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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.

Crohn’s Disability Benefits Guide

Disability Compensation Guide

Did you know that you could get disability compensation for Crohn’s Disease?

  • The inflammation and tissue damage associated with Crohn’s disease requires long-term management
  • This condition is considered chronic
  • This condition can be life long

Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease which has a wide range of symptoms that vary in severity.

While some people may show only mild or occasional symptoms, others experience debilitating and frequent symptoms such as:

  • abdominal pain
  • diarrhea
  • fatigue

The symptoms may be severe enough to impact your quality of life. They can also increase the risk for additional health problems.

Given the long-term nature of Crohn’s disease, it may be worth looking into disability benefits. This can help offset the costs of management and help pay for unexpected expenses surrounding potential complications of the disease.

Click Here to Read The Guide to Disability Benefits For Crohn’s 

 

 

A Guide to Disability Benefits and Crohn’s Disease

How Can You Fix Your Gut? Bacillus Spores

Bacillus Subtilis

What are Bacillus Spores?

Bacillus subtilis is a bacteria that is commonly found in water, soil, air and decomposing plant residue.

This spore has an extraordinary ability to survive harsh environments such as extreme heat and acidity. More importantly this spore is found in your gut. 

In fact, it’s one of the “good guys”. You want bacillus subtilis spores in your gut.

These are the spores which produce endospores that make positive changes to your gut and support your immune system.

You’ve probably heard that increasing the diversity of your gut microbes is a good thing. You’ve maybe even taken different formulas of probiotics. Maintaining a proper ratio of good spores in your gut is crucial for maintaining good gut health and a strong immune system.

That’s a big reason why many people take probiotics for conditions like Leaky Gut, IBS, Crohn’s, and Ulcerative Colitis. If you have been taking probiotics and still not finding relief you may want to consider taking Bacillus Subtilis spores and here’s why.

Why Bacillus Spores?

  • Bacillus Spores are resistant to the harsh stomach acid environment which allows it to get into the digestive system and do its work.
  • Bacillus Spores are able to suppress the growth of harmful bacteria.
  • Bacillus Spores strengthen the mucosal lining and enhance the growth of other good strains such as lactobacillus spores in the gut.
  • Bacillus spores significantly repair damage to the intestinal lining in the gut. These tight junctions, when not performing optimally, allow toxins to leek into the bloodstream. (Leaky Gut) Click Here to Read More
  • Bacillus spores play a role in reconditioning the body’s metabolism. When combined with a diet rich in healthy fibers and low sugar, this spore turns the body into a fat burning machine. Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan has been studying spores for the last 15 years, he says, “If there wasn’t reason enough before to improve gut health, this probiotic spore might now be the one “magic pill” we’ve been seeking for long-term, healthy and sustainable weight management”

Which Probiotics Contain Bacillus Spores?

We recommend Perfect Pass Probiotics to our clients. Perfect Pass contains 3 pharmaceutical grade strains of bacillus spores.

These bacillus spores are able to survive stomach acid. They make lasting changes in the gut to heal the gut and provide relief of symptoms.

Each of these bacillus spores has a distinct function and synergistically contributes to the combined effectiveness of this probiotic.

Click Here to Read More

Not on Top of Your Game? It Could Be Microbiome Dysbiosis

Natural Pharmacist Ross Pelton

Ross Pelton,  The Natural Pharmacist talks with us about the Microbiome, dysbiosis and pathobiome. Click Here to see his interview.

Our gut microbiome is made up of over 100 trillion organisms, it’s a delicate balance which is made up of both good and bad bacteria. Hopefully more good.

What is Dysbiosis?

 Essentially it’s when your good gut bacteria is out of balance with your bad gut bacteria. When the good outweighs the bad you have dysbiosis. Ross calls Microbiome dysbiosis the ‘pathobiome’.

When you have dysbiosis or a ‘pathobiome’ you will experience symptoms.

What are the pathobiome Symptoms?

  • gas
  • bloating
  • diarrhea
  • constipation

When you have these symptoms it’s important not to ignore them.

These symptoms are your bodies warning signs.

Think of them as red flags that something is wrong.

What does a pathobiome lead to?

  • gastrointestinal disorders like IBS, Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
  • extraintestinal disorders such as asthma, allergies, heart disease and obesity
  • mood disorders such as depression and anxiety

ADResearch compiled by the US National Library of Medicine from over 90 different studies in the last 10 years states that, “there is growing evidence that dysbiosis of the gut microbiota is associated with the pathogenesis of both intestinal and extra-intestinal disorders.”

Why do people get an upset microbiome?

  • Antibiotics are the #1 reason; antibiotics kill all the good bacteria.
  • Acid suppressing drugs; too low levels of acidity encourage the growth of bad bacteria
  • Steroid drugs
  • Birth control
  • Chemotherapy
  • Diet consisting of processed food and high in carbohydrates.
  • Pesticides in agricultural food supply
  • Environmental toxins: mercury, lead and arsenic
  • Chlorinated water which kills bacteria; good and bad
  • Not feeding your probiotics; you need to fertilize the good bacteria with prebiotic foods or a prebiotic supplement

“Remember every time you eat you are feeding 100 trillion guests.” thats good advice from Ross Pelton.

The Natural Pharmacist, Ross PeltonStay tuned for part 3 of our talk with Ross Pelton on Gut Health coming in two weeks.

Ross Pelton is a pharmacist and a true expert on pharmaceutical drugs and their life-altering side effects. He is also a clinical nutritionist and helps people with diet, nutrition and natural therapies.

He truly is an expert in helping his clients integrate the best of both worlds to improve their health.

Check him out on Facebook, The Natural Pharmacist.

5 Symptoms that You Need Digestive Enzymes

Digesting our food is something we all take for granted. The truth is that digestion is a key factor in maintaining good health.

One of the many reasons that people develop digestive symptoms and possibly serious illness is that our digestion is out of balance.

What does that have to do with Digestive Enzymes?

Our digestive enzymes are the work horses that help us break down our food.

Unfortunately, as we age our digestive enzymes start to deplete.

Did you Know?

  • After the age of 40 our pancreas secretes smaller amounts, about 25% less enzymes.
  • By the age of 70 we may only be producing one third of the amount of enzymes that we need.

Why do we need Enzymes?

Digestive enzymes are typically secreted by our pancreas to break down the nutrients in our food.

Enzymes are also found in the foods we eat.

Unfortunately, its not as easy as it sounds.

Why?

When foods are processed and cooked they are stripped of their naturally occurring enzymes.

Our pancreas doesn’t always cooperate and produce enough enzymes that are needed.

This results in a number of symptoms.

Here are 5 symptoms that are often associated with not having enough Digestive Enzymes:

  • Gas and bloating after meals
  • The sensation that we feel full after eating a few bites of food
  • Undigested food in our stool
  • Stool changes, like floating stools or fat floats
  • Digestive Disorders like IBS, colitis, Crohn’s, acid reflux, and lactose intolerance

Here’s where enzymes comes into play. If our body is not digesting properly and assimilating all the nutrients we take in, we simply don’t receive all the necessary benefits we could be.

Supplementing with digestive enzymes will help if you are experiencing any one of these symptoms.

Eating a healthy diet is not always easy and maybe not the most economical.

However, we make this a priority because it’s important to nourish ourselves with all the vitamins and nutrients that a balanced, possibly plant based diet offers.

We can help our body process food, reduce our discomfort and allow us to reap all the nutritional benefits from our diet.

How can we benefit from digestive enzymes?

  • Helps food digest
  • Increases nutrients absorbed into the body
  • Helps our foods to be used as fertilizer for our gut bacteria
  • Kicks our digestion into high gear to deal with processed foods and foods which may cause inflammation

A 2016 study conducted by National Center for Biotechnology Information tells us that enzyme replacement for those suffering with digestive disorders such as Crohn’s is a possible therapeutic option.

Both enzyme therapy and probiotics offer an advantage to the management of such disorders.

PerfectPass Digestive EnzymesWe offer many different enzymes but the one that stands out to be different from the others is Perfect Pass Digestive Enzyme formula.

Why is Perfect Pass Digestive Enzyme Different?

It contains ox bile.

This is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the bile from oxen.

Ox bile is chemically similar to our own bile, and our bodies have no trouble using it alongside our own bile for the exact same purpose.

What are the benefits of ox bile?

Bile is what your body produces to help you digest the fats you eat. Ordinarily, your liver excretes the bile, then stores it in your gallbladder to use later. The bile helps breakdown the fats you consume allowing your body to absorb fat soluble nutrients.

If you’re deficient in bile, you may not be properly digesting fats which can lead to feeling constipated.

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