It’s been said, “You are what you eat.” A more accurate way to put it would be, “You are what you digest and absorb.” Essentially, your diet could be the healthiest diet in the world, chock full of the highest quality, nutrient dense foods, but if your gut isn’t functioning properly all of those high quality nutrients (and all that money spent on them) will get flushed down the toilet…literally!
With the hundreds of patients we have helped, we’ve found that gastrointestinal dysfunction is an underlying issue in diseases and disorders that affect nearly every area of the body. We consider GI health to be one of the most important components of overall health and wellness. Besides better digestion and absorption, a healthy gut means a stronger immune system, less inflammation, more energy, and more stable moods.
If you experience any of the following symptoms on a regular basis, gastrointestinal health testing can reveal why you may be experiencing those symptoms and what to do about it:
Gastrointestinal health testing can also reveal the causes of debilitating disorders like:
More information on different gastrointestinal diseases can be found at:
Our gastrointestinal health testing covers all areas of the gut including:
There are many causes of poor gastrointestinal health, but the most common causes include:
This is a common organism that can affect people in hospitals or be transmitted by people that work in hospitals  and also see www.cdc.gov. the CDc condiders this a healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). C. difficile causes diarrhea linked to 14,000 American deaths each year. Those most at risk are people, especially older adults, who take antibiotics and also get medical care. CDC provides guidelines and tools to the healthcare community to help prevent Clostridium difficile infections as well as provides resources to help the public safeguard their own health.
This is a bacteria associated with inflammatory bowel disease and colitis . The use of anti-cancer chemotherapeutic drugs may result in high fatality rates in cancer patients susceptible to Clostridium difficile infection . Symptoms of C. difficile include:
Transmission of C. difficile (from CDC http://www.cdc.gov/hai/organisms/cdiff/Cdiff-patient.html)
Clostridium difficile is shed in feces. Any surface, device, or material (e.g., toilets, bathing tubs, and electronic rectal thermometers) that becomes contaminated with feces may serve as a reservoir for the Clostridium difficile spores. Clostridium difficile spores are transferred to patients mainly via the hands of healthcare personnel who have touched a contaminated surface or item. Clostridium difficile can live for long periods on surfaces.
Treatment of C. difficile (from CDC http://www.cdc.gov/hai/organisms/cdiff/Cdiff-patient.html)
In about one in four patients, Clostridium difficile infection will resolve within 2-3 days of discontinuing the antibiotic to which the patient was previously exposed. Clostridium difficile is generally treated for 10 days with antibiotics prescribed by your healthcare provider. The drugs are effective and appear to have few side-effects. In addition to what the CDC recommends, we also add natural antibiotics to our treatment strategies, make diet modifications (like increasing garlic, parsley and oregano consumption) and increasing probiotic intake.
Clostridium Difficile is a major cause of antibiotic associated diarrhea and colitis and is the most likely cause for virtually all cases of pseudomembranous colitis. We use an assay for testing that will directly detect toxins A & B which are associated with disease caused by C. Difficile.
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Escherichia coli (E. coli)
Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a diverse group of bacteria that includes harmless bacteria and pathogenic bacteria that can cause illness. E. coli normally live in the intestines of people and animals. The types of E. coli that can cause diarrhea can be transmitted through contaminated water or food, or through contact with animals or persons.
The pathogenic forms of E. coli strains are categorized into six pathotypes that are associated with diarrhea and collectively referred to as diarrheagenic E. coli:
In addition to what the CDC recommends to treat the various forms of pathogenic E. coli, we also add natural antibiotics to our treatment strategies, make diet modifications (like increasing garlic, parsley and oregano consumption) and increasing probiotic intake.
Helicobacter pylori – This bacterium is associated with ulcers , cancers of the digestive tract [27-29], and homocysteine levels [30-32] which may predispose people to cardiovascular disease. The HpSA enzyme immunoassay (EIA) is an invitro qualitative procedure for the detection of H. Pylori antigens in the stool. Test results are intended to aid the diagnosis of H. Pylori infection, and to monitor the response during and post therapy.
For more information see: http://www.cdc.gov/ulcer/index.htm
In the United States, the recommended treatment protocol is 14 days of clarithromycin-based triple therapy (proton pump inhibitor [PPI] + clarithromycin + amoxicillin or metronidazole) or 10–14 days of bismuth quadruple therapy (PPI or H2-blocker + bismuth + metronidazole + tetracycline). Detailed information about these and other recommended treatment regimens by the American College of Gastroenterology Guideline on the Management of Helicobacter pylori Infection can be found here: (www.acg.gi.org/physicians/guidelines/ManagementofHpylori.pdf)
In addition to what the CDC recommends to treat the various forms of pathogenic E. coli, we also add natural antibiotics to our treatment strategies, make diet modifications (like increasing garlic, parsley and oregano consumption) and increasing probiotic intake. (Link to Gut Cleanse Supplement Strategy)
Macro Exam –This is a test for worms. The test involves direct macroscopic examination for worms, (Cestodes, Nematodes, Trematodes) that may be shed in stool.
Worms are parasites that can have negative effects on human health [33-41]. You can get them from undercooked foods. Worm infections occur primarily in developing countries and can be picked up by people traveling to those countries. About one-quarter of the world’s population, 1.5 billion, are infected with one or more of the major soil-transmitted worms, including hookworms, ascarids, and whipworms . They infect more than 200 million people worldwide with 600 million at risk in 74 countries . Worms can blunt the immune response and allow themselves to infect individuals for years. They might also impair the immunological response to bacterial, viral, and protozoal pathogens and to vaccination . Treatment of worms usually involves taking albendazole or mebendazole for 1-3 days. For more information: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/sth/
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