Podcast #38 – MTHFR and other genes, with naturopath Carolyn Ledowsky

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Now onto the show…

This is a cracker of a jam-packed show where I discuss the relevance of the MTHFR mutation with naturopath Carolyn Ledowsky along with a few other key genes, and why, for people whove hit a real road blog in bettering their health, gene testing can be not only useful but essential – especially in the matters of chronic illness and pre conception care. If you know someone who hasnt had a baby yet or has struggled to fall pregnant – please I implore you to share this show with them. For everyone else? SO MANY HEALTH WISDOM NUGGETS.

Here’s a little snapshot of the goodies in today’s episode…

– What is the MTHFR gene, and what it means to be heterozygous or homozygous

– Why is it really important to get tested?

– The methylation cycle and the significance of B12

– How to safely bypass seeing a practitioner if it’s not an option for you, and how to take steps to improve your health yourself.

– Ways to navigate the best support plan possible along the way

– The importance of knowing the outcome of your test during the pre-conception phase


THIS WEEK’S LIVE HAPPIER, HEALTHIER CHALLENGE: Try to get back to good nutrition, avoid the crappy stuff, try to make sure you’re not too stressed, and sleep! 


Here are all the important links:

MTHFR Support Australia – you can buy your testing kit here too

Resources on Testing for MTHFR, Treatment and supplements, and pre-conception

You can find the B12 webinar here

Here’s a link to the book Carolyn talks about Eat Wheat, by John Doulliard

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  1. Loved this episode…super informative.
    Where do I find the info on safely self prescribing? I couldn’t find it on her website.

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      Ooh that’s odd? Pop them an email I’d suggest so they can locate it for you. So glad you loved the show x

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  4. Hi, I’m in search of a MTHFR specialist in the Northern Rivers, Lismore area. My mother is homozygous and so far out of eight siblings, three who have been tested are heterozygous and I think the rest will be too. We all have major problems but are not sure who to put our trust in. A visit to Carolyn would be excellent but as we live so far away not possible. Please help Leonie Claydon

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      Hi Leonie – I would get in touch with the awesome naturopath Jules Galloway who’s Byron based. She’s fully across MTHFR and out of the box healing solutions. That’s who I’d see and tell her I sent you for context x http://julesgalloway.com/

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  5. Loved this episode, thank you Alexx. I delayed listening to it because I didn’t think it would be relevant to me but I was wrong. Quite a few ah ha moments especially the part about deficiencies and the gut.

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