Dr. Will Cole, a natural healthcare practitioner and speaker at the upcoming Autism Education Summit, who we’ve chatted a lot with recently, wrote a piece on his blog about MTHFR gene mutation, which has the autism community buzzing.
He broke down what the gene mutation is and why we should care. We skimmed the highlights for you below:
1. “Chronic illness has surpassed infection diseases as the top killer of humans.”
Yikes! This one is one jaw dropping fact, for sure. Dr. Cole goes on to discuss the impact our environment is making on our bodies, contributing to this rise of chronic illness. Apparently, the quick rise in environmental assaults hasn’t given us enough time for our genetic makeup to catch up, therefore wreaking all sorts of havoc.
2. “If methylation is not working well, a lot can go wrong with your health.”
MTHFR is a methylation gene—sound familiar? And (as is Dr. Cole’s quote above), if the methylation process is impaired, it makes it tough for our body to fight off the constant environmental toxic overload.
3. “While microbiome and hormone problems are reversible, MTHFR gene changes are not.”
This was a bit of a bummer. However, we have read a lot of activating certain genes and “turning off” others. (Biohacking is another topic we’ll tackle on the blog soon.) Dr. Cole goes on to share the practices he’s incorporated into his daily life, noting that these changes will need to be lifelong — but there are plenty actionable measures one can take if faced with an MTHFR gene mutation.
4. There’s still plenty you can do.
Dr. Cole recommends B vitamins, lots of greens, and sulfur-rich veggies to support methylation troubles, so don’t lose hope just yet! He has a whole plan that he follows. We recommend you give it a full read and further explore this topic.