|Daniel being silly|
The first and most obvious things that stood out to me in his lab work were regarding his stool test.
The second glaring problem was with his nutrient profile. Let me start by saying that we eat a pretty clean, good quality, real food diet the majority of the time. Daniel tends to eat fairly well and we do supplement with specific nutrients. We had to stop supplementation for one week prior to these tests. He was severely deficient in many vitamins/antioxidants/etc (see images for some of those details). His tests show a lot of oxidative stress. Apparently he also has a need for pancreatic enzymes, at least temporarily. He's not detoxing well so that doesn't help. On the positive side, we've found that some minor supplementing with melatonin has really helped him to be able to fall asleep in the evenings.
|Look at all that terrible red and quite a bit of yellow too!|
|*THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT PRETTY!|
As far as genetics are concerned, he inherited his dad's MTHFR C677T which affects the way his body processes certain vitamins and such (especially those B vitamins you saw above). That may be a piece of this puzzle. He has many heterozygous methylation SNPs. There are a few SNPs that affect the type of B12 he can process as well as a lessened ability to keep healthy gut bacteria thanks to mutations within FUT2. He also has mild histamine findings (like my own struggles) that we may need to monitor over time. He may have issues with sulfur but we're following through with some urine testing to decide if he's actually expressing those genetics yet or not.
Fortunately most of his other tests were perfectly normal (things like thyroid and such). There were no excess heavy metals or lead issues. The is a little bit of an elevated copper to zinc ratio and a mild anemia. The good news is that the doctor thinks that many of these things can certainly addressed and hopefully corrected. He said that the glaring nutrient deficiencies can definitely cause neurotransmitter imbalances. He made recommendations for very specific supplementation to help with the big deficiencies and genetic details. He's hopeful that adding the digestive enzymes will help him better break down the fats and absorb what he needs to as well. We're continuing to work on the probiotic supplementation, adding prebiotics, and getting good fermented foods in him as we're able. Once our new insurance kicks in for James' job change, he'll have the additional allergen testing and see where we're at there. The doctor feels confident that addressing these issues will get us on the path to healing. He says it could take as long as six months to see bigger results. With a combination of these things and help from our awesome Occupational Therapist - Lord, I pray we see results!
Until next time...
P.S. My health updates are coming soon as well. ;)