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.
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