No. I'm not swearing at you.
That's what I thought when I first saw this being talked about in the lyme, mold illness and chronic illness support groups.
MTHFR = methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. If you think, “mother, father” than you can keep your mind clean.
Fad or Fact?
MTHFR has become a hot topic, one that some people doctors are focusing on. Some people feel they have found the answers because they have discovered they have a genetic mutation which causes detoxing difficulties. I have even read that people with this genetic mutation have to stay away from mercury because they cannot detox it. The fact is, anyone can detox mercury given the correct information.
Some are supplementing with methyl-B12, P-5-P B6, Trimethylglycine, Folate and sometimes BH4 Biopterin. I don't doubt that some people will be helped with these supplements… and that is why people are buying into this theory. They feel better with the supplements, so they must be onto something.
I have yet to see someone who is 100% well because of the MTHFR diagnosis and treatment… if you are out there please comment here and educate me… because I admit I am still learning.
The MTHFR Enzyme Mutation has been blamed for schizophrenia, strokes, chronic illness, pregnancy loss, autism and probably more. My question is, if MTHFR is the underlying reason some people are sick… why isn't everyone with the same genetic code also sick?
This study Aberrations in folate metabolic pathway and altered susceptibility to autism says that out of 138 autistic and 138 non-autistic children, 9 non-autistic children have the 677T-allele and 23 autistic children have this allele. Their conclusions state that there is an increased risk for autism if a child has the 677T allele. What about those 9 children who don't have autism and do have the allele? I believe the study was far too small to come to this conclusion.
Another study says MTHFR C677T is not a risk factor for autism spectrum disorders. Also done with a very small group of children: 151 autistic children and 100 healthy control children focusing on the 677T allele… the conclusion is there is no association between the T allele and autistic behaviors. The 677T allele was just as common in the non-autistic group as the autistic group.
There are thousands of these studies available with conclusions on both sides of the fence. I can just as easily find studies that link these same diseases to mercury poisoning. I tend to believe that as common as mercury is in the air, the water supply, our food and vaccinations, the latter is much more likely.
Instead of jumping on the MTHFR bandwagon, I suggest you look at both sides of the argument. Some say that genetics and gene mutation are the reason for illness… others say that heavy metals, mycotoxins, chemicals and other environmental causes are the reason for illness.
None of these studies tested for toxicity or more specifically, mercury poisoning. How many of those autistic children had mothers with amalgams. How many were vaccinated? How many love to eat tuna fish? Or lived where the water has been contaminated by mercury or arsenic? How many live in homes with toxic mold? How many have food allergies because of their toxicity?
Mercury displaces zinc and zinc plays a crucial role in more than 300 enzymes in the human body. Without zinc our body cannot make glutathione. Zinc is especially important during pregnancy, for the growing fetus whose cells are rapidly dividing. Which may explain why so many people who are being diagnosed with MTHFR are women who have gone through multiple miscarriages.
I believe people and doctors are confusing mercury poisoning with MTHFR. My son and I got well by chelating mercury, detoxing with an effective nutritional cleanse and limiting the ongoing poisoning from mercury, mold and other environmental toxins.
There are several support groups for people who have heavy metal issues and want to get the metals out of the body safely. You can do this at home with supplements that are available without a doctor's prescription, so even if you can't find a doctor to help you… there is a way to get well with support from many knowledgeable people.
For children with mercury issues: Autism-Mercury Yahoo group
For adults with mercury issues:Adult Metal Chelation Yahoo group
There is a discussion going on now in the Adult Metal Chelation group: subject line: MTHFR. That thread will remain on the board forever. Join the Adult Metal Chelation Yahoo group and join the discussion there… or comment below and let me know what your experience with MTHFR is… thanks!