Methylfolate vs. Folic Acid Facts and Myths

In today’s post, Dr. Albert Mensah (my personal physician) and I address the facts and myths surrounding methylfolate, folic acid, and folinic acid. Folic acid supplements, also called Vitamin B-9, are a way to take concentrated amounts of folate, which is naturally found in many foods including green leafy vegetables, and fortified in pastas and breads. Folic acid helps us …

Dangers of Folic Acid Supplements while Pregnant

Folic acid supplementation is not one size fits all for pregnant women. In addition, women should not presume that while you are preparing to get pregnant that you should eat lots of green leafy vegetables. They may or may not be beneficial to you or your child. Even worse, they may be a benefit to you and not your child. …

The Role of Oxidative Stress in Mental Health Disorders

A recent study from an international team of researchers in Granada (UGR) shows that depression is more than a mental disorder. Their research shows that depression causes alterations in oxidative stress levels and should be considered a systemic disease. The study of nearly 4,000 subjects shows a correlation between measurable oxidative stress levels and the presence or absence of antioxidants …

Cause of autism. Autism and GMO’s: The Missing Link

“I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong” the mother of a 12 year old autistic patient said to me when we started working together. “I’ve cut out GMO’s and put my son on a healthy diet and he is not getting any better.” Sadly, this is something I hear daily in my practice. Flashy headlines and celebrity stories will have …

Bipolar Disorder: Underlying Causes and Dietary Tips

March 30th is World Bipolar Day. Bipolar disorder affects nearly 6 million Americans. Unfortunately, the underlying cause is still very much misunderstood and since this condition is attached to much guilt and shame, people often go untreated or even worse, are misdiagnosed. My personal physician, Dr. Albert Mensah of Mensah Medical states “Bipolar disorder is an umbrella term. Patients fit …

Heavy Metal Poisoning: Why Chelation is Dangerous

Heavy metal poisoning depression is the least common biotype for depression, notwithstanding copper. Research and empirical evidence through Carl Pfeiffer, M.D., Ph.D, William Walsh and the Pfeiffer Treatment Center, and at Mensah Medical, has corroborated that fewer than 5% of cases of depression are affected primarily by heavy metal poisoning. Therefore, we rarely see cases of true metal toxicity depression. …

The Power of Connection and Social Support

Wonder why you’re not having the health breakthrough you should be? If you’re like me you: Eat a whole foods diet that excludes all commonly and not-so-commonly known inflammatory triggers Exercise appropriately throughout the week Get 8 hours of sleep and go to bed before 10pm Have a strong spiritual practice that includes meditation and stress reduction techniques Ensure home …

Yeast Overgrowth and Yeast Toxicity Tips

There was a time in my life when I really struggled with gut dysbiosis (microbial imbalance). Back then I thought I was doing myself justice by eating a strictly plant-based diet. You’d think with all those fresh raw plant foods everyone touts as “super” I’d have been in tip-top shape. Instead, my hair got so thin my ponytail was the …

Autism Treatment. Bio-Nutrient Therapy: An Evidence-Based Model

“Once you bring life into the world, you must protect it. We protect it by changing the world.” Elie Wiesel We live in challenging times, especially when it comes to the health of our children. When I was little, I suffered terribly from severe anxiety and depression. The treatment for me back then was Prozac. It helped for a while, …

Methylation: Are you eating right for your biotype?

I’m so glad July is almost over. It’s been a crazy month with a lot of questions about the role plant-based diets play in methylation cycle synthesis. In our world today, knowing what and how to eat can feel like a daunting task. And the plethora of dietary theories and dogma only serve to create more confusion and health problems. …