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Oct 23, 2018

If you or someone you love has been dealing with migraines or a mental health condition, this Body Buddies podcast episode is for you! Patty Butts, PhD sits down with host, Kristy Jo, to discuss the details of the MTHFR gene mutation, and how nutritional choices can manifest negatively in mental health.

“All mental health begins in the gut," she said. "The vagus nerve and the gut are connected.”

Patty goes on in the episode to explain how she understands the emotions that can trigger depression: anger, guilt, loss of esteem, love, etc. However, she feels there is more.

"Of course there are emotional components, but we are missing the boat by not having a young person who is depressed or acting out not having their blood tested. I wish this could be taught in every health class. Our young people need to know there are physiological reasons they’re depressed. Sometimes it’s genetic, high histamine, or what they’re eating."

Additional symptoms people experience should cause us to check for the MTHFR gene mutation. These include:

  • Sleep disturbance
  • Cardiovascular
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic Pain
  • Mental Illness
  • History of Miscarriages

Patty Butts is a Licensed Professional Counselor, has a Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition, an M.Ed. in counseling, a B.S. in Communications & Journalism, and is the author of "Defeating Depression & Beating the Blues," and "Free Yourself From Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia.

She went back to school after battling Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia for 5 years and being deathly ill. Only then did she discover she has liver cancer and a fragile immune system. With an alkaline diet where she juiced every day and did microscopy, she was able to recover fully. She discovered she had more parasites in her blood than the doctor had ever seen. Within 4 months she was in remission.

Patty is a Grandmother, mother of seven, stepmother to twelve. Clinical and medical hypnotist, NLP, and Certified Emotion Code Practitioner, and Life Coach, Clinical Hypnotist, Jordan Heights Holistic Mental Health, South Jordan, Utah Certified Elan Light therapist.


MTHFR is a genetic defect. It is an enzyme that adds a methyl group to a form of folate. This process is called methylation which is important as it. These enzymes impact gene regulation, hormones, build immune system, produce energy, and protect nerve cells. 40 out of 100 people have this and don’t know it… and now 1 out of every 2 people has some form.

You can’t handle folic acid when you have MTHFR, which is in everything. The government mandated folic acid (B9) added to the foods due to birth defects and added to cereals and bread. It’s also in most vitamins so look in the medicine cupboard. Take methylfolate and active Vitamin B12.

Candida craves sugar, dairy, and carbohydrates. It’s a yeast in you saying ‘feed me, feed me, feed me.’ IT can cause all kinds of symptoms like fibromyalgia, fatigue, and depression by building up the lactic acid.

Taking antibiotics is like having an atomic bomb going off in your stomach. They produce all kinds of candida. They kill off good bacteria and produce growth of bad bacteria.

Recommend Resources from Patty

Dirty Genes — Dr. Ben Lynch



Testing for MTHFR: 

Nutrition and Mental Health: Carl C. Pfiffer, PhD:

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