tourette's, tics, and ocd
UNDERSTANDING TOURETTE'S, TICS, AND OCD?
It has been observed in clinical studies that individuals with Tourette syndrome, Chronic Tic Disorder (CTD), and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are predisposed to having other conditions that co-exist in addition to the symptoms of the disorder. These problems include allergies, anxiety, autoimmune disease, chronic pain, eating disorders, headaches, cognitive difficulties, restless leg syndrome (RLS), and poor immunity. Studies have shown that these conditions are also associated with oxidative stress, mineral deficiency, and microbial imbalance. Very often, these abnormalities are not identified through routine lab work and are dismissed as insignificant when they are discovered. Unless properly addressed, these abnormalities will continue to inhibit the various chemical pathways necessary for proper neurological and immune function. The resulting complications will contribute to, and may even cause, the symptoms of Tourette syndrome, CTD, OCD, and other mental health disorders.
Some individuals develop symptoms of Tourette syndrome, CTD, and OCD as a result of brain trauma. As observed in clinical studies, there can be factors such as inflammation which occur in the body as a result of trauma. These factors may lead to the progression of the symptoms Tourette Syndrome, CTD, and OCD. Comprehensive biomedical testing may still be very useful in these cases where no other physical symptoms are apparent and the cause is known.
WHAT TESTS CAN I DO?
COPPER / ZINC PROFILE
Copper is required for synthesis of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine, which are essential for overall mental health. Low copper in the blood can lead to symptoms of depression, while abnormally high copper has been associated with aggression, paranoia, and anxiety.
Strong evidence suggests that zinc deficiency may play a key role in the development of anorexia. Symptoms of zinc deficiency include decreased appetite, weight loss, altered taste perception, depression, and missed menstrual periods.
Controlled trial of zinc supplementation in anorexia nervosa
In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of zinc supplementation for anorexia patients, the body mass index (BMI) increase of the zinc supplemented group was twice that of the placebo. Zinc supplementation should be considered in the treatment of patients with anorexia.
IGG FOOD ALLERGY + CANDIDA
Individuals with eating disorders and other neurological, gastrointestinal, and behavioral disorders often suffer from IgG food sensitivities. Symptoms of IgG food sensitivities may occur hours or days after the offending food has been eaten, and can cause profound behavioral changes and even psychosis. The 93 foods tested in the IgG Food Allergy Test w/ Candida can identify problem foods so they can be eliminated from the patient's diet.
ORGANIC ACIDS TEST
A diet lacking in adequate nutrients affects mood as it does overall health. Many people with chronic illnesses and mental health disorders show significant deficiencies of important vitamins and other nutrients. In addition, Organic Acids testing can indicate abnormal levels of bacterial and yeast metabolites and neurotransmitter imbalances, which can cause or worsen symptoms such as anxiety, depression, immune dysfunction, obsessive thoughts, fatigue, and sleep deprivation.
GLUTEN / CASEIN PEPTIDES
If the enzyme dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP4) is inactive or deficient, then foods containing dairy, wheat, or soy proteins cannot be fully digested and will circulate in the body and to the brain as opiates. This can trigger a number of psychiatric symptoms, including obsessive and intrusive thoughts that can lead to eating disorders. These peptides can also fuel addictions to foods containing wheat and dairy.
ADVANCED CHOLESTEROL PROFILE
Low total cholesterol is often associated with depression, suicidal thoughts, and anorexia nervosa. Patients with anorexia or other eating disorders with high cholesterol should also be evaluated for low thyroid function (hypothyroidism), which causes excess accumulation of serum cholesterol.
Total serum cholesterol and suicidality in anorexia nervosa
Patients who reported previous suicide attempts, impulsive selfinjurious behavior, or current suicidal ideation show significantly lower cholesterol levels than those subjects without suicidality. The lower the cholesterol levels, the more severe the depressive symptoms were in the patients examined.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are critical for cell membrane structure and function, as well as regulating the inflammatory process. Fatty acid metabolism requires magnesium and zinc, which are often deficient in people with eating disorders.
Deficiencies of essential fatty acids in patients with anorexia.
Patients with anorexia nervosa showed polyunsaturated fatty acid deficiencies in plasma phospholipids. These results demonstrate that the patients have deficiencies of essential fatty acids, compensatory changes in nonessential fatty acids, and decreased fluidity of plasma lipids.
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