This test analyzes the bacterial and yeast balances in the intestinal tract.
Doctor's Data Microbiology Profile-StoolDDA1700
Doctor's Data Microbiology Profile-Stool
Our Price: $135.00
Brand: Doctor's DataProduct Code: DDA1700
Shipping Weight: 2.20 pounds
In a healthy balanced state of intestinal flora, the beneficial bacteria make up a significant proportion of the total microflora. The beneficial flora have many health-protecting effects in the gut including manufacturing vitamins, fermenting fibers, digesting proteins and the disaccharide lactose, and propagating anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory factors. Acidophilus, Bifidus, and Enterococcus produce lactic acid and short-chain fatty acids. The fermentation of fibers by beneficial bacteria and subsequent production of short chain fatty acids is crucial in lowering colonic pH and preventing the proliferation of microbial pathogens, including bacteria and yeast. Enteroccus has antibacterial activity against methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and food-borne pathogens.
Assessment of intestinal ecology through stool culture techniques which include comprehensive bacteriology and yeast cultures to identify the presence of beneficial flora, imbalanced flora, and dysbiotic flora, is an important step in identifying imbalances in intestinal microflora. Sensitivities to a variety of prescriptive and natural agents are provided when pathogenic bacteria and yeast are cultured. This provides the clinician with important and specific clinical information to help plan an appropriate treatment protocol.
A good balance of beneficial microflora has been known to be associated with health benefits since the turn of the century. At that time Metchnikoff drew attention to the adverse effects of dysbiotic gut microflora on the host and suggested that ingestion of fermented milks ameliorated what he called “autointoxication”. He proposed that the consumption of large quantities of Lactobacillus species would reduce the number of toxin-producing bacteria and result in better health and increased lifespan.
Over the past 90 plus years there has been extensive scientific research demonstrating that a good balance of Lactobacilli, Bifidobacteria and beneficial E. coli bacteria are important to the functional health of the gut, and as a consequence, to the whole organism. The benefits identified include inhibition of microbial pathogens, prevention and treatment of antibiotic associated diarrhea, prevention of travelers’ diarrhea, reduction of lactose intolerance symptoms, reduction in serum cholesterol levels, enhancement of the immune system, and inhibition of the proliferation of Candida albicans.
Research has shown that improved biological value of food can be achieved through the activity of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria which have been reported to produce folic acid, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pyridoxine, biotin and vitamin K.
The mechanisms by which these benefits are derived are not yet fully understood. However, research suggests that some of the beneficial effects may be due to the following activities of beneficial bacteria:
- * Release of substances antagonistic to enteropathogenic microorganisms such as lactocidin, lactobicillin, and acidolin
- * Competition with pathogens for adhesion receptors Production of lactase
- * Production of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) such as butyrate, propionate, and acetate
This easy to use test kit by Doctors Data is sent to your home.
The kit contains everything needed for collecting specimens, including shipping materials and pre-paid postage for sending specimens to the lab.
Results are emailed 7-10 days after lab receives specimens.
No lab visit required
Doctor's Data includes state-of-the-art Maldi-TOF Detection in this test
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