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Question?: Schizophrenia Test

John asks…

are there any blood test or brain tests for diagnosing schizophrenia?

or are they only based on symptoms?and can someone with schizophrenia act like a normal for a while and back to his symptomps again?

admin answers:

Diagnostic tests can only rule out other conditions. Schizophrenia is diagnosed based on a continuous display or reporting of the symptoms of schizophrenia over a period of time.

There are other disorders that are similar to schizophrenia. A brief psychotic episode, for example, will resolve itself, with the assistance of medication usually, after less than a month. However, schizophrenia itself comes in a variety of forms as well. “The course of schizophrenia varies greatly. Some people will have one brief episode and have no further problems during their lifetime. Others will suffer from the condition throughout much of their lives. Schizophrenia tends to be episodic.”

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Adults

Thomas asks…

How would you go about getting assessed and treated for ADHD, Social Anxiety and Depression?

I have a bunch of problems with me from suspected adult ADHD, brain fog, social anxiety, mild depression, memory problems, and possible autism. I have never been diagnosed with anything as I never had the courage to see someone. Please respond only if you know for sure. Thank you!

admin answers:

It’s a complicated area that needs several practitioners to form a proper diagnosis.

Firstly go to a GP (Doctor) that you trust; explain your problems to them and ask to have the appropriate blood tests & other body scans (usually of the brain) if necessary in order to actually form a chemical diagnosis of your symptoms so that you literally get a black & white result of what’s actually going on in your body so that you can receive the correct treatment for whatever condition(s) are presenting.

Once you receive your results, discuss them with your GP – if you’re happy with their responses, feel free to go ahead with drug-therapy and/or vitamin/mineral supplementation that they prescribe.

If you’re not happy with their response than simply take your results to another GP for further evaluation & a second opinion.

A Psychologist is also very effective as providing the other side of things: actual mind techniques that allow you to over come any difficulties you’re experiencing that will greatly support any additional drug/mineral/vitamin therapy you’re receiving from your gp.

More than one opinion is needed and this is why I do not support Psychiatrists because they are the Psychotherapist & Drug Prescriber and I honestly see a lot of them abusing their power & not actually attending to YOU – the patients needs. Your needs.

Two opinions are better than one – this is why I prefer both a GP & a Psychologist to help with both physical & mental reasons for a presenting condition.

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Question?: Schizophrenia

Sandra asks…

schizophrenia……………………?

ok im 13 and some of my friends are saying they think i have schizophrenia but then i heard that schizophrenia isn’t there until your in your old teens or early 20’s so is it even possible that i could have it?
is it something thats genetic cause my dad has it?
and im not really sure what exactly schizophrenia is either so could you please make that clearer to me?
is it only voices in your head telling you to die
or is it also schizophrenia when you hear voices in your head telling you to do things that aren’t always bad?
PLEASE HELP!

admin answers:

My guess is that you’re okay so far, because KIDS CAN BE CRUEL and they may just be saying it because they 1. Don’t understand what schizophrenia really is anyway, and 2. Might just want to hurt your feelings, and/or 3. Maybe there is something unique about your personality, so they blame it on schizophrenia.

OR…. You COULD possibly have it….. But only a doctor can tell you for sure. Since your dad has it, I’m sure any doctor will take you seriously.

Here is some info to help (click on the link to get more help):

Schizophrenia is diagnosed with a medical history, physical exam, and a mental health assessment.

If a health professional suspects that you may be depressed or considering suicide, a suicide assessment may also be taken.

Other tests, such as a CT scan or an MRI, and blood tests may be done to rule out other conditions that can cause symptoms similar to schizophrenia.

New evidence suggests that the structure of the brain may be different in those who develop schizophrenia.7 Brain imaging studies (such as a CT scan or an MRI) may be done to evaluate the size, structure, and functioning of the brain.

Schizophrenia is accurately diagnosed when:

* You have at least two of the following symptoms in the active phase of the disorder, each having lasted for at least 1 month:
o Hallucinations
o Delusions
o Disorganized speech
o Grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior
o Negative symptoms (no emotion, inability to experience pleasure, difficulty concentrating)
* Problems functioning on the job or with other people.
* Continuous signs of schizophrenia that have been present for at least 6 months, with symptoms being active for at least 1 month.
* No other mental health or substance abuse problems.

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Adult Symptoms of Autism

“Autism Spectrum” describes disorders that are often called “pervasive developmental disorders”. These include Asperger syndrome, autism, childhood disintegrative disorder and Rett syndrome. Symptoms for these disorders include social deficits, difficulties communicating, repetitive behaviors, stereotyped behaviors and cognitive delays. The difference in the individuals with these disorders are in the severity experienced.

In your search to read more about the symptoms of autism in adults you encountered a lot of sights sponsored and supported by the pharmaceutical industry, who, at present, is quite alarmed that they might lose the battle against autism and Alzheimer’s to the alternative medical professions utilizing integrative modalities of care.

One reason people develop the symptoms of Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) is because when they went to their regular doctors for checkups, and blood tests were performed, the doctors and laboratories that did the testing used normal ranges. What’s wrong with using ‘normal ranges’?

Doctors order blood tests all the time. What the normal range is on the blood test is based on the mean averages of the last 1000 people tested by the lab. But these people are not well and the ranges are too large. A more healthy range is a more narrow range…that is the optimum range. Had the doctors of these patients with alzheimer’s, before they had Alzheimer’s, told them that their blood values were less than optimal, even though they were barely within clinical ranges of normal, then they could have taken measures to correct these less than optimal blood values. A more stringent range encourages us to take healthy measures before we are stricken with an ailment as distressing as Alzheimer’s.

Often people’s values fall into the ‘normal’ range, they are told, “all is well”, and yet they feel chronically fatigued, not quite right, have anxiety and depression, or are beginning to have the cognitive symptoms of adult autism and they don’t know why…after all the blood test says there is nothing wrong with them. Then one day, John Doe dies of a heart attack and everyone thought he was doing fine.

Blood is a good indicator and in the work I do I use a more narrow range, a more stringent range. I make corrections BEFORE problems progress to a more serious state. With cancer now exceeding cardio-vascular as the major cause of death in the U.S. we have to react preventatively well in advance of major diseases. And with PDD on the rise in our youth and in adults we have to make blood and hair value corrections early enough to prevent changes on deeper levels – do nothing and health gets worse!

Adding a hair analysis to the equation makes good sense. It tells us about many items that are not usually tested in the blood. In the work I do I test for 52 items in the blood and 30 in the hair. The hair can show us which of 18 heavy metals have accumulated in our tissues. These heavy metals may be responsible for PDD and other ailments for which, as of yet, the regular medical profession says they do not know cures.

For those with adult symptoms of autism a urine and stool analysis should be considered as well. Constant depletion of nutrients from the body affects brain function. Heavy metals also have the ability to block chemical reactions in the body thereby depleting vitamin stores and causing the production of free radicals. Free radicals interfere with chemical pathways. The more we are unable to create all the molecules we need for normal function the more we are running on 3 cylinders!

Aluminum has been implicated in alzheimer’s. A hair analysis will show aluminum in the hair. The heavy metals and the essentials elements, mostly minerals, that the hair analysis will pick up, are an indication of what the body is trying to get rid of. The body uses hair to deposit unwanted substances. When aluminum is high in the hair it indicates that the body is doing well eliminating the aluminum but it also means that the aluminum shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

Dr. Thomas has 33 years of experience treating chronic conditions.

Treating chronic disease is a complicated and tedious work. Most physicians can only spend a few minutes with each patient as their clinic owners and hospital management force them to keep on the move. Dr. Thomas spends half an hour just explaining what tests will be done…then he spends an hour going over the test results with you and discussing nutrient cures. He also requests that you check in with him once a month for at least a half hour to go over your symptoms and to discuss your nutrients.

33 years experience has taught Dr. Thomas the value of quality care, personal patient/doctor interaction and just what is required to obtain lasting results.

Refer to my website for more information on this topic and to watch videos from the television show I do on Nutritional Medicines by Lab Analysis.

Adult Symptoms of Autism

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Autism and Supplementation

Supplements have become an important part of the health industry. There are literally thousands of products on the market that can give your body the added nutrients it needs. People with autism are especially prone to nutritional difficulties and it is important that they take supplements to achieve a balanced nutritional state.

The first step toward addressing autism and supplementation is to adopt a gluten and casein free diet. These proteins have been found to potentially worsen the symptoms of autism. In fact, gluten and casein, in many autistic children, have been found to help the brain produce natural opiates, making foods that contain them practically addictive!

Another important step is the implementation of a balanced and healthy diet. Remember, autistic children are influenced by routines, so if a healthy diet is instituted early and followed, autistic children will likely adhere to it.

It is also important to have the input of a doctor to determine if your autistic child is absorbing the proper amount of nutrients. Simple blood tests can determine nutrient levels and from this data a diet can be successfully adjusted to address any shortfalls. Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) medical professionals are a good place to start because they have been especially trained to understand the challenges facing autistic children.

There is a list of common supplements that autistic children are often lacking or simply do not have at optimum levels. Selenium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, folinic acids, vitamins C and E, essential fatty acid, cod liver oil, taurine, and various amino acids.

When beginning a regiment of supplements, it is important to work them in slowly. It is equally important to document changes in behavior. Pay close attention to the effects of supplements on your child. Note any differences and prepare to discuss them with your doctor or nutritionist.

In terms of positive and negative effects that can result from the use of supplements, and a change in diet – they will not be easy to miss. Positive changes can include a reduction in the severity of behaviors. Many autistic children can show improvement in managing behaviors and social interaction. It is equally important to note regressions in behavior. If negative behaviors are observed, the supplement added should be reduced or eliminated. For the most part, negotiating the diet and supplementation of an autistic child is a trial and error undertaking. It is recommended that when first purchasing supplements you start with small packages. Buying in bulk can save you money in the long run, but if you buy a ton of a supplement that produces undesired results, you are stuck with useless product.

Should you chose to add supplements to your child’s diet, you will need to d so in a controlled manner. Don’t just dole out supplements on an experimental basis. Work with a doctor or a nutritionist to come up with a specific plan that is geared toward your child’s success. This regiment should include frequent tests for metal toxicity, stool analysis, and tests for various amino acids and peptides.

There is a lot to consider when choosing supplements for your child. This process is very important and can improve the overall quality of their life. Do not rush into the process and make sure you cover all the bases before proceeding. Give supplements time to work. Oftentimes, it takes time for the body to accurately process nutrients and for you to see any changes in behavior.

There are many more resources and information about diagnosing, controlling and treating Autism in, The Essential Guide To Autism – for info Click Here