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Why Should You Take a Stool Test?

GI symptoms are your bodies way of warning you that something is wrong.

If you have ongoing intestinal symptoms  that’s your body’s way of telling you that your gut is out of balance.

Yes, the signs and symptoms you are experiencing are your body’s warning system. These red flags are asking you to pay attention to your body. The very first step you should take is an easy to do, ‘at home’ stool test.

Did you know that Gastrointestinal or GI problems are usually the most common reasons that people look for medical attention.

Stool testing gives you invaluable information about what’s going on in your gut. Maybe you are experiencing symptoms like diarrhea, gas, constipation or bloating. If so, it’s a good idea to find out what’s going on in your gut so you know where to start in repairing it.

Without this valuable information it’s a guessing game and you can waste hundreds of dollars trying different protocols to heal your gut, without getting to know what the cause is.

We recommend Doctor’s Data Comprehensive Stool Analysis to help you understand the underlying reasons for your symptoms.

What Does a Doctors Data At Home Stool Test Help You Determine?

  • Reasons for nausea, vomiting and bloating
  • Why you have loss of appetite
  • Abdominal, cramping and diarrhea causes
  • Absorption of nutrients
  • Parasites
  • Infections from bacteria, viruses, or funguses
  • Liver problems
  • Pancreatic function
  • Digestive conditions such as Crohn’s and Colitis

How is Dr.’s Data Test Different From Other At Home Stool Tests?

Doctor’s Data labs have been examining stool samples  for over 40 years. Doctor’s Data became the first lab in the functional medicine industry to introduce MALDI-TOF (Matrix- Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time of Flight) as a method of identifying bacteria and yeast in stool culture. MALDI-TOF works by measuring the unique “fingerprints” of our microorganisms. This spectra is then compared to a reference database for verification and identification.

What Makes the MALDI-TOF a Superior Measure for Stool Testing?

Doctor’s Data utilizes MALDI-TOF in combination with “high-complexity” culture for rapid, accurate and reliable identification of hundreds of gastrointestinal bacterial and yeast species, and even subspecies. The MALDI-TOF reference database is the most expansive and is growing by about 100 species per month. To date they have identified over 180 yeast species; 65 of these are Candida alone. This ability to differentiate is extremely important since some patients may have up to 6 or 7 different strains.

Click Here to Read More about the MALDI-TOF stool analysis technology.

All of Doctors Data CSA tests use the MALDI-TOF technology. Heres what Sandra Richter, Director of Bacteriology in the departments of Clinical Pathology and Molecular Pathology at The Cleveland Clinic, had to say about it. “It is clear that this is a giant step forward in the accuracy and speed of organism identification routinely reported by the lab.”

Click Here to see the Doctor’s Data CSA tests that we offer.  If you have any questions about which test is right for you, email us or call us at 877.240.7528 and we will be happy to help and answer your questions.

Next time you need antibiotics try anti-fungals instead

anti-fungals instead of antibiotics

Try Anti-fungals Instead of Antibiotics

Unfortunately, antibiotics prescribed today have serious side effects that can take a long time for you to recover from. They wreak havoc on your gut when the good bacteria is wiped out along with the bad bacteria. The good news is that there are many natural anti-fungals that can help you fight bad bacteria and pathogens.

A few of the anti-fungals that we love are Oregano Oil, Berberis and Citracidal. It is well known that before the discovery of antibiotics, herbs were used to disinfect wounds and treat bacteria infections. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, practiced for 1000’s of years, relies heavily on the chemical compounds found in plants.

We love using anti-fungals along with probiotics to treat digestion symptoms which are caused by bad bacteria, overgrowth of yeast or even parasites. Here’s how these anti-fungals can help you without compromising your health down the road.

Oregano oil

Oregano oil protects you against both bacterial infections as well as viral infections. The antibacterial effects of oregano don’t eliminate all the good gut bacteria the way antibiotics do. Here’s how you can use this “natural antibiotic.”

  • Prevents Viral Infections
  • Eliminates intestinal worms when taken internally
  • Keeps away lice, bed bugs, mosquitoes, and fleas when applied externally
  • Eliminates candida yeast
  • Eliminates UTI’s
  • Treats toe nail fungus
  • Treats sinus infections and allergies

*Oregano essential oil can cause irritation of the skin and mucus membrane if taken in high concentration or dosages. Always dilute oregano oil if taken internally with juice or water. When applied to the skin mix with coconut oil or another carrier oil.

Citricidal Grapefruit Seed Extract

This extract is derived from the bitter seeds and cell membranes of a grapefruit. It’s been discovered that the extract is a powerful anti-fungal and has anti microbial properties as well against pathogens like E Coli and Salmonella. Read more of what this powerful little seed can do:

  • Fights pathogenic organisms like bacteria, fungi and viruses
  • Fights Candida
  • Kills Antibiotic-Resistant UTIs

Berberine

  • Prevents candida species from producing an enzyme called lipase which they use to help colonize in the gut
  • Treats bacterial diarrhea
  • Counteract effects of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi and worms
  • Eradicates Chlamydia
  • Helps keep stools regular
  • Reduces bad LDL cholesterol
  • Helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels
  • Treats eye infections

    Consider using anti-fungals if you are experiencing digestion symptoms that are not going away with probiotics. Even better, take a stool test and find out what’s going on in your gut. You might need anti-fungal therapy that will work together with your probiotics to restore the normal balance to your gut.

Probiotics and Our Immune System with Ross Pelton

SporesWe are excited to share the latest information on the Microbiome with you where we interview Ross Pelton, the Scientific Director for Essential Formulas. He is a Health Longevity Coach, Pharmacist and Clinical Nutritionist. Today we asked Ross to talk to us about the role probiotics have in supporting our immune system.

In addition, Ross  is also a clinical nutritionist and helps people with diet, nutrition and natural therapies. He truly is an expert in his field.

In case you missed out, we have posted all our  interviews with Ross in one convenient place. He shared with us exciting new information on gut health, the Microbiome and the Pathobiome. Click Here to see all of our videos in the Microbiome Series.

How is Your Immune System Supported by Probiotics?

We asked Ross how spores in Dr. Ohhiras formula support our immune system. Heres what he had to tell us:

  • First of all the bacteria in Dr. Ohhiras probiotics support the growth and proliferation of your innate bacteria which gives them the capability of transforming your microbiome.

 

  • Spores produce Short Chain Fatty Acids. These are slightly acidic compounds produced by the probiotics which create an optimal acid balance in your intestinal tract. This acid balance supports the growth of good bacteria and suppresses  growth of the bad bacteria.

 

  • Spores also produce bacteriocins and defensins. Think of these as natural  antibiotics in your system.

 

  • Spores produce hydrogen peroxide which suppresses  the growth of candida yeast.

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics have a broader number of different bacteria. A broader range of bacteria means a healthier microbiome and immune system.

 

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics are truly unique, they have a different beginning than other probiotics on the market. Their spores are fed from natural ingredients like mountain spring water, organic fruits, and vegetables that have been fermented for three to five years.

How To Get the Most Out Of Your At Home Gut Test.

A yearly gut test is a really good idea if you want to know things about what resides in your gut. Your gut health is the most essential component to disease prevention and longevity.

What's in your gut?Your immune system lives in your gut, and most importantly your body’s ability to produce hormones is affected by your gut. Essentially you need to make sure it’s running properly before you have any symptoms. That’s why a yearly gut test ought to be done as a check up. 

A great test to take for yearly maintenance is the Doctors Data Comprehensive Stool Analysis Test.  or Genova Labs’ Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis.

Maybe you have constipation, gas, bloating, brain fog, diarrhea or chronic stomach pain. This could be due to a bacteria, yeast or a fungal overgrowth, or maybe even a parasite that you picked up on your travels. A gut test will also indicate that you may have a bacteria imbalance and need more good bacteria. We suggest Genova Comprehensive Parasitology or Doctors Data Comprehensive Parasitology Test. Both companies offer similar labs.

If you’ve already had a gut test and found your good bacteria levels to be low you may have started taking prebiotics and probiotics. If it’s been at least three months since you’ve been taking them, now is a good time to recheck.

You want to make sure that your probiotics are working to bring in more good bacteria and it’s actually taking up residency in your gut. A gut recheck ought to be a way to ensure that you’re taking the right probiotic for you and also let you know if you need prebiotic fiber to fertilize the probiotic.

If your previous assessment results have shown that you have candida, and you followed a protocol and change of diet, you can retest to make sure the protocol has worked and the candida is under control.  At this point you will know if you should continue with the protocol.

Do you know that there is a specific parasite test? There’s a great one from Genova Diagnostics. 

If you tested positive for parasites you most likely followed a protocol to cleanse the digestive tract and then recolonized your gut and strengthened your immune system. Once the treatment protocol is finished you need to retest to ensure the parasites are gone.   

Need help? Please call us toll free at 877.240.7528 M-F 10-3 PST to set up a consult.

Does Everyone Need Spore Based Probiotics

Microbiome Information from Kiran Krishnan

We sat down with Kiran Krishnan, microbiologist and microbiome researcher. We asked him the question, “Does everybody need to take a spore based probiotic?”   

A lot of people will say, “You know what? I don’t really have any particular digestive issues. Do I really need to take this product?”

If you eat a very clean diet, you may be thinking the same thing. You may feel feel that you get everything you need from the nutrients you eat in fruits and vegetables. 

Kiran’s research shows that often we do not get the bacteria we need in our diet.  If you were living off the land, if you lived on the side of a mountain, you grew your own food, you forage the roots of tubers, you definitely don’t need them. However, if you live in a city or you live in a modern house or apartment building, you’re going to need them. If you buy your foods in the grocery store, you’re going to need them. 

If you look at the course of human evolution, you will see that we naturally were exposed to these types of bacteria.  Our hunter, gather, foraging ancestors who ate and lived off the land got huge doses of these particular bacteria on a daily basis every time they ate or drank from their environment. That’s why these bacteria have developed this long-term symbiotic relationship with the body.

Our ancestors maintained their good but bacteria naturally for millions of years. The problem is we don’t get them in our food anymore. Our food supply has changed along with how we obtain our food and how we eat it.

How Do We Benefit From the Bacteria Once They Are Established in our Gut?

They create a protective barrier for the body from the outside world

They detoxify the gut

They improve the growth of good bacteria

They suppress the bad bacteria

They train the immune system 

All of these things are necessary on a daily basis because the modern lifestyle that we live is very much an assault to our system.

What Destroys Our Microbiome?

GMOs that we’re exposed to in our food

Chemicals in our household and our personal care products

Antibiotics

Toxic chemicals in our drinking water

All those things target and affect the gut in a negative way on a daily basis. We need these spores in there to reverse that damage which we’re doing every day. We need them as a protective system within the gut itself.

Kiran Krishnan, gut bacteria, human microbiomeClick here to listen to our interview with Kiran on You tube. Check out our 6 Part Series on the Microbiome with Kiran Krishnan. You can find out the latest findings from their new human clinical trials.

 

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