Methylation is simply a natural chemical process that takes place in the body. Some people, many with autism, prove to have more issues with the methylation process so they have trouble with things like sensitivities to vitamin Methyl B12, even though we need it. This is a genetic issue in methylation regarding the MTHfR gene.
Methylation also helps regulate the activity of the cardiovascular, neurological, reproductive, and detoxification systems, including the production of brain messengers or neurotransmitters, hormone metabolism, ability to break down histamines, eye health, the health of the liver, cellular energy, and much more.
In this interview you will learn:
How impaired methylation can contribute to the symptoms of autism.
Why Methyl B12 is different from other forms of B12.
Why a gluten-free/casein free diet seems to help with some kids with autism.
What makes the brain more sensitive to environmental toxins.
…and what you can do about it.
Please listen to this very informative interview with methylation research specialist, Dr. Richard Deth. All parents of children with autism need to have this knowledge and awareness to be able to detect symptoms, and know why they may be happening, and know what they can do.
Dr. Richard Deth Biography
Dr. Richard Deth is Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Nova Southeastern University and Professor Emeritus at Northeastern University. He received his B.S. degree in Pharmacy from State University of New York at Buffalo, and his doctoral degree in Pharmacology from the University of Miami. His research interests are focused on the role of oxidative stress and impaired methylation reactions in neurodevelopmental, neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders, including the important role of epigenetic regulation. His laboratory was first to identify the unique ability of the D4 dopamine receptor to carry out phospholipid methylation and showed that numerous environmentally-derived toxins, including heavy metals, potently impair this process as well as other methylation reactions.
Dr. Deth has published more than 100 peer reviewed research articles and book chapters and he authored the monograph “Molecular Origins of Human Attention: The Dopamine-Folate Connection”. In recent years, his work has focused on autism, helping to understand the factors contributing to the current autism epidemic. This ongoing work includes investigations of the status of the antioxidant glutathione and vitamin B12, including the influence of morphine and gluten/casein-derived opiate peptides on glutathione and methylation status.
Karen’s book, Naturally Recovering Autism
Book, The Devil in the Milk by Keith Woodford
High quality Methyl B12
Podcasts discussed in this show:
Karen’s live radio show interview with Dr. Robert Miller on Methylation is show #25, and can be found HERE.
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