Dr. John Young, MD
(727) 545-4600
Largo, FL
My practice is always interesting. It seems I never get the plain old sore throat problem. Most of my cases are of the complicated type. But I have found out over the years that if you stick with the basics i.e. Physiology, biochemistry and now I’ll add genetics a lot of these tough cases can become more solvable.

A person came to see me about a year ago; their balance was off a bit and they were tired. Now this person was about 70 and I thought that is not that surprising, but as I examined him he definitely was off balance and rather weak. I had him run a number of labs but everything the labs showed was great. As I would see this patient over the month they just kept getting weaker and weaker. I referred him to a specialist and they said they couldn’t find anything wrong. The neurologist felt he may have some form of Lou Gehrig’s disease; but the only abnormality he could find was a greatly elevated Vitamin B12 level. Over the months I tried many different treatments but nothing helped. So we decided to break him down genetically. He had a deficit at MTHFR. To fix their gene or find the secondary pathway to fix the genetic deficit we gave him Methyl Folate and Methylated B12. He proceeded to have a seizure. So we looked at the metabolized B12 and sure enough he has a genetic deficit at a gene called TCNO2 so he could not absorb Methyl B12. However if he could take the Adenosine B12 he could absorb B12. So he started Adenosine B12 and several months later he was out of his wheelchair and his muscle mass returned. He never had Lou Gehrig’s disease; he just needed the right form of Vitamin B12. Only his genetic code could tell us that. How many so called chronic illnesses may be only a simple genetic fix?

A gentleman who suffered with depression and anxiety came to us because nothing helped. The drugs did nothing. His mother had depression and anxiety as did his daughter so we decided to break him down genetically and he had a COMT and MAO and MTHFR. Together these defective genes can give one anxiety and depression. We reworked the genetic pathways of these genes and figured out the fix; a few days later no more depression and anxiety. All is well until his GI doctor put him on Nexium which would counter act our fix. 1 hour later all his symptoms returned. Nexium you see stops a number of genetic pathways and can make depression and anxiety worse. We stopped the Nexium and he recovered.

Next time you feel you just aren’t better have your doctor break you down genetically. You may be surprised by the results.

Dr. John Young