Introduction to The Vagus Nerve
In people with fatigue, food sensitivities, anxiety and gut problems, brain fog and depersonalization, the vagus nerve is almost always at play. These people have lower vagal tone, which means a lower ability of the vagus nerve to activate.
The only question is what aspect of the vagus nerve is malfunctioning and how much the vagus nerve is a problem vs. other aspects of your biology.
The vagus nerve is part of the parasympathetic nervous system, referred to as the rest and digest system. It’s not the only nerve ... ..more
Vitamin B12 is one of the most frequently prescribed treatments in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) yet it is not uncommon
for it to perform poorly or even to have negative effectsthus. Here Fred provides some of the reasons he believes B12 does not sometimes work in ME/CFS
Taking It in Tablet Form- Active b12 is taken as an oral tablet reducing its absorbtion to below 1%. A 1000mcg active b12 oral tablet might bind as much as 10mcg of b12. Again the b12 has to be squeezed through a keyhole that limits the amount and is subject to ... ..more
No; only a small percentage of mutations cause genetic disorders—most have no impact on health or development. For example, some mutations alter a gene’s DNA sequence but do not change the function of the protein made by the gene.
Often, gene mutations that could cause a genetic disorder are repaired by certain enzymes before the gene is expressed and an altered protein is produced. Each cell has a number of pathways through which enzymes recognize and repair mistakes in DNA. Because DNA can be damaged or mutated in many ways, DNA repair is an important process by which ... ..more
By Helen Janneson Bense
A1298C single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) affects the enzyme known as 5,10 MethyleneTetraHydroFolate Reductase (MTHFR). This polymorphism involves a down regulation of the MTHFR enzyme, responsible for the backwards reaction of the folate cycle, where 5-methylfolate (5MTHF) is converted into tetrahydrofolate (THF). This reaction is most important for the production of BH4 – tetrahydrobiopterin. Each turn of the folate cycle and conversion of 5MTHF to THF produces 1 molecule of BH4. In heterozygous and homozygous states, enzyme activity will be compromised by
approximately 30% and 70% respectively.
Functions of BH4
Cofactor for all three isotypes of nitric ... ..more
I found this excellent description in Amy Yasko's forum: ch3nutrigenomics.com. It was posted by one of the members on the site- raji: http://www.ch3nutrigenomics...
This is a private blog, but it is a very rich source of information about methylation, nutrigenomics and dietary supplementation
Here is a copy of the post:
Methyl group: A methyl group is simply a single carbon atom bonded to 3 hydrogen atoms (CH3).
Methylation: Transfer of methyl groups from one chemical to another is called methylation. Essentially any chemical compound that has a methyl group as part of its chemical ... ..more
ACAT is Acetyl-Coenzyme A Acetyltransferase [ACAT] [mitochondria]
A block at this point in [ACAT] can lead to increased levels of MMA (Methylmalonic Acid)." ...."MMA may inhibit Succinate CoQ Reductase. The enzyme succinate CoQ Reductase is important in electron transport."
Methylmalonic Acid [MMA] is related to Vitamin B12 biochemistry.
#ACAT is treated with Adenosylcobalmin (for high MMA), bile salts, policosanol, pancreatic enzymes, vitamin K, vitamin E, lactoferrin, nucleotides, and CQ10. ...but which ones, how much and how long you take each of these (if at all) depends on your other mutations as well as biochemical testing. Things you want to monitor ... ..more
Lab Tests indicating a need to address Bacterial Imbalances:
History of chronic #ear infections
Maternal history of #Streptococcal infection
History of bacterial #pneumonia
Streptococcus, E coli on #CSA / #GI Profile
Other #bacterial #pathogens on CSA/GI Profile
Elevated kynurenic on #OAT / #Metabolic Test, CONFIRM with CSA/GI Profile
Elevated quinolinic on OAT/Metabolic Test, CONFIRM with CSA/GI Profile
Low gut #pH or high gut pH
High suberic on a #MAP or #OAT
High DHPPA on a MAP or OAT
#Supplements to balance / repopulate GI tract/ decrease E.coli and Strep:
Bowel Support Formula RNA
Special digestive enzymes
VDR Fok ... ..more
ACAT Acetyl-Coenzyme A acetyltransferase AKA A bad Gut & Oxalates issues. This is Priority mutation # 2.
Although this mutation is fairly uncommon, it significantly impacts the Energy Cycle (citric acid cycle) and mitochondrial function. The influences are wide and far ranging and include bile salt production, cholesterol, fatty acids, and the processing of oxalates. Notwithstanding a partial or full defect, many have a “functional” variation due to the impact of aluminum, heavy metals, and toxins as well as other defects that impact this area such as the NOS, MTHFR, & CBS. Upon viewing the methylation community diagram, it is important to note that the energy cycle is closely connected to each sequence, yet it is intimately linked to both the waste cycle and SAM’s Corporation.
Since the energy cycle is essential for processing and converting all dietary nutrients (glucose, fats, proteins) into useable forms of energy, a breakdown anywhere down the line might trip an internal alarm. This is analogous to your car’s “low fuel” gauge. Just as any industry processes coal, gas, or oil for energy production, your body must have the essential nutrients in order to properly function. If you visualize the energy cycle as a clock, each hour represents an area in which one nutrient or substance converts into a more compatible form of energy. Depending on digestive function, diet, rate of absorption, and the presence of any genetic quirks, a problem might occur at any point within the device. This may lead to significant chemical imbalances within your body chemistry as well as mitochondrial dysfunction or disorders.
The ACAT plays a key role in creating bile salts, which is crucial for cholesterol and other membrane lipid balances. While we tend to view cholesterol and other fats as the “bad guys” in the war against disease, these compounds are critical for general health and wellbeing. Whether it’s the coating surrounding a nerve, cell, or organ, cholesterol is essential in its production. Think of your home’s electrical wiring and the thick, plastic or rubber coating normally found protecting it. An exposed wire is vulnerable and may “short out,” so that the impulse isn’t transmitted. Similarly, the body’s nervous system requires the protection afforded from a nice, thick fatty coating or fundamental connections may never be made. An exposed nerve may lead to a misfire, which is often the source behind the early symptoms found in neuroimmune disorders. This often includes signs such as tremors, muscle fasciculations, weakness, and fatigue as well as word groping and poor concentration and retention. Without cholesterol, you also cannot make several vital hormones, including, your sex hormones (estrogen & testosterone) or insulin. Therefore, low cholesterol levels are not as beneficial as one would initially think.
Finally, if a chronically ill person has had heavy aluminum or other toxic exposures along with a partially functioning ACAT, energy production is likely to stall to a near standstill. Moreover, as outlined in the energy cycle, other problems may include:
1. More B-12 depletion, which has ramifications throughout the entire system.
2. Cholesterol & fatty acid imbalances, often leading to toxic fatty acid buildup & high cholesterol.
3. Decreasing bile salts & increased taurine production as well as poor cell wall function since they all rely
on the proper breakdown of cholesterol through the ACAT.
4. Poor breakdown of fats, carbohydrates, & proteins to fuel other cells, nerves, tissue, & organs.
5. Rising oxalate levels that may cause painful urination and bladder & kidney stones.
6. Co Q-10 reduction, which is also necessary for mitochondrial function & energy.
7. Limited energy for the Waste Facility & SAM’s Corp. due to less conversion of methionine to SAMe. In
having over 400 methylation functions, SAMe is critical for the entire community.
As the energy factories of each cell, mitochondrial damage has significant implications. In fact, anything that demands more energy, including the gut and the brain, are particularly vulnerable. Significant blocks may limit the availability of bile salts; hence the digestive process is doubly burdened. This provides a valid reason for many unexplained digestive problems, while explaining poor growth & development as well as failure to thrive. Well-studied toxins such as aluminum, lead, mercury, and MSG also greatly impact this factory. This is one reason those with known mitochondrial disorders are discouraged from eating foods with pesticides, MSG, and aluminum. Ultimately, anyone with multiple risk factors is especially prone to mitochondrial dysfunction.
Monitor for oxalates, high taurine, MMA, and/or methionine levels as well as low cholesterol.
Ethanolamine and the ... ..more
Summary of analogies used in methylation community: CEOs: Directs each corporation in organized steps
Supervisors: Enzymes such as MTHFRs, COMT, SHMT, and BHMT
Enzymes are proteins that are produced by living cells and regulate the body’s process to breakdown products, such as ammonia.
Employees: Chemicals, proteins, DNA, etc.
Work tags: Methyl groups (Homocysteine, SAM, Methionine) The Chain Gang: Homocysteine (HCY)
Synopsis of the Cycles
1). Power Plant = Citric Acid Cycle =
Formerly known as the Kreb’s cycle) Recognized as the mitochondrial or energy cycle
2). Garbage Dump (& Recycling) =
The urea cycle, ammonia cleanup & nitric oxide production (heart/blood vessel protection)
3). Better Health 4 Life Corp (BH4) = Communications “AT&T” & toxic waste cleanup Neurotalkers: Dopamine, Serotonin, & Norepi
4). SAM’s Corp. = Methionine Cycle =
The major producer of methyl donors and the passageway to the garbage dump (NOS) & liver via the CBS enzyme
5). Farmer Folate = Folate Cycle =
Homegrown” RNA & DNA, methyl groups and Homocysteine (HCY) regulation
The Meaning of Methylation
Methylation is truly a multi-tasking marvel that allows us to be “healthy and human.” Though this highly intricate process occurs within each cell as well as in the fluid supplying the brain and within the liver, it is responsible for the most vital undertakings throughout body chemistry. Methylation determines who we are, what we look like, and how we behave and it is central to our physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Without methylation, we could not survive; hence, it is the perfect pathway to focus on for understanding autoimmune ... ..more
Adverse reactions to fluoroquinolone #antibiotics ( #Cipro #Ciprofloxacin #Levaquin #Levofloxacin #Avelox #Moxifloxacin and #Floxin #Ofloxacin ) can manifest in patients as a multi-symptom chronic illness that most resembles #fibromyalgia #chronic fatigue syndrome #CFS / #myalgic encephalopathy (ME) and/or an #autoimmune diseases. As is the case with those chronic multi-symptom illnesses, the symptoms of fluoroquinolone toxicity vary greatly from one individual to another. Though almost everyone who suffers from fluoroquinolone toxicity has some sort of musculoskeletal issues (fluoroquinolones have a black box warning about the risk of tendon rupture), #neuropathy and autonomic nervous system dysfunction, those broad categories of symptoms are where the ... ..more
It’s important to determine which treatments are temporary and only required for initial support and healing vs. those which are essential for life long health and well-being. Many of these will correlate with complete blocks, or full typos in your genetic code while some may be vital supports for partial blocks that lead to substantial illness or disability. Most will require anywhere from 10-15 nutrients for maintenance. Still, some will be indispensable, others will no longer be vital, and many others will only be needed as issues arise.
B). Nerve Repair: Depending on your health problems, this is the ... ..more
Vitamin D Receptor “Determines donors”
VDR Taq tt = -/- (green, no defect) tolerates fewer methyl donors
VDR Taq TT = +/+ (red, complete defect) tolerates more methyl donors
Partial or complete defects may mean you will not readily absorb Vit D from sun exposure. This may also contribute to seasonal depression, particularly when the sun is at it's lowest in the fall/winter season. Many studies in the past decade have noted a strong correlation between Vitamin D deficiency and neurological degeneration. In fact, aside from having implications in Parkinson’s and dementia, this SNP is highly associated with Multiple Sclerosis ... ..more
#Parasympathetic Nervous System “Rest, repair, & digest” or “Type B’s” There are 3 basic #PNS Dominant subtypes: Basic, Extreme, & Inefficient PNS Dominant types.
The following is a summary of the average PNS Dominant type. The parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) works to nourish, heal and regenerate the body. It is anabolic, which means it is concerned with rebuilding the body and storing nutrients. Its’ nerves stimulate the immune system, digestion, and urinary function. These organs include the liver, pancreas, stomach, intestines, kidneys, and bladder.
The parasympathetic nervous system, when activated by rest, relaxation and positive thinking, is essential for the elimination of wastes, emotional wellbeing and healing. When you feel absolutely stuffed and lethargic after a big Thanksgiving dinner, it is your PNS that is most active. In situations in which we have excessive parasympathetic nervous system dominance, we often find #disorganization , #depression , #apathy , and #lethargy . There may also be a decrease in clarity of thought such as “spaciness” or poor concentration. The #adrenal and #thyroid glands tend to be underactive and sex #hormones such as #estrogen , #progesterone , and #testosterone are abnormally low. There are frequently issues with multiple #allergies and sensitivities #MCS , dry skin, weight gain or a tendency toward #obesity . These are generally the people who go on the same exact “Healthy” diet as their friends or partner yet struggle to lose a few pounds. Meanwhile, everyone one else has lost 10-20 lbs and is back to their regular routine.
Other signs and symptoms include: frequent hunger, dry/irritated eyes, unexplained sneezing or coughing, #asthma , dizziness (particularly with standing), irregular heart beats or “skipped heart beats”, low blood pressure, and #hypoglycemia as well as increased production of all digestive enzymes and bowel activity, leading to more “stomach rumbling”. #PNS Dominants rarely struggle with #constipation and may have periods of loose or frequent stools. They are also more likely to experience the feeling of being “Tired yet wired,” particularly after eating a simple carbohydrate or sugary snack.
While #SNS Dominants may also struggle with this tired yet wired sensation, it is usually more prominent in PNS Dominance. Incidentally, those who cannot tolerate higher altitudes or the more rapid drops in barometric pressure (weather changes) are more likely the PNS Dominant or “Inefficient Balanced” types as a stronger SNS is required in adjusting to higher altitudes and changing weather patterns. These are the folks who know the weather is going to change before anyone else and often suffer with allergies or headaches. They are also prone to upper #respiratory infections, which may evolve to #bronchitis or #pneumonia . Despite this, they do not tolerate hot weather as well as the other types and prefer colder climates. They are also prone to flushing and may have pinker or darker ears and a “ruddy” complexion.
Nevertheless, when these individuals are well, they can be highly creative and productive and are often slow to anger. They tend to have less interest in “left brain” academics (math or science) and often prefer “right brain” academics (art, music, & lit).
According to Dr. Gonzalez, many Nobel Prize winners in art and literature are PNS Dominants (Hemmingway, Faulkner, & Lewis). PNS Dominants typically avoid confrontational professions and enjoy those, which allow their heightened creative abilities to flourish. And, depending upon where they reside within the PNS axis, many are “foodies” who live to eat rather than simply eating to live, as SNS types tend to do. These folks typically enjoy discussing good restaurants or engaging in discussions about great meals and recipes. They typically gravitate toward meat & potatoes with some veggies usually the root (potatoes, squash, yams) or cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, cabbage). In general, PNS Dominants are more sociable than SNS types. Likewise, they may prefer to remain busy yet tend to avoid exercise. Still, #genetic factors also considerably influence many of these traits.
Finally, PNS Dominants are most likely to develop immune related cancers such as malignant #melanoma , #lymphoma , #sarcoma , and #leukemia . Food priorities: It is generally helpful to evaluate the foods you crave and how you tolerate each newly introduced food. For instance, after eating meat do you feel better and more clearheaded or are you more anxious, jittery, or depressed? If you’re having a lot of digestive issues, you may want to begin with mostly cooked foods, at least to some degree, in order to reduce the strain on your digestive system. Therefore, it is important to consider whether or not you tolerate raw vs. cooked foods. Those with PNS Dominance favor butter, cream, meat, and potatoes as well as sour flavors. Yet they avoid sweets, although a heavier pastry with butter or cream is acceptable.
Regrettably, many PNS Dominants have been heavily influenced by medical and nutrition experts and eat well outside their nutritional requirements. They may favor heavier, “meat & potato” meals yet eat leaner meats, whole grain carbs, fruits, and vegetables despite not feeling satisfied. While many desire bacon and egg breakfasts, they opt for the lighter fruit, toast, and yogurt fare of the SNS Dominant, thinking this is a “healthier” choice. And, even while they gag at the thought of oatmeal or cream of wheat, they do their best to find a “healthy” compromise. They frequently have a spurt of energy for 30 minutes or so, only to feel tired and lackluster within the space of an hour. Yet, if allowed to eat a thick slice of ham with potatoes, they’ll have the energy they need to work throughout the entire morning.
In fact, many “vegetarian” PNS Dominants feel much more alert and energetic when they start eating animal proteins While they sought out the heavier “allowed” proteins (cheese, eggs, hummus), most never felt satiated. For the PNS Dominant, eating meat is not “morally inferior”; it is essential for their health and survival Ultimately, each person should consume the most healthful foods for their metabolic make up. Though SNS Dominants require mostly vegetarian, raw foods, for greatest health, those who are PNS Dominant require fattier, red meats. They are hardwired to function well on the wholesome, omega 3 fats & #glutamate found in grass fed meats. Besides, most will develop a multitude of health problems if they adopt the SNS Dominant’s diet. For those with concerns regarding #sulfur , while foods such as #broccoli & #cauliflower contain a fair amount of sulfur ... ..more
STEP ONE: Layering in The Foundation
Knowing your Nervous system #dominance is an integral part in establishing the treatment process.
A). Remove or limit triggers:
Processed foods contain excitotoxins, dyes, and #toxic preservatives. It is also crucial to remove obvious food #allergies . Please see Resqua pages on #excitotoxins for more information. This is simply defined and discussed in detail.
B). Begin general support:
Provide a good foundation for your nervous system type and begin nutritional support. Though life threatening reactions would be extremely rare (and to my knowledge, unheard of), moving too quickly can result in more intense symptoms of ... ..more
It is best to use a “masticator” such as the Champion juicer, or a “twin press” juicer such as the Green Star Elite, rather than a “centrifugal” juicer. The latter adds oxygen to the juice’s enzymes during the process and this leads to “oxidation” or breakdown of nutrients.
While there are some exceptional products on the market, they can also be cumbersome and expensive (Norwalk $2800). In an ideal world, the GreenStar Elite (GSE) 5000 offers the best of both worlds and is actually a good compromise from Norwalk (yet much more costly than the Champion) at $550. Twin ... ..more
This means you have one mutation for the 1298C gene. You get one gene from each parent. If you are homozygous (+/+) for 1298A it means you got it from both parents.
From Carol Savage M.D.
Having just one copy of MTHFR A1298C is perhaps the most controversial of all the SNPs.
I have found a few sources that report that the A1298C may interfere with the reverse direction of the MTHFR enzyme and therefore affects the folate cycle more so than the Methylation Cycle.
In any case it is always better to just have one copy of a mutation ... ..more
This gene encodes a member of the cytochrome P450 superfamily of enzymes. The cytochrome P450 proteins are monooxygenases which catalyze many reactions involved in drug metabolism and synthesis of cholesterol, steroids and other lipids. The enzyme encoded by this gene localizes to the endoplasmic reticulum and metabolizes procarcinogens such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and 17beta-estradiol. Mutations in this gene have been associated with primary congenital glaucoma; therefore it is thought that the enzyme also metabolizes a signaling molecule involved in eye development, possibly a steroid. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
Data provided by NCBI ..more
Carrageenan Guar gum
Locust bean gum Bouillon and broth Stock
Any “flavors” or “flavoring” Maltodextrin
Anything “enzyme modified”
Anything containing “enzymes”
Soy sauce extract
Anything “protein fortified” Anything “fermented”
*Any ingredients listed as "seasoning," “spices,” "natural flavoring," or "protein fortified.
*Below are #MSG Flavor enhancers.
If these are present, MSG is as well:
Disodium 5'- ribonucleotides!
low calorie low fat foods almost always have multiple versions of MSG and/or aspartame or Amino Sweet included.
Corn starch ... ..more