medical blahblah (complex jargon)

Yesterday I spent some time scouring our oldest son’s latest blood work results.  This was his second time to have the detailed NutrEval blood testing, which looks at plasma amino acids.  I’d really like to compare this one to his first, but I haven’t gotten that far yet.  I was really struck by various findings, and am eager for follow-up with the dr.

First of all, let me just say how thankful I am for good supplements.  There are so many nutrients that my son’s body requires double or more of (compared to what the average individual needs).  For whatever reasons, his body just isn’t processing typically and he needs these large quantities.  It would, as far as I can tell, be challenging for an adult to consume that many nutrients from their diet alone, so at this point we can’t expect him to, either.  I reiterate–praise God for good supplements!

Moving on.  There are so many questions raised, and yet other things just. make. sense. 

For instance, several times there were red flags where the results indicate that it must be ruled out that the fast was not properly abided by.  (It was.  He didn’t eat anything for well over 12 hours).  If a breech of the fast was not a contributing factor, then there is reason for concern.  Repeatedly, different markers indicate gut permeability and yeast overgrowth.  It looks like he’ll be the lucky recipient of a stool sample sometime in the future–woo hoo. 

The thing is that there’s no way the elevated levels are coming from eating too much of anything.  For example, his tartaric acid was high, and that would come from raisins, grapes, and wine.  He’ll drink the occasional white grape juice, but he’s not much of a juice drinker anymore.  It’s rarely consumed.  He likes water and maybe a cup of milk a day.

Asparagine was another one of the elevated things that just makes no sense as far as being a result of his diet being out-of-whack.  That comes from peanuts (he hasn’t eaten anything peanut related since early October), and soybeans, which I limit due to the thyroid issues running through our genes.  He uses Wowbutter spread in his 4-day dietary rotation, but you’d hardly expect having something soy-based once every four days to create such an elevation…

The fact that his glutamine was elevated probably indicated a bacterial infection present.  Strep?  Otherwise it could be a renal issue.  The fact that his glycine was also elevated could (among other things that don’t seem to fit) mean that there’s a bacterial infection.

We had been told last year already that his cell walls were attacking themselves.  I read in the report yesterday that his linoleic acid is above the functional physiologic range.  LA, the main fatty acid in all vegetable oils, just doesn’t make sense.  He does NOT consume a high fat diet or over-consume vegetable oils.  Anyway, excess amounts of LA lead to abnormal cell division.  We were advised to use olive oil for him instead.  Honestly, the only thing I ever make for him using any kind of oil are chocolate chip cookies, and I haven’t made them for him in months.  The last time I made them I made gluten-free and regular, and he didn’t listen to my directions and grabbed a regular cookie (and started eating).  When we figured out what was happening, he went pale and I thought he might either throw up or faint.  He was so stricken.  I tried to reassure him that he was going to be ok, but ever since then he lost his appetite for my cookies.  Thank goodness olive oil gets the LA down!

Now I understand why we had to supplement the evening primrose oil.  That will convert the LA into gamma-linolenic acid (and DGLA, which is critical so as to avoid heart disease and other serious conditions such as IBD or arthritis).

His arachidonic acid was also low.  AA is essential particularly for the structure of nerve and brain cells, and low levels of it can manifest as neurological deficits and lead to frequent infections.  Yup.  Makes sense.

He’s advised to lower his consumptions of meat (hilarious–it’s nonexistent)
 and dairy (the occasional cheese on pizza and sometimes a cup of milk at supper is the extent of it now).  What in the world is causing these elevations in the saturated fats?  I’m going to have to reread labels.  Maybe it’s his nut butters.

This is just a small sampling of the many facets that were off in his blood work.  Praise God that we found this knowledgeable doctor who ordered this testing.  We are finally getting somewhere.  I cling to the hope that someday my son’s body will be balanced, the neurological issues will subsequently disappear, and he will be free of the anxieties and mental chains that so bind him, leaving him severely limiting and rigid.  Maybe that day won’t come until heaven, but at least I have certain hope.  This child knows his Lord and Savior.  The day will come, one way or another.

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