Monday, 1 February 2016

Mommypotamus on the MTHFR gene mutation

Recently I read a few blog posts from one of my favourite bloggers, Mommypotamus. She writes about the MTHFR gene mutation. It is well worth a read.

Here the posts are that I read:

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I’ll admit, I thought it was the first time I read it, but as it turns out it’s something much more important. MTHFR is an abbreviation for a genetic mutation that affects 30-50% of our population, although most of us don’t know whether or not we have it.
If you tuned out in high school biology and need a refresher on how genes work, here’s the deal:
Your body contains 50 trillion tiny cells, and almost every one of them contains the complete set of instructions for making you. These instructions are encoded in your DNA . . . If you imagine your DNA as a cookbook, then your genes are the recipes. (source)

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Read further at:
http://www.mommypotamus.com/mthfr-mutation/

The next one is:

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Daddypotamus: I know you’re tired. Let’s just stop at Taco Bell or McDonald’s for dinner.
Me (laughing): Stop. 
Katie: Daddy, why are you saying that? Those aren’t real places!
It wasn’t intentional, but somehow Katie was six years old before she realized these places really do exist. We’ve done our best to nourish them from the start, and we are very careful about what goes into their little bodies.
I used to believe that was enough. With a real food diet and minimal supplementation to make up for things like soil depletion, our family would thrive.

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Read further at:
http://www.mommypotamus.com/mthfr-gene-mutation-faq/

In the first post she refers to the website of Dr. Lynch who is an expert in the field.
In the following post he lists the health issues that could likely be related to the MTHFR gene mutation.

http://mthfr.net/mthfr-mutations-and-the-conditions-they-cause/2011/09/07/

It was quite an educational beginners guide and FAQ post. I recommend reading it if you feel you might be affected.