Gastrointestinal disorders are an unpleasant part of many people’s lives. Heartburn, cramps, bloating, and diarrhea may be symptoms of intestinal pathogens that are frequently overlooked as a cause of these recurrent symptoms. In fact, without diagnosing the exact organism causing intestinal problems, the most common antibiotic treatments may strengthen the offending organism and cause even greater discomfort.
The reality of contracting intestinal pathogens
Overseas travel, immigration, poor screening of imported fruit and vegetables, poor hygiene among food handlers, exposure to infected pets, and even simple excursions into wilderness areas contribute to potential infestation with a variety of organisms. Studies estimate that 25% of the earth’s population is infected with some form of parasite at any time.
Identifying gastrointestinal pathogens
Without laboratory testing, it is not possible to differentiate between pathogen infestation and other intestinal disorders. For this reason, we recommend a comprehensive GI health panel for people who experience chronic or recurrent symptoms such as diarrhea, bloating, or heartburn. Using the GI Health Panel, pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, yeast, or parasites can be identified and specific treatment plans implemented to eradicate them. Along with pathogen detection, a GI Health panel also identifies digestion-related issues caused by abnormal enzyme levels or intolerance to specific foods and can also identify causes of irritation, inflammation, and occult blood.
How is a GI Health Panel Administered?
The GI health Panel consists of between 15 and 22 non-invasive tests. Using stool and saliva samples collected by the patient at home, the tests are highly sensitive to a wide variety of pathogens, immunological disorders, and inflammatory processes.
How are the results used?
The results of the GI Health Panel allow our doctors to diagnose the cause of your GI problem and provide a treatment strategy to correct it. Because of the wide range of issues identified by the GI Health Panel, treatment options may be as simple as a dietary change, or you may require medication to treat immediate symptoms and correct the underlying disorder.