Gastrointestinal Pathogen Screen #401h
Gastrointestinal pathogens such as bacteria, candida (yeast), and parasites can be a problem for anyone dealing with chronic health issues such as fatigue, loose stools or constipation, joint inflammation, headaches, etc. Often times chronic intestinal pathogens persist for years draining the body of energy reserves, necessary nutrients, and can be a leading problem for ongoing stress leading to poor adrenal hormone cortisol production. In fact, anyone who is assessing themselves for adrenal hormone balance at some point should perform stool testing to rule out chronic infection. The Gastrointestinal Pathogen Screen, aka. #401 profile from BioHealth Laboratory is an excellent test for intestinal pathogens (candida, bacteria), particularly parasitic infections. The parasite detection methods from BioHealth Laboratory are extensive and not only look for parasites through visual inspection of the stool through microscopy, but through specialized staining techniques to identify hidden infections as well. The Gastrointestinal Pathogen Screen (#401) from BioHealth Laboratory also evaluates for Clostridia difficle (C. difficle) Toxins A and B. Clostridia difficle can be a serious infection that predisposes an individual to an inflammatory bowel condition called Pseudomembraneous colitis. C. difficle is contagious and is quite problematic as resistance to antibiotics is high. C. difficle is also known to produce a biotoxin which can interfere with brain chemistry pathways by inhibiting Dopamine. This can create behavior and attention problems often seen in various mental health disorders. A follow-up test for anyone with Clostridia difficle Toxin A and/or B from the BioHealth Laboratory Gastrointestinal Pathogen Screen (#401) would be the Organic Acid Test (OAT) from Great Plains Laboratory. With the OAT there are two clostridia toxins than can be present called 4-cresol and HPHPA which are linked to faulty Dopamine metabolism. The #401 Gastrointestinal Pathogen Screen is an excellent stool analysis for the detection of intestinal pathogens such as parasites and C. difficle.