#9 – Troubleshooting GAPS: Lab Testing

nutrient_deficiency_in_autism_and_addSome critics of the GAPS diet say that it will lead to nutrient deficiencies. I would argue that most kids eating the Standard American Diet already have nutrient deficiencies! The best way to know – for sure – is to do Micronutrient Testing from SpectraCell Laboratories. This is far more accurate testing than typical blood testing done at your local Qwest or LabCorp. SpectraCell has developed highly specialized Micronutrient testing (requires a blood draw) to measure 33 vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in your body, and evaluates how well your body actually absorbs and utilizes each nutrient. Once detected, deficiencies can be corrected either with foods high in the nutrient, or supplements. In disorders like Autism and ADD, the potential improvement of symptoms when even a single deficiency is corrected can often be quite dramatic.

SpectraCell – Micronutrient and Omega-3 Testing

Good news – it is possible for you to order this test directly from the SpectraCell website without needing a doctor’s note, but it costs $390 if ordered this way. However, if your health practitioner sets up an account and charges you his actual cost, the practitioner cost is approximately $190 US (submitted with your insurance card) or $290 self-pay. (FYI – as a courtesy I offer this test at-cost ($190) to my Health Coaching clients) It’s recommended to retest every 6 months to track your Micronutrient status.

Be sure to also add-on SpectraCell’s Omega-check ($40 if ordered as part of the CardioMetabolic Panel) to find out EPA/DHA levels.

GI-MAP stool test - sample lab reportDiagnostic Solutions – Gut Parasite Testing

Most Autistic/ADHD children have dysbiosis caused by pathogens in the gut. Diagnostic Solutions’ GI-MAP is a DNA stool analysis – it is state-of-the art testing for gastrointestinal pathogens ($179 insurance deposit or $359 cash pre-pay). Be sure to add-on the Zonulin test to identify and track intestinal permeability ($29 insurance deposit or $64 cash pre-pay).

Mold Testing

Many homes unknowingly harbor mold. The toxins given off by the mold can make us physically and mentally sick. To detect hidden mold in your home I recommend hiring a mold detection service that uses a specially trained mold detection dog. You will then need to eliminate the mold from both the body and the home. Mold remediation is an extensive topic which I will cover thoroughly in a future blog post.

Lyme Disease

A large percentage of people get bitten by Lyme-carrying insects each year. If the immune system is in good shape, it can handle the Lyme with no problem. However if the immune system is brought down by a pre-existing problem (including mold), it gives the Lyme an opportunity to take hold. If you are curious to order a lab test, the best one is the Western Blot.

Please remember that
 no matter your dreams or obstacles, you have the power to change your child’s life. I sincerely hope our resources can help you do just that.

Angela Taylor, MS, CNS, LDN is Board-Certified in Clinical Nutrition and is the author of The BrainFood Cookbook. She successfully recovered her son from autism using the SCD/GAPS/Paleo diet. She resides in Baltimore, MD and holds three degrees from John Hopkins University. Angela is a Licensed Clinical Nutritionist and works with clients via Skype and in-person in Baltimore. www.brainfood-nutrition.com She also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University teaching Clinical Nutrition.

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