Keep Methylation Central
Here are some facts that are critical to restoring function in your child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I am Dr. Nancy Mullan, a medical doctor. I help parents with children recovering from Autism Spectrum Disorders, who want better solutions than the ones they have now, and who want to get off the plateau their child is on.
Methylation for Immune and Neurological Function
Methylation is the process of attaching a one-carbon, three-hydrogen group on to another molecule. It is a critically important piece in the puzzle of autism because of its many roles in the body. Your child’s body needs to be producing methyl groups, and depending upon his genetics, he may need to be supplementing them also.
Methylation has many functions in your nervous system. Myelin is the sheath that coats the nerve fiber, like the coating on an electric wire that surrounds the wire, to make sure the signal is going to the right place. Your child needs methyl groups to properly myelinate the fibers that send messages from one nerve cell to another, or from a nerve cell to a different organ in his body. Light, sound, taste and tactile sensitivity are examples of what happens when nerves are not optimally myelinated.
Methylation is also needed for the formation and deactivation of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are the messenger molecules in your nervous system’s network that coordinate communication between nerve cells and all of the other organs in your body.
Dopamine is the neurotransmitter responsible for attention and motivation. It needs to be released, perform its function, and be deactivated. It is deactivated by the action of the COMT enzyme and methyl groups. Too few methyl groups mean the persistence of dopamine, which is one of the causes of psychosis.
The nerve cells in your body are called neurons. They have a cell membrane that is a double layer of lipids, or fat. In order to be flexible enough to allow nutrition into the cell and waste out of the cell, these lipid membranes must be methylated. If your child’s body is not producing enough methyl groups, important structures like neuron cell membranes don’t get methylated, and his nervous system does not function optimally.
Methylation is also important for the regulation of genetic expression. If a gene has been methylated at a particular location, it will encode different outcomes from those it would have if there were no methyl group there. This is called ‘epigenetic modification.’ Gene action is modified by something that is ‘epi’, above or around the gene, as opposed to something inside the gene itself. Methyl groups and methylation are primary genetic modifiers.
At any time, 80% of the genetic material in your body should be silent. It should not be having any impact at all. Methylation is one factor that keeps genes silent. If your body does not have enough methyl groups to regulate genes, dysfunction happens as a result.
Methlyating the genetic material inside of a virus silences the virus so it cannot express itself or multiply. You do not get whatever it is that the virus causes. A good example of a problem with this is what happens when a child does not do well with the MMR vaccine.
Many parents have reported their child’s deterioration into regressive autism after receiving the MMR vaccine. The child looses language, eye contact, and develops strange behavior. Gastrointestinal pain and other gut issues begin. Vaccine-type measles virus infestation has been identified at the ileocecal valve, the valve between the small and large intestine, which is thought to be causing these problems.
The MMR is a live virus vaccine. If your child does not have the methylation capacity to silence these viruses, chronic viral infection can result from this vaccine.
You need to know the status of all of the genes in your child’s methyl group producing pathway, so you can deliberately address any problem genetics, and be sure he has the methyl groups he needs to perform all of their important jobs, like silencing virus, enhancing immunity, improving neuron function, balancing dopamine, and optimizing myelination, to name only a few.
- Do you want to learn more effective ways to enhance immune function,
and induce healing in your child?
- Do you want to improve his ability to attend?
- Are you concerned about his language development?
- Are you worried that he will never be neurotypical?
You can learn how testing that tells you how his genes of methylation function can improve his treatment outcomes. You need to know about your child’s COMT enzyme, how fast it works and how many methyl groups it uses. Your child may be able to get well without input from genetic testing if he has an easy problem to solve. But with a lingering chronic illness like an autism spectrum disorder, you need to find out how your child’s genes are impacting his biochemistry, and what you can do to enhance his organ system functioning.
Are you willing to put in the time right now and make the investment to learn a new way of working on his symptoms?
My Tuesday night call is your opportunity to get this important area optimized in your child.
- Learn the impact of his genetics on his biochemistry
- Learn how to balance his biochemistry with nutritional supplements
that bypass problem genetics and resolve symptoms.
It is up to YOU to successfully treat autism spectrum disorder.
My Tuesday evening calls are ongoing. They happen every week. There is no charge to come on this call. It is a free forum where you can ask your questions.
Many of the people who attend this call are chronically ill adults.
ASD children have been demonstrated to have the same issues that are seen in adults with chronic illness: immune impairment, gastrointestinal disorders, persistent bacterial and viral infection, yeast infestation, multiple food sensitivities, and heavy metal toxicity. These are the issues I address.
This call is your opportunity to begin resolving these issues, clear up your confusion, quit being stuck at one level of development, and get your child all the way to neurotypical.
The time: Tuesday at 5:00 PM Pacific Time
(8:00 PM Eastern, 7:00 PM Central, 6:00 PM Mountain)
The number to call in the US: (559) 726-1300
The access code: 986935#
‘See’ you on the call on Tuesday night!
International access numbers are available.
So excellent! I literally learn something on every single call and I get clarification on things that have been lingering in my mind…
You are giving people a huge gift by empowering them… It’s about helping the patient become their own healer by taking them to a higher level of consciousness…
Thank you so much Dr. Mullan. Thank you so, so much for everything you do.
Wow! I have to tell you, this was such an uplifting call. It’s so nice to hear good news especially about a child. Anxiety, OCD and a host of other mental/psychiatric symptoms have been a huge hurdle for me. So to hear this story of all those awful symptoms totally going away is such a bright light for me!!!!
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