Asperger's/Autism Specialty Testing
Testing is available to help identify nutrient deficiencies, bacterial and yeast imbalances, food sensitivities, inborn errors of metabolism, and heavy metal status.
Organic Acid Testing
Ordered through Great Plains Laboratory, the organic acid test evaluates inborn errors of metabolism; such as PKU, maple-syrup urine disease, and many others. In addition, the organic acid test will check for many other abnormalities such as vitamin deficiencies and abnormal metabolism of catecholamines, dopamine, and serotonin. The organic acid test will also detect overgrowth of intestinal yeast or bacteria. Selective immunodeficiency, exposure to antibiotics, and consumption of sugars can stimulate an overgrowth of intestinal yeast or bacteria.
Comprehensive Stool Analysis
Ordered through Great Plains Laboratory, the comprehensive stool analysis detects the presence of pathogenic microorganisms such as yeast, parasites, and bacteria which can contribute to chronic illness and neurological dysfunction. It provides helpful information about prescription and natural products effective against specific microorganism strains detected in the sample. The test also evaluates beneficial bacteria levels, intestinal immune function, inflammation markers, and overall intestinal health.
Heavy Metal Testing
Ordered through Doctors Data, the urine toxic and essential elements analysis is an invaluable tool for the assessment of retention of toxic metals in the body and the status of essential nutrient elements. Toxic metals do not have any function in the body; in fact they adversely affect almost every organ system and disrupt the balance of nutrients in the body. Analysis of the levels of toxic metals in urine after the administration of a metal detoxification agent is an objective way to evaluate the accumulation of toxic metals. Chronic, low-level exposure to toxic metals can result in retention of those metals in the body. They can be associated with many adverse health effects. Toxicity occurs when the net retention exceeds the body’s ability to process and remove these metals. To evaluate net retention, one compares the levels of metals in urine before and after the administration of a pharmaceutical metal detoxification agent such as EDTA, DMSA or DMPS. Different compounds have different affinities for specific metals, but all function by pulling out “hidden” metals from deep tissue stores and mobilizing the metals to the kidneys for excretion in the urine.
A complete blood count (CBC) gives important information about the kinds and numbers of cells in the blood, especially red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. A CBC will also help diagnose conditions, such as anemia, infection, and many other disorders.
The comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) is used as a broad screening tool to evaluate organ function and check for conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, and kidney diseases. The CMP may also be ordered to monitor known conditions, such as hypertension, and to monitor patients taking specific medications for any kidney or liver-related side effects.