Mosaic EDGE (formerly GPL Academy) has been educating practitioners for over 15 years on how to help patients heal through cutting-edge testing, research and protocols. In our recent 3-Day Environmental Toxin Summit, speakers focused on the epidemics of environmental toxins and pathogen exposure after a foundation of the OAT is presented. Speakers reviewed patient cases and present testing and treatment protocols for toxin and mold-induced illnesses.
The following Q+A is a response to remaining questions Dr. Woeller was unable to answer during his presentations.
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Q: Can there be significant reason for Low Vitamin C? When Arabinose is high?
A: There can be many reasons for low Vitamin C. However, the OAT value is typically low because it is unstable in urine. Therefore, you cannot use a low value to absolutely diagnose someone as deficient.
Q: Can you see elevations in the amino acid metabolite markers in patients who are carriers for the autosomal recessive inborn errors of metabolism diseases?
A: These elevations would only occur in someone affected by the genetics. They could be a carrier and not affected and their individual metabolites would be normal.
Q: For OAT ranges, sex is relevant. What do we report for sex when patient is trans on HRT? Biological sex or identity due to HRT use?
A: I do not know. You would have to ask the laboratory technicians about that.
Q: Should a patient stop mitochondrial support supplementation before OAT testing?
A: They can, but typically not necessary. It is not known exactly how long someone would have to be off supplements in all cases. A general rule if this is going to be done is about 72 hours prior to testing, but only if tolerated.
Q: Can you review mood disorders and markers on OAT?
A: This would fall under the influence of the neurotransmitters.
Q: Do antidepressants affect those OAT markers and how?
A: They could. You need to look at the mechanism of action of the drug. For example, an SSRI could influence the 5-HIAA.
Q: In the order of treatment where do you place mycotoxin treatment with clostridia and yeast?
A: It is a priority and could be taken on simultaneously with other treatments.
Q: Do you use bouvardia when treating candida?
A: I personally do not use it that often. I have seen too many adverse reactions from it in my patient base.
Q: What is the recommended anti parasitic agents for use with invasive candida?
A: It depends on the parasite and how invasive it is.
Q: Do pharma anti-fungals like Diflucan also break down biofilms?
A: I have heard some might, but do not have any firsthand knowledge of this.
Q: What factors cause dietary oxalate to become an issue for some people but not others (e.g. leaky gut, vitamin A deficiency, B6 deficiency?)
A: Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1 status, leaky gut, sulfate status, microbiome diversity.
Q: My teenage son has all three high Glyeric (7.5), Glycolic (232) and Oxalic Acid (125) on OAT. He has a clean diet, no to low dairy or gluten, does have high Arabinose (92). Red skinned arms turn white when touched. No other symptoms other than cold/clammy hands. Shall I get him tested for Hyperoxaluria?
A: It sounds like implementing a low oxalate program could be worthwhile. If things are not resolving taking a deeper look at genetics might be beneficial.
Q: Would you recommend Mag Citrate to absorb oxalates versus Ca Citrate given concern about providing too much Ca?
A: The calcium binds to the oxalate and the complex gets excreted in the stool. Mag citrate is fine too, just most the protocols are using calcium citrate, but a combination is certainly okay in my experience.
Q: I am a bit confused by the statement that K2 will keep Ca in bones and not make it available for oxalates. It seems contradictory to taking calcium citrate. What am I missing?
A: Calcium citrate in the gut dissociates and it oxalates are present they form a complex in the gut. This complex is they released out of the body in the stool. Likely little of that complex gets absorbed. Vitamin K in circulation helps calcium that has been absorbed linked to bone metabolism and other physiological needs. Therefore, there is less free calcium available to bind to circulating oxalate
Q: In your experience, have you noticed that there is a connection with high oxalates with parasites or other pathogens die off?
A: I have seen some literature on this, but have not been able to make a connection in practice. It might be happening, but I am not sure.
Q: Do you recommend hair analysis for heavy metal when quinolinic acid is elevated?
A: Yes. But I use hair analysis testing in most patients whether their quinolinic is high or not.
Q: Can you speak some more about using niacin if also doing infrared sauna?
A: It helps induce lipolysis and flushing. It is helpful to take about 20 minutes or so before sauna in those that can tolerate it.
Q: Both lower levels of dopamine & serotonin, would you consider glyphosate toxicity impacting aromatic aminos?
A: I think there is a stronger connection to mycotoxins and/or organophosphates. Glyphosate could be a possibility.
Q: Can you take too much elemental lithium?
Q: Are you using regular or liposomal biocidin?
A: Both. I also use the capsules. I would suggest making an appointment with a representative at BioBotanical Research to discuss the various options.
Q: What test would you recommend in a young man with low testosterone and altered hormonal status?
A: Salivary adrenal profile with cortisol and DHEA. Also, look at thyroid, liver enzymes, lipid panel for low cholesterol and OAT and mycotoxins.
Q: In individuals who have mold toxicity and severe fatigue what do you recommend for them to do for exercise?
A: Minimally walking, but they need to be careful about doing too much. Their exercise is based on individual tolerance.
Q: How do you work with patients who live in other foreign countries? – lab testing? supplements?
A: Most of these are done through Zoom. People outside the United States can order their own labs and then I help interpret the information, along with suggestions.
Q: Have you seen mold play a role in prostate cancer becoming more aggressive?
A: I am very sorry to hear this. Personally, I have not worked with a lot of individuals with cancer. Based on what Dr. Shaw is discussing with regards to mycotoxin toxicity I am sure this can happen. I wish for you recovery in this process.
Q: I just returned overseas, have lived in Yangon, Myanmar, yeah our water heater was on the roof in our house too…
A: I have now seen this with people in Pakistan, India, and some Middle Eastern counties like Qatar.
Q: What about cholestyramine for mold?
A: This will bind certain mycotoxins of mold, but will not treat the mold organism itself.
Q: Can psilocybin use contribute to fungal growth?
A: These are not something I believe shows up on the MycoTOX Profile, but I would not be surprised if someone were fungal toxic that they could become extremely sensitive to these psychedelics.