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Unraveling mysteries, underlying biochemistry of autism, and Hannah’s OAT results.

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We’ve received Hannah’s  Organic Acid Test results (from the Great Plains lab), and there are lots of interesting things for us to work on.   Part of me feels excited, that kid in a candy store feeling I’d talked about, to have so many concrete ways to helping her body function it’s best.  Part of me is overwhelmed by what we’ve learned. Nineteen out of the 70 metabolites measured significantly out of the normal range for young girls.

First, and very importantly,  Hannah’s  yeast levels are back up, as I’d suspected.   One of the markers that measures presence of yeast is tartaric acid.   The normal range for healthy females under the age of 13 is less than 4mmol/mocreatinine.  Hannah’s tartaric acid level was four times the upper limit of the normal range. Another yeast indicating metabolite was also high.  The doctor put Hannah back on the anti-fungal Nystatin to bring the yeast back under control.

Another interesting thing we learned from the OAT was that Hannah is not processing oxalate from foods as well as a normal individual would.  Oxalates occur in lots of foods-many of those foods are really healthy foods- beets, spinach, nuts,  Most people are familiar with one complication that can arise from the body handling oxalates poorly. When people get kidney stones, it’s caused by calcium binding with oxalates. My husband went through a kidney stone “experience” a few years, and says that it was one of  the most painful experiences of his life.  The upper limit of normal is 200 and Hannah’s level was 300.  I’ve been reading as much as I can to find out how to put this piece of the puzzle to work for Hannah.

Some of the metabolites in the test indicate insufficient vitamins or the need for support in detoxifying.  I’ve got a lot of information gathered, and still feel like I’m digesting it all.  I’m hoping to pull everything together in the next few days and start implementing more of the suggestions from Hannah’s doctor, based on the lab test.

If you’d like you can read more about and find more helpful links regarding lab tests that help treat autism here: http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/home/eng/autism.asp


5 comments on “Unraveling mysteries, underlying biochemistry of autism, and Hannah’s OAT results.

  1. Donna J. Dingwall
    July 13, 2013

    I always enjoy learning and reading as you learn Becky. 🙂

  2. P.Toor
    September 27, 2013

    I love this picture, it’s very Hannah-Banana 😉

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