Pudgy, one of our three little pigs, is caught again rooting around for midnight snacks in the garden. His brothers have been working with him at mealtimes to keep his portions under control, but Pudgy, his nickname, kept growing more rotund until they realized where his extra calories were coming from. He has long known that gluttony is a sin,
Researchers in China recently released findings from a large study of 20,000 patients looking at whether folic acid (yes, the synthetic form) affected the stroke risk in those with high blood pressure. Several of the findings underscore the importance of the methylation cycle in cardiovascular health. Both individuals with MTHFR 677 mutations and those without should take notice of this study.
While I appreciate those taking the time and effort to improve the health of our children, there is a bigger picture that is being missed. Yes, the amount of sugar that we and our children are eating daily is damaging to current and future health. Salt is important as well, but some argue how much this really plays a role in health.
The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recently published the results of a study in post-menopausal women with early hypertension. The study provided daily blueberry powder to half the women and after 8 weeks, those receiving the blueberry powder had a statistically significant decrease in blood pressure. For systolic pressure (the top number) it was 7 mm of mercury lower and for the diastolic (bottom number) it was 5.
MTHFR is no longer just shorthand for a curse word. This gene and its gene family are gaining attention both from the medical world (clinical and research alike), but from many patients and bloggers. Why would a gene with such a bad name be getting so much press? Because its medical reputation matches its acronym.
The story of the three little pigs (prior articles) continues as they wax philosophical and ask themselves “why does their health or their diets matter anyway?” You see they are good little Christian pigs who are looking forward to a new heaven and new earth, expecting that they will be renewed in a perfect pig body free of disease and a pig spirit free of sin.
Five Little Letters Can Spell Big Trouble
MTHFR = Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase.
For some reason, you now know that you have a mutation. School bullies may have claimed as much in years past, but now it is confirmed. Does it really matter if it is 677 or 1298 or whatever else the lab included for SHMT,
A story about obese mice and probiotics
Sometimes, as one explores the world of functional and integrative medicine, one may stop and ask if the mainstream medical establishment is right. Are we so desperate for healing and restoration that we will latch on to any theory or any promise? Should we just treat symptoms and stop looking for root causes?