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November 8, 2011

Digestive/Gut Health Testing

Digestive Health Stool Testing method of choice

Advanced DNA Technology

The first step for my clients is to book an Initial Consultation and in some cases it is essential to run a Digestive/Gut Health Stool Test to accompany it.  There are all kinds of reasons why assessing the Gut is a priority at this early stage.

Equipped with a test report like this we can identify bacterial/parasite infections, look to understand your health challenges, link to the health of other systems/tissues/organs in the body, fine-tune your nutrition, strengthen the immune system, enhance your digestive power and nutrient status, repair gastrointestinal tissue, design gut healing protocols, tweak lifestyle and identify the role that stress plays in your digestive health.

Take a look at all the information on this page to see just how valuable and expansive the test really is and how it’s about much more than just looking for one or two bugs.

Comprehensive Profile – At A Glance

I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s a very detailed profile.  In fact, depending on the results that you get, the findings can actually provide enough detail to require up to 6 months of therapeutic steps.  Of course, the sooner you return to optimal health the better, this just indicates the potential power in the results.

[New Markers added March 2017]

Better than Conventional Testing?

There are pros and cons with all testing methods, but it really does seem that the conventional stool testing that is available through conventional methods is out-dated and lagging behind the developments in technology and research.  Actually I’m sure that soon there will be a dramatic change in our health care system’s availability and options for advanced technology functional laboratory tests.

In the meantime, its the private functional labs that are driving forward and developing pioneering fantastic resources for us to run and apply when we desire a holistic and functional approach to health and vitality.

In fact, the digestive health stool testing is just scratching the surface of what you can test for and discover through functional lab testing (e.g. Adrenal, Thyroid, Energy Production, Detoxification, Toxicity etc) – but that’s for another discussion!

How do you know if you need a Stool Test?

The body is an interlinked system-of-systems, so arguably any health challenge or symptom that you have could be related to your gut health!  When you understand some basics of anatomy and physiology its easy to understand and appreciate this.  For example, all of my clients who have had UTIs or skin issues have also had very significant findings on their stool test, as do those with challenges to mood, sleep, libido and energy.

Whilst that’s important to appreciate it doesn’t always mean that you must run the test.  Sometimes an in-depth analysis of your health history and goals are required to identify which testing is to be run, but let’s start with some more common sense and obvious reasons why you would run a Digestive Health Test:

  • Classic digestive dysfunction symptoms such as bloating, heartburn, acid reflux, abdominal pain, food sensitivities, constipation, diarrhoea, excessive gas and belching and nausea.
  • You have symptoms ‘outside’ the gut, but could be related to digestive health such as fatigue, brain fog, headaches, skin issues, poor sleep, low libido, menstrual cycle irregularities and nutritional deficiencies.
  • You’ve been diagnosed with IBS and you want to know more and understand the causes.
  • To learn more about your digestive enzyme production, inflammation levels, first line of immune defence and immune response to gliadin (gluten). Other conventional testing has come back negative.
  • To assess markers unavailable with old-school testing and labs.


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How did the Digestive Health Test help me?

A few years ago, although I considered myself in ‘good health’ there were actually some significant symptoms and challenges that I had been experiencing even since childhood that I’d almost accepted as normal.  My Drs hadn’t had provided much insight or any solutions, so I thought that was that and maintaining a healthy diet, exercise and lifestyle would be the extent of improving my health further.

I wanted more insight and that is what drove me to learn all about Functional Medicine and my investigations began in the gut.  On and Off, about twice a year I’d been experiencing bouts of right side abdominal pain that would steadily build over 24hours and accompany drenching sweat at night.  The next day it would subside and appear to leave without a trace.

There could be several explanations, but until I tested I was only guessing.  You can see from the below stool test result that I discovered some really interesting Parasites that were a big piece of the puzzle and I ran this test alongside my GPs stool test which came up with nothing!  There are three markers to explain here. The ‘Parasite present, taxonomy available’ is typically a non-pathogenic finding and just an organism that is transient or passing through.  The ‘Enterobius vermicularis’  is the common Pinworm and something that is pretty straight forward to eradicate.  The most powerful finding was the ‘Entamoeba sp.’!

Although we didn’t identify exactly which species of Entamoeba this was, a few things stacked up.  In particular certain species of this organism have been linked with liver problems, which related to my right-side discomfort and night sweats.  In short, I followed some additional nutrition and lifestyle steps and applied functional medicine protocols to enhance the function of my gut and balance the micro biome and thankfully have alleviated these symptoms too.

Naturally, I was also pleased to confirm the eradication of the two important parasite findings, as you can see from the post-test result.

PRE-TEST Take a look at my first Functional Gut Test run through a private lab in the US:

POST-TEST And here are my results from the same Functional Lab after eradication steps:

Checklist of Stool Test Markers

Bacterial Pathogens

  • Campylobacter
  • C. difficile – Toxin A
  • C. difficile – Toxin B
  • E. coli O157
  • Enterotoxigenic E. coli LT
  • Enterotoxigenic E. coli ST
  • Shiga-like Toxin E. coli stx1
  • Shiga-like Toxin E. coli stx2
  • Salmonella
  • Shigella
  • Vibrio cholera
  • Yersinia enterocolitica

Parasitic Pathogens

  • Cryptosporidium
  • Entamoeba histolytica
  • Giardia

Viral Pathogens

  • Adenovirus 40
  • Adenovirus 41
  • Norovirus GI
  • Norovirus GII
  • Rotavirus A

Helicobacter Pylori

  • H. pylori
  • H. pylori Virulance Factor cagA
  • H. pylori Virulance Factor vacA

Normal Bacterial Flora

  • Bacteroides spp
  • Bifidobacter
  • Enterococcus
  • E. coli
  • Lactobacillus

Opportunistic Bacteria/Potential Autoimmune Triggers

  • Citrobacter freundii
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Proteus spp.
  • Proteus mirabilus
  • Yersinia enterocolitica

Opportunistic Bacteria/Dysbiotic Bacteria

  • Morganella morganii
  • Pseudomonas spp.
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Staphylococcus spp.
  • Staphylococcus spp.

Potential Parasites

  • Blastocystis hominis
  • Dientomoeba fragilis
  • Endolimax nana
  • Entamoeba coli
  • Chilomastix mesnelli
  • Cyclospora cayetanensis
  • Pentatrichomonas hominis

Fungi/Yeast

  • Candida albicans
  • Candida spp.
  • Geotrichum spp.
  • Microsporidia spp.
  • Trichosporon spp.

GI Health Markers

  • sIgA
  • Anti-Gliadin IgA
  • Elastase 1
  • Calprotectin
  • b-Glucuronidase
  • Steatocrit
  • Fecal Occult Blood
  • Antibiotic Resistance Genes
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