We have been so busy lately with everything I haven't stopped by in quite a while. Here is what has been going on with us.
A couple of months ago we started a Gluten free Casein free diet and decided to go see Dr. Humphreys ND at Healing Solutions Pediatric Centers. A DAN! Dr. He saw both of our oldest and we only have money right now for the full testing on our son. The first test we did was a Metabolic Analysis Profile. The results showed low lactic acid, an elevated FlGLU or Formiminoglutamic Acid, and high glutaric acid. I am not a doctor so I am just trying to start researching what this all means and going over the lab results here are some explanations: Low
Lactic Acid or lactate: usually a result of reduced pyruvic acid
FlGlu: dietary deficiency of folic acid, severe oxidant stress, vitamin b12 deficient. Children with folate and or b12 deficiencies may be associated with autism, mental retardation, growth failure and seizure. This deficiency can be secondary to gastrointestinal disorders.
Glutaric Acid: associated with general neurological deterioration, spasicity and mental retardation, can lead to hypoglycemia, hypotonia, nausea, poor weight gain, poor weight gain. The second test we did was a blood test.
He ordered a comprehensive metabolic panel, iron binding, TSH CBC panel, strep test, copper serum, lead serum, zinc serum and DNASE. The potassium came back high, CO2 high, low ALT, high hemoglobin and hematocrit, and out of balance zinc. These lab results did not have an explanation attached but the Dr. explained that he may have an acidic gastrointestinal environment and an abnormality in the use of B12 which can lead to anemia. The copper to zinc ration in our system should be 1:1 and he is low on zinc which we will supplement with 30 mg. for 2- 3 months.
The regime to fix it all?
1) Diflucan or fluconazole for 10 days as well as a pro biotic called Maximum GI Health 2) Folic Acid- his need was a nine out of ten right now 3) Child Essence multi-vitamin one capsule a day for 1 week then go to two capsules a day 4) Omega 3's with super EFA (not Omegas 6 or 9) 5) Zinc 30 mg. 6) Go back in one month for B12 injections
In a nutshell...we have real results on paper. Something solid to look at which links with behaviors of autism and sensory integration. The methylation systemis not working properly, the GI has a bacterial issue and the folinic acid B12 is not converting the way it should to be available in his body. I am hopeful we will see results after treatment. We are open for ideas and thoughts...This is all new to me. I wish we had money to get our other children tested. One step at a time.
I have also noticed my son seems to always be cold or hot, no in between. He keeps getting hurt while playing and has a black eye and EAR??? currently. I am wondering if there is a possibile sleep problem. We find him up two or three times a night and during the day he seems like he could use a nap, but never takes one. Ideas?