Autism (ASD) Panel: Genetic Testing Providing a Personalized Approach
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a developmental disability, is estimated to affect 1 in 68 children, possibly causing considerable social, behavioral, and communication challenges. Some grow up to be adults on the spectrum. There is no consensus in the scientific community on the root cause of ASD. GX Sciences can possibly aid those on the spectrum with our Autism panel, a genetic test that allows doctors to better understand the biochemical processes of the individual. Using the DNA test, doctors can follow their patient’s processes and discern their unique nuances. Gaining individualized and extensive data can make significant difference in possible protocols.
How Our Autism Panel May Help
Aiding Biochemical Processes
At GX Sciences, we believe that autism is a symptom, not a diagnosis. Those who care for someone with Autism spectrum disorder know that there are “good days” and “bad days”. The good days consist of less pain, limited or no self-harming, more socialization, and an overall better mood. If ASD was a result of a brain injury, there would be no “good days” because a brain’s state would not greatly differ from day to day. This has led doctors and other experts to believe that there is not usually an issue with an ASD brain but rather with sensory integration and / or processing. The incomplete or distorted information the sensory systems are sending the brain may contribute to “bad days”. Methylation plays a crucial role in supporting the immune system and supporting recovery of the nervous system. It also aids dopamine and serotonin function, functionality, and reproduction in the system. Proper methylation can bring many health benefits as it’s responsible for 200+ biochemical processes in the body. Genetic testing can tell a person whether one has difficulty or may have difficulty converting folic acid into the bioactive form of folate which is methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF) that the body requires. Genetic testing for autism can help determine whether one could benefit from more vitamin B12 and / or methylated folate. Promote more good days overall by determining if methylation protocols are needed due to a methylation deficiency.
Delivering Necessary Nutrition
Many of those with autism spectrum disorder struggle to receive the necessary nutrients. Sensory disintegration can lead to sensitivity to certain textures of certain foods, prompting a picky eater. Gastrointestinal issues are also found among some with autism spectrum disorder, leaving them with nutritional issues until the GI tract issues are relieved. Especially with young autistic children, it is critical that they receive proper nutrition to avoid further compromising systems in the body. Our autism panel can help determine personalized nutritional protocols to help aid overall health like avoiding gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, yeast, or nuts or incorporating specific supplements.
Personalize the Vaccination Process
The human body is designed to protect itself. T cells are fundamental to the adaptive immune system that allows our bodies to naturally fight off viruses. They are designed to identify a disease - infected cell and destroy it. T cells continue to contribute to the immune system by fighting cells infected with the same disease in the future. Having the proper number of functioning T cells prior to receiving vaccines is essential. Vaccines utilize T cells, as our immune system does, to provide patients with immunity to a particular disease.
Vaccines have little chance for effectiveness if the patient's immune system is compromised. Researchers have found abnormal T cells among some on the autism spectrum. Our autism panel allows for parents of a child with ASD to learn the genetic tendency of their child’s immune system prior to vaccination. This enables parents to develop a personalized vaccination protocol that works best with their child’s immune system rather than risking complications.
Help Control What’s in Your Control with Our Autism Panel
Autism spectrum disorder affects individuals differently. With no two cases being the same, it’s imperative that protocols and therapies be personalized for ASD children and adults. GX Science’s autism panel can help those with ASD or their caretakers gain a better understand of their genetic makeup, promote good overall health, and avoid any foods or supplements that may hinder progress. Find a provider in your area today.