Thursday, February 24, 2011

Does your child have an oxalate issue?

Oxalates are crystals that form in the body.  They occur in many plants, and generally many people can break down the oxalates in food.  There are types of foods that are high in oxalates, such as tree nuts, roots and dark leafy greens.  Other common foods that are high in oxalates are wheat and chocolate.  It has been found that there is a subset of children with autism that have trouble breaking down oxalates in foods.  These crystals then form and build up in various areas in the body.   You may be familiar with calcium oxalate kidney stones.  This is just one problem that oxalates can cause.  It is thought, and there is research currently being done by Susan Owens that many health problems are caused by oxalates.  They can build in muscle and tissue and cause eye pain, vulvar pain, urinary problems and digestive issues to name a few.  If you are concerned that your child may have a problem with oxalates, or seems to only want to eat foods that are high in oxalates, you can do an organic acids test and this will tell you how much oxalate is being excreted in the urine.

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