The MTHFR Gene Defect And Chronic Health Problems

Dr. Thad Diehl image The MTHFR Gene Defect And Chronic Health ProblemsIn 2003, a genetic study called the Human Genome Project was completed. And via that study, they
discovered that an important gene towards your health and well-being called the methylenetetrahydrofolate
reductase (MTHFR) was defective in a lot of folks especially those people suffering from chronic health

What a healthy MTHFR gene does for you
When it’s all working right, the MTHFR gene begins a multi-step chemical breakdown process, aka
methylation. If you have this gene and methylate poorly, there are things that can and need to be done to support


Methylation is VERY important for the following
processes to occur in our body:
• DNA/RNA synthesis (turning on/off genes)
• Brain chemical production (e.g. dopamine and
• Hormonal breakdown (e.g. estrogen and
• Creation of immune cells (e.g. NK cells and T-cells)
• Creation of protective coating on nerves (i.e.
myelin formation)
• Processing of chemicals and toxins (detoxification)

When poor methylation occurs in our body,
here is what can happen:
• Cancer
• Neurological Disorders…Anxiety, depression,
Parkinson’s, tremor disorder, MS, Alzheimer’s,
dementia, neuropathies, migraines and cluster
• Hormonal regulation issues such as PMS, ovarian
cysts, fibroids, PCOS in women or low testosterone
in men
• Autoimmune disorders and Immune deficiency
• Chemical sensitivities, Fibromyalgia, Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome
• ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, dyslexia,
and learning disabilities
• Insomnia

Symptoms associated with poor methylation:

Category 1:

• Fatigue
• Slow Recovery from exercise
• Slow healing following injury
• Difficulty with weight loss
• Slow metabolism
• Low muscle tone

Category 2:

• Focus/concentration issues
• Mood instability
• Sleep disturbances (waking up often)
• Clumsiness
• Loss of train of thought
• Mixing up words when speaking or writing
• Trouble with organizational skills
• History of ADD/ADHD

Category 3:

• Chronic infections
• Yeast overgrowth
• History of bacterial or fungal infections
• Gut issues (bowel irritation, constipation, diarrhea)
• Chronic sinus infections
• Need for multiple doses of antibiotics


About Dr. Thad Diehl, D.C.: Dr. Thad Diehl, D.C. is the founder and clinical director of Advanced Center for Pain Relief and Wellness. He is a graduate of Penn State University and Palmer College of Chiropractic. In addition to chiropractic, Dr. Diehl has advanced study and training in Functional Medicine and neurology. This background uniquely qualifies him to NATURALLY address chronic health problems using dietary protocols and the highest quality nutritional supplements based on specialized lab work. Dr Diehl is currently pursuing a Diploma in functional neurology through the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies and a Diploma through the American Board of Clinical Nutrition. He is Pennsylvania’s first certified “Gluten Coach.”


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Find That Special Gift At Jezebel’s Boutique

Jezebels Boutique image Find That Special Gift At Jezebels BoutiqueThis Holiday Season, come explore Jezebel’s and find something special for yourself, or for someone special!
Everyone knows us for our amazing selection and quality of bras as well as our lingerie, but did you know
that we also offer an incredible selection of other great gift ideas?

Need some ideas? sweaters, dresses, shirts, jewelry, leggings, robes, shawls, hats, gloves, bras, panties,
corsets, hosiery, nightgowns, perfume, lotion, bridal garters, hanky panky, PSU cami’s, purses, eye masks,
scarfs, sports bras, strapless bras, lingerie, babydolls, swimsuits, 21st birthday accessories, bachelorette party
accessories, nursing bras, massage oils, slips, Hollywood fashion tape products, slippers, socks, Spanx, pajamas,
and of course Hanky Panky thongs!Jezebels Boutique image2 Find That Special Gift At Jezebels Boutique

Jezebel’s Gift Certificates are the perfect solution for those on your list that are hard to please… available in any amount and great stocking stuffers! Gift wrapping is always free and our helpful staff is here to assist you as you make your way through our boutique. Be sure to watch our Facebook page for some “surprise” sale events over the next few weeks. At Jezebel’s, it’s all about you!

Did you know, Jezebel’s Boutique has the largest selection of Maternity Bras in Central Pennsylvania! Plus we offer free Professional fittings all day every day… and no appointment is needed!

Choosing the right nursing bra can be tricky! When you come in for your fitting, be sure to mention your due date so that you are fitted in the right style and size for you. At Jezebel’s we specialize in helping mommies find the right bra in the right size!

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Help For The Holidays

molly maid image 300x289 Help For The HolidaysLois Grose is President and Owner of Molly Maid of Centre, Mifflin and Juniata counties celebrating 18 years!

Think back to the summer. I know it seems like so long ago. Did you notice that the holidays seem to start
so earlier? Retail outlets start the process. Ghosts and goblins appear in August and decorated trees, ornaments
and cards in September. Even while you are still enjoying all the family time and parties but before you bring in the
New Year, it is suddenly Valentine’s Day!

So with that said if you want to enjoy your holiday parties and time with family, then now is the time to plan
for a stress free November and December. The leaves will be off the trees and the snow will be flying soon. Did
I really say that…sorry, and Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away.

Most of us think we can do it all; plan, shop, prepare, and clean. Yes, in a perfect world it works that way but
the world isn’t perfect and you are not super woman… If you need, your house cleaned top to bottom, call on the
“Mollies”. If you only need a few rooms spruced up, the Mollies can handle that too.

It is not too early. If you know you are hosting a party or Thanksgiving for the ENTIRE family, now is the time
to book your reservations with Molly Maid.

Enjoy your holidays. I am off to plan our winter article.

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Does Your Walk In Closet Need a Walk In Closet?

closets plus 1 Does Your Walk In Closet Need a Walk In Closet?Accommodating all the things you own and want to store inside your closets can be a problem. Do you think that bigger and more closets are the answer to your storage problems? Having spent the past ten years in and out of hundreds of closets, visualizing the best way to maximize your space has become second nature to me. You may find that proper organization in your closets will provide sufficient storage space.

At Closets Plus we are a service based company not a sales based company. This means that we are in business to take care of our customers not to sell them something they do not need. We want you to be happy with our product and service so we ask the right questions up front to make sure we understand your needs for your storage space.

You probably have all kinds of garments hanging in your closet – some you love, some that don’t fit, some you wish would fit, some you spent way too much money on – all of them needing a place. With our organizer systems you will have a place for everything so that everything can be put in its place.

Millions of dollars are spent each year on clothing, yet some people insist on shoving those garments into inadequate closet space. Let Closets Plus show you how to double your closet space with our laminated wood or ventilated wire systems. You can visit us at our showroom at It’s All About Me Boutique in Selinsgrove by appointment at 570-244-7225 or 888-649-closets plus 2 Does Your Walk In Closet Need a Walk In Closet?2969 or on the web at

Stop reaching for your favorite pants or shirt only to discover it’s hopelessly wrinkled. Call Closets Plus for a free estimate today. We know you’ll be glad you did!

My husband and I can’t believe what a difference our closet makes. It is a pleasure to walk into a nice neat space. We actually can see the clothes we have (LOL), and really, it is a pleasure to SHOW IT OFF!!! NO MORE EMBARRASSMENT DEALING WITH UNKEMPT CLOSETS. Thank you for making our lives a lot less stressful. – Yvonne S.

55 minutes The amount of time an average American spends each day looking for things he/she has but can’t find – Good Housekeeping

You can also “like” us on Facebook to keep up to date on new offerings.

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Permanent Brows Can Make You Look And Feel Better

secrets by lorie story 2 Permanent Brows Can  Make You Look And  Feel BetterAre your eyebrows thinning? You may have experienced embarrassment, frustration and the loss of many hours due to brow pencil application. Good news… First, thinning eyebrows is much more common than you think at all ages, and second, the remedy is simple, fast, affordable and permanent. If you have brow loss, there is no doubt that you’ve noticed. Brows often get overlooked when they are indeed a very important feature that frame the face, convey emotion and make eyes look bright and less tired. Permanent brows can help you look and feel better. If you are bothered by sparse, unshapely or “gone” brows, you may be in need of a Brow Makeover!secrets by lorie story 3 Permanent Brows Can  Make You Look And  Feel Better


The consultation is complimentary. During the consultation, Lorie will actually fill in your brows with a brow pencil and discuss shape, size, color and placement to achieve the most comfortable and flattering appearance for you. In the past, brows have often been a neglected feature of the face. Now that brows are “all the rage” call and schedule a personal visit with Lorie Litzinger at Secrets By Lorie in Bellefonte, Pa or Mechanicsburg, Pa. Please see a few pictures here of actual clients who’ve taken this step to improve their appearance by getting a simple brow makeover. A great set of brows is something everyone can have.

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Pre Holiday Procedures and Gifting Plastic Surgery

As the holidays are fast approaching, everyone wants to look their best in preparation for events and
gatherings with family, friends, and co-workers.

“We routinely see a surge in Botox, dermal fillers, microdermabrasions, and various laser treatmentsBlair Plastic Surgery holiday Pre Holiday Procedures and Gifting Plastic Surgery in preparation for the season’s festivities, “ states Dr. Robert Louton, board certified plastic surgeon and CEO of Blair Plastic Surgery. “The immediate results and lack of social downtime for these non-surgical procedures, make it easy and convenient to obtain a quick fix or last minute touch up before your next event.” What may be surprising is that according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the demand for plastic surgery procedures before and during the holiday season also increase dramatically nationwide.

With almost 25 years in the field of aesthetic surgery, Dr. Louton concurs. “Breast augmentation and liposuction top our patient’s wish list this time of year as busy individuals take advantage of time off work for their recovery.” With this increase in popularity however, Dr. Louton cautions individuals considering gifting plastic surgery. “Plastic surgery should never be given as a surprise gift. It must be stressed that the decision to have a cosmetic procedure is a very individual one and is always ultimately up to the patient and her/his surgeon.”

If cosmetic surgery is on your gift list this season, you should consider this:
• The desire for plastic or cosmetic surgery should come from the person who will be operated on, not from a mate, family member or friend. The patient’s desires and decisions about surgery are final.
• If he or she is open to the idea, you may want to help the potential patient find a board certified plastic surgeon with plenty of experience performing the treatment that will be given as a “gift”.

“I think the best way to approach plastic surgery as a gift is to buy only an initial consultation and then to let the patient take it from there,” says Dr. Louton. Patients should feel comfortable with their choice to have surgery and with their choice of plastic surgeon before moving forward. “If you really want to give a thoughtful gift, provide the gift of time to help care for the person after the surgery.”

If you are looking forward to a festive holiday season and want to look your best, now is a great time to call for details on our holiday specials, 814-949-7280. Blair Plastic Surgery has two convenient locations, Altoona and State College. Find us on Facebook and at Gift Certificates are available.

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Make Plans for Your Holiday Parties at the Whistle Stop!

whistle stop interior view Make Plans for Your Holiday Parties at the Whistle Stop!Celebrate the holidays with the Whistle Stop. We provide a festive place with a Victorian feeling to put you in a Christmas mood. Get together with your friends, family or office co-workers and develop a tradition for the Yuletide Season.

Whether you prefer a luncheon or dinner, we will be happy to welcome you and your guests.

In a hurry to get home and feed the family – we have the solution. Stop and Go with homemade soups -perfect
for a chilly winter. For your convenience, call ahead and we’ll have it ready for you. Call Marcia at 814-364-2544. Holidays are better with homemade soups.

From our entire staff at the Whistle Stop – Have a wonderful holiday season.

We will be closed Thanksgiving and Christmas day but will be open every day
between Christmas and New Years day. So bring the family and BYOB. We will also be
closed the first two weeks of 2015 re-opening on Friday, January 16th.

The Whistle Stop is located on Route 144 in Centre Hall, Centre County, just 15 minutes
from State College and 25 minutes from Lewistown. Open Wednesday through Sunday
from 11am.

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Free Flu Shot For Uninsured and Underinsured Individuals

FamilyWize Community Service Partnership and United Way of Blair County are dedicated to building strong communities through better health.  FamilyWize has been selected to help distribute 1,000 free flu shot vouchers provided by Walgreens.  The vouchers are for families and individuals who are uninsured or underinsured, and otherwise unable to afford a flu shot without the voucher.

The flu can have significant impact on the lives of many individuals, especially those with lower income and/or who are either underinsured or not insured. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports parents spend between $300 to $4,000 in medical expenses and miss an estimated 11 to 73 hours of work when their children get the flu.

“Many of the families we support cannot afford the cost of an influenza vaccination let alone the direct medical costs and time away from work if they or someone in their family contracts the flu,” commented Dan Barnes, CEO of FamilyWize. “Families who are unable to afford proper medical coverage need support from community partners to stay healthy and financially stable.”

Individuals can apply to receive a free flu shot voucher by visiting the FamilyWize website ( The vouchers have been provided by Walgreens as part of a nationwide program with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which helps to make flu shots available to people without health insurance coverage and who are unable to afford a flu shot through the program. In addition to the free flu shot vouchers, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last, everyone visiting the website ( can get a free FamilyWize prescription savings card for savings up to 75% off cost of their prescription medication.

“FamilyWize has existing relationships with many families and individuals who can benefit from the free access to flu vaccinations the voucher program was designed to provide,” said Brad Wasson, Walgreens group vice president. “Over the past five years, we’ve distributed more than 1 million vouchers nationwide, helping to respond to the needs of the communities we serve, while also improving immunization rates during flu season.”

The families and individuals who are eligible to receive a free flu shot voucher are subject to the terms and conditions on the voucher.

“At FamilyWize we believe that stronger, healthier and happier people make healthier and better communities and we are thrilled to be working with Walgreens to help provide greater access to flu vaccinations,” stated Mr. Barnes.

About FamilyWize Community Service Partnership

The FamilyWize Community Service Partnership was established in 2005 to help all people get the medicine they need. The FamilyWize prescription savings card is the only program of its kind to pass through 100 percent of its negotiated discounts directly to cardholders. The card is accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide, including CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kmart, Target and Walmart. For more information, to get a free prescription card or download the free FamilyWize mobile app visit

About United Way of Blair County

United Way of Blair County has been serving all of Blair County for 80 years. Our mission is to improve lives by uniting people to care for one another. United Way of Blair County measures success not simply by the amount of dollars it raises, but by the number of lives that it impacts. We are committed to making lasting changes in our community by focusing on the basic building blocks for a good life:  health, education and financial stability, while continuing to provide a safety net to meet emergency needs. For more information about United Way of Blair County please visit our website at

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Central PA Hometowns: Where Our Hearts Are Bellefonte

Hometowns Bellefonte 300x196 Central PA Hometowns: Where Our Hearts Are BellefonteBellefonte, the Centre County seat, is 10 miles northeast of Penn State’s University Park campus. Named in honor of the town’s central spring (“la belle fonte”) by the French statesman Talleyrand, Bellefonte has been home to seven governors from three states. You’ll see the names on a monument in Tallyrand Park. It started as one house and a crossroad in the late 1700s. Then iron was found and the town grew – now home to nearly 7,000.

The good people of Bellefonte have kept the Christmas spirit alive for more than three decades – Bellefonte 225x300 Central PA Hometowns: Where Our Hearts Are Bellefontepresenting Bellefonte Victorian Christmas and celebrating the holiday with joy and good cheer. The town’s Victorian beginnings are evident from the ornate decorations to the costumed townsfolk, with a backdrop of period architecture that distinguishes this historic county seat.

This year’s opening ceremonies are at 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 12 at the Bellefonte Elementary School. Christmas concerts, children’s events, Victorian teas, and the arts and crafts fair take place all day Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14 downtown. See the classic architecture via horsedrawn carriage ride, an historic walking tour, and Saturday’s Victorian Homes Tour at
five stunning historic residences.

Dickens’ troupe characters and period-dressed citizens make for great photo ops, as does the Santa House with the jolly old elf meeting the kids starting at noon Saturday and Sunday. The event ends with the inspiring Victorian Christmas Choir concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Bellefonte High School Theatre. Visit

Email me your hometown with your reasons why you’d like to be chosen for the next issue of The Women’s Journal.
Sandie Biddle, contributing writer,

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One CAN Make a Difference for Abused/Neglected Children

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Ashley Rhodes-Courter, New York Times bestselling author of Three Little
Words and foster children advocate

Nearly 200 people across Lycoming, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties stepped out to support Susquehanna Valley CASA – Voices for Children’s inaugural “Constellation of Hope” Gala, held earlier this fall, raising awareness and funds for local abused and neglected children.

The Gala’s focal point was the keynote speech delivered by Ashley Rhodes-Courter, New York Times bestselling author of Three Little Words and foster children advocate. Spending almost 10 years in Florida’s foster care system, RhodesCourter described her journey through countless foster home placements, most of them abusive and overcrowded. In one home, 16 people lived in a trailer and the children were regularly beaten, neglected, verbally assaulted, and food was withheld. Another foster parent was eventually convicted as a pedophile. Rhodes-Courter racked up a staggering number of adults – 195 – who were connected to the child welfare system and paid to protect her best interests during her years in foster care. “Yet,” Rhodes-Courter noted, “it took one person — my CASA — an unpaid volunteer, to change the course of my case and help get me out of the system.”

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Judy Jones, Executive Director of Susquehanna Valley CASA-Voices for
• Teri MacBride, PPL Regional Affairs Director
• Ashley Rhodes-Courter, New York Times bestselling author of Three Little
Words and foster children advocate

“We are thrilled with the turnout and support of the Gala,” said Judith Jones, Executive Director of Susquehanna Valley CASA – Voices for Children. “We have nearly 50 children waiting to be assigned to a CASA, and with the funding and volunteer resources the Gala brought in, we will be able to serve more of these waiting children.”

PPL was the event’s premier corporate sponsor. Teri MacBride, PPL Regional Affairs Director, said “PPL is dedicated to enriching the communities we serve, and we are excited to support Susquehanna Valley CASA. By giving a voice to maltreated children, CASA can have a profoundly positive impact on those children’s lives. To improve the life of a child is to strengthen the foundation our entire community for years to come.”

Additional event sponsors included: Weis Markets, Steininger’s Laundry and Dry Cleaning, Brookside Homes, Verizon, HandUP Foundation, Swineford National Bank/FNB Bank N.A., Albright Care Services, Mazeppa Union Church, Rita’s House, James Gallo and Michael Finley, Christy and Doug Diven, Judith and Ron Jones, Suzanne and Tom Fitzgerald, Jennifer and James Handlan, the Honorable Joy Reynolds McCoy, the Honorable Michael H. Sholley, and Karen Nicholson. Music was provided by the Urban Souls performance group of Uptown Music Collective in Williamsport.

“It was great to hear Ashley describe in such a personal and compelling way what the role of a CASA is. I sometimes struggle to explain the role to others, but she did it in a way that is sure to make people want to support or perhaps even join us in what we do,” said Jerry Spegman, a Gala attendee and a CASA volunteer since 2007.

It is this CASA volunteer role that is the heart of what CASA does. CASA recruits, trains and supports citizen volunteers, from all walks of life, to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. These volunteer advocates, empowered directly by the courts, help ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care, through child-focused objective investigation and observation. The volunteers stay with their assigned child/children until they are placed in safe, loving, permanent homes. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.

With a CASA volunteer, a child is more likely to find a safe, permanent home, more likely to do better in school, more likely to get the help and services they need while in the child welfare system, and spend less time in foster care. “A CASA volunteer can be a beacon of hope for these children. As an advocate, you give that child a voice — and a chance for a better life,” noted Jones.

To be a CASA child advocate volunteer, one need not be an attorney or a social worker. “Adults from all backgrounds are encouraged to join us. In fact, our current base of volunteers includes former and current educators, business professionals, nurses and other health professionals, school bus drivers, bakers, psychologists, and many more. It’s the common, passionate belief that all children deserve a safe, permanent and nurturing home that bonds us,” said Jones.

After passing a background check, volunteers undergo a 40-hour, specialized and in-depth introductory training course, in addition to obtaining 12 hours of additional in-service training each year. The volunteers agree to remain with their assigned child/children until their case is closed, which takes about 18-24 months, on average. “Commitment and perseverance are key for the child advocate volunteers. It can be daunting to maneuver through the legal and child welfare systems, but it’s crucial for our volunteers to be able to persevere — their assigned children depend on them. This is one cause where the actions of a single person means everything.”

Adults 21 and older are welcome to join Susquehanna Valley CASA’s volunteer corps. The next training class is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. To learn more about Susquehanna Valley CASA or to become a volunteer child advocate, please visit or call (570) 988-2200.

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