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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

The MTHFR Gene, when expressed, causes the body to become unable to turn folic acid into methylfolate, so folic acid builds up in the body unused and causes health issues. MTHFR means you need to eat unprocessed foods, read food labels and avoid: enriched wheat, flour, cereals with folic acid, etc Eating an Organic, Non GMO, Gluten Free diet is also crucial.
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The MTHFR Gene, when expressed, causes the body to become unable to turn folic acid into methylfolate, so folic acid builds up in the body unused and causes health issues. MTHFR means you need to eat unprocessed foods, read food labels and avoid: enriched wheat, flour, cereals with folic acid, etc Eating an Organic, Non GMO, Gluten Free diet is also crucial.
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5 “Healthy” Foods That Aren’t
January 15, 2014 by Erin Ter Beest

In a world of competing health claims, it’s hard to know what foods are really nourishing and health-promoting. Sometimes it’s even hard to tell whether or not something is really food or just a “food-like substance!” While the occasional #junk food isn’t going to kill you (and stressing out about completely avoiding it might actually do more damage than the occasional junk food itself), there are many “health” foods that have made their way into our diets regularly that are doing serious damage to ... ..more

1. Start eating 'clean'. Organic, non-GMO home made meals should become a priority. Eliminating #gluten and dairy to relieve your body from the burden of processing them should also begin.

2. Avoid taking any extra Folic Acid. There is already a lot of it in the nation's food supply, as it is added to [fortified] to many processed foods. If a person has the #MTHFR mutations then #L-Methyl Folate is the better choice. Choose this #supplement carefully.
Folic Acid will get turned into #Dihydrofolate and will be all gone, except for any more you may eat due to ... ..more

Julie Matthews, Author Nourishing Hope: Benefits range dramatically from child to child. Many parents report that their children make wonderful gains in language when starting a special diet, such as gluten-free casein-free – it may be an increase in words, speaking in sentences, or back and forth conversation. Some children make gains in behavior, a reduction in irritability or tantrums, or less hyperactivity. Other children have improvements in the quality of life, relief of digestive upset, fewer colds and infections, and are happier and healthier. While benefits differ, my experience as a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in autism for the past ... ..more

HISTAMINE AND THE GUT By Carol Savage M.D.
Diamine Oxidase (DAO) is the enzyme in the gut responsible for the degradation of HISTAMINE.

Histamine N-MethylTransferase [HNMT] is an enzyme found inside cells so it breaks down histamine within cells. Diamine Oxidase [DAO] is likely “responsible for scavenging extracellular histamine after mediator release.”
Although Diamine Oxidase [DAO] is found everywhere in the body, the bowels are perhaps the most important site of the action of the enzyme DAO.
DAO is synthesized by mature and undamaged enterocytes [gut cells] in the small bowel, so any gut damage would decrease DAO release ... ..more

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What is an Excitotoxin ?

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#Excitotoxins excite the nerve or brain cell to death.

MSG/Glutamates Please do not attempt to eliminate every last version of #MSG from your diet or you’ll be absolutely insane by the end of the month, it is much too difficult. Just be mindful that there are a lot of hidden ingredients everywhere If a restaurant says they have no MSG in their food, they are almost always referring to the fact that they don’t add MSG to their food but it comes in vats that way already. Also, there are loopholes so that food manufacturers may label ... ..more

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MTHFR C677T Mutation: Basic Protocol by Dr Lynch on February 24, 2012 in C677T MTHFR Mutations
Have one or two copies of the MTHFR C677T mutation? Don’t know what to do?

After working with 100′s of individuals with this defect, I’ve developed a protocol which may help a significant number of people.
I want to make it absolutely clear that while the MTHFR C677T mutation may be common across a number of individuals, the outcome of supplementing with various nutrients can vary tremendously due to other genetic defects, dietary and lifestyle choices and environmental exposures.

Some of ... ..more

From Dr Ben:
In general, those with C677T mutations have decreased ability to produce methylfolate, increased cardiovascular risk, increased risk of blood clots, increased pain and inflammation and increased chemical sensitivity. Recommendations below support the reduction of these issues by increasing the body’s inherent ability to restore function through nutritional biochemistry.
Limit ingestion of folic acid in fortified foods as you cannot process folic acid well.
Limit or cease taking supplements or drugs with folic acid in them. Talk with your doctor before stopping.
Avoid folic acid blocking drugs such as birth control or Methotrexate.
Avoid drugs which increase ... ..more

Julie Matthews, Author Nourishing Hope: Benefits range dramatically from child to child. Many parents report that their children make wonderful gains in language when starting a special diet, such as gluten-free casein-free – it may be an increase in words, speaking in sentences, or back and forth conversation. Some children make gains in behavior, a reduction in irritability or tantrums, or less hyperactivity. Other children have improvements in the quality of life, relief of digestive upset, fewer colds and infections, and are happier and healthier. While benefits differ, my experience as a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in autism for the past ... ..more

These days we don’t live in cabins on the remote Alaskan tundra so you can only do the best you can with the time and resources you have available. Take it one step at a time, and remember that this isn’t just about chronic neurological and autoimmune illness; it affects everyone. Work toward gradual changes and look for suitable alternatives, as even mild improvements can make a significant difference in health.

Remember that this is not an all or nothing lifestyle change. Gradually remove & replace what you 
reasonably can. If you can eliminate 40-50% of these toxins, you have made substantial progress toward 
lifelong neurological health.

There is no need to memorize all of the names for MSG. A good rule of thumb is if it takes you more than 1-2 minutes to read the ingredient list, it has too many #excitotoxins .

Make an #MSG limit & stick with it. Most GF/CF crackers or cookies have at least 3 to 5 hidden chemicals 
while the majority has 5 to 10, this is what makes them taste good.

A box of Hamburger Helper, RiceaRoni or a can of Campbell’s soup has at least 10 to 20 toxic ingredients. Try to limit each product to 5 or less and avoid having more than a few of these foodstuffs mixed in with homemade meals per day.
Remember, there is almost always a reasonable substitute for favorites. It is also important to realize that your taste buds will adapt once accustomed to less MSG.

Compromise to reduce your overall level.
For example, roasted peanut butter is more convenient & flavorful yet higher in glutamates than raw nut butter. Consider mixing 1⁄2 roasted nut butter with 1⁄2 raw nut butter to cut down on content and retain flavor.

Make up enormous batches of meatballs & patties, seasoned taco meat, stuffed meatloaf, chicken soup, chili, whole grain rice, sandwiches, stirfry, sausages, GF/CF pancakes & waffles, etc., and freeze them in meal size batches for busy nights & mornings. It’s much easier to reheat food in a toaster oven than to cook an entire meal three times a day.

If you occasionally eat fast food, limit the burger to “*protein style” with some plain fries. *This is without the bun.

Don’t forget that anything that is so delicious you just can’t stop eating it or often crave it is undoubtedly chock full of excitotoxins, which are triggering the addiction pathway.

Whenever possible, avoid any processed dipping sauces, soy sauce, soups, gravy, Worcester sauce, and many (not all) salad dressings as well as powder packs in foods such as Top Ramen, mac & cheese, bouillon, Accent, taco & other seasoning packs, etc.

Remember, life is short so it’s a compromise; when you really enjoy something and can’t make or find a good substitute ... ..more

The following are the most important issues to address as soon as you can:
Dietary changes: Reducing neurological irritation and achieving Glutamate #GABA balance is critical!
1). Excitotoxins: The more excitotoxins you have coming into your body will only serve to undo many of the helpful measures you’ve already implemented as well as those below. Therefore, I highly recommend a gluten (wheat, rye, barley), casein (*dairy), & soy free diet. See the attached sheets/PDF regarding dietary guidance. In the end, you can only do the best that you can so if finances do not permit this, simply avoid these ... ..more

MTHFR C677T Mutation: Basic Protocol by Dr Lynch on February 24, 2012 in C677T MTHFR Mutations
Have one or two copies of the MTHFR C677T mutation? Don’t know what to do?

After working with 100′s of individuals with this defect, I’ve developed a protocol which may help a significant number of people.
I want to make it absolutely clear that while the MTHFR C677T mutation may be common across a number of individuals, the outcome of supplementing with various nutrients can vary tremendously due to other genetic defects, dietary and lifestyle choices and environmental exposures.

Some of ... ..more

1) Biopterin/Neopterin: For those with A1298C mutations, #BH4 (also known as tetrahydrobiopterin) levels are typically quite low. This test provides insight to how low these levels are and why. If neopterin levels are high, then I am considering the possibility of a lingering infection, inflammation or chronic immune response that is preventing #biopterin from being formed. Thus, this test provides information not only potentially low biopterin levels but also why they may be low.

If a doctor simply prescribes BH4 without understanding the need to address the inflammation and chronic infections, it is band-aide treatment over a gaping wound ... ..more

Julie Matthews: There is overwhelming scientific support for “diet and nutrition intervention” for ADHD and autism. Many studies indicate that children with autism and ADHD have deficiencies in nutrients such as zinc, iron, fatty acids, and that supplements improved symptoms. There are studies showing benefit with nutritional support for autism and ADHD. There are also studies on B6 and magnesium helping improve symptoms of autism. One study on children with autism showed that a multivitamin-mineral formula improved all areas of autistic symptoms studied including: language, play, sociability, hyperactivity, cognition, eye contact, and more. The aggregate science screams “pay attention to ... ..more