However, MTHFR is a gene mutation we all need to be made aware of for ourselves and our loved ones. The purpose of my blog is to educate others based on my own life lessons. Well, get ready for an education! If you read my first blog, PFAPA, you learned about the rocky road we have had with my daughter's health. This MTHFR mutation was the answer to a lot of unanswered questions I didn't even know to ask.
A few weeks ago, after a 4 day vacation where we didn't make the best food choices, my daughter got sick. She had a low grade fever, pale face, sometimes with a jaundice tint of yellow and she started having random rashes and trouble breathing as well as complete exhaustion. After a few days of this unexplained illness, a trip to urgent care, and conversations with her Asthma Dr., I did an ER Biofeedback scan. It showed her liver was a mess among other things. The Dr. I conduct Biofeedback with, Tonya, suggested I get a genetic test called MTHFR. She suspected that my daughter had two mutations, the C677T & A1298C. Tonya said to educate myself and my husband on the MTHFR mutation because she was 99% sure my daughter had it based on her two previous Biofeedback scans. She also said we needed to be prepared to educate our physicians. Boy was she ever right!
The last 3 weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions and education for me and my family. My first action was to call my Dad. His knowledge of the MTHFR mutation was limited to his OBGYN practice of testing for it only after women had multiple miscarriages. My pediatrician who ran the test at my request had no knowledge of the MTHFR nor did he know where we should go with this new information. A Geneticist? Hematologist? It was up to me to turn into Momma bear and figure out what, if anything I could do to improve my child's quality of life NOW and not after a heart issue or several miscarriages in her future. I also was made aware that one of my best friends' miscarriages and heart attack at age 34 were due to this same MTHFR mutation.
So what is it and what does it mean to you? Apparently, it is a very common gene mutation which occurs in 30% of us. From what I have researched it seems Scientists only began testing for this mutation in 2003. Basically, half of us are walking around with one or more of these mutations. Heterozygous with either C677T or A1298C. My daughter and I have both which means we are homozygous.
Many people present with thyroid issues yet their TSH test results are normal. Many of us are finding relief from elimination diets, detoxing, and exercising because our bodies need a break from trying to do something they simply can't do, methylation. When you have one or more of these mutations, your body cannot get rid of toxins easily and doesn't convert vitamins properly. For instance when you take Folic Acid it is converted in the body to its usable form of Methyl Folate. If you have MTHFR your body doesn't convert and the folic acid becomes a toxin. There is a much more scientific way of explaining this, but for fear of plagerizing I'll just give you this link to check it out for yourself. It's fascinating. PLEASE READ!!!
This is HUGE!!! For all my Mommies wondering why their child is always sick, or why they have had so many miscarriages, for all my friends fighting or have fought cancer, for the huge population presenting with thyroid symptoms and behavioral disorders, this is a scientific breakthrough you need to be aware of NOW!!! Knowledge is power. I am grateful beyond explanation for my journey no matter how rough. I am so incredibly grateful for my work in Biofeedback which lead me to a diagnoses I would have never discovered otherwise. If I can help just one of you who are not being heard, not getting answers or not feeling validated, it was all worth it for me. My daughter may not feel the same at the moment but she will! We are survivors! Please share this info with anyone you feel it may benefit. We need to educate ourselves so we can protect ourselves.
If you haven't clicked on the Please Read words above do it now! You will be glad you did.