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.

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