The Organic Acids Test (OAT) provides a comprehensive analysis of intestinal yeast and bacteria. Unusually high levels of these microorganisms often cause or increase the severity of behavior disorders. These disorders include, but are not limited to: hyperactivity, movement disorders, and immune function. An individual with neurological disorders or chronic illness will often excrete several abnormal organic acids in urine. This may be due to oral antibiotics, immune deficiencies, infections, high sugar diets, or genetics.
The Organic Acids Test includes markers for mineral and vitamin levels, oxidative stress, and neurotransmitter levels. It also includes markers for oxalates (highly associated with a variety of chronic illnesses).
The primary forms of treatment for any abnormalities found in the Organic Acids Test include supplements (vitamins and antioxidants), or a change in diet. Patients who have gone through treatment have noted remarkable improvement in symptoms including: increased energy, increased concentration, decreased fatigue, regular bowel function, improved verbal skills, a decrease in hyperactivity, and decreased abdominal pain.
Practitioners who are performing followup testing to the OAT will order the Microbial Organic Acids Test (MOAT). This is due to the MOAT’s ability to asses treatment, and monitor or identify specific abnormalities, or certain microbial imbalances.