Doctors Data Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology x 1, 2, or 3
Gastrointestinal or GI problems are usually the most common reasons that people look for medical attention. The signs and symptoms are ones like bloating, constipation or even the opposite of persistent diarrhea, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, diverticulosis and malabsorption. Doctor’s Data Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology will help you understand the underlying reasons for your symptoms.
Dr. Pam says…. “The best way to address digestive GI problems is to use a comprehensive approach. Stool testing gives invaluable information, so you know where to start, and what to do. Without this baseline, it’s a guessing game where to start.”
“Without this baseline, it’s almost impossible to fully repair the gut”
We have recently started using Doctor’s Data Laboratory to provide valuable tests for our customers.
Doctor’s Data Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology x l, 2, or 3
may be used to evaluate digestive and absorptive functions as well as whether there are any opportunistic pathogens present. The test is also useful to monitor how effective any therapeutic protocol for a particular GI disorder. (CSAP 1, 2, 3 refers to how many specimens are collected)
This Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology home stool test is an invaluable and non-invasive way to help diagnose objectively, as well as evaluate the status of beneficial and/or a possible imbalance of commensal bacteria, pathogenic bacteria, yeast/fungus and parasites.
The commensal bacteria are normally harmless bacteria and they help to keep our bodies healthy in a variety of ways like helping us to digest foods and take in vitamins B and K, promote our immune system to develop and also prevent the colonization of bacterial pathogens that cause disease by competing with them.
Once the pathogens are identified the test provides evaluation of helpful pharmaceutical and natural agents that are useful for treatment.
The efficiency of digestion and absorption of each person is assessed from the measurement of the fecal levels of elastase (pancreatic exocrine sufficiency), fat, muscle and vegetable fibers, as well as carbohydrates.
We know that inflammation can significantly increase intestinal permeability and affect the assimilation of vital nutrients. The extent to which there is an inflammatory process, and whether the inflammation is caused by pathogens or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which includes both Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, can also be assessed and monitored by looking at of the levels of the biomarkers like white blood cells, mucus, lysozyme and lactoferrin.
This is very valuable information as these markers can be used to tell the difference between inflammation that is associated with the potentially life threatening inflammatory bowel disease i.e. colitis and crohns, (IBD), and less severe inflammation that is part of the symptom picture associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and this may be because enteroinvasive pathogens.
It is important to note that Lactoferrin is only extremely elevated prior to and during the active phases of Colitis and Crohns Disease, collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD, but it is not associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS. When we watch the fecal lactoferrin levels in people with Crohns and Colitis IBD it is possible to ensure timely treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. We can continue to test fecal lactoferrin separately, when necessary.
It is very significant to know the status of sIgA in the gut because the vast majority of secretory IgA (sIgA) is normally present in the GI tract. This is where it prevents binding of pathogens and antigens to the mucosal membrane. sIgA is the only bona fide marker of humoral immune status in the GI tract.
We know that the way to maintain good health includes proper digestion of food, assimilation of the nutrients, removal of pathogens and then the timely elimination of waste. To be able to obtain the maximum benefits from food that is eaten, nutrients must be digested properly and then efficiently absorbed into portal circulation.
It is very important that microbes, larger sized particles of fiber, and undigested food remain in the intestinal lumen. Poor digestion and malabsorption of important nutrients can contribute to a compromised immune system, nutritional deficiencies and even degenerative diseases.
We know that if the highly specific nutrient uptake processes don’t happen, or there is a compromised GI barrier function, which is what occurs in leaky gut syndrome, this may be because of a number of contributing factors that include:
- bacterial overgrowth or imbalances (dysbiosis)
- pathogenic bacteria
- yeast or parasites and related toxic irritants,
- low gastric acid production
- chronic maldigestion
- food allergen that affect bowel absorptive surfaces,
- the use of non steroidal antiinflammatory drugs NSAID’s
- use of antibiotics
Also, what happens when intestinal function is not optimal, it can lead to the development of food allergies, systemic illnesses, autoimmune disease, and toxic overload from substances that are kept confined in the bowel for elimination.
Doctor’s Data has several additional digestive tests available that we can add on to these tests:
- H. Pylon Antigen,
- C. Difficile Toxins A & B,
- Shiga Toxin(s), and
- Macroscopic examination
We can also order other Doctor’s Data Gastrointestinal Profiles for you. These include:
- Comprehensive Parasitology x l, 2, or 3,
- Microbiology Profile
- Bacteriology Culture & Susceptibilities
- Yeast Culture & Susceptibilities,
- Parasitology x l, 2, or 3, and
- Intestinal Permeability Urine Test.
There are several reasons why I opt for Doctor’s Data Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology
- They provide a commentary that is specific to the results.
- They offer a true multiple specimen parasitology analysis
- They offer an expanded susceptibilities’ testing
- Their turnaround time is excellent
- Their pricing in competitive
Here are links for you to see samples of the Comprehensive Stool Analysis and Parasitology reports as well as the detailed instructions for collecting the specimen. The difference in the 3 options is the number of tests you select. You can do a 1 day, 2 day or 3 day sample: