Happy Tic Tuesday!
As you can see, my pit bull lab mix is terribly excited about this topic. And you will be, too! And so, my friends, I give you….
More on the MTHFR Gene!
No, it’s not translated as the Mother Fxxer Gene (though if your child has a defect in this gene, it may cause tics, Tourettes or a variety of other issues, which could cause you to curse in frustration. But there’s hope! Just read along.)
MTHFR stands for Methyl-Tetrahydrofolate Reductase, an enzyme which is in charge of the process of methylation in every each and every cell in your body. Methylation is a fancy way of saying “absorption.” If your body isn’t absorbing the nutrients, your body can’t function at an optimal level.
A Faulty MTHFR Gene – 2 Types
There are usually 2 types of MTHFR variations that can cause issues:
Oh no! On top of being a mother fxxr we’re also dealing with gay vs. straight genes? Peace, people! It’s less confusing than it seems.
2 Genes Broken Down
If your child is Heterozygous (AKA: A1298) this means that he or she has one affected gene from the parent and one normal gene. It means their enzyme function will run at approximately 60% compared to a child that has no mutated MTHFR gene.
If your child is Homozygous (AKA C677T) it means they have 2 mutated copies of the gene, and their enzyme effience/absorption abilities plummet to 20 or 10%.
Vitamins With Optimal Absorption Are Key
Here’s where hope comes in. Once you know if your child has a gene mutation that is not processing his or her vitamins, then you can treat it through methylating vitamins. They are often much more expensive than regular vitamins, but the idea is that your child’s body will function at a much higher level than before as it’s they will finally be absorbing the fuel they need to run.
How to Test? How to Proceed?
You can test your child through 23 and Me,
The Best B12 Methylating Vitamins for Kids with MTHFR
Honestly, I don’t know yet. I’m still wrapping my head around this.
I owe you a copy of the vitamins Farmer Stacey uses for her son’s MTHFR gene mutation.
So What’s Next?
I am obviously no doctor – I’m just a concerned mama who is going to get her teenage boy tested. I advise that once you get the test results from 23 and Me, talk to an integrative doctor or check back with me in a few months and I’ll tell you what vitamins I am using.
Dr. Jill Carnahan on MTHFR
There’s a lot of sites out there on this topic. I found this one by Dr. Jill Carnahan to break it down with a good dose of science and layman’s terms.
Update on Stink’s Tics
And on that note, I’m off to watch an episode of Gravity Falls with my son. For those that have followed me from the beginning, Stink is doing amazing. He’s no longer dairy free and on no vitamins. Some shakes and tremors, but happy to be a ticker. I don’t push him toward any treatment, but if he does have the MTHFR gene I will be insisting he take a folating vitamin every day for his health. I will do so not as a controlling “I’m going to fix your tics” teenage mom. I honestly don’t believe it’s my business to do that anymore. I will insist due to his health. After all, he’s his own person. My only job is to keep him safe and love him like a MTHFR.
And I do.
Until next time,