Archive | March, 2011

Tags: , , , , ,

Autism Treatment – Heavy Metals, Other Testing and Treating Autism

Posted on 14 March 2011 by admin

Autism Treatment with other treatments

This is the sixth and final video of autism treatment in this series of heavy metal testing videos. I wanted to just mention there are some other specialized tests for heavy metals. Some of the labs, Neuro Science for example, carries a blood test that looks at immune system reactivity to heavy metals in the body. And this can be important because we know that heavy metals like aluminum, for example, can be a triggering event for allergy. And certainly heavy metals, as I mentioned aluminum and others, if they’re stimulating an allergic reaction or a sensitivity reaction can be a generating factor with respects to inflammation, particularly through immune activation.

So these are unique tests for autism treatment that do indicate a level of susceptibility of heavy metal toxicity triggering immune system activity and could be a clue for a particular child who seems to have immune dysfunction, seems to have a lot of immune inflammation, and seems to just have a wide variety of immune over-reactivity. Whether that’s to things in the environment, whether that’s to food, whether that to things going on in their own body which would be things that would be triggering auto immune reactions. So again, this is another way of assessing for heavy metal toxicity most specifically to heavy metal toxicity generating immune activity, inflammation, and hyper reactivity within the body.

So I hope that you found this information useful. I realize it’s a lot of information it’s certainly a lot of information to try to get through in a clear and concise fashion through these videos. If you do have more questions about heavy metal toxicity, heavy metal testing, and certainly about heavy metal treatment, I encourage you to visit me on my website at www.autismactionplan.com. On that website I have a tremendous amount of information about a wide variety of biomedical topics. But specifically with respects to this topic, I have video presentations on heavy metal toxicity, I have written material on treatment protocols. As I mentioned before, I have an entire section on how to interpret a hair analysis with respects to mineral transport issues secondary to heavy metals. And of course most importantly is your ability to ask questions to me on the parent forum on a daily basis if you choose on a wide variety of biomedical topics.

Recommended Reading

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , , , ,

Autism Treatment – Heavy Metals, Fecal Metals Test and Treating Autism

Posted on 13 March 2011 by admin

Autism Treatment with Fecal Metals Test

This is video five of this discussion on heavy metal testing. Fecal metal tests is another option for heavy metal assessment. Some people will do a stool test to analyze for heavy metals as one of the autism treatment. I typically don’t, I’ve had a few patients over the years where after a while we’ve noticed a pattern in metal excretion and we’ll use a fecal test to analyze metal excretion over time. I typically don’t do that test as a way to monitor metal detox because fecal metals are too easily influenced by environmental exposure.

You can come in contact with something in the environment whether its through food or water and essentially contaminate the test which means that you could eat something that might have high cadmium or let’s say it has high aluminum and it shows up high in the urine test but it doesn’t necessarily reflect that that metal was absorbed in the body. So there’s too many variables. I have used the fecal metal test in certain circumstances as a screening test to see is this child being exposed to something on a daily basis and I actually had a case a number of years ago where on a fecal metal test found very high levels of arsenic and very high levels of lead. When we went back and did analysis on the home environment it was found that these people lived in an area where they used to do a lot of farming. We know that farming and the herbicides and the pesticides generally tend to have a lot of arsenic and that lead exposure in that area was high as well. So it can be useful with respects to that.

But as far as something to assess and do up front to sit there and determine whether my child has high levels or not have high levels based on a fecal test; it’s too variable, I generally don’t recommend it. As I’ve mentioned before in video one, that’s why I generally up front as a screening tool will do a hair analysis. In video two I talked about porphyrin analysis which is a urine test for heavy metals and combine the hair analysis and the porphyrin analysis as a general screen to help determine what is our likelihood of heavy metal toxicity. And if it is positive what are some of the other testing that we can do in autism treatment and certainly what are some of the therapies that we can implement to help in the process of heavy metal detoxification.

Recommended Reading

Comments (1)

Tags: , , , , ,

Autism Treatment – Heavy Metals Testing and Urine Tests For Treating Autism

Posted on 09 March 2011 by admin

Autism Treatment With Heavy Metals Testing and Urine Tests

This is video 4 of the series of autism treatment videos on heavy metal testing and it will be broken down into 2 sections. Let’s talk about urine testing. There are a number of people who like to do a baseline urine test a way to screen for heavy metals. But the problem with that is that ninety eight or ninety nine percent of the time, whatever it is, it’s not a real high percentage, there just isn’t anything that shows up. So the majority of the time when you do a baseline test as a screening test for heavy metals, very rarely does an elevated metal marker show up. So using that test as a determining factor for heavy metal exposure or heavy metal levels in the body just doesn’t cut it. Where I do use a baseline urine test in autism treatment when we’re going to be implementing something called a challenge.

Now many doctors will implement what’s called a challenge using oral DMSA oral DMPS or IV DMPS or IV EDTA to try to provoke the body to try and release a certain amount of stored metals. And this is called a provocative challenge test in essence to figure out how much metal is being excreted at any particular time. Now, when you’re doing that kind of testing, what you want to do, and what I’ve done for years, is before we do a challenge is I’ll do a baseline urine first; knowing that the vast majority of times it’s going to be normal. And then, I’ll follow up a urine test after we give the challenge dose, let’s say it was an IV or we give an oral dose of a chelator or a detoxifier like EDTA or DMPS for example. And we’ll measure how much metal is coming out and when you compare the baseline pre-challenge test compared to the post-challenge test and that gives us an indication of metal excretion based on that particular challenge.

It is important to realize is that whatever comes out on that initial test doesn’t necessarily reflect how much is in the body, it’s giving an indication of what came out and certainly there’s a proportion of that is stored in the body but what it doesn’t tell us is how much is left. It doesn’t really tell us how long you need to do detoxification therapy for, because the next time you do a challenge, more could come out. So, what it does indicate is that there is a stored level in the body that needs a provoking agent in order to get it out and that can come in many different forms.

Recommended Reading

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , , ,

Autism Treatment – Heavy metals, Porphyrin testing and Treating Autism

Posted on 08 March 2011 by admin

Autism Treatment with Porphyrin Testing

This is video 2 of this discussion on heavy metal testing. We are going to talk about porphyrin analysis. A number of years ago there was research that was done in autism treatment that was analyzing what are called porphyrins. Porphyrins are a chemical reaction within our cells that the end result produces something called heme. Heme is used in our red blood cells to form hemoglobin to carry oxygen. Heme is also a part of our liver that is involved in detoxification processes. Heme is also involved in removing things called beta amyloids from the brain and beta amyloid accumulation interestingly enough, particularly in certain neurological disorders has been associated with mercury exposure. So heme is an important substance for our body, porphyrin is an important metabolic process that our cells undergo.

Now what was found in this research was that porphyrin metabolism can be altered by heavy metal exposure. We know there can be genetic disorders that lead to porphyrin problems and these are very serious disorders many of them life threatening. We know that certain chemicals can interfere with porphyrin metabolism as well. But the relationship to heavy metals is pretty strong. Lead we know can interfere with porphyrin metabolism, aluminum and arsenic can as well, as well as with mercury. And so we can do a porphyrin analysis, the one I generally run is from Great Plains Laboratory and there are some other labs that also offer porphyrin analysis as well. And what we are trying to determine is one or more of those porphyrin markers elevated. If they are elevated it is pretty strong evidence that we have some type of heavy metal exposure in autism treatment causing a toxicity effect at the cellular level. Again, if one of those porphyrin markers is elevated, say for example the copopophyrin, abbreviated CP, just because it is elevated doesn’t necessarily tell us how much heavy metal is in the body. What it does tell you is that there is an amount of cellular toxicity occurring because of the heavy metal.

As I mentioned in video 1, when I do up front heavy metal testing I will generally do a hair analysis and I’ll do a porphyrin analysis as a screening assessment. Trying to get an idea, what is the hair analysis showing us? Are there elevated markers on the hair analysis of specific metals? Is there a mineral transport problem being seen? Are there different patterns on the hair essential elements section that indicate the probability of heavy metal toxicity? And then correlating that with the porphyrin test, if the porphyrin test is elevated as well, that is very strong evidence that we are dealing with some underlying heavy metal toxicity.

Now the decision still has to come whether you implement heavy metal treatment or not in autism treatment. Just because a test is normal doesn’t necessarily mean the child hasn’t been exposed to heavy metals. So ultimately the decision to implement heavy metal detoxification therapy is really a clinical one that you have to discuss with your physician. Does it make clinical sense to implement some type of treatment? In many cases it does, and in many cases when we actually implement heavy metal detox therapy we see improvements in kids over time. Whether it with respects to attention, focusing, improved sensory issues, decreased infections, better immune function, etc. So porphyrin test and the hair test for me anyway are good screening tools. In video 3 we are going to talk about some of the blood testing that is done for heavy metals as another way of assessing for heavy metal exposure.

Recommended Reading

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , , ,

Autism Treatment – Heavy Metals, Hair Analysis and Treating Autism

Posted on 08 March 2011 by admin

Heavy Metals and Hair Analysis in Autism Treatment Part 2

As a continuation of the first video, now we will go deeper into a discussion on hair analysis as autism treatment. So what is the hair analysis? The hair analysis is a screening assessment for heavy metal exposure. It generally gives an idea about what metals have been exposed to in the past and really what is in circulation and body tissues, let’s say minimally over the past 10 – 12 weeks. Although the exposure certainly could have been done or come about some time ago. So when you see something being excreted in the hair it is an indication that metal was at some point in time at a high level and the body is making an attempt to get rid of it. So it is a test of exposure. It doesn’t tell you specifically where the heavy metal is or how much is really in the body.

There has been talk about hair analysis with respects to mercury that if you are not seeing mercury show up in a hair analysis then that could mean that the child is retaining that mercury and therefore not releasing it and that certainly can be true. The other possibility is that nothing is showing up in the hair test because there really hasn’t been significant exposure. So you kind of have to think about these things and not automatically think that just because a metal is low in the hair that automatically means that their body is not getting rid of it. It can be a situation where they just didn’t have significant exposure.

The area on the hair analysis called the essential minerals does show some patterns that can be indicative of mineral transport problems that are correlated to heavy metal toxicity. I actually have a section on my website, my membership site at www.autismactionplan.com that specifically goes through how to analyze a hair analysis with respects to the essential minerals section to determine if there a high probability of heavy metal toxicity and mineral transport problems. It is an in-depth process to do that. So again, real quickly, a hair analysis is a good screening tool to get an idea of the potential for heavy metal exposure and the potential for heavy metal toxicity. On an initial workup for autism treatment, I will generally do the hair analysis along with what’s called a porphyrin analysis to really help bring together the full picture if we are really dealing with a significant problem with heavy metals. And I am going to talk about porphyrin analysis in the next video.

Recommended Reading

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , , ,

Autism Treatment – Heavy Metal Testing, Hair Analysis and Treating Autism

Posted on 07 March 2011 by admin

Autism Treatment – Choosing the Right Heavy Metal Testing

I want to take a little time and go through some information with respects to heavy metal testing as one process of autism treatment. There is a lot of confusion within the medical community, whether that is the traditional medical community or the biomedical community that’s dealing primarily with Autism, about what some of these different types mean. Which tests you should do first, which tests you should do second, and really how to integrate all of that information. This video is actually going to be broken up probably into 2 maybe even 3 videos because I don’t want to make them too long. So let’s lay things out if we can.

There are many different types of tests in autism treatment. We know that many kids on the Autism spectrum have heavy metal exposure. That is not unique because people in our general population, you and me, have been exposed to heavy metals as well. What makes kids on the spectrum unique is that many of them have weaknesses in their ability to detoxify these heavy metals. So they have become more susceptible to the adverse problems that heavy metals bring. Mercury for example likes to go to the brain and the nervous tissues. We know that it can disrupt nerve function, brain function, etc. But other heavy metals can disrupt body chemistry as well, we know there is problems with lead, we know there is problems with aluminum and arsenic so its not just mercury. It could be a culmination of different heavy metal exposures.

Heavy Metal Testing Through Hair Analysis

One of the first things I do in my practice of autism treatment is when I am doing a general screen for heavy metals is I will run a hair analysis. Now I primarily use two different labs or hair analysis from two labs, one being Great Plains or Doctor’s Data. Essentially they are the same tests so I am not ordering both tests from both labs I am ordering either from Doctor’s Data or Great Plains. The reason I like their test is there is a lot of data behind it with respects to clinical significance as well as interpretive knowledge about how to implement what the different markers mean with respects to their clinical presentation of that particular patient or that child. So again Great Plains has a hair analysis, Doctor’s Data has a hair analysis, essentially they are the same test so either one is fine. If you have insurance, then Great Plains can be a great place to go. Some of the other labs don’t necessarily accept insurance. We will cover more information about heavy metals testing in my next video.

Recommended Reading

Comments (0)



Tags