At 53, Courteney Cox is ready to talk about the past. But, it’s because she feels better than she ever has: her inner and outer health and beauty are finally in sinc, “Hollywood makes it hard; this business makes it harder. I grew up thinking appearance was the most important thing. That as long as I looked OK, I would be OK, which got me into trouble.” 1 Chasing the fountain of youth had consequences.

Though the road to acceptance wasn’t easy (especially in a town where it’s a no-no to admit you’ve had work done) Cox is reformed. She’s now “as natural” (she had all the fillers in her face dissolved) as she can be and looks amazing. Hindsight is 20/20 of course. Cox says she realizes she should have taken better care of her body earlier in life than she did, but it’s never too late to start.


In an interview with New Beauty, she said,

“Well, what would end up happening is that you go to a doctor who would say, ‘You look great, but what would help is a little injection here or filler there.’ So you walk out and you don’t look so bad and you think, no one noticed—it’s good. Then somebody tells you about another doctor: ‘This person’s amazing. They do this person who looks so natural.’ You meet them and they say, ‘You should just do this.’ The next thing you know, you’re layered and layered and layered. You have no idea because it’s gradual until you go, ‘Oh sh*t, this doesn’t look right.’ And it’s worse in pictures than in real life. I have one friend who was like, ‘Whoa, no more!’ I thought, I haven’t done anything in six months. I didn’t realize.”2

Also, about four years ago, Cox, who calls herself “a really good eater,” found out she had the MTHFR gene mutation (loads and loads of people do). To understand this mutation, check out the videos below:

Her doctor asked her to get tested because not only had she suffered multiple miscarriages, but her dad had died of rare cancer, and depression ran in her family. Her results showed that she had the worst version of the mutation leaving her body to methylate incorrectly.

So, armed with the information on what had been happening to her body, and how she could help herself, she changed her diet and lifestyle and now feels betters and has more energy:

“I used to get so tired and would literally crumble after I ate something. Now I give myself a shot of methylated B-12 daily. When I was pregnant, I took folic acid like you’re supposed to, but I learned later that it wasn’t good for me. I have to take a methylfolate and methylated B, and then I can absorb it.”

It’s a good idea that everyone gets tested for the MTHFR gene mutation, especially if these symptoms, from the three symptom areas, sound familiar 3:

 1. Central Nervous System disorders – some of these come from not having enough SAMe. SAMe is responsible for creating Serotonin & neurotransmitters responsible for mood, motivation, and to some degree energy levels.  If these neurotransmitters are low, then Depression is often the result, but even aggression and alcoholism are symptoms sometimes found in men.  Pregnant women may encounter extreme Post-partum depression. In addition, things like Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Migraines, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Memory loss with Alzheimer’s and Dementia as well as other psychiatric problems can be tied to this issue (OCD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and more). These challenges are sometimes associated more with the 1298 gene mutation. A clinical trial was done by Dr. Fava (July, 2011), and it showed that giving L-Methylfolate (specifically Metafolin®) found in the prescription ‘medical food’, [Deplin® is a registered trademark of Société des Products Nestlé S.A. and is under license by Nestlé Health Science-Pamlab, Inc.], was as effective as the top anti-depressant drugs available today (without all the side effects).

 2. Cardiovascular problems often occur when Homocysteine levels in the body are too high. Heart attack, Stroke, Blood Clots, Peripheral neuropathy, Anemia even Miscarriages, and Congenital birth defects can be related to this issue among other symptoms. These problems are typically more related to the 677-gene mutation but seem to be worse for people who have a double mutation (two copies of the 677 or two copies of the 1298). Some doctors think the worst combination is someone with one 677 variant and one 1298 variant (referred to as compound heterozygous).

 3. Environmental poisoning can increase when not enough Glutathione is present to detox the body. Glutathione is responsible for detoxifying the body of heavy metals, toxins, and BPAs, etc. that we encounter in the environment. Glutathione is our body’s most powerful antioxidant. When a body gets too burdened by heavy metals and toxins, a lot of unexpected health problems emerge. Some symptoms of this can be: Nausea, Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, Liver and Kidney dysfunction, Hypertension, Tachycardia, Pulmonary fibrosis, Asthma, Immune problems, Hair loss, Rashes and much more (as you can imagine).

For more information on the MTHFR gene mutation, click here.

It’s refreshing to see a woman in Hollywood admitting she’s made mistakes AND saying out loud, I’m not 20 anymore and things are going to “start sagging.” There are loads of things you can do to keep your body in top shape and take care of your skin but one of the most important things you can do is love yourself. Right where you are.

XO- Erin

Sources and References

  1. Yahoo! June 21, 2017.
  2. Yahoo! June 21, 2017.
  3. Methyl-life.