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Episode 73: MTHFR with Dr. Ben Lynch

Once you start researching alternative approaches to treating autoimmune disease, it isn’t long before you hear of a gene mutation that can be a root cause for chronic illness and also a healing stumbling block. It’s called the MTHFR mutation. It stands for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. This is a very complex topic, and it’s easy to misunderstand and make mistakes trying to treat it. Our goal today is to explain MTHFR clearly in layman’s terms, talk about how you can tell if this mutation is indeed impacting your own health, and help you find a qualified practitioner to guide treatment. Dr. Ben Lynch is a doctor of naturopathic medicine who runs the website MTHFR.net. He’s considered the expert in this condition, writing, researching and presenting worldwide.

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Hi, and welcome! My name's Eileen Laird, and I'm using food as medicine to reduce my rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. If you browse the internet, you'll see I'm not alone. Through this blog, I hope to share my journey, connect with others, and create a resource of information and inspiration for anyone with autoimmune disease who wants to tap their own healing potential.

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  • and the lifestyle choices that support rather than detract from our health.

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