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Tongue-tie is a subject that just keeps coming up in my practice. As I mentioned in this article, I’ve seen a huge surge of interest and awareness around this condition from both patients and referring doctors.


So I wasn’t too surprised when the guest speaker on one of my Study Club calls told me that she’d be speaking about tongue-ties. I run these Study Club calls for other myofunctional therapist and graduates of my MyoMentor training programs.

June’s call featured Stacy Fletcher, RDH BS OMT – she’s a myofunctional therapist with a huge amount of knowledge about tongue-ties, including the underlying MTHFR gene mutation and other associated epigenetic factors.

The topic was of the call was Epigenetics and Tongue-Tie but as she put it in her introductory slide, it could have been called Epigenetics – What It Is, And Why It’s Making Us The Sickest Generation Yet!

What exactly is Epigentics?

Well, the Oxford Dictionary defines it as:

1. The study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself.

As Stacey put it in her presentation, “We cannot change our DNA, but we can change the way it is EXPRESSED!

She also asked, “What if you could prevent all of the diseases you are “destined” to inherit genetically?”

I’m sure you’ll agree that this concept is a very big deal, and not just for people dealing with tongue-ties, either their own or their children’s.

In this call, Stacey went into a lot of detail about tongue-ties, but she also covered so much else that’ll be fascinating to parents and anyone interested in optimum health including:

  1. DNA methylation and its role in the body
  2. Nutrigenomics – the study of nutrition and genes
  3. Methyl genetic nutrition
  4. Eating for your genes
  5. Water
  6. Makeup and clothing
  7. Antibiotics
  8. Stress
  9. Oral development
  10. Folic acid supplementation for pregnant women

I definitely think this call was one of the most interesting we’ve ever had on the Study Club. I’ve shared it with as many myofunctional therapists and health practitioners as I can, and I thought it might be really interesting to readers of my blog as well. Here’s the video:

I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below, or feel free to get in touch here.


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