Simple At-Home Autoimmune Test
Autoimmune disease runs the gamut from mild skin issues to severe neurological and degenerative problems. Specific examples of autoimmune disease include eczema, asthma, psoriasis, ADD/ADHD, autism, celiac disease, allergies, asthma, Hashimoto’s, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, IBS, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, diabetes, cancer, and the list goes on.
Most people who have autoimmune disease suffer from more than one autoimmunity disorder with the list of problems tending to grow and become more serious as time goes on. For example, babies with eczema are more likely to become asthmatic as they get older and people with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s Disease are more susceptible to colorectal cancer.
The problem with autoimmune disease is that it is a sleeping giant – most people who have it in the earliest stages don’t even know it. This despite the fact that one of the most common tissues to be affected by autoimmunity problems is the brain itself, specifically, the cerebellum, second only to the thyroid.
In Latin, cerebellum means “little brain” and is the area of the hind portion of the brain (see picture) that controls coordination, balance, equilibrium and muscle tone.
As a result, simple tests to gauge the neurological health of the cerebellum can provide clues as to whether an autoimmune problem is potentially lurking.
The test is called the Past Pointing Test that some people will recognize as one of the tests police officers give for DUI testing. This is because the muscle coordination center of the brain, the cerebellum, is very sensitive to many toxins, alcohol being one of the worst as well as those toxins produced by an imbalanced and leaky gut – the root of all autoimmune disorders.
Will the Past Pointing Test identify all autoimmune problems?
But, remember that the cerebellum is the second most common tissue to be attacked when a person suffers from autoimmunity problems. Hence, if you suspect you may have some form of autoimmune issue, this would be a good test to try. It costs nothing, is painless and quick.
Easy At-Home Autoimmune Test
Here’s how Dr. Mark Frank DC, a holistic doctor in my area who has written for this blog, describes the use of the Past Pointing Test in his office as a way to show subtle dysfunction of the nervous system:
Stand with feet very close together, and close your eyes. You should feel steady on your feet even with your eyes closed. If you start to fall over even with this initial part of the test, that is a sign of potential nervous system problems possibly caused by autoimmunity.
When you remove the eyes which help tell us where we are in space, we must fully rely on joint and muscle signals to the brain instead.
If you are a-ok at this point, then continue to the next portion of the test.
I then ask patients to touch the tip of their index finger to the tip of their nose. Then repeat with the other hand. Frequently they will miss with one hand or it will be more difficult. I also will have them march in place with their eyes closed. Without realizing, many will spin 90 to 180 degrees within 50 steps!
Have you ever tried this test on yourself before or in a doctor’s office? If so, did you pass both parts or just the first one? Did you find that it pinpointed a potential issue with autoimmunity requiring attention and healing via dietary changes?
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
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Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year at the International Wise Traditions Conference in 2010.
Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics from Furman University and a Master’s degree in Government (Financial Management) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mother to three healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, National Review, ABC, NBC, and many others.