Biochemistry refers to the multitude of chemical processes that occur within the body. Metabolism refers to how our bodies take in, convert, and eliminate what is consumed from food, drink, and air. Metabolism can be thought of, more simply, as to how our bodies convert nutrients into energy. Targeting the body's metabolism through nutrition and other steps can support your child’s developing nervous system. This is why biochemistry is one of the pillars of the Cortica Care Model. Through testing, we can help determine proper diet and other supports.
What we eat has a profound impact on the body's biochemistry. Research has shown that children with developmental delays, such as autism, have differences in their body's metabolism, and these differences increase their need for certain nutrients.
A key aspect of metabolism, mitochondrial function, is one of the most important factors in determining the health and function of the cells in the body — all 100 billion of them! For some children, increasing their consumption of foods that are higher in certain vitamins is the right approach. For other children, eliminating certain foods or identifying foods to avoid may be a higher priority (due to food allergies or sensitivities).
Many pesticides and industrial chemicals have been found in research studies to be toxic to the developing brain, and we believe that it is essential to avoid childhood exposure as much as possible.
The biochemical environment of the brain is dependent on many other systems in the body, including the gastrointestinal, immune, and endocrine systems. For this reason, our testing and treatment extend to these systems. We look at the body as a whole and recognize that improving the health of other systems in the body is an essential step toward improving brain development.
As a part of the variety of testing we do for autism, biochemical analysis is essential in helping us create just the right treatment program for your child. We will gain insight into your child’s biochemistry through:
Information from the medical history and examination
Food and environmental allergy and sensitivity testing
Based on our findings after testing, we'll create an individualized treatment plan for your child that may include:
Dietary modifications, such as specific elimination diets or, in some cases, tailored nutrient-dense dietary programs. This might include afood list to avoid or foods to include in your child’s diet.
Nutritional supplements, including vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other natural compounds
Medications to help correct the effects of biochemical disturbances
Should treatments that use biochemistry be part of your child's customized program at Cortica? To determine what your child's developing mind needs most, we employ a methodical step-by-step approach using the highest quality laboratory tests available. Check out the rest of our treatment options.
Does your insurance cover the therapy you are looking for? At Cortica, we work with a wide range of health insurance plans. We can provide you with a benefits check and cost estimate before beginning services with Cortica. Please reach out to us for information about your specific insurance coverage.