G6PDD Case Study


A young man, age 28, comes to see me in my office. He has symptoms that include tightness in the throat, sinus drainage and gastrointestinal symptoms. He was diagnosed with strep throat, put on antibiotics, but still has sharp pain in the throat. I put together a Chinese herbal formula for him. He recovers and I don’t hear from him until 6 months later.

Using the testing methodology I learned from Matt Van Benschoten, I started testing to see if he has a reaction to foods in my test kit. The test showed that he does not tolerate beans, legumes. I then asked him about his ancestry. He has Native American, Serbian, and Spanish in his genetic make-up. I run signals and identify that he is on the spectrum of an enzyme deficiency called g6pd. This enzyme deficiency, g6pd, is a shortened name for “glucose-6-phospate dehydrogenase deficiency”. This condition used to be called “Favism”. In my research on this enzyme deficiency, this is a recessive genetic defect on the X-chromosome. It predisposes people to hemolytic anemia. It is predominant in the African, Asian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern heritage.

I put together a customized Chinese herbal formula to address the issues in his body, and instructed to avoid all foods that are legumes. He reports to me within one week the he’s never felt better.

Ten percent of the world population is affected by this gene defect. There are several variations of this condition. Those people who have a milder version of it won’t start showing symptoms until later in their lives. And stress of any kind can trigger the beginnings of symptoms.

There is no cure for g6pd enzyme deficiency. However, this condition can be well managed by following a dietary regiment that includes avoiding all legumes, aspirin or silicates, sulfa, and certain prescription medications.

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Licensed Acupuncturist, Registered Nurse specializing in customizing Chinese herbal formulas using Acupoint Energy Diagnosis, nutritional and lifestyle counseling and a blend of Western and Oriental medical technologies.