TWS Episode 114: Martin Pytela Part I:Biological Individuality:The Interaction of Genetics & Nutrition

Martin Pytela  is the founder and CEO of Life Enthusiast, an online health store that focuses on helping people with chronic inflammatory health issues that do not respond well to mainstream medical practices. Using functional medicine principles he helps people understand how changing their inputs they can achieve different outcomes and turn disease into health. In this interview, Martin Pytela talks about how his own health crises got him involved in improving his own health and helping other to do the same by creating the Life Enthusiast Co-op which is now on-line: Restoring Vitality to You and the Planet, Check it out at

Show notes

He talked about chronic inflammation being a major problem which is diagnosed by the medical profession as over a 100 different diseases depending on which parts of the body is being adversely affected. We know that our bodies naturally strive to be healthy. By providing your body with adequate nutrition (including supplements), you’ll have proper nutrient absorption and toxin elimination, resulting in a healthy immune system. You will maintain health with food that matches your Biological Individuality.

Martin Pytela started in this line of work and left his previous career in business management, because he experienced mercury poisoning in 1977 from an amalgam filling.

With this, he experienced different health problems like plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, back problems, etc. He sought different types of doctors and alternative medicines but nothing really worked and addressed the root cause of his problems.

According to Martin, there are five signs of inflammation. These are swelling, redness, heat, pain, and loss of function. Inflammation is experienced when the body is fixing or combating something inside the body.

“The body will use inflammation to fix a problem.”Martin Pytela

Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase is an enzyme that adds a methyl group to folic acid to make it usable by the body. A mutation of this gene will cause a problem with eliminating toxins from the body. MTHFR can be genetically acquired 30% from both parents or 60% from one parent.

“And so if you turn on the fat genes, you’re going to get fat. If you turn on the cancer genes, you’re going to get cancer. If you turn on the heart attack gene, you’re going to have a heart attack.”Martin Pytela

Genes inherited from parents, like having a history of cancer, can be triggered by the following:

  • Toxicity – chemicals from the environment that are harmful
  • Malnutrition – lack of proper nutrients
  • Stagnation – lack of movement
  • Trauma – anxiety or depression

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Martin explained that the following problems can be combated by concentrating on those things that can be changed such as:

  • Nutrition – getting the right nutrition needed by the body
  • Metabolic Typing – an online 120 multiple choice questionnaire, that determines if you are endocrine dominant or metabolic dominant
    • Endocrine dominance predetermines how you can lose weight or gain weight
    • Metabolic dominance
  • pH Balance
    • Acidity – people who are quick tempered or easy to anger
    • Over Alkalized – people who are procrastinating, anxious, and depressed

Martin also mentioned the foods that logically should be avoided are:

  • Refined salts
  • Refined sugar
  • Flour
  • Oil
  • Fried food

“Once you get beyond that, you need to understand which foods and which minerals and which combinations you should have and this is dictated by how your ancestors lived.”Martin Pytela

“Once you detoxify at the cellular level, many of your health problems will go away.”Martin Pytela

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