Friday, March 22, 2013

How do your genes fit?

I'm a mutant!  Run for your life!  I have genetic mutations, that is. 

I've found a complete game changer in my healing: genetics!  Genetics is very complicated and complex and your genetic information is PURE GOLD when it comes to healing.  You ever wonder why so many people can handle their Lyme Disease (and don't even know they have it!), or why every single treatment plan is different, why some people respond to certain medications and some don't....it's all in the genes, man.  Knowing your genetic make up is an absolute game-changer when healing. 

At the behest of my favorite LLND, I did a gene test through a company called 23andme.  Initially, I was interested in finding out if I have a couple broken genes (specifically ones for detoxifying and mold accumulating).  It took me awhile to do the saliva sample and send it off, I guess because knowledge about your genes isn't knowledge you can UN-KNOW.  And, your genes are something you can't change, either.  But I finally decided, ok, I'd get this done and focus on the few genes that can really complicate healing from Lyme and toxic black mold.

When the results did come back, a whopping 6 weeks later, I was more lost than I was before.  Because of the type of lab that 23andme is, they do not interpret your data for you and you receive 40 pages of what looks like serial numbers  (but hey - that's because it only cost $99 instead of $800!).  MTRR A66G, CBS A360A, and COMT V158M are examples.  So you can imagine, I was left scratching my head.  I did some sleuthing and found a site that you can run your results through and it kind-of turns it into useful information.  The key with this is to have your data interpreted by a nurse or doctor or someone who's familiar with reading raw genetic data.  

Anyway, the genes that affect my immunity and healing and were found to be mutated and causing problems are VDS, CBS, and MTRR.  

So basically, my body lacks the ability to make a crucial enzyme that's needed to process stuff through the body.  And, the previous step to the broken enzyme-maker is also busted.  And the one that has something to do with vitamin D absorption, and I think maybe there was another mutation.  Great news is that we can work on all of it with specific supplementation in a specific order and time frame to get back on track.

Without knowing this, we would have been shooting arrows in the dark.  In my experience, knowing my genetic make up has been positively instrumental in getting this healing done.  

Note: I just cannot figure out why I'm unable to reply to comments here on the blog.  Oh, computers.  I'm stumped and don't like leaving people hanging.  So if you do have a comment or question, please get a hold of me on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/waterwithlyme.  

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