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Retroviruses and MS

I came across this research paper which looks at the association of a specific retrovirus to a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) which seems to be prevalent in patients with onset symptoms of MS.    Another article looked at the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) which has long been linked with MS and researchers are now actively looking at treatments that boost immunity to EBV see article here.

I found this quite interesting, as the protocol I am following specifically addresses viruses as one of the factors in chronic disease.  That SNiPs are potentially involved in susceptibility to these retroviruses is even more interesting.  When I read that, I immediately looked through the raw data of my 23andme genetic test...but disappointingly, the SNiP associated with the HERVfc1 virus was not part of the genes tested. :(  

Up until now, I hadn't really given much thought to retroviruses.  I knew about the possible link between EBV and MS but since I had never had mono, didn't think it …

Biochemical Testing

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One of the first things I did when I decided to try the Yasko protocol was to undertake a slew of tests to get a baseline as to where I was as far as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, gut flora, toxins, etc.  I was feeling a bit guilty about spending so much money on testing ($2000...gulp!), so I cashed in my savings bonds that I had intended to keep for vacation purposes.  Apparently my guilt was definitely one-sided, as my husband didn't seem too concerned about me spending that kind of money. (Go figure??)

To prepare for the tests, the plan was to go off all supplements for 2 weeks prior.  (The idea being that I wanted to see where my body was at sans supplements).  It turned out that I went off supplements for 4 weeks due to Christmas holidays and not wanting to send in tests over that time period.

Going off all supplements wasn't too bad for the first 2 weeks, but I really started to notice slight worsening of my symptoms from week 3 onwards.  I remember thinking that I wa…

Here a SNiP, There a SNiP...Everywhere a SNiP, SNiP

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After I got the genetic test results back from 23andMe, I had to be able to read the raw data, so I used Sterlings App from the MTHFR Support website ($20) to convert the raw data into something that was readable.  This generated a multi-page report on all my genetic mutations (SNPs).   The Yasko Protocol, as do many others, focuses only on the SNPs in the Methylation Pathway, as SNPs along this pathway can be bypassed using supplementation.  Dr. Amy believes in paying it forward, so she has made it possible for anyone with their genetic results to generate a Methylation Pathway Analysis for FREE!  This is a streamlined format, designed to help you choose appropriate supplements tailored to your specific SNPs.  Needless to say I took advantage of this free service and promptly printed out the 45+ page report!


Here's my genetic test results.  The green means no SNPs, the yellow means 1 of the 2 chromosomes has a mutation, and the red means both chromosomes have a mutation.