Archive for the 'autism' Category

April is the month where many organizations focus on raising awareness of Autism, and Metametrix would like to contribute by generating awareness of the laboratory tests that can help to uncover metabolic factors that may be treated in each individual with this complex disease. Practitioners who enter this field need a guide to treating the underlying problems that prevent patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) from returning to normal behavior and metabolic function.

In these informative video clips, Dr. Richard Lord and Dr. Todd LePine discuss:

  • Laboratory testing
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Inflammatory stress
  • Mercury toxicity
  • Food allergies
  • Immune systems fortifications
  • Vitamin insufficiencies
  • Genetic factors

Take a few moments to view these videos and see how specific laboratory tests can give you valuable information on moving forward with ASD treatment protocols.

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For more information on the laboratory tests discussed by Dr. Lord and Dr. LePine, view the links listed below.

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Exposed? Help is on the wayPart 7 - With so many tests available to clinicians, I can't help but think how overwhelming it can be for them to determine which one is the best for their patients. My conversation with Dr. Crinnion led me to ask for his suggestions on testing for toxic exposure, and his answer might surprise you. He indicated that there are two "genres" of toxicity testing. One that measures the levels of specific  toxins in the body, and another that measures the metabolite of the toxins in the body.

So, which type of test is best?  Dr. Crinnion says he likes to measure for the actual compound because it helps him determine if there is current exposure, which is very important. He says that so many people have genetic polymorphisms in their metabolic ability to detox, that metabolites for toxins may not show up in urine due to the polymorphism. Oh, my! We get a quick biochemistry lesson as to how polymophisms tie in, and Dr. Crinnion shares his thoughts on the best approach for discovering your exposure, as well as tracking your treatment progress.

Listen in...

Click the audio player below to listen to the last installment of this seven-part series on toxicity and health.

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Although this is the final installment of my conversation with Dr. Crinnion, we still have some goodies he left us to share with you next week. Come back and see...

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Walter J. CrinnionWalter J. Crinnion, ND, received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of San Francisco in 1975. He received his degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, where he was a member of the first graduating class, and Dr. Crinnion is now considered one of the leading experts on environmental medicine and toxicology. After graduating, Dr. Crinnion spent 20 years practicing in Seattle, helping treat patients with chronic conditions through diet and nutrition. Dr. Crinnion discovered that most of the chronic health complaints he treated were rooted in toxicity, and began to expand his practice to include environmental medicine. After 20 years of practice, Dr. Crinnion felt led to teach other practitioners about toxicity and health. Today, he is the Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.

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Your brain is an easy target for toxinsPart 5 - So, have you ever heard the term "Fathead?" The brain is one of the largest fatty organs in our body, so it's not so far from the truth. Dr. Crinnion says that many environmental toxins are fat-soluble and easily pass the blood/brain barrier. This makes our brains an easy target, and toxins are often stored there.

In this podcast, we also talk about how environmental toxins have a link to Parkinson disease. Dr. Crinnion discusses how some Parkinson patients have gotten good results from undergoing a detoxification program. In one case, a patient reported feeling 70% better! Who wouldn't want to feel 70% better?

Don't miss his telling of it...

Click the audio player below to listen to the fifth installment of this seven-part series on toxicity and health.

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In my next installment with Dr. Crinnion, we discuss endocrine disruption and how toxins affect it. Stay tuned...

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Walter J. CrinnionWalter J. Crinnion, ND, received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of San Francisco in 1975. He received his degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, where he was a member of the first graduating class, and Dr. Crinnion is now considered one of the leading experts on environmental medicine and toxicology. After graduating, Dr. Crinnion spent 20 years practicing in Seattle, helping treat patients with chronic conditions through diet and nutrition. Dr. Crinnion discovered that most of the chronic health complaints he treated were rooted in toxicity, and began to expand his practice to include environmental medicine. After 20 years of practice, Dr. Crinnion felt led to teach other practitioners about toxicity and health. Today, he is the Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.

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Nutritional interventions have helped many children with ASD on their road to recovery and improved function. In this 3Apples and Drugs part interview, Kara Fitzgerald, ND and Julie Matthews, CNC, discuss the common biochemical patterns seen in children with ASD. Blood and urine tests reveal biochemical abnormalities common in children with ASD. Treatments tailored to these results can bring about significant clinical improvements.

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Nutritional interventions have helped many children with ASD on their road to recovery and improved function. In this 3Apples and Drugs part interview, Kara Fitzgerald, ND and Julie Matthews, CNC, discuss the common biochemical patterns seen in children with ASD. Blood and urine tests reveal biochemical abnormalities common in children with ASD. Treatments tailored to these results can bring about significant clinical improvements.

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Nutritional interventions have helped many children with ASD on their road to recovery and improved function. In this 3Apples and Drugs part interview, Kara Fitzgerald, ND and Julie Matthews, CNC, discuss the common biochemical patterns seen in children with ASD. Blood and urine tests reveal biochemical abnormalities common in children with ASD. Treatments tailored to these results can bring about significant clinical improvements.

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Laboratory TestingBowel disorders are a very common feature of ASD. Repairing and healing the GI tract is a key step in quelching inflammation and improving overall neurological health in children on the spectrum. Listen to Cass Nelson-Dooley, MS and Julie Matthews, CNC, discuss the “gut-brain connection” and the importance of stool tests in the clinical management of children with ASD.

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Toxic Metal AssessmentListen to this discussion with Julie Matthews and David Traver, MD on the complicated topic of toxic metal assessment in children with ASD. Laboratory tests used to determine heavy metal exposure and toxicity are reviewed, especially urinary porphyrins and toxic elements in hair, urine, blood, and stool.

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