Genetic testing can be useful for identifying the root cause of certain conditions and guiding treatment choices. MTHFR Mutation is a condition where the enzyme MTHFR (Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase) functions at a much lower rate than normal. Without adequate functioning of this enzyme, a biochemical process called Methylation is limited and effected individuals can't make the active forms of Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid very well. Without proper forms of these vitamins in adequate doses, a vast array of conditions can manifest, including Cardiovascular Disease, Fatigue, Infertility, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, ADHD, and more. Treating the mutation is relatively straightforward. It simply requires taking the active forms of the vitamins, either through a Multivitamin or a Methyl B Complex. Conventional B complex formulas such as those found at pharmacies and health food stores do not contain the proper form of these vitamins and may worsen some conditions.
Once the nutritional deficiency is corrected, most people feel better within a few weeks and some even experience complete resolution of their symptoms. It is estimated that 40-50% of people have MTHFR and the vast majority doesn't know they have it. Testing for this condition can be ordered by your physician and is usually covered by insurance. This genetic testing is especially important for people who are at increased risk of having lower levels of B vitamins, such as vegans and vegetarians, and people taking pharmaceuticals. In the event that you haven't been tested, all the Multivitamins we carry contain the active forms of B12 (Methylcobalamin, Adenosylcobalamin, or Hydroxycobalamin) and Folate (5-MTHF). Additionally, all of our Intramuscular Vitamin Shots are made with Methylcobalamin.
Dr. Michelle Haff is a Naturopathic Doctor at Lilac Natural Medicine in Manchester, New Hampshire. Her practice focuses on Pediatrics, Women's Medicine, GI, Endocrine, and Mental Health concerns. She is a Primary Care Provider for the whole family and loves treating kids from pre-conception into their teens, as well as adults of all ages. Dr. Haff is a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona and Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is licensed to practice medicine in New Hampshire and is the Vice President of the NH Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND). Dr. Haff is also a member of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She loves yoga, singing, travel, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Michelle Haff is a Naturopathic Doctor at Lilac Natural Medicine in Bedford, New Hampshire. Her practice focuses on Pediatrics, Women's Medicine, GI, Endocrine, and Mental Health concerns. She is a Primary Care Provider for the whole family and loves treating kids from pre-conception into their teens, as well as adults of all ages.
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