The Tryptophan Steal – The Hidden Reason Stress Makes You Depressed

Depression has to be one of the most misunderstood and poorly treated health conditions in our modern age.  Yet depression isn’t the monster it appears to be.  Depression like all health problems has a root cause; and once the root cause is addressed amazing things happen.  I know this…

The Down Side to High Oxalates – Problems with Sulfate, B6, Gut, and Methylation

Before we get into down side of elevated oxalates it is important to repeat something I said my previous post titled Oxalates and MTHFR: Understanding the Gut-Kidney Axis – that oxalates in mild amounts are not a problem for the body. As long as the body can safely detoxify…

Organic Acid Test – An Essential Tool for Gut-Methylation Problems

This article is a brief overview of why I think the Organic Acid Test from Great Plains Laboratory is the best test for gut & methylation issues.   It is important to point out that I am not in any way affiliated with Great Plains Lab – but I…

Treating COMT and MAO: the Hormonal Cause of Stress and Anxiety

Introduction Optimizing methylation pathways means going further than just deciding how much B12 or folate a person needs. Seeking to optimize methylation pathways means you must go far beyond just looking at MTHFR and see all the genes and biochemicals that are impacting our health. And we cannot optimize…

How Blood Sugar Influences Dopamine/Adrenalin Levels – COMT and MAO

I meet patients every day who have a good diet, but they are not getting better.  Despite their healthy diet and avoidance of many foods, they are unable to sleep better, lose weight, increase their energy and simply feel good.  This often happens because their digestive system and their…

The Gut Origin of Methylation Problems

Have you ever considered that gut bacteria can influence your genes?  That thought might sound strange, but that is exactly what the latest research is showing us.  It is becoming ever more apparent that who and what lives in our gut has a huge influence on our methylation cycle. …

A Genetic Cause of Pain and Anxiety – COMT, MAO and MTHFR

Do you find yourself worrying excessively about the future,  about money or about fearful things in general?  Does a small amount of stress cause you to feel very stressed out?  Do you feel good while you exercise, but afterwards feel drained and worn out?  Are you easily agitated, nervous…

Physical Signs of Methylation Problems

Have you ever wondered how to find out if someone has a methylation problem? Well you have probably heard to doing saliva or blood tests to see which genes a person was born with.  And that is certainly one way to figure out if someone has a methylation problem….