Methylation Defects:  The Hidden Link Among Alcoholism, Autism, Cancer and More

Methylation Defects: The Hidden Link Among Alcoholism, Autism, Cancer and More

Methylation Defects:  The Hidden Link Among Alcoholism, Autism, Cancer and More

Methylation is a subject that keeps coming up again and again for my sons and myself.  It’s one of those all-encompassing issues like toxicity or gut dysbiosis because so many diseases and conditions are linked, directly or indirectly, to it or rather, a lack of it. What is methylation?  It’s the chemical process of donating a methyl group (CH3) to a molecule or compound.  This doesn’t sound like much, but this little group is very important to how our bodies function, as I’m finding out. It not only helps with energy production and builds immune cells and neurotransmitters, but it also processes hormones, detoxifies our bodies, puts protective myelin sheath on our nerves, and can be responsible for epigenetic gene regulation. Because of its association with all of these essential processes, an inability to methylate is linked to a whole host of diseases and conditions.  Methylation defects are linked to: Diabetes Alcoholism Cardiovascular disease Cancer Osteoporosis Spina bifida Autism Fibromyalgia…

Heavy Metal Toxicity

Heavy Metal Toxicity

Heavy Metal Toxicity

I’ve been chelating to remove heavy metal toxicity for a while now.  I had myself retested back in January 2011, and my levels of heavy metals had declined significantly. “H” means higher than the reference range, and “VH” means it’s a way-high number.  My initial mercury levels were literally off the charts! Mercury is toxic at one part per billion, which is about the same concentration as one grain of salt in one swimming pool. Metal              Reference Range      March 2010 Level     January 2011 Level Aluminum                   <35                              0                                  9.5 Antimony                   <0.4                             0                                  0 Arsenic                        <117                            120H                           19 Barium                            <7                                6.2                               6 Beryllium                    <0.6                             0.4                               0 Bismuth                      <15                              4.6                               0.5 Cadmium                     <1                                0.6                               0.4 Cesium                        <10                              7.8                               11H Gadolinium                 <0.4                             0                                  0 Lead                            <2                                4.9H                            4.3H Mercury                      <4                                25VH                          4.3H Nickel                          <12                              7.4                               5.1 Palladium                    <0.3                             0                                  0 Platinum                      <1                                0                                  0 Tellurium                    <0.3                             0                                  0 Thallium                      <0.5                             0.4                               0.9H Thorium                      <0.03                           0.02                             0 Tin                              <10                              1.5                               0.4 Titanium                     <15                              0                                  0…

Nutrition and Autism

Nutrition and Autism

Nutrition and Autism

by Vicki Kobliner MS RD, CD-N Nutrition and autism:  Mention the words “nutrition” and “autism” and many people quickly but exclusively think of gluten and casein free diets (GFCF). While this diet has certainly helped to improve the symptoms of autism for many children, there is far more about nutrition and its relationship to autism that every parent should know before embarking on the complex and often expensive journey into the world of biomedical therapies. Good nutrition is the cornerstone of growth and development for all children, healthy or ill.  When nutritional status is compromised it will directly affect a child’s progress, and for a child with a chronic illness like autism, the lack of critical nutrients can have far reaching effects. Children with autism often exhibit a frustrating mix of picky eating behaviors and limited diets, bowel irregularities, food allergies or sensitivities and physical and behavioral signs of nutrient deficiencies.  A vicious cycle is created which goes something like…

Immune Dysregulation

Immune Dysregulation

Immune Dysregulation

Although there are many environmental factors that contribute to chronic illness in children, one of the most important outcomes of all these environmental influences is a dysregulated immune system. A dysregulated immune system simply means that an individual’s immune system is not working properly.  Here are some examples of what happens when an immune system malfunctions: It can over-react to innocuous stimulus (like cat dander) and cause symptoms like sneezing or itching. It can attack its host’s own cells and tissues (like what happens in an arthritic joint).  This is called autoimmunity. It does not have the ability to detoxify and eliminate harmful substances that enter the body. It cannot effectively combat pathogenic (disease-causing) microbes (germs!) that invade the body. It can keep the body in a heightened state of “attack” causing inflammation and oxidative stress which can lead to disruptions in cellular functions and operations. The immune system is how the body defends itself from harmful substances in the…