Dr. Ben Lynch runs the website MTHFR.net where he posts his latest findings and research dealing with the MTHFR genetic mutations that so many people around the world have. In spite of the health challenges faced by people with these genetic mutations (including the doctor, his wife and three children) Dr. Lynch still says we are not our diagnosis, we are still in control of so much simply because we can control our environments.
He gives as an example the fact that nearly 50% of people of Mexican heritage, and a large percentage of Caucasian and black Americans all have some kind of MTHFR mutation that results in neural tube defects, but people of Italian descent living in Southern Italy who have these same mutations do not have the problems with neural tube defects simply because their lifestyle and environment make up for their genes.
In reality everyone can have an impact for good by what we do to manage our environment. Dr. Lynch says one of his mentors was Dr. Lipton who taught at Lynch’s medical school, as well as produced a DVD about the impact of lifestyle. Lipton taught that everything we do in our life has an impact on what goes on with our bodies.
- We can be proactive and seek out dietary changes to bring about healing such as the GAPS diet, the Paleo Diet, or other clean-eating, nutrient-dense, probiotic rich food tradition.
- We can avoid using toxic pesticides inside our house and on our lawns, avoid harsh chemical cleaners and detergents, and make our homes as non-toxic as possible. Just like agricultural insecticides are killing off the bees, so are the toxic chemicals in our home environments causing injury to ourselves and our families.
- Even our state of mind can bring health or sickness. When we wake up grumpy, irritable and pessimistic this turns on our sympathetic nervous system and floods our body with negative hormones and neurotransmitters. Instead of allowing our body to work at fighting the toxins outside in our environment, instead it now has to work overtime just to detoxify those negative stress hormones, causing us to be more susceptible to sickness.
- Keeping our digestive tract populated with healthy, strong gut bacteria is important. Overgrowths of bad bacteria such as Candida will produce acetylaldehydes which have to be detoxified and cleared away. Beneficial bacteria actually absorb toxins for you, and even make certain vitamins for you thereby taking a load off your methylation pathways.
- Methylation is a critical function your body needs in order to keep your DNA regulated. If your DNA isn’t regulated then everything else can spiral out of control and you get cancer and many other conditions.
- Dr. Lynch reminds us that we are not born with things like bipolar, cancer or autism, but rather these kinds of conditions are environmentally triggered. If we life a life that is focused on eating well, sleeping well, exercising, living well and eliminating the toxins from our environment then we are on the right path. We need to be motivated and take the time and effort to understand and educate ourselves and others on important things like eliminating GMOs from our diet, focusing on organics and growing our own food and finding grassfed beef and eggs.
- Lastly we need to seek out integrative forms of healthcare, because the more advanced we get the more we realize that we need to return to our roots and live more simple lives. Follow the example of the backyard squirrel – he runs around outside all day, doesn’t eat anything processed, and then goes home and sleeps with his family and doesn’t worry about GMO pine nuts.
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