You wake up and decide that you are sick and tired of chronically feeling lousy. You make an appointment with your doctor and blood tests are performed. They come back negative, and you go on your way feeling frustrated. You see another doctor, then another, and another. The answer is always the same: Nothing. You finally are referred to a psychologist as there is no medical answer and you walk away with a prescription for antidepressants or other mood altering medication.
Abdominal pain and fatigue are two of the top ten reasons individuals seek the attention of a physician . Fatigue, while not in and of itself necessarily associated with gastro-intestinal (GI) dysfunction, is one of the many symptoms associated with it. There are a variety of causes of gastro-intestinal illness including: parasites, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS).
Sorry, this is not another article about how to live to be 110 or reverse aging. It is far better than that. The “New Old” refers to how Functional Medicine both restores medical care to not only old fashioned, high touch medicine, but also brings the latest, cutting edge discoveries to bear on your health or lack of it.
Over the course of the last year, there have been many articles about the benefits of folic acid vs L-5MTHF or methylfolate and the writings tend to be somewhat one sided because folic acid has traditionally been used in the research. So here is an updated look at the the folic acid vs L-5MTHF or methylfolate debate.
We all diaper and clean our babies, and then at some point, almost like a switch, we decide this is no longer acceptable. “Potty Training” begins and there is a billion dollar industry that boasts “simple” and ‘quick” ways to facilitate this process. We never think of the possibility of bedwetting.
Let’s review how we got to this point….
Being told that you have an MTHFR gene mutation can be a scary thing. It is now well established that MTHFR mutations have potentially numerous negative health implications in epigenetics. The variant that is most problematic is the C677T variant. This variant produces a thermolabile (unstable in heat) enzyme with reduced activity (a much less efficient and effective enzyme.) The degree of enzyme thermolability is much more exaggerated when a person has two abnormal alleles as opposed to one abnormal allele.