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…

Programmed for Depression – Why We Get Depressed and the 5 Steps to Fix it Naturally

Depression has to be one of the most misunderstood health problems in our society. Tens of millions of people live each day in a fog of depression, negativity and lack of enthusiasm for life. We all know someone who has struggled with depression and seen its negative impact on…

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: How COMT Influences the Brain

Everyone has felt the negative effects of stress in their lives, yet not everyone responds to stress in the same way.  While our life experience has a great deal of influence on our perception of stress, certain genes make us more or less sensitive to stress.  One big reason…

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…

MTHFR and SIBO Part II – The Three Causes of SIBO

Have you ever heard that before you treat your methylation problem, that you must heal the gut first?  Well I am here to share with you more information that supports that idea. As you will see, SIBO is a problem that is caused by several major issues which plague…

MTHFR and SIBO – Part I

The health of the gut determines the health of the body.  This is a well-known fact.  There are roughly 100 trillion cells inside our bodies, yet the there about 10x as many cells of bacteria living on our bodies.  This mass of bacteria lives in harmony with us (most…

MTHFR and the Stress-Gut Connection – Part II

Stress in our lives creates stress in our guts.  That is a known and predictable fact of science. What is less clear, and what is the focus of this investigation, is to uncover just how those effects of stress show up in other parts of our bodies.  I would…

MTHFR and Homocysteine – Part III

Part III of the video series MTHFR and Homocysteine picks up where the parts I & parts II leave off.  In those previous videos, I’ve already outlined where homocysteine comes from and the multiple ways it can damage our bodies.  You can review those ideas anytime by watching parts…

MAO-A – Understanding the SNP

One of the best parts of researching methylation is meeting people who ask very good questions.  One very good question came up the other day about MAO-A and whether or not it was sped up or slowed down.  This question is important considering how much impact the MAO system…

MTHFR and the Stress-Gut Connection – Part 1

This is a video series dedicated to answering two very important questions.  The first question is “How does our gut health influence the health of the rest of the body?“.  The second question is “Why do supplements, esp. methylation nutrients, make my symptoms WORSE?”  These are questions which come…

MTHFR and Homocysteine – Part II

In the first video the groundwork was laid in understanding where homocysteine comes from and how it impairs methylation, esp. in the brain. In Part II, Dr. Rostenberg goes deeper into the science and peer-reviewed research to throw light on how homocysteine acts as a toxin to disturb health…

MTHFR and Homocysteine – Part I

If you are reading this blog its likely that you have heard of homocysteine and know that is related to the methylation cycle.  And maybe you’ve even had your homocysteine levels tested recently.  But what you likely haven’t heard is what homocysteine actually DOES inside your body – and…

Blood Sugar, Digestion and Methylation

Listen to what Dr. Rostenberg has to say about how blood sugar and digestion impact the methylation cycle.  If you ever suffer from anxiety, depression, insomnia, moodiness, fatigue, etc. you need to pay close attention to your blood sugar and insulin levels.  You’ll see in the video how having…

How to Balance COMT and MAO in the Brain

In our last video Dr. Rostenberg laid out the fundamentals of how COMT and MAO polymorphisms affect our brain.  This video expands on these ideas and explains why and how methylation nutrients can heal the imbalanced brain.  The peer-reviewed research is clear that proper methylation is needed for normal…

COMT and MAO in the Brain

Have you ever noticed that people with methylation issues are usually very smart? It has a lot to do with having difficulty breaking down neurotransmitters. Having SNPs is not always a curse; it can bless you with attributes as well. COMT is a definitely contender for such a double-edged…