Genetics, genetic testing, toxicity, and thriving in a toxic world.
Newsletter Published: January 13, 2014
Happy New Year!
It’s been a while since I’ve written a newsletter, and there have been some interesting changes both in the practice, and certainly in the world. I am proud to say that these changes I have implemented are at the cutting edge of wellness and preventative health care.
Below I will discuss how the autistic community has provided the inquisitive and determined health care providers with an understanding to the nature of chronic dis-ease, not just autism. There is a link between our genetic profile and our ability to detoxify to many dis-eases. The good news is that our understanding of custom tailored nutrition, via gene mapping and functional testing, can go a long way to reverse and inevitably prevent many health problems from occurring.
We’re on the cusp of a monumental change in healthcare that offers us great tools for avoiding many of the problems we have seen many friends and family members succumb to. If we wish to avoid those same problems, we must do things differently than they have. In fact, with an ever increasing toxic world (see Fukushima), and the age of antibiotic resistance now here, life will prove exceptionally challenging to those who continue the same path they’re on without adopting much of the this new information.
This information is so important, I plan on doing classes over the next few months to help each of you become more properly prepared for our increasingly toxic world with increasingly virulent microbes. If you want to know what I mean by all of this, read on…
|It’s a toxic world, and how you cope with it comes down to genetics, nutrient status, and environmental exposure.|
While the conventional model of medicine continues it’s quest for one cause = one cure mode of diagnosis and treatment, a more mature model of understanding health and lack thereof is emerging in the functional analysis health care delivery system. A key aspect of this functional analysis involves looking at our toxic body burden, our nutrient status, and what we can do to improve our ability to detoxify from a genetic standpoint.
Are we really toxic?
So what do we do?
What does autism have to do with all of this?
What is the methylation cycle?
What do I mean by genetic mutations? Genes are codes of instruction within our DNA for the production of proteins. In short, a mutation may result in an impaired ability to produce a key protein or enzyme. One of the more important enzymes is called MTHFR, which helps our body convert dietary folic acid (vitamin B9) into its active form called 5-MTHF within the methylation cycle. Impairment in this gene is very common and can result in it working at about 30% efficiency, which does fuel, many, many dis-ease processes. The solution for many people is simply taking a supplemental form of 5-MTHF. There are two MTHFR mutations which are so common, and have such an impact on our health that you can have a lab like labcorp or Quest test for them.
What does this have to do with toxicity? Lots! The biggest issue is probably the impairment of producing glutathione, which is our bodies most important detoxifying molecule. If you have genetic mutations which are actively expressing themselves within the methylation cycle, you can be fairly certain that toxins are accumulating in you at a more rapid rate than what they will in somebody who doesn’t have those mutations, assuming all other things are equal. Recent studies have shown that lower levels of glutathione increase the aging process(3). If that doesn’t impress you, then watch this video to see how profound a change occurs in a Parkisons patient following an IV infusion of glutathione. After watching that, think about how it may have been beneficial to this individual to work on optimizing his bodies own production of glutathione via optimized methylation 20 or 30 years prior to all of this!
Can nutrients really change our genetic expression? Your genetic profile will never change, however, your genetic expression can be profoundly influenced by your thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and certainly nutritional status. Below is an image from a study of two genetically identical mice who lived in the same environment, and were fed the exact same things. You’ll notice they look a little different, but they are indeed genetically identical! The only difference between the two was that the healthy looking brown one was supplemented with key nutrients which support the methylation cycle.
How is genetic testing performed?
What do I do with that data?
What other testing do I recommend?
Upcoming classes on detoxification:
If you think you’d be interesting in attending one of my detoxification classes, please send me a quick email letting me know that you might want to attend. I’ll send out a notice at least 2 weeks ahead of time with the details of the class.
Quote of the month:
“If I could live my life over again, I would devote it to proving that germs seek their natural habitat-diseased tissue-rather than being the cause of dead tissue. In other words, mosquitoes seek the stagnant water, but do not cause the pool to become stagnant.”- Dr. Rudolph Virchow, the Father of Modern Pathology
Dr. Matthew Buckley, DC, DM(P)