The Organic Acids Test (OAT) provides a metabolic “snapshot” based on the products the body discards through the urine. These small organic acid molecules are byproducts of human cellular activity, the digestion of foods, and the life cycles of gastrointestinal flora. At certain levels, organic acids in urine may be indicators of toxicity or “markers” of the function of metabolic pathways.
Levels of yeast or gastrointestinal bacteria metabolites are compared to normal levels of human metabolites, providing an assessment of yeast and bacterial activity. The OAT reliably detects the overgrowth of yeast and bacteria species commonly missed by conventional culture methods. These factors are of critical importance in neurological, gastrointestinal and movement disorders. These organisms can produce or exacerbate symptoms in many conditions and often affect other metabolic processes assessed in the OAT. Abnormal toxic metabolites of these microorganisms can cause or worsen behavior disorders, hyperactivity, movement disorders, affect energy levels and immune function. Yeast can attach to the intestinal wall causing “leaky gut” syndrome, which can cause or magnify food allergies, impede absorption of vitamins and minerals and cause intestinal disorders. Many people with chronic illness, allergic conditions and neurological disorders often have one or more abnormal levels of organic acids in their system. Factors which can cause of affect the intestinal yeast overgrowth include oral antibiotic use, excessive sugars in the diet, selective or combined immune deficiencies, genetic and other factors.
Once the abnormalities are detected, there is a variety of options available to treat the condition. Treatments include antifungal or antibacterial products, probiotic supplementation, vitamins, antioxidants and dietary modification.
Patients and physicians have reported significant improvement upon treatment including: decreased fatigue, regular bowel movements, increased energy and alertness, increased concentration, improved verbal skills, less hyperactivity, better sleep patterns, and decreased abdominal pain.
This test may be recommended by your physician for the following disorders and diseases:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Anxiety Disorders
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Chronic Fatigue
- Colitis and Crohn’s Disease
- Down Syndrome
- Gastrointestinal Disorders, Diarrhea or Constipation
- Learning Disabilities
- Movement Disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Recurrent Infections
- Tic Disorders
- Tourette Syndrome
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