I’ve been away for the last several weeks. visiting my daughter in England. It was a real pleasure to enjoy wheat products without becoming ill during the trip. And, as a result of something that popped up for her after I came home, together we have solved another part of the family sulphur problem.
For several generations, the women in my family have not been able to take iron supplements. When I became anemic during my pregnancy, my midwife suggested I try chelated iron which luckily worked.
It never dawned on me that the symptoms were very close to those of sulphur overload.
My daughter has discovered that regular iron supplements have a sulphur base. Voila, problem solved.
And due to my DNA tests and my daughter’s ancestry research, I’m pretty sure that I now know how the sensitivity entered my maternal line.
Sulphur sensitivity has been linked to having ancestors who lived along the Silk Road, a trade route between China and the West. When my late brother finally had his DNA done, it turned up something that also had appeared in my maternal DNA. Random Eastern European ancestry. As reports have gotten more detailed, it looks like possibly Ukrainian ancestry, one of the endpoints for the Silk Road.
Also, after recently watching the first season of Marco Polo, I did more online research on the Mongolian DNA that turns up in Hungary as a result of Genghis Khan’s move west. I have a very large and odd shaped head for a Westerner and the only hats that really fit are those made in the Mongolian style. Despite that, I have no Asian DNA of any type that shows up on the current tests.
However, when I started digging through the Hungarian research, low and behold, Mongolian and Romany ancestry is turning up to be widespread and my Dad’s haplo group turns up in the middle of the Mongolian DNA they have traced.
Boom! Silk Road ancestry confirmed.
How then, you ask, did it end up coming from my mother’s side of the family?
Several hundred years ago, an Elizabeth Sumner married into my mother’s family.
This also explains why my parents are listed as distant cousins when you check relationships on the ancestry website. Elizabeth Sumner introduced the sulphur sensitivity into my maternal line. The original Sumner in my paternal line did not pass it on.
Food sensitivities can be really weird and very interesting.
Oddly enough, today is my brother’s birthday. He would have been 61.