It is a question I get asked, and asked a lot!! There is no easy answer, neither is there a short answer. So I’ll try to tell what I see happening and update you all in my health since I have been on Plexus products for over 1 1/2 yrs now.
First, do I still have lyme? I don’t know. And I don’t know how to answer that. Many ask about blood tests. I only had one lyme test done back in Oct ’10. I looked back at that post, thinking I would have more info on the test results, but there wasn’t. I know I had 2 or 3 of the main/big markers for lyme. So yes, I had a very positive lyme test. What I don’t know, is if it is still active, dormant or gone. I haven’t had any blood tests recently, nor do I plan to have one. I avoid Drs. at all cost if posible. And I’m not really sure what it would prove at this point.
I haven’t had my thyroid tested again either. Or my adrenals. I haven’t had any contact with the lady I was working with 2 yrs ago dealing with those things. She pointed me in the right direction for a lot of things, adrenal fatigue and MTHFR were the main ones.
I don’t think I ever mentioned having MTHFR on my blog before. It is a gene defect that is not widely known, but it is pretty common. And can easily be tested through a blood test. And many have it that may not realize it, it is hereditary. I have the Compound Heterozygous, which is MTHFR 677CT + MTHFR 1298AC = a compound heterozygous mutation which is one mutation from two different parts of the gene. And that one is very likely to be passed on… so my boys most likely have it as well.
MTHFR stands for ‘methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene’. I am not sure how much I should try to explain here… it might be best if you would just go to mthfr.net and research and study it for yourself, What is MTHFR?. In a nutshell, the function of the MTHFR gene is simply to produce the MTHFR enzyme. However, if the MTHFR gene is mutated, the enzyme produced is not entirely correct. The MTHFR gene is responsible for making a functional MTHFR enzyme. If the MTHFR gene is slightly altered (mutated), the MTHFR enzyme’s shape becomes distorted. Enzyme function depends a lot on shape. It is similar to the grooves on a key. If the grooves on a key are slightly different than the lock, the key may fit and turn the lock a little but it does not unlock the door.
The function of the MTHFR gene is simply to produce the MTHFR enzyme. However, if the MTHFR gene is mutated, the enzyme produced is not entirely correct.
The genetic code of the MTHFR enzyme must be perfect in order for it to function properly. A dysfunctional MTHFR enzyme may lead to a slew of health problems.
And here is a link to a list of symptoms that may be related to MTHFR. And it is very probable that it is the reason I had 2 miscarriages before carrying to term. And that I have 4 healthy boys and one on the way is a miracle!!! I don’t understand it all, but enough that I know I need to take folate (folic acid) in a different form so as to by-pass the defect. In other words, my body can’t process folic acid, or B vitamins, and maybe other things. And avoiding it in processed foods is very helpful as well. Along with avoiding dairy, and gluten.
So why do I bring all this up now? Well, I had been taking all the proper forms of vitamins and methylfolate (the form a person with MTHFR can use of folic acid). But they are spendy. And we were using Plexus products and having great results with that. So I really wanted to try going without my other vitamins and just use Plexus products. So I quit them about a yr ago, Spring ’14. Well, as much as I didn’t want to admit it, by fall I was beginning to drag. But I didn’t know why. Oh, I still felt MUCH better than I had in recent yrs. But it wasn’t the same zip I had been feeling in the spring. Well, it took until Dec. to start connecting the dots… I NEEDED those other vitamins.
So in Jan. I bit the bullet and ordered prenatal with the vitamins I needed in a form my body can use. Little did I know how perfect the timing all was. By the end of Feb. I realized I was pregnant and had no clue how far along I was. Turns out, I got pregnant about the time I started those vitamins. Well, morning sickness was setting in, and I knew that with Karson I had started the proper forms of B Vitamins and within a wk or 2 my queasiness was gone. SOOooo, I bit the bullet again and ordered those B vitamins. And yep, within 2 wks I was feeling like a new person again!!! My energy was back and I was feeling GREAT!!! And I haven’t really slowed down since!! I feel sooooo good. Well, until my hubby forgot my prenatal & B vitamins when we were in CO. My energy was fast going down each day. But within a couple of days of being home and back on the vitamins, I am feeling great again.
And this has been good for me… studying into this whole MTHFR thing for this post. I am learning more too. And may make some small changes that might help further.
So I found out I NEED those vitamins!!!! But saying that… I am still taking the XFactor, 1 capsule with the 3 pills of prenatal I am taking. There is aloe in the XFactor that I know is also helping my body absorb the vitamins. (Yellow pee anyone? I’m still observing this, so I’ll update this post when I know more. And I may stop it again, I need to see…)
Now, as far as the rash I have talked about in other posts… I STILL have it. I am still trying to figure out just what causes it. I have a rash and I have a problem with breaking out in itchy bumps, mostly on my hips/stomach, that drive me NUTS!!! I will scratch til they bleed. So for the last 2 months or so, I have completely cut out dairy, along with gluten. Both of them I had been greatly limiting, but found it so hard to cut completely! Well, I finally was like, I HAVE to get to the bottom of this. I don’t want to deal with candida with another newborn. I have actually found it easier to just say NO to it ALL, then try to limit it. It’s so easy to just have a little here and a little there, it soon adds up. And I have some family members that are finding out there are really sensitive to dairy products too. So… I’m thinking I may just have to adapt to this new normal more permanently than I had hoped.
Well, it was really helping. But then I would randomly get flare-ups. And I could not figure out why. So I started watching just what it was that I was eating differently. And there are a few things I am watching out for… I was using natural sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup, and lots of nuts/nut products in baking and such. So I cut out all nuts first, including coconut. And still was breaking out, though maybe not as much, but still more than I liked. So in the past 2 wks I decided the other sweeteners needed to go too.
I find it interesting how I keep piecing things together… slowly. You’d think I’d understand it all by now. And many times I just wish I would have stuck with my rad diets way back when we first started. By now, I’d be leaps & bounds further ahead. So what is at the bottom of all this?? Candida!! And as I cut out more and more of it’s food sources, it screams and reacts harder and louder. NOT a fun thing to go through. But I am determine to get through it all!! I am SO thankful for Probio5, an awesome probiotic that also kills candida, at the same time. It is doing so much for me. And the BioCleanse, that is hauling out the junk. Believe me, I need more than the recommended amount to keep on top of all the junk, and all the hauling out it needs to do.
So, primarily, I have been following the Trim Healthy Mama diet. While I don’t agree with everything they promote, a lot of their recipes are ones I can eat. Making it easier on me. And it is keeping my weight gain at a slower pace than normal, which I am very happy with. For a while I was sorta worried, as by 20 wks I had only gained 3lbs. But my midwife is not concerned, so I’m not either. Since then, my weight has gone up a bit more. But just cutting out glutens and dairy helps so much in that area.
Sunday in church, my hubby was looking at a photo book I had made for Collin back when he was Karson’s age – 1.5 yrs. old. There was an engagement picture and one when Collin was almost 1 yr old, with me on it. Delvyn was right away like, ‘You were chubby’. So I started comparing both pictures of me. Sure my face was fatter in the later picture, but I was still more filled out in the first, too. And that would have been at a much lower, pre-wedding, weight then my lowest weight post baby with Karson when many thought I would blow away. I realized just how much inflammation & junk my body must have been dealing with already at that point, before I got married at 20, almost 21 yrs old. I had really wanted to get down to my wedding weight, but it just wasn’t happening. But my face and body was slimming down more than I realized. So I was ‘losing inches, not lbs’. Which really is the best way to go!! And the inflammation is gone, I am sure it is what was causing the swelling in my face.
Another thing that has been a chronic issue of mine, that I never mentioned, as I didn’t think much of it. But my nose runs constantly!! Then in Feb. I had the boys to the dentist. He asked if one of the boys had a chronic stuffy nose. He had lots of tarter build up for a child his age, a sign of dairy intolerance. Hmmm, he didn’t have a stuffy nose, but I sure did!! And that was part of my jump into no dairy. And guess what, it has greatly helped my nose. I should not say stuffy, but just randomly runs, and runs often. We went through LOTS of Kleenex. But now, it is not nearly so bad. And I’m sure it will keep getting better with time. Time away from dairy!
Last night as I was laying in bed, I realized I wasn’t scratching the life out of my sides and stomach. And it suddenly dawned on me… I don’t have many itchy bumps driving me nuts!! Oh, yay!!!! I AM on the right track!! I am getting somewhere!!! It makes me so happy. And I know it is all gonna be worth it!!
Oh, on another note, going back to the lyme thing. I do know this, that if I am getting all stressed out over something, or if life is really crazy/full/changes, to many late nights, I will feel more fatigued, and my hip will start aching again. My brain will start feeling foggy and I feel like it is all connected. Mostly, it is my allowing my immune system to get run down again, so the weak areas show their weakness. It happens less and less, and the symptoms are less as well. So I know my body continues to heal and regain it’s health. And I am so thankful for that!!!
This is feeling a bit disjointed, guess that’s what you get from taking too long to write it all out. But the more I researched, the more I am learning, mostly on the MTHFR side of it. I want to keep digging and try some different things out, change it up for myself.
I just love learning, researching, understanding our bodies and how they work. Truly we are ‘Fearfully and Wonderfully Made’!!!!