Top 3 Mistakes To Avoid With MTHFR+: Mistake #1
Updated: Jan 23
This is article 1 in a three part series...
Most often MTHFR+, Developmental Delay and other causes of chronic illness overlap. There are certain stock things that clinicians do when they are confronted with these illnesses that may or may not be right for you. Most often these clinicians are not acquainted with genetics, epigenetics, methyl groups, methylation or any of the issues described above. They may know to test for MTHFR, but not know very much about what to do after that. This section highlights some common problems that come up when you are attempting to get treatment, and is an effort to help you avoid them.
Mistake #1: Trying to teach your doctor anything. You may be one of the fortunate few who has an open-minded doctor. Good for you. You can bring him books and other information, and while he will smile and accept them, you have no clue if the material you hand him is getting read, let alone digested and integrated into his knowledge base well enough for him to be able to help you with it. Most doctors get their serious education at seminars put on by professional organizations for professionals like themselves. They may conclude that if the information is really important enough for them to learn, their local hospital or medical society would be presenting it. Your doctor may be busy right now trying to keep up with the changes in health care or even the changes in health care insurance. He may be working on how to keep you as his patient and get paid. There are a zillion reasons why he will take your material and lay it aside. Still, you need him, so just accept this. Your doctor may tell you that he is willing to do the testing you ask for, but he really does not know much beyond that. Good for you. You have an honest, humble person there to help you. If you are using an additional clinician who is at a distance, or getting information from an online forum, you will still need a good local doctor at times in order to be examined, get a mainstream diagnosis, and get their particular testing, so you can put all the information together and figure out what to do next. Your doctor may undergo one of any number of transformations when you attempt to present him with information. He may get officious and stuffy, overtly or covertly tell you how much you don't know, or try to impress you with how little the information is worth. Or, he may just ignore you.
Then again, he may change into something just short of a raving maniac when you bring up anything outside of his knowledge base. There are as many reactions out there as there are doctors. Stay calm. He still may be a good doctor. Just do not try to teach him anything.
Use your doctor for what he knows, not for what he doesn't know. It is his job to go out and learn what he thinks will get you well. It is not your place to tell him. It is your place to find out what you need to know to get yourself well, and to use your doctor for what he can help you with, as opposed to what he cannot.
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