Our office provides the following specialty labs for food allergies, metal toxicities, fatty acid profiles and more.
In addition to Neurofeedback, our offices provide the following specialty labs that may be recommended based on current symptoms or the desire to rule out underlying root issues. Information reduces the guesswork that is to common in treatment of chronic and difficult conditions. We support our patients in their desires to get well and have good information and will gladly order any tests you feel may be beneficial for you or your child. We will also try to order what tests we can through the standard labs to reduce out of pocket expense.
IGG Food Allergy + Candida in ADHD
Individuals with neurological, gastrointestinal, and behavioral disorders often suffer from IgG food sensitivities (unlike the traditional rash and swelling symptoms of IgE allergies). IgG reactions to foods subtly alter brain chemistry and behavior. IgG symptoms may occur hours or days after the offending food has been eaten.
Two-thirds of children diagnosed with AD(H)D have un-recognized food allergies that generate most, if not all, of their symptoms. The 93 foods tested in the IgG Food Allergy Test w/Candida can identify problem foods so they can be eliminated from the patient’s diet.
IGG Food Allergy + Candida in Autism
Most of the time, food reactions are IgG-mediated. These sensitivities tend to create problems because they stress the child’s immune system, compromising digestion and resulting in inflammation and increased behavioral issues. IgG food allergy testing can identify the specific antibody reactions not commonly tested by allergists. Eliminating offending foods strengthens the immune system and may help significantly reduce autistic symptoms and GI problems. The use of probiotics may also be beneficial in alleviating GI dysfunction, inflammation, and potential behavioral symptoms shown by some children on the autism spectrum. Learn more » https://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/igg-food-allergy-test/
Urine Toxic Metals
Urine Elements are traditionally used to evaluate exposure to potentially toxic elements and wasting of nutrient elements. Additionally, the comparison of urine element concentrations before and after administration of a chelator can be used to estimate net retention of potentially toxic elements. Subsequent urine element analyses, also following the administration of a chelator, are useful for monitoring the efficacy of metal detoxification therapy. Results are expressed per 24 hours or creatinine corrected to account for urine dilution effects.
Learn more » https://www.doctorsdata.com/urine-toxic-metals/
Hair Toxic Element Exposure Profile
Hair Elements analysis provides information regarding recent and ongoing exposure to potentially toxic metals, especially methylmercury and arsenic, and time-averaged status of specific nutrient elements. This noninvasive screening test requires only .25 grams of hair. Doctor’s Data offers a Hair Elements profile containing essential and toxic elements and a Hair Toxic Element Exposure profile containing an expanded lineup of toxic metals.
About 60% of children with autism have shown adverse reactions to proteins found in wheat (gluten) and dairy (casein) products. The Peptides Test measures small protein fragments called neuro-peptides that bind to opiate receptors in the brain. These opiate peptides are partially digested proteins that have the potential to interfere with neurotransmission, resulting in cognitive difficulty and speech impairment. Worsening neurological symptoms have been reported in autistic patients after consumption of milk and wheat. In one study, the behavioral symptoms of most patients greatly improved after a period of 8 weeks on an elimination diet.
Organic Acids Test for Autism
Reducing or eliminating yeast overgrowth can be an effective method of reducing autistic symptoms. Microbial overgrowth can be measured by urine organic acid analyses of yeast and bacterial metabolites. The Organic Acids Test quantifies other useful markers of energy cycle and neurological function, as well as nutritional adequacy. The test is also designed to identify some rare genetic diseases and indirect indicators of methylation problems. When Candida grows out of balance, it can disrupt areas of the intestinal wall, producing toxins and leading to leaky gut syndrome. Candida toxins can depress the immune system. An inflammatory immune response and multiple food sensitivities can result from the leaky gut. Many children on the autism spectrum have an overgrowth of certain Clostridia species, which produces a compound called HPHPA (3-(3-hydroxyphenyl)- 3-hydroxypropionic acid). HPHPA may disrupt dopamine metabolism by interfering with the enzyme dopamine beta-hydroxylase. HPHPA is a potent toxin with profound neurological effects in autism, and can lead to moodiness, tantrums, extreme anxiety, aggression, and /or selfinjurious behavior.
Organic Acids Test for ADHD
Organic Acids testing provides an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria metabolites. Abnormally high levels of yeast (Candida) or bacteria can cause or worsen behavior disorders, hyperactivity, fatigue, and immune function. Many people with chronic illnesses and neurological disorders often excrete several abnormal organic acids.
Essential Fatty Acids for ADHD
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are required elements of every membrane in the body, including those in the brain. They serve as critical components in the biosynthesis of eicosanoids, chemicals that affect the working of every cell in the body. Some signs of an EFA deficiency include excessive thirst, allergic responses to common foods, and skin conditions such as eczema, clinical signs that tend to be common in AD(H)D children.
Children with lower omega-3 fatty acid levels are more likely to have learning problems and lower overall academic skills and math skills than children with higher fatty acid values.
Advanced Cholesterol Profile for Autism
Cholesterol is essential to brain development, and is one of the healthy fats required for myelination of the brain and for the health and repair of cell membranes. Cholesterol supports adrenal pathways and sex hormone production, and is also critically important in improving the efficiency of oxytocin receptors in the brain. The majority of kids on the spectrum have a problem with oxytocin function, which can result in problems with socialization and cause symptoms of anxiety. Identifying and treating low cholesterol levels with cholesterol supplementation can significantly improve the symptoms of autism.
Copper/Zinc in ADHD
Copper imbalance is often found in children with AD(H)D. Copper interferes with zinc metabolism, affects thyroid activity, and enhances neurotransmitters that stimulate brain activity. Copper is also an important substance to control yeast overgrowth within the body. Effects of excess copper include: mood swings, panic attacks, anxiety, hyperactivity, anti-social behavior, and depression.
One of zinc’s many functions is mood stabilizing. Children with AD(H)D have significantly lower zinc levels than those without. Low zinc values may result in depressed production of melatonin and serotonin in the brain, resulting in some of the symptoms of AD(H)D.
Learn more » https://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/copper-test-1
Glyphosate and Autism
Glyphosate is the world’s most widely produced herbicide and is the primary toxic chemical in Roundup™, as well as in many other herbicides. In addition, it is a broad-spectrum herbicide that is used in more than 700 different products from agriculture and forestry to home use.
Recent studies have discovered glyphosate exposure to be a cause of many chronic health problems. It can enter the body by direct absorption through the skin, by eating foods treated with glyphosate, or by drinking water contaminated with glyphosate. Glyphosate is also suspected to disrupt the microbiome. The relationship between the microbiome of the intestine and overall human health is still unclear, but current research indicates that disruption of the microbiome could cause diseases such as metabolic disorder, diabetes, depression, autism, cardiovascular disease, and autoimmune disease.
GPL-TOX: Toxic Non-Metal Chemical Profile
Every day, we are exposed to hundreds of toxic chemicals through products like pharmaceuticals, pesticides, packaged foods, household products, and environmental pollution. As we have become more exposed to chemical-laden products and to toxic chemicals in food, air, and water, we have been confronted with an accelerating rate of chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, chemical sensitivity, autism spectrum disorders, ADD/AD(H)D, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Learn more » https://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/gpl-tox