Hair test results - where to start?I x-posted this but wanted to see what you mommas think:
I am dumbfounded and don't know where to begin. I had my 16 MO daughter's hair test done by DDI because she had a heel stick lead test result of 9. I read the Lead Thread and joined the Autism-Mercury Yahoo group to get the discount on the hair test. I almost wish I hadn't.
I just got the results of her hair elements test and the lead & mercury I was worried about appear to be OK (3.9 and .29, respectively). However, her Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Cadmium, Silver, Tin and Titanium are in the yellow range. (Lead is also in yellow, but the 3.9 is way lower than the 9-10 that I thought is the threashold for concern.) Moreover, her Total Toxic Representation is OFF THE CHARTS!
Also, her Potassium is very very high (380), Sodium, Boron, Iodine, Rubidium & Zirconium are in the high yellow range. She is also extremely low in Zinc (36) & Lithium (.004). Manganese, Selenium, Cobalt and Germanium are in the low yellow range.
I have a good ped but hair tests aren't "standard" so I don't think she will help interpret or know a thing about chelation. I have a homeopath/oriental practitioner but I'm not sure she is all that knowledgeable on metals. (She did "tap out" the lead with kinesiology, maybe that helped bring her down from 9 to 3.9?)
I also know of a DAN! dr in the area, but I don't know if I should go through the whole process of obtaining medical records to switch if I'm not sure I want to switch. I'm also a little scared of what he might recommend for her. I see on his website he does IV chelation and chelation challenges, which I thought the Autism-Mercury group frowned on.
Her symptoms are really mild, but have led me on this quest nonetheless. The main thing is chronic constipation, coupled with sleep disturbances and some hyperactivity. She has a little bit of cradle cap and bumpy skin, sometimes slightly dark circles under her eyes, but nothing major you could see from looking at her (she's beautiful, really)... I would feel bad posting to the Autism-Mercury group since their problems seem so much more pressing than mine.
What should I do?? Thanks in advance for any ideas.
ETA: BTW, I currently give her Vit C, probiotic, magnesium and fish oil every 1-2 days. I am going to start supplementing with zinc, and I've read that should help balance out the cadmium. I'm also going to get rid of the aluminum pans & foil in the house. I already don't wear anti-perspirant. Any other ideas where these things might be coming from??