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Expanded GI Panel
The Gastrointestional Health Panel provides non-invasive, early immuno- detection of parasites and sophisticated testing of inherited food intolerances like those described below.
Description: Tissue parasite
Transmission: Under-cooked meats and contaminated food consumption. Exposure to cat feces.
Method: Salivary detection of secretory IgA antibodies to Toxoplasma by ELISA.
Findings: Persistent brain cysts leading to behavioral, cognitive and memory disorders, as well as muscle cysts, depression, insomnia and reduced stress intolerance.
Description: Pork tapeworm
Transmission: Under-cooked pork, fecal-oral (including swine-to-human).
Method: Salivary detection of secretory IgA antibodies to tapeworm by ELISA.
Findings: Abdominal discomfort; brain cysts leading to cognitive decline, headaches and seizures; skeletal muscle cysts; blurry vision.
Description: Intestional and tissue parasite
Transmission: Fecal-oral contamination from sexual contact or other exposure.
Method: Salivary detection of secretory IgA antibodies to Entamoeba histolytica by ELISA.
Findings: Episodic diarrhea or perianal itch, causing colon ulceration. May be locally invasive, causing liver and lung abscesses.
Description: Tissue worm
Transmission: Wildlife contact, eating improperly processed meat or eating food contaminated with such meat.
Method: Salivary detection of secretory IgA antibodies to Trichinella by ELISA.
Findings: Abdominal cramping, nausea, diarrhea and muscle soreness and pain, leading to fibromyalgia, edema of the upper eye lids or fever.
Description: Roundworm; most common worm infection worldwide
Transmission: Fecal-oral; contaminated water, fruits or vegetables.
Method: Salivary detection of secretory IgA antibodies to Ascaris lumbricoides by ELISA.
Findings: Nutritional deficiencies (macro and micro), reduced liver and pancreas function, intestinal colic, diarrhea, dyspepsia and spasmodic cough.
The Regular and Expanded Gastrointestinal Panels include comprehensive testing of three stool samples to ensure the most accurate results. We evaluate for pathogens, inflammatory markers, occult blood, and functional markers:
· Culture for yeast and fungi to screen for fungal dysbiosis
· Microscopic ova and parasite check
· Culture for bacteria and flora to identify pathogenic and commensal organisms
· Antigen testing for Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and Clostridium difficile
· Inflammatory biomarker levels (lysozyme, alpha anti-chymotrypsin, intestinal SIgA) to detect significant irritation of the small or large intestine
· Chymotrypsin measurement to assess pancreatic digestive strength
· Occult blood and fecal pH testing to further assess GI health
Note: If a patient's test results demonstrate an infection, treatment by a medical doctor will be recommended.
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