Do you frequently experience indigestion? Suffer from constipation? Have unexplained diarrhea? Have frequent gas and bloating? Have abdominal pain, fatigue, consistent lack of energy or chronic skin conditions? Suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, allergies, arthritis, psoriasis or eczema? These symptoms could be a sign that something is wrong with your gastrointestinal (gut) health. The Comprehensive Parasitology test evaluates stool for presence of parasites, pathogenic bacteria, yeast and levels of beneficial flora to determine the cause of your symptoms and evaluate your gut immunity.

Routine health checks include monitoring temperature, pulse and blood pressure, as well as examining blood and urine specimens. While helpful, these tests overlook the gastrointestinal system, an area that can deliver crucial information about whether your body is functioning properly or not. The comprehensive testing that is available today provides detailed information about whether your gut operates effectively. The cellular function of every organ in your body is dependent on nourishing substances obtained through digestion. Gas, bloating , diarrhea, constipation or abdominal discomfort may be the first clue that something is not right in the digestive tract.

In addition, chronic vaginal infections may result from similar flora imbalances as in the intestine. And, food allergies may be caused by leaky gut syndrome caused by a greater underlying dysbiosis (abnormal bacterial growth) or parasitic infection. Identifying and treating the underlying disease-causing organism in the gut is essential to your health.

Routine stool tests from local labs test for a specific bacteria or parasite. What if they don’t test for a bacteria you have and it goes un-identified? Most doctors don’t write labs to test for every bacteria or parasite known to man. They only test for some of the most common organisms. The comprehensive parasitology test, tests the stool by plating out your stool sample in a microbiology lab and seeing what grows. That means whatever bacteria or parasite you have in YOUR stool will be identified. Many times it is an organism you would not otherwise test for. If a bacteria, parasite or fungus is identified that could cause disease, the lab determines which medications and natural substances would kill or eradicate it from your body.

This allows the doctor to help specifically treat the underlying cause and restore your gastrointestinal health and overall health.

Furthermore, this test measures the beneficial bacteria lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidum that are associated with increased immune function. If the test shows signs of deficiency of one or both of the “good bacteria”, proper re-introduction of the right “good” bacteria can restore balance and thereby enhance your gut immunity and your overall immunity.

If you feel that you need this test, discuss it with our knowledgeable doctors so they can get you started on a better road to gut health.