Testing for potential abnormalities in areas of nutrition, gut health, immune system, homeostasis (metabolism and physiology), oxidative stress and toxin overload is often needed to guide an intervention, alongside a clinical examination and detailed developmental and family history.
AT+ uses a range of international and UK accredited laboratories for testing. Our main UK distributor Regenerus Laboratories uses Doctor’s Data (toxic elements and comprehensive stool tests), Great Plains Laboratories (organic acids, microbial metabolites), Labrix (neurotransmitter and hormonal profile including adrenal function tests) to name a few. We also use the NHS via the child’s GP and other UK laboratories such as The Doctor Laboratory in London (TDL) for a range of blood tests and biochemistry/immune markers, Genova Diagnostics (mostly for allergy testing) and Biolab (nutrition).
Being part of the French Chronimed group, an organisation led by Professor Montagnier, Nobel Prize Winner of Medicine 2008, which reassembles a group of medical doctors from France, Belgium, Switzerland and South Africa, we have increasingly used other laboratories, which we consider as “cutting edge”, providing unique set of markers, very informative as far as understanding the pathology of autism is concerned.
My favourite lab is probably the RED Laboratories in Belgium. These laboratories were opened in 1998, and are now focusing more specifically on chronic immune diseases since 2000. Assay development and research programmes at R.E.D. Laboratories focus on inflammatory mechanisms, oxidative stress, intestinal dysfunctions and viral infections, all disorders that contribute to the onset and pathogenesis of diseases such as CFS, multiple sclerosis, autism, or autoimmune diseases.
The test we run with the RED Labs include: Nagalase, a range of pro-inflammatory cyctokines (IL-1, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-12070, TNF, MIP-1 and MCP1), PGE2 (prostaglandin, inflammatory marker), Natural Killer cell counts and metagenomic stool analysis. We also commonly run some PCR assay to identify potential viral and microbial pathogens.
There are supporting scientific evidences showing abnormalities in these markers in Autism and I will shortly review some of these for our readers. To read more about Nagalase click here. To read about PGE2, you can download this PGE2 autism paper.
We also use Romain-Pais, also in Belgium, as they provide a full infection panels, neurotransmitter, nutrition, natural killers, hormones profiles, allergy screen and intestinal metabolites.
Finally we use the MELISA lab for Lyme and other tick born infection, moulds and metal sensitivities.
These excellent laboratories and tests enable us to determine the most central health problems faced by a child and guide our interventions.