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AFMC Certified Practitioner Celebration Series – MTHFR


Good day to you!

Today we continue to share videos celebrating a few of our newly AFMC-certified practitioners – and key clinical pearls we can all take from their excellent case study assessments.

This one features a woman in her late 60’s who was looking for support to stop the progress of cardiovascular disease from hypertension, with warning signs of high sensitivity CRP and homocysteine.  She *thought* she had all the answers from her genetic assessment.  But as you will see, the devil in the detail made all the difference! 

Join me to explore…

  • The allure of SNPs testing is powerful! But what’s the catch?
  • Methylation, MTHFR, elevated hsCRP, and homocysteine. What’s the connection? It’s not as simple as you may think.
  • The devil in the detail strikes again. It’s Not just about methylfolate.
  • A powerful example of your critical opportunity to educate, empower and inspire your clients to go beyond genetic information.
  • Are you missing key pearls available from everyday annual physical labwork?
  • And much more!

To date, we have featured many excellent AFMC case examples.  If you missed the others, you might click here to watch Davina’s case or click here to watch Julie’s case.

Here at SAFM, we offer an optional, two-year certification program called AFMC, Applied Functional Medicine for Coaching.  As part of this rigorous process, practitioners submit a case assessment that potently demonstrates their (1) understanding of and (2) competence in using functional medicine principles as applied to a complex case from their own professional practice.  It’s an esteemed credential and achievement! And a delight for me to see over and over again just how confident and skilled our graduates become via an SAFM education and their commitment to practice-practice-practice their skills – from nurse practitioners to health coaches to nutritionists to physicians.

Thank you so much for joining in.  I wish you well in your practice growth!

* If you would like further information about our certification program and how it distinguishes a practitioner from his or her peers, read more here.
** If you would like information about the SAFM Semester Program that qualifies you to seek this certification, learn more and register here.

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2 Questions for “AFMC Certified Practitioner Celebration Series – MTHFR”

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    Naomi Dicus says:

    What is the difference between B12 and methamalonic acid? I thought they were the same thing.

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      SAFM Team says:

      Vitamin B12 is a nutrient. You can measure serum B12 as a marker of sufficient intake, digestion, and absorption from the GI tract, but it tells you nothing about intracellular sufficiency. For that, we must look at functional or cellular (not serum) markers like MCV, HCY (homocysteine), or MMA. Methylmalonic acid (MMA) is an organic acid, measurable in urine or blood, that is synthesized by cells when there is insufficient intracellular availability of Vitamin B12 (specifically the adenosyl form). So ideally the level of MMA is quite low, indicating consistent intracellular availability of B12. But a person can have a high MMA and have either a low, normal, or a high level of serum B12. Overall a great reminder that the phrase, “You are what you eat.” is woefully oversimplified. We are what we eat, digest, absorb, (but also!) convert to various final forms, and get past the cell membrane. This will be a helpful read for you: .

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