Neuron Function Program
This is the latest testing protocol for imbalances in the brain that affect your mind, emotions and physical health. When neurons (nerve cells) malfunction they produce a wide range of symptoms, conditions and diseases. The brain rules all and with this neuron function testing you can measure the function of the brain, mind and levels of the neurochemicals in the brain. This program consists of regularly testing the neuron function through highly specialized urine tests that are preloaded with certain amino acids (precursors to the neurotransmitters). The program is preferred rather than one test because the program regularly tests and changes the recommendation of supplementation.
Iodine Loading Test:
This test is used to assess whole body sufficiency for the essential element iodine.
Iodine supplementation is the daily amount of the essential element iodine needed for whole body sufficiency. Whole body sufficiency for iodine is assessed by an iodine/iodide loading test . The test consists of ingesting 4 tablets of a solid dosage form of Iodoral, containing a total of 50 mg iodine/iodide. Then urinary iodide levels are measured in the following 24 hr collection. The iodine/iodide loading test is based on the concept that the normally functioning human body has a mechanism to retain ingested iodine until whole body sufficiency for iodine is achieved. During iodine supplementation, a negative feedback mechanism is triggered that progressively adjusts the excretion of iodine to balance the intake. As the body iodine content increases, the percent of the iodine load retained decreases with a concomitant increase in the amount of iodide excreted in the 24 hr urine collection. When whole body sufficiency for iodine is achieved, the absorbed iodine/iodide is quantitatively excreted as iodide in the urine.
Since bromide competes with iodine in the body this test also tests 24 hour bromide excretion which if in excess, adversely affects iodine levels.
This test provides a view into the body’s cellular metabolic processes and the efficiency of metabolic function. Identifying metabolic blocks that can be treated nutritionally allows individual tailoring of interventions that maximize patient responses and lead to improved patient outcomes. Organic acids are metabolic intermediates that are produced in pathways of central energy production, detoxification, neurotransmitter breakdown, or intestinal microbial activity. Marked accumulation of specific organic acids detected in urine often signals a metabolic inhibition or block. The metabolic block may be due to a nutrient deficiency, an inherited enzyme deficit, toxic build-up or drug effect. Several of the analytes are markers of intestinal bacterial or yeast overgrowth. Testing includes:
Fatty Acid Metabolism
Energy Production (Citric Acid Cycle)
B-Complex Vitamin Markers
Methylation Cofactor Markers
Neurotransmitter Metabolism Markers
Oxidative Damage And Antioxidant Markers