Why did I decide to focus on MTHFR? Well I started to see more and more chronically ill people who had been to doctors, specialists and countless naturopaths and were just not getting the results they should have been. I’m not arrogant enough to think that only I could help these people. So I started to wonder why someone with the same disease as the next person could respond really well to what I or everyone else had given them and the second person would not. There had to be a reason.
I’m a big believer in finding out what is going on with someone rather than guessing, so I get bloods done always. Usually through the patients Dr because I really believe in collaborative health care and I like my patients to feel well supported. I have great relationships with the doctors I work with and we talk daily about our patients progress and we keep each other up to date.
In the bloods I kept seeing elevated red cell folate. No matter who I asked regarding the significance of this, everyone said that it didn’t mean anything, it was not important. But that just didn’t sit right with me so I kept researching, kept asking and then one day at a conference a presenter made a small comment linking elevated red cell folate with a possible MTHFR mutation. I made a bee line to her after the conference and asked her to explain. Well the rest is history. And through the amazing work of Dr Benjamin Lynch in the US, I feel that I am now on a mission to let everyone out there know about MTHFR and methylation.
We need to heal at a cellular level and what I now see is that nutritional methyl donors are restoring our patients health because we are breaking down the obstacles to healing and decreasing inflammation. I work with nutrition, cofactors and substrates required to bring the methylation cycle back into balance to reduce symptoms
My learning continues and it seems the more I know the more I need to know.
I truly believe in a collaborative health care approach. The patient has to come first. We all have to try harder to ensure that sick people get better. We need to think outside the square and all put our heads together to ensure this works.
I’ve seen this every day. I know this works.
Carolyn Ledowsky is a naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist.
She has a busy practice in Northbridge in Sydney. Carolyn has a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University, a Bachelor of Naturopathy, A Bachelor of herbal medicine and has recently completed a course on Genes and the Human Condition through the University of Maryland and is currently studying Gentics and Evolution through Duke University in the US.