Saturday, May 24, 2014

MTHFR gene mutation, could this be the underlying cause of your illness?

Wow! I just had my genome sequenced through 23 and me. I interpreted the health related results through a site called genetic genie. It turns out that I am heterozygous positive for the MTHFR gene mutation. This means that I have once copy of my gene that is good and one that is mutated. Although this is not the most severe form of a MTHFR mutation, it means that I can only convert about 60 percent of the folate I take in into it's active form.      It also means that I have a problem with converting B12. Having the MTHFR gene mutation is tied to all kinds of diseases including chronic fatigue, depression, bipolar, fibromyalgia, heart disease, cancer, auto immune conditions, miscarriages, and a myriad of other diseases. It affects the body's process called "methylation". Without proper methylation, your body can't make enough "glutathione" which is the bodies number one anti oxidant. This means that the person has trouble removing toxins and stores heavy metals including mercury released from amalgam fillings which I have a lot of. This is setting one up for disease as the person becomes toxic and the body begins to express it's toxicity through different diseases. This may be the answer to my unexplained fatigue and depression/ insomnia issues over the years. If you are tested and find out you have this, it's really pretty simple to remedy. I've read stories where people started using the appropriate supplements and their lives changed. It turns out, since I have it, I have to take a special kind of b12 and folate. It's called methyl b12 and methyl folate. This does the conversion process for your body because it has trouble doing so on it's own. I just started supplementing so I'll have to update you on how it's working for my "chronic fatigue" symptoms. I'm sharing this in hopes that it may help someone else. It turns out that having a MTHFR mutation is more common than you think. Most docs have no idea about it though so many illness are just treated for the symptoms but the root is never addressed being that it's actually this gene mutation that leads to folate and b12 deficiency. Even if your levels show normal in your blood tests, it doesn't mean your body is using the b12 and folate so docs and labs miss this. Also, taking in regular folic acid from fortified foods or vitamins can actually be harmful for someone with this gene mutation because they can't use the folic acid and it builds up. If you have any of the symptoms related to this listed at the link I'm sharing, it may be wise for you to ask your doc for the test or order your gene testing through 23 and me and then interpret your own health data on genetic If you don't yourself have any of these issues but know someone who struggles with one of these related diseases, please share it with them and help get the word out. Who knows, you sharing may be the answer to their health problems and you would most definitely be their hero I'm sure..... God bless you -Rob 

P.S. If you are looking to do more research, Here's a great place to start for a more in depth explanation. 

MTHFR gene mutation... What's the big deal about Methylation?

Also, you may want to check out Dr. Ben Lynch's site   and also 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Why do you tend to go astray when your best life is found home with your master?

I have a cute little dog named Charlie Tuna. I adopted him from the streets. One day he just showed up in my yard with a dirty red leash attached. I posted flyers around the neighborhood and posted on Craigslist and no one claimed him. When he first showed up, he was so skinny and weak that he couldn't even jump up on the couch. He was malnourished.  I fixed that problem giving him lots of good food and love.  Now he bounces around with tons of energy. Total contrast from how he was before. I'm in love with the little fellow now, he brings me many smiles and much happiness. Even though I spoil him with lots of love and feed him fancy food and treats, if he gets out front, he takes off down the street to go on a doggy adventure.  The problem is that there is danger out there, especially the cars whizzing down the street. I don't want him to get hit by one, get lost, die of hunger, etc. He's got the best life here. He hit the jackpot when he showed up in my yard. Even though he's got a great doggy life here, he's still prone to wander.  I can't help but see the same characteristics in myself. I too love adventure but I too can get myself in trouble when I stray away from my master.  Life is awesome living close with God but my flesh is still prone to wander even though the best life is with God.  I guess this is not just true in my life but all of our lives if you are a Christian. We have two opposing natures. Our spirits are willing to follow God but our flesh desires to rebel.  Even though the best life is found with God we still tend to stray. That is unless we stay surrendered to the Spirit of God daily and meditate on His word. I'm reminded of this verse........ 

How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.  Psalm 119:9

Lord, help us to stay close and surrendered to you and your will. It's truly better with you Lord..........

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Psalm 84:10

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms

Are you doing anything special for your mom today?  My mom has been in heaven for quite some time.  My family lost her to cancer when I was 23. Yesterday I asked God to give her a message. To tell her that I love her and miss her. I'm grateful for all that she taught me and how she nurtured and protected me.  I believe the message got through.  I have a book of wisdom quotes. I open up the book every day or so, read a random quote and meditate on how it applies to my life.  Well this morning I opened it up to this quote.  "Ignorance is no excuse for the law."  I then opened up to another random quote on a random page and out of over 5000 quotes, guess what it was?.... "Listen to your mother". I smiled real big and began to think, what do these messages mean?  What are they trying to tell me?   Well the law doesn't just refer to societies laws but also the laws that God set up. The laws of nature and the laws set forth in the bible.  There are health laws, laws of increase, laws that govern relationships, etc.   Wisdom is the knowledge of these laws applied to our lives whether we are aware of them or not.  Ignorance of these laws is no excuse.  We will still pay the price for the seeds we sow if we disobey Gods laws or go against the laws of nature that He set up.  We will also reap the benefits as we learn these laws and apply them to our lives.  The second quote I got that said "listen to your mother" speaks not just what your mother said with her words to you but also her life that she lived or lives before you now.  You can learn from your moms good qualities and also from her failings.  I'm sure pretty much every mom wants what's best for her children, even if she is not capable of always giving it. Sometimes some moms can be so caught up in their own problems that they can't always give what their kids need. After all, moms are imperfect humans too.  All of the good qualities you see in moms and dads are also found in God. God made man and woman in His very own image.  Women reflect some different qualities than men and both genders reflect different good qualities found in God.  I was blessed this morning to get this message from my mom or God or whatever.  It has inspired me even more to live a good life worthy of my mom's and God's approval.  Happy Mother's Day mom, and happy Mother's Day to all the mothers. You may never know in this life, the full extent of all the positive things you've you've done for your children and the world and what legacy of love you will leave behind.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Finding joy through gratitude

You have so much to be grateful for. Count your blessings. You are truly blessed. <3  Choose thoughts of kindness and compassion. Thoughts of hope, faith and love. Thoughts of restoration and healing. Thoughts of health and prosperity.  It takes the same amount of energy to think of these things as it does to think negative thoughts of anger, resentment, fear, etc. so why not choose the noble thoughts? Your emotional state will always follow your thoughts. <3

Finding peace in your storm

I know very much how hard it is to see clearly in the midst of the storm but more often than not, it's not about what happens to us but what happens inside of us. Joy and happiness are many times  in our control but we forget this. It has more to do with our perspective on our circumstances and our thoughts. We need hope for positive change and thank God we can have it. With God all things are possible and with a little bit of faith, our mountains will move. In the bible, Jesus promised that in this world we would have trouble but he also promised that he would deliver us through the trials. Also that we we have enough grace to make it.