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Providing comprehensive and innovative clinical laboratory services for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of complex chronic disease.
The GI Effects Comprehensive Stool provide data on inflammation and how well you digest and absorb the food you eat. Additionally, the profiles provide a detailed picture regarding the balance of yeast, parasites, and healthy and unhealthy bacteria that live in our large intestine. This bacterial population is called the microbiome. Many patients do not realize that in addition to gastrointestinal complaints, systemic diseases can be linked to the GI tract. Improving the health of your gut may improve your overall health.
Intestinal Permeability Assessment is a powerful noninvasive gastrointestinal test assessment of small intestinal absorption and barrier function in the bowel. The small intestine uniquely functions as a digestive/absorptive organ for nutrients as well as a powerful immune and mechanical barrier against excessive absorption of bacteria, food antigens, and other macromolecules. Both malabsorption and increased intestinal permeability ("leaky gut") are associated with chronic gastrointestinal imbalances as well as many systemic disorders.
Increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut) of the small intestine can:
- Increase the number of foreign compounds entering the bloodstream
- Allow bacterial antigens capable of cross-reacting with host tissue to enter the bloodstream, leading to auto-immune processes
- Enhance the uptake of toxic compounds that can overwhelm the hepatic detoxification system and lead to an overly sensitized immune system
Leaky gut has been observed in a range of disorders such as:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Food allergy
- Inflammatory joint disease
- Chronic dermatologic conditions
When should testing for SIBO be considered?
Symptoms of SIBO are non-specific, encompassing abdominal pain/distention, diarrhea, and flatulence.
Conditions commonly associated with SIBO include:
- Celiac Disease
- Parkinson's Disease
Risk factors for development of SIBO include structural/anatomic issues, motility disorders, organ system dysfunction, elderly age and various medications (recurrent antibiotics, PPIs) that alter the gut microflora populations.
Symptomatic patients with any underlying conditions or risk factors warrant assessment for SIBO.
What advantage does the SIBO breath test offer compared to other diagnostics?
While aspiration of small bowel fluid (followed by culture and bacterial count) is considered to be the current gold standard for diagnosis of SIBO, it is not routinely performed because it requires a complex, invasive technique, and is costly. As a result, experts suggest breath testing for the diagnosis of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
Oxidative Stress Nutritional Testing
Oxidative stress testing is used to assess equilibrium between oxidative damage and antioxidant reserve. It is necessary to address the reserve capacity that provides protection, the enzymes that quench the free radicals, and evaluate the damage that free radical production has already caused.
Evidence is accumulating that oxidative stress is involved in many pathological processes, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Macular degeneration
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson'sand Alzheimer's
- Diabetes mellitus
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Environmental sensitivity
Comprehensive Urine Elements Profile (timed or 24-hour) #3527 $180
The Comprehensive Urine Elements Profile is a toxic exposure test which measures urinary excretion of 15 nutrient elements and 20 toxic metals. These include classic toxins such as lead, mercury, and arsenic, as well as newer technology toxins such as niobium. This is an ideal toxic exposure test for patients suspected of toxic metal exposure as well as potential nutrient mineral wasting.
The Comprehensive Urine Elements Profile offers an advanced, comprehensive assessment of toxic and potentially toxic elements excreted in urine. In addition to measuring classic elemental toxins, this profile includes elements used in the medical, aerospace, nuclear, and high-tech electronics industries.
Health Consequences of Toxic Exposure
Evidence suggests that chronic toxic element exposure can adversely affect:
- Energy levels
- Reproductive function
- Cancer risk
- Neurological development and function
- Respiratory, cardiac, hepatic, and immunefunctions
- Cognitive and emotional health
- Degenerative conditions
The Adrenocortex Stress Profile (ASP) provides an assessment of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis using carefully timed salivary samples of the hormones cortisol and DHEA. Salivary testing is an easy, non-invasive option to measure unbound, biologically active parent hormone levels. The report offers an easy-to-interpret graphic which plots the results of the cortisol awakening response (CAR) and the natural diurnal rhythm. Adrenocortex Stress Profile (ASP): Four salivary samples measured throughout the day to give insight into the natural circadian diurnal cortisol rhythm, and help clinicians address specific daily stressors.