The FUT2 Genes – A Hidden Cause of Leaky Gut and Leaky Brain

Researching methylation is a fascinating area of study that ties together many different systems of our body. While MTHFR, COMT, and MAO genes are very well-known, they are other lesser known genes that impact our health as well. In this video I am sharing with you my latest research…

MTHFR and Digestion – Healing the Hiatal Hernia

Our stomach is an amazing organ but it has an Achilles heel – it can develop a problem called a hiatal hernia.  This occurs when the stomach slides up (or herniates) through the diaphragm and into the chest cavity.  This puts the stomach in close contact with the heart,…

MTHFR and Digestion: Methylation Impacts Gallbladder Function

  Introduction One of the most common questions I get when working with patients is “Can my methylation problems cause digestion issues?”  This question has come up over and over again as many people with methylation issues also have gut problems at the same time.  It wouldn’t be accurate,…

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…

MTHFR and Depression – The Folate and BH4 Connection

  Introduction Many people who are looking at their genetics are often motivated by the problem of depression.  Of course like many common health problems depression is now a big business in our society.  Pharmaceutical companies rake in billions of dollars producing drugs to try and treat this problem. …

Oxalates and MTHFR: Understanding the Gut-Kidney Axis

No discussion of gut health and methylation would be complete without considering the problem of oxalates. I understand many of you reading this may not have heard of oxalates before. However, just because you haven’t heard of them doesn’t mean they aren’t a potential problem! Like many things in…

2-Hour Gut-Methylation Seminar

Listen to this video where I present my latest information to a sold out crowd in Portland, OR. Learn about the genetics involved with anger, anxiety, pain, and insomnia and how the gut microbes influence our genes and our behaviors. This presentation is the result of years of work…

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…

Leaky Gut, Leaky Brain: How Gut Problems Create Brain Problems

Whether you are suffering from depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, brain fog or other concerns, optimizing your gut function is key to restoring your health. Gut bacteria produce vitamins, neurotransmitters and other molecules that can impact every cell and organ in our body.  If our gut isn’t in an…

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…

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…

Hectic Hormones: How to Optimize Hormone Levels Naturally

Hormones are the most powerful molecules in our bodies.  They influence how we feel, how we think, how we digest, how we look and how we grow.  Modern pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, and other toxins are interfering with our sex hormone system and putting us at risk for chronic…

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…

Adrenal Failure, Hypertension, Sepsis and Fatigue

Friday, March 13, 2015 Jolyn has suffered from chronic issues for several years.  She is finding relief in just a few weeks by following Dr. Rostenberg’s protocols for methylation and optimum health.   Before seeing Dr. Rostenberg she suffered from chronic adrenal stress that led to various diagnoses including

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. …

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…

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…

Estrogen, Choline and the Gallbladder

Ever wonder why so many people are getting their gallbladder surgically removed?  What is causing all these gallbladders to fail?  Listen to Dr. Rostenberg expose the connection between estrogen, methyl imbalance, choline and gallbladder function.  You will be surprised once you start investigating how methylation impacts this issue!  In…

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…

Estrogen, Methylation, and Choline Deficiency

Estrogen and Choline Deficiency Given the connection between low lipids and choline deficiency, it would be tempting to think that as long as someone has enough cholesterol and TG that they will be protected from choline deficiency.  Unfortunately this is not the case.  Having adequate lipids does indeed help…