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,…

Solving SIBO – 5 Strategies to Prevent and Eliminate SIBO Naturally

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth, or SIBO, is a growing problem in our society. SIBO is a problem where too much bacteria is living in the small intestine. It can impact everything from your mood, your sleep, your energy, your methylation cycle, and of course your digestion. Living with SIBO…

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. …

MTHFR and Pregnancy: Optimizing Genes for Better Births and Healthier Babies

Deciding to start a family is one of the most important decisions in life. Its not only important to choose the right timing, its also necessary to optimize your health before starting a family. By learning simple, but powerful healthy concepts, you can make small changes today that can…

Infertility – What Every Woman Needs to Know

Infertility is a growing problem in our society. It is now estimated that up to 17% of couples are infertile, leading to a great deal of frustration, sadness, and confusion. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this informative video you will learn the root causes of…

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…

The Cholesterol Connection: Learn the Hidden Truth Behind this Amazing Molecule

Whether you have methylation problems or a chronic disease of some kind, making sure your cholesterol levels are optimized is key for the healing process.  New science is challenging the idea that high cholesterol is bad and low cholesterol is good.  We’ve been “managing” cholesterol levels for 50 years…

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

Optimizing Genes, Optimizing Lives – January 2015

There is a reason why people in this society are chronically ill and sick.  We all know that there is no shortage of drugs and surgeries in this country; we aren’t suffering from a lack of access to pharmaceutical drugs.  What we are dealing with is a lack of…

Years of Insomnia and Adrenal Fatigue Fixed By Healing the Gut

Samantha called my office for help because she has been dealing with symptoms of yeast and adrenal fatigue for 40 years. She is a grandmother in her seventies who has battled the symptoms of rapid heartbeat, dizziness, blood sugar swings, weak immune system, and insomnia off and on for…

Are You Tired or Toxic? The 5 Steps to Natural Detoxification

Are you tired or toxic? That is a fair question since many symptoms of toxic overload are commonly mislabeled as digestive issues, insomnia, chronic fatigue or even allergies.  Our bodies can detoxify the pollutants that exist in our modern world.  But in order to do that, our nutrition, our…

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…

Research Articles on Methylation

Good Morning, Today I am posting two published research articles about methylation that I have written in the last couple of years.  The first article is called Methylation and the Physical Exam.  It describes what to look for on the outside of the body if you suspect someone has…

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…

Low Lipids, Low Cholesterol and Choline Deficiency

Low Lipids as a Common Cause of Choline Deficiency Choline is an amazing molecule and one that is very important for optimum health.  It has often been said that our health depends first and foremost on the health of our cell walls.  And if that is true then choline…

A Primer on Methylation

Ever heard of Methylation? Its okay if you never have…most doctors haven’t either! It is a big subject and connects the dots between your genes, the environment, and why some people get sick with chronic diseases and others don’t.

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….