking into The Outside World. I have a 22 oz. filter for traveling. Sure beats paying $5 a bottle for Arrowhead or Nestles (cr@p) in plastic bottles.

        Autofill system…I’ve thought about running a small water line to mine and putting some kind of a miniature float/valve assembly maybe like a toilet. Perhaps a hydroponic store would be helpful. For now, I just carry a large pot from the sink and smile with appreciation every time I fill it. No longer do I have to walk to all the way to the crick and fill heavy buckets…lol.

        For ages, a large supply of water was the missing link for both emergencies and for everyday use. I filter my shower water, garden water, and would like a whole-house system. I’d still use the Berkey. It’s the best I can find. Portable, too. If I find one better, I’ll switch.

        Hope that helps.

        Dr Carl

        • Courtney June 7, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

          Hi Dr. Carl…we live on acreage and have just drilled a well. We have had it tested and need a filtration system. What would you recommend?? We thought it would need a reverse osmosis system but I thought I read that it was not the preferred system? Could you walk me through what you would use? Starting at the well and then into the house?? THANK YOU!!!

          • DrCarl July 1, 2015 at 7:42 am #

            Courtney, sorry but water is a bit complicated. Two wells 20 feet from each other can have entirely different “personalities.” Some kind of understanding about the composition of your source water is needed before any recommendation. On the other hand, I’d use a Berkey (with the Black Berkey purification elements) even if I knew essentially nothing. Sorry not to be of more help.

      • MS June 16, 2016 at 9:05 pm #

        We have Chloramine in our water (as well as everything else). Would you recommend a berkey filter OVER having Spring water delivered to your house? Just wondering if I need to switch over?
        Thank you
        megan

      • Jenn September 15, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

        How come no one has mentioned AquaRain? Isn’t it the made in the USA equivalent of Berkey? I believe it filters a bit faster than the Berkey which is great for large families. I agree about the bucket brigade inconvenience I store mine next to the sink in my laundry room. Besides, good things always require effort. 🙂

  55. Rae June 6, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    One other thing we found makes it much easier to fill a Berkey…try to get a sink setup with a spray head on a hose. They come standard on even the cheapest models. We have our Berkey next to our sink and it only requires pulling out the spray head to fill it up. It feels like a bit of a chore but I counted last night and fillied it from empty in less than two minutes, no heavy lifting. Completely changed my perspective. Since i can’t lift much, this is a perfect solution for us. Next best thing to an autofill setup. 🙂

  56. Michelle June 9, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    This may be controversial for Dr Ben to answer and given 677’s are very sensitive to environmental toxins, what is your suggestion on child vaccinations? Are we to administer the dozens of vaccinations on these already susceptible children? The fact that many autism sufferers are also mthfr carriers could be more than a cooincidence. Have you experienced adverse affects in these children and what would you normally recommend?

  57. Danielle August 21, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    Hello all and thanks in advance for your feedback.
    I am a 48 y.o female.
    I am compound hetero MTHFR6977T/A1298C
    Hetero: MAO-A R297R, ACATI-02, BHMT-02 and 08, CBS C699T
    Homo: COMT V158M and H62H, VDR Taq, MTRR A66G
    My medical history consists of Endo (had a hysterectomy at 24). and Leaky Gut, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic UTI’s (to which I was on PRN antibiotics for 15 years), asthma allergies (food and environmental), histamine intolerance and Arthritis. I also have a past history of chronic ear infections. I just learned of MTHFR a few months ago. My ND is going slow on introducing supplements for my mutations because of my allergies. Thus far I am on P5P and Trace Minerals as well as Similase. I eat an organic diet and bottled water since our city supply contains fluoride. I am normally around 105-110#, I’ve gained 20# in each of the past two years.
    Something that has intrigued me for years is I am rarely thirsty, I do drink water when I am. I also do not sweat, never have, even with exercise. I have thankfully been without a UTI for a few years now. I am stumped! I have been unable to find anything as to why. Both of my parents have a history of kidney stones.
    I do not use alcohol or drugs. II also do not take any “western” medicines anymore.

    • Danielle August 21, 2015 at 5:52 pm #

      I forgot to add, I have suffered from insomnia for many many years, to which I now take 5-HTP. I also take 5000 i.u of Vit D and Tri-Magnesium

      • Dan August 30, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

        I’m not a doctor so take my feedback with a huge grain of salt. Hopefully Dr. Lynch will chime in here.

        I’m guessing that with MTHFR and other issues, it would be wise to avoid ‘folic acid’ and maybe take the active form of B2 (for the MAO), the main thing to tackle and fix would be your leaky gut, no doubt caused at least in part by the years and years of ABX. Fixing the gut will help to reduce the food intolerances.

        Another thing to consider might be helminth therapy. A lot of folks are doing better by introducing helminths to their gut. A google search on “food intolerance” and “helminths” will turn up a lot of information.

        • Danielle August 30, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

          Thank you. Yes, ever since finding out about MTHFR I’ve avoided folic acid. Which wasn’t difficult as I have been mostly gluten free for more than a year.

          • Danielle August 30, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

            I just googled helminths, I’ve been tested several times for parasites and I do not have any. I have Mast Cell; high histamine. I am to be tested for SIBO in the next couple weeks,

  58. Dan August 31, 2015 at 4:37 am #

    When I mentioned helminths, I was referring to taking them — actually ingesting them (or there are other methods) — not getting rid of them.

    Some helminths or parasites are actually beneficial, while others are of course not.

    Here’s a google search for helminth therapy and histamine:

    https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=%22helminth+therapy%22+histamine

    I’m not recommending it personally, but just putting it out there to show that some are benefitting from helminth therapy. 🙂

  59. Lori November 30, 2015 at 10:02 pm #

    We are planning on moving out of the city. Do you have an opinion in regards to is city water or well water better? I do understand you don’t want to be in an area where fracking is. ….but other than that is one typically easier to filter?
    Thank you, Lori K.

  60. Suryabhan singh December 15, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

    Thanks sir for this article
    I have done 23andme for my son and waiting for result.

    Just one querry about shower which u mention does it removes chloramine

  61. Shoshanna February 5, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

    I live in NYC where there is fluoride and all kinds of pollutants in the water. Does the shower filter you recommend and the bath salts you sell just take out Chlorine or does it get out fluoride etc? Is that enough to simply get the Chlorine out of your shower and baths? Thank you! Shoshanna

  62. Krystal June 1, 2016 at 1:48 am #

    Do digestive enzymes interfere with folate supplements? Are they ok to take at the same time?
    Also, is there a particular brand you recommend?
    Thank you!

  63. Julie Q July 13, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

    My #1 problem was constipation. I am in my 60’s and have been constipated all my life. That stopped about 3 months ago. I am heterozygous for C677t. My mother died from Alzheimer’s disease. My dad had Parkinson’s but died from kidney failure.All my doctors always told me to eat more fiber. Here is what I did:
    — I bought the water machine Akai as recommended by Dr. Lynch in May 2015.
    — I bought the Infrared Sauna from same company as water machine and it arrived in June 2015.
    —- After following instructions for the water machine to titer up to drinking a PH level of 8, I got really sick after drinking it for 3 weeks. I was sick with a fever for 5 days and high fatigue. I think it was caused by detoxing. My husband got sick also.
    — I took a hair analysis test from the website http://www.hairanalysisreport.com and followed their recommended diet and took just their mineral supplements for 5 months and then retested. I was now having one bowel movement every day. That site has a consultant that is board certified in holistic medicine. I was getting rid of some of the heavy metals in my body. I stayed on the diet only after the retest and went back to taking my supplements from seekinghealth.com (multivitamin, coq10, and fish oil). After about 4 months (April 2016) I was having bowel movements multiple times a day. I feel lighter. Boy it is great to have bowel movements on a regular basis.

    The water machine makes it possible to absorb more minerals in your body. The sauna helps to take the toxins out of the body. The hair analysis diet and/or their supplements is all about balancing the minerals in your body so that you create more enzymes and hormones. I feel better than I have ever felt since maybe age 10.

    • Heather August 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

      Surprised you can take omegas most I know cannot handle. Have you tried cbd oil?

  64. Heather August 12, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

    I am so grateful for this info
    A few notes:
    I cook on a gas grill every night and use aluminum foil eek! I’m sure it’s making my body go into a tailspin. When I eat these foods I do notice my reactions are not great. However I have gastroparesis and a severely paralyzed small bowel. Not sure if Mthfr came first to cause this or my immune was so weak my gut and Mthfr have been in react mode for the last several years. I’m at a loss,but truly find this blog helpful. I use a regular sauna daily which makes a tremendous difference for me. I’m gluten,dairy,rice,soy the list could go for miles free. However it lends to only a small window of things I can handle eating. My weight is very low which is scary. However,the alternative is scarier. I’m looking into the berkey water but can you tell me what I can do on a gas grill if it’s all I have to cook with,what I can use (cast iron?) not sure what would reduce the toxic load.
    I’ve been trying to follow the low histamine diet to some degree as it also seems helpful
    Lowhistaminechef.com
    I cannot tolerate any sulfur foods and alcohol is pretty much out of the question although gluten free vodka from time to time is manageable but rarely.
    I’ve been trying rad soap shuga bubs activated charcoal scrub it’s very good for skin reactions and all natural. Contemplating cbd oil (cw hemp)and chaga
    Hope this info helps and I’ll take whatever info anyone willing to share!

  65. April Ashton August 25, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

    Why do you not recommend adding minerals back into RO water? Is the “dead” aspect the only reason you do not recommend RO?

    • Dr Lynch August 25, 2016 at 11:50 pm #

      I guess you could add minerals back to it. Sure. I dont like RO water because it also wastes a ton of water.

  66. Jordan September 30, 2016 at 5:53 pm #

    What about a water filter for traveling? I dont want to be drinking out of plastic but i dont want all the other chemicals either!!!
    Also if you have any other less $$$ air filter recos?

  67. Heather October 2, 2016 at 1:42 am #

    Travel filters I’d look at berkey or livepristinehydro or grayl filter with grayl you can buy a mineral stick santevia I believe it’s called. In a pinch it works

  68. Pam mcleod November 5, 2016 at 6:47 pm #

    I am curious on how to do this with children. You recommended gluitithione and I know limiting sunmplements with folate and taking some other things. My has had a tongue and lip tie and now has signs of autism so I would like to do this and start with him but supplements for a 19 month old just isn’t out there as far as dosing.

  69. Patti Veninga February 13, 2017 at 12:47 am #

    Hello Dr. Lynch! We just found out about our son’s MTHFR C677T homozygous diagnosis a few months ago after he began to have a severe lack of energy and was showing signs of a secondary auto-immune disease (he has Celiac Disease, among a host of other issues). Our daughter has Celiac Disease as well and she has MTHFR C677T heterozygous, but her health has always been better. My son is showing signs of metal toxicity and we are looking into having his hair analyzed and probably urine as well for nutritional deficiencies. We are also looking at our well water for metals. My question is regarding water pipes. We are remodeling a house and are 80-90% finished with copper piping (my husband thought it would be safer than PEX piping) and it just occurred to him that given our children’s diagnosis and, especially with our concerns with our son’s health, that we should double-check on what the recommended piping would be for a person with MTHFR? If we keep the copper piping, we will need to increase zinc intake and perhaps others as well. In addition, we are going to add a water softener and I read that it can have an impact on copper piping. I’m just trying to find out what is best and we would appreciate any help you can give us. Thank you!

  70. Ruth Clevinger March 13, 2017 at 11:15 pm #

    Hi Dr. Lynch!

    What is the science behind the need to avoid gas stoves? Is it just foods cooked on high heat to be avoided? Or are there toxins that release into the air when the gas stove is on?

    Thanks for all you do1

  71. Michele July 24, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

    I am compound heterozygous – C677T + A1298C. This is the first site I came to after I was diagnosed, which was less than a year ago. There’s so much out there and I keep coming back here (because Dr Ben Lynch is one of us and seems to know what he’s talking about :). However, I’m not finding any information about organic sulfur supplementation. I recently asked my naturopath about supplementing with glutathione and/or SAMe and she prefers supplementing with organic sulfur. Anyone out there have any information and/or experience with sulfur supplementation? Recommendations? Much appreciated…

    • Dr Lynch September 9, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

      Hi Michele –

      I am not sure what organic sulfur is?

      I personally prefer liposomal glutathione to support the sulfation pathway. It supports it absolutely directly – 100%

      Some people do not do well with glutathione and that is for various reasons. Lack of it recycling back to useful forms, not being used or producing sulfites – or being oxidized (damaged). I formulated Optimal Liposomal Glutathione Plus to solve these common issues.

      I use liposomal glutathione about 1-3x week depending – not daily. Start very low and see how you feel. Skip a day or two.

      Talk with your naturopath about this as well.

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