I used to idolize the X-men as a kid and suddenly it makes sense. I’m a mutant, too!
I’m not going to cite sources in this post because, honestly, I don’t have the time and I always encourage one to do their own research. I’m not a licensed health practitioner-just someone sharing info through my own experiences.
Moving right along.
When I found out that spine/neck issues ran in my family, my head started spinning.
Is it inherited? 🤔
Turns out there are multiple kinds of scoliosis:
Idiopathic (unknown origin)
Degenerative (discs and such have broken down over time)
Congenital (genetic and present at birth)
To name a few.
Around the world, there appears to be a school of thought that sees scoliosis as caused by nutritional deficiencies.
More digging and research and I come across something called MTHFR Genetic Mutations.
Of course, every person I tell this to immediately thinks of the word “mother f-er” and I don’t blame them. We’ve now started referring to it as the MoFo gene and when you have this mutation, it certainly can be a mother f-er.
I’m not a well read genetic scientist, and enough people have told me I was crazy when I brought this up in an effort to help them feel better and not die untimely deaths from things like stroke and cancer. So, I will again urge you to do your own research on this topic and figure out for yourself whether or not it can benefit you to change your diet and lifestyle and/or get tested.
It seems that a significant number of people with scoliosis have this mutation and this is what drove my research. MTHFR mutations that express themselves can, in fact, lead to nutritional deficiencies.
In short, this mutation can affect your ability to process the synthetic form of folate which is better known as folic acid.
So, most of us are aware that folic acid is pushed on you for most of your life. Indeed, I’m sure all the women I know of child bearing age can attest to how important folic acid is to a healthy pregnancy, for example. It’s unfortunate that a common problem for people with this gene expression is to experience miscarriages.
I’ve had one miscarriage and a placental abruption.
When I started looking into this, I poured over the symptoms and how they are caused.
In a nutshell, your body needs folate, not its synthetic form which is folic acid. Folate is a b vitamin and your b vitamins work together in your body to support all sorts of metabolic pathways. When one is off, the rest can be, too and this can wreak havoc if you aren’t getting the proper nutrients via a well round organic plant based grass fed granola earth mother diet.
My personal symptoms include: feeling like crap after I eat, insomnia, long term anxiety and depression, miscarriage and pregnancy complications, sacral dimple, I was born 6 weeks early, prematurely graying hair, heart palpitations, nutritional deficiencies, low vitamin D and low potassium, scoliosis, adverse reactions to medications, to name a few.
I have a light version of this mutation. One copy from one of my parents. Throughout my family, other symptoms run deep and I won’t get into it.
Look it up. It’s a thing and most of the population has some form of this mutation.
After learning about this, I am quite appalled that it isn’t routinely tested for and not more discussed.
Like, how much better could my own quality of life had been if my pediatrician suggested to test for it? The life of my kids and my brothers and parents?
So, thankfully my insurance (State United) covered the test and I got a result almost three weeks later.
However, in the meantime, I decided to act as if. Act as if I knew I had it and was working around it.
My first step was to remove anything from our diets that contained folic acid or any synthetic B vitamins. It’s found mostly in pasta, bread, crackers, flour – things like that. If you’re unsure, read the ingredient label. If the word “enriched ” is in there, it contains synthetic B vitamins. Organic foods will not contain it but be aware that sometimes products will have it hidden even if it’s not on the label.
It’s my experience that legit, organic brands do not sneak this in.
Organic is expensive, you say? 🙄🙄
Yea, so is a lifetime of un-wellness and chronic issues and diseases. A close family member recently died of cancer, felt like shit for most of her life, couldn’t tolerate medications and had a stroke 20 years ago. Imagine how making this one change could have impacted her life for the better. Chances are she would still be here.
Aldi, one of the cheapest grocery stores around, has an organic line. Some of their stuff has ingredients that I’d eventually like to phase out (like soy stuff and oils) but for now, they don’t contain synthetic B vitamins. Their organic line is not much more than the nutritionally void white bread and pasta and garbage cereals that line the shelves.
Part of the problem can be, too, that the bogus folic acid builds up in your body and can potentially block the receptors for any active folate trying to get through. So you may have this substance floating around constantly hurting you because your body is unable to detox it.
Step two was to add a daily smoothie. I am so pro green smoothie that it’s ridiculous. I did them with my last pregnancy and I would put money on that is what saved Miss Baby and provided us with the folate we were lacking, even if it was only the last few weeks. I lost 3/4 of my blood and left 48 hours later , drained and exhausted, but with little issues. I attribute our survival in that dangerous side to the smoothies.
Get a blender, mix coconut water, spinach, chia seeds, berries, banana, avocado and whatever else that is a raw fruit or vegetable or nut or seed and drink it once a day.
Google search recipes and make it part of your routine. They can be made ahead and frozen. There are actually no excuses for not doing it 🤷🏼♀️
Yes. I’m bullying you into daily smoothies.
My third step was to start a multivitamin sourced from whole foods which contains folate and B12 as methyl cobalimine which is its active form. Again, read the labels.
Step four, tell everyone I know about this MTHFR and the absolute havoc it can wreak on your life and how easy it is to get your health back.
I’ll tell you what. It’s been about a month since we started this regimen and it’s the first time in a long time that I can eat without feeling gross and that I HAVENT had PMS.
Do you research and find out if MTHFR is causing your problems.✌🏻