Why You Need This Test
Parasite infections in particular can be silent but destructive, perpetuating chronic stress on the infected individual 24/7 by raising cortisol levels and causing inflammation- EVEN IF you don’t have any digestive issues. If you have a chronic health problem, ANY chronic health problem, it might be caused or worsened by a parasitic infection that causes physiological stress and inflammation.
Even problems such as Rheumatoid Arthritis or decreased sports performance in high level athletes have been linked to parasitic infections, and these conditions improve when these infections are eliminated
If you have unresolved digestive problems, or you have traveled overseas before your problems started, then this test is an absolute must! But it’s a myth that having digestive issues or overseas travel are the only reasons to get a parasite test. You can get a parasite as easily from your local salad bar as you can in Thailand. In fact, most of our clients haven’t even traveled overseas, but still have exotic-sounding parasites because of decreased immune function and well… just living normal life that brings us into contact with these bugs every day.
Why This Test is Better than Your Doctor’s
Even if you are lucky enough to GET your doctor to test you for pathogens, most doctors will only do this if there is severe and longstanding digestive issues or an acute problem after foreign travel, your test is likely to come back negative. This is because most stool tests only test for a few pathogens, and the laboratory technicians at most hospitals rarely do stool tests, and they rarely take the time necessary to accurately do the tedious work necessary to find the pathogens that might be bothering you.
By contrast, this stool analysis determines the presence of ALL KNOWN parasites (bugs) that might inhabit the gastrointestinal tract such as protozoa, flatworms, and roundworms; Cryptosporidium parvum, Entamoeba histolytica, and Giardia lamblia antigens; bacteria, fungi (including yeasts), and occult blood; and Clostridium difficile colitis toxins A and B.
Additionally, what makes this test different and far better than any other test is that a team of highly trained laboratory technicians are trained specifically to look for the presence of pathogens in the digestive tract. That’s their specialty. But it’s a tedious procedure that can’t be done by a computer, and most labs don’t take the time necessary to look through three stool samples and identify the eggs and parasites that might be present.
BioHealth is different because they do pathogen tests all day, every day. It’s their specialty and their highly trained technicians are experts at finding these bugs at far higher rates than other labs. If you’ve got a parasite, they are highly likely to find it.
In fact, this lab was STARTED because a doctor was frustrated with the hospital lab tests he was sending on his patients all coming back negative when he just knew his patients’ digestive issues were due to parasites. Finding parasites is why this lab exists!
How it Works
1) A Test Kit is Mailed To You
2) You’ll put three samples of stool (poop) into three test kits. It’s easy, painless, less messy or gross than you think, and there is No Blood Draw Required.
3) You Mail the kit back to the lab, the postage is already paid.
4) I’ll send you the results in about two weeks
What They Look For
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacterium which can be found in the stomach mucosa of infected individuals. The infection may produce little or no noticeable symptoms, but can cause gastritis, gastric ulcers, stomach cancer, and other serious pathologies. More insidiously, H. pylori bacteria cause digestive problems, constant acute stress on the hormonal stress response, and can lead to progressively threatening disease conditions unless treated. Infections with Helicobacter pylori, especially deep seated ones, are often difficult to eradicate as it can develop resistance to commonly used antibiotics. It has also been reported that Helicobacter pylori can produce a toxin with the ability to disable the body’s immune response against it.
GI Pathogen Testing
This stool analysis determines the presence of ova and parasites such as protozoa, flatworms, and roundworms; Cryptosporidium parvum, Entamoeba histolytica, and Giardia lamblia antigens; bacteria, fungi (including yeasts), and occult blood; and Clostridium difficile colitis toxins A and B. Sensitivity to pathogenic organisms will be reported as necessary. Causes for concern are both an overgrowth of microorganisms that are normally present in the intestines and the presence of microorganisms that are not normally present in the intestines. Either condition signals that major physiological pathways in the intestinal environment are outside homeostatic limits.
Parasite infections in particular can be silent but destructive, perpetuating chronic stress on the infected individual 24/7 by raising cortisol levels and causing inflammation. Treatment protocols using natural methods and/or prescription drugs are often necessary to resolve infections.
Infections of the GI Tract
Gastrointestinal (GI) tract infections are common and can be either clinical (symptomatic) or sub-clinical (without symptoms). In fact, BioHealth’s top practitioners report that eight out of ten patients who seek care have one or more GI infections. Some have active GI symptoms, others present with general complaints: fatigue, body pain, headaches, cognitive problems, light headedness, brain fog and/or general malaise. Currently the two most prevalent infections are Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that primarily inhabits the stomach, esophagus and upper duodenum, and Cryptosporidium parvum, a parasite that primarily inhabits the small intestine and regularly cycles from intracellular to extracellular
Cryptosporidium parvum is a very prevalent and aggressive parasite (protozoa) that damages the topography of the small intestine by invading the intestinal epithelial cells. While in some acute cases it can cause high fever, severe diarrhea and even death, Cryptosporidium parvum infections have been found in many patients exhibiting either very mild or no GI symptoms. Cryptosporidium parvum damages the microvilli of the small intestine, inhibiting absorption and assimilation of nutrients and compromising intestinal mucosal barrier defenses, further weakening the body’s defense against other opportunistic infectious agents.
Other commonly encountered parasite infections include Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia, Blastocystis hominis, Clostridium Difficile, and Ascaris (roundworm).
Even more ominous than having a primary GI infection is the tendency of invading microorganisms to metamorphosize into various stages of their life cycle, and to migrate to tissues and organs sometimes distant from the GI tract. For example Cryptosporidium parvum can sometimes be found in the lungs and conjunctiva of the eyes and Helicobacter pylori has been located in the oral cavity and even the prostate gland. Such stages, including cysts, can remain dormant within tissues, and can be extremely difficult to detect. That is why it is extremely important to test for GI infections using both microbiology and immunological assays.