Babies, children and adults can be tested for the MTHFR variant with a buccal swab (mouth swab). $65
The buccal swab is a non-invasive way to test children. It is not painful and is cost effective. The MTHFR test can also be added onto blood labs that the Crossroads doctors order. Price will vary depending on the lab.
This test in not just for babies and children! If the child has the defect, one or more of the parents also has the defect (they certainly are carriers) and should be tested and supplemented for good health. Look at the list of diseases associated with faulty methylation and the MTHFR defect and you will see why it is important not to overlook this particular genetic variant. (Find the list at the bottom of this page).
Supplementing for this variant should be done in conjunction with the other detoxification and metabolic pathways. The MTHFR variant is a piece of a larger puzzle. As with any treatment to the human body, a holistic approach is the most honoring way to help a patient achieve the greatest health possible.
Vaccine injured children have a high rate of the MTHFR defect. Many families are requesting this as either a screen prior to vaccinating or post vaccine, if they have suspected a change in their child.
MTHFR Methyl Tetra Hydro Folate Reductase
MTHFR is an enzyme that can be reduced in the body due to a genetic variant. This variant is present in approximately 60% of the population. MTHFR is responsible for initiating methylation. MTHFR defects can lead to many physical, emotional, and chemical diseases.
Methylation is an important part of the GV testing when examining the chemical pathways of the body.
Methyl groups are required in over 250 different processes in the body. During methylation, methyl groups are donated to multiple biochemical pathways that are part of normal chemical activity necessary for life. When the chemical pathways fail or become less efficient, the body suffers on the physical, chemical, emotional and spiritual levels.
Functions of Methylation:
- Turns the expression of genes on and off
- Assists in Detoxification
- Builds and metabolizes neurotransmitters (norepinephrine, epinephrine, serotonin, dopamine, melatonin)
- Processes hormones (estrogen, insulin, cortisol)
- Builds immune cells (T-Cells, NK Cells)
- DNA synthesis and repair
- Production of energy (CoQ10, carnitine, creatine, ATP)
- Production of myelin coverings of nerves
- Builds and maintains cell membranes
Defects can lead to a wide range of diseases and challenges:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Neurological inflammation
- Chronic viral infection
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Neurotransmitter imbalances
- Digestive Issues
- Decreased repair of tissue
- Alzheimer’s disease / Dementia
- Depression/Anxiety disorders
- EMF Sensitivity
- Parkinson’s disease
- Improper immune function
- Neural tube defects
- Down’s syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- ALS Huntington’s disease