911 BioCare; Making a Gastrointestinal Diagnosis
Conventional gastrointestinal diagnosis procedures often include colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, upper GI endoscopy, ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound and liver biopsy.
At 911 BioCare, the gastrointestinal diagnosis approach is different. Firstly, the symptoms that the patient is presenting with will be evaluated, and not just the obvious ones such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea and cramps but also the less obvious signs of gastrointestinal disorders such as fatigue, allergies, candida and so on.
Then a functional evaluation will be performed to assess the functioning of each organ that may be potentially contributing to the symptoms. This is important since the dysfunction of an organ can be as symptomatic as a disease of one. The patient will then be evaluated to see what kind of nutritional supplementation will be required to bring the organ function back into alignment.
A functional stool test may also be ordered to evaluate the physiology of the gastrointestinal tract, eg. Is there inflammation in gut, what is the enzyme activity in the pancreas, is bacterial overgrowth or parasites present and what is the immune status in the gut?
Screening tests and diagnostic protocols are utilized by our physician practitioners to uncover the whole-body relationships that contribute to:
- Auto-Immune Disease
- Celiac Disease
- Lyme Disease
- Intestinal Infections (bacteria, fungal, and parasites)
- Pre-Diabetes/Metabolic Syndrome
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Hidden Infections
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
- Chronic Viral Infections
- Parasitic Infections
- Gastrointestinal Disease
- Micronutrient and Amino Acid Deficiencies
Common specialty gastrointestinal tests include:
Urine Amino Acids Analysis
The Urine Amino Acids Analysis nutritional test helps to identify metabolic imbalances underlying many chronic disorders. Urine amino acid analysis can reveal amino acid insufficiency, amino acid wasting and aberrant metabolism associated with co-factor insufficiencies. Specifically, this nutritional test evaluates dietary protein adequacy, gastrointestinal health, and vitamin and mineral needs. With the precise results and comprehensive commentary provided, nutritional deficits, metabolic impairments, and gastrointestinal function can be analyzed and treated.
Gut Triad- Food Antibodies, Stool Test, and Intestinal Barrier Analysis
The Gut Triad is a comprehensive assessment of the gut and the immune system. Up to 80% of the immune system is located in the gastrointestinal tract, and the GI tract is the body’s interface with the outside world. Foods, nutrients, medications, alcohol, pesticides, toxins, viruses, bacteria, and fungus all have intimate contact with the body through the gut. Together, the gut and the immune system act as the protectors of health. The immune system and the gut identify the safe things to let into the body, and the bad things that should be kept out, attacked, or destroyed.
When the gut barrier becomes damaged from food allergens, chemicals, antibiotics, junk food, or infection the important guardian function can be compromised. This kind of damage is referred to as intestinal permeability or “leaky gut.” A leaky gut means the GI barrier has broken down, allowing harmful elements to leak through and cause symptoms. Leaky gut, will put the immune system on “red alert.”
The Gut Triad is a combination of three profiles- a food sensitivity test, a stool test, and a test that measures the health of the intestinal barrier. It measures c3d/IgG food sensitivities that might be causing irritation or inflammation. The stool test helps identify bacteria, fungus, or parasites that might damage the gastrointestinal tract. Other markers in the stool test measure digestion, absorption, and immune function. Finally, the Intestinal Barrier Assessment helps determine if there is leaky gut. Read more about the individual components of the Gut Triad below.
C3D and IgG4 Food Antibodies -Serum
Allergic reactions are classified into four types. Our food allergy test is unique in that it detects all classes of IgG antibodies and IgG-C3d immune complexes. Our test is more sensitive than other food sensitivity tests because it measures C3d, a complement antigen. IgG and C3d antibodies show that certain foods are causing inflammation in your body. If you have food sensitivity symptoms such as diarrhea, gas, bloating, fatigue, constipation, or hives this test will pinpoint which specific foods, preservatives, or additives may be causing the symptoms. Once your problem foods have been identified by the test, you will receive a diet plan and a wallet card to help you successfully remove the allergenic foods from your diet. Many people notice that their GI symptoms improve, their thinking and memory clears, and they have more energy after their food sensitivities have been removed.
Intestinal Barrier Assessment
The Intestinal Barrier Assessment is a blood test that looks for gut health, bacterial infection, and allergic inflammation. Imbalances in histamine, diamine oxidase (DAO) and lipopolysaccharides (LPS) are associated with leaky gut. When these markers are abnormal, it shows that your whole body is under attack. DAO and histamine can show if there is intestinal permeability, problems breaking down histamine, or if there is inflammation causing allergic-type symptoms. High LPS suggest that your body’s defenses are down and can indicate a bacterial infection.
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Test
This simple, non-invasive, gastrointestinal test detects bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, often referred to as BOSI or SIBO. Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that often underlies chronic gastrointestinal symptoms of maldigestion and malabsorption, including bloating, gas, diarrhea, irregularity, and abdominal pain.
Celiac & Gluten Sensitivity
The Celiac & Gluten Sensitivity test tests a patients blood for total IgA as well as IgA specific antibodies for possible celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue or gluten sensitivity enteropathy, is a chronic autoimmune disease which has a genetic component and may affect several family members. Celiac is a lifelong condition with no cure however, it is manageable once diagnosed.
Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis / Parasitology
The Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis / Parasitology is a stool test which offers a comprehensive look at the overall health of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The CDSA/P is the original non-invasive evaluation of gastrointestinal function that includes analyses of digestion, absorption, bacterial balance, and yeast. Additionally, the CDSA/P gastrointestinal stool analysis tests for parasites. This gastrointestinal stool analysis profile is recommended for patients with diffuse and non-specific GI-related symptoms such as IBS, indigestion, dysbiosis, constipation, and diarrhea.
Helicobacter pylori Stool Antigen EIA
A stand-alone test that can be added onto the Gastrointestinal line of tests. Non-invasive Assay Stool antigen tests have been recommended by both the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the American College of Gastroenterologists (ACG) as the most accurate non-invasive tests for diagnosis and for confirmation of eradication.1,2 This method is highly sensitive and specific and useful for diagnosis, therapeutic monitoring, and test of eradication. Unlike stool antigen tests, Serology-based methods have a sensitivity and specificity of only 90% and cannot distinguish between active and resolved infection.3,4 Thus, serology tests are not recommended by the AGA for initial diagnosis of H pylori infection.4 Furthermore, they are not recommended by either the AGA or the ACG for monitoring infection or confirming eradication of the organism.
Lactose Intolerance Breath Test
The Lactose Intolerance Breath Test is a gastrointestinal test that detects lactose intolerance, a condition affecting more than 50 million Americans. Proper detection enables effective treatment of lactose maldigestion and malabsorption, to help alleviate chronic symptoms of bloating, gas, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. This gastrointestinal test uses a simple, non-invasive breath hydrogen/methane test.
Lactose intolerance is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders, affecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide. This condition arises from an enzyme (lactase) deficiency in the gut, either a result of genetics or a temporary irritation of the small intestine. Without adequate amounts of lactase, the digestive system is unable to properly break down and absorb lactose, the main sugar in milk and dairy products. When this happens, unabsorbed lactose is fermented by bacteria in the colon, causing the release of hydrogen and methane gases.
Micronutrient Serum Test
According to William Shive, PhD (University of Texas at Austin) – 50% of those taking supplements will remain deficient. MicroNutrient Testing is a next generation blood test for measuring specific vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other essential micronutrients within an individual’s white blood cells (lymphocytes). It is the gold standard for this type of test.
At 911 BioCare, once our physicians have made a diagnosis, safe & effective treatments will then be offered. This will be tailored specifically to each individual patient and will involve testing and the utilization of conventional & natural therapies to see what responds best, in order to rebalance the gastrointestinal tract. There may be multifactorial issues which may be setting off a “chain reaction” throughout the body and so it is important to handle all components of these multiple issues, to ensure the body begins to heal properly.
911 BioCare has helped many patients regain their health through our safe and effective gastrointestinal treatment program. To become a patient, or for more information, feel free to call our New Patient Coordinator at (855) 901-0911 or simply submit an online web form with your request.