FAQs Gastrointestinal Panel

FAQs Gastrointestinal Panel

Why be concerned?

What are the most common causes of digestive concerns?

What is the Gastrointestinal Health Panel?

What is tested for?

What are the Advantages & Benefits ?

What type of conditions would benefit from having this test?

Why choose reviVelife™  for your gastrointestinal panel?

Why be concerned?

Digestive symptoms affect everyone at some time in their lives.  For some the reason maybe that they have picked up a micro-organism in their travels  or even daily lives.  Especially when digestive symptoms continue and are unexplained it is important to rule out potential causes.

Currently, World Health Organization studies indicate that about 1/2 billion individuals are infected annually by Amoeba histolytica and about the same number are infected by Giardia and cryptosporidium. Considering all parasites, more than 1/4 of the Earth’s population is infected at any one time. More serious efforts must be made to prevent, identify, and treat these widespread and debilitating infections.

People with suppressed immunity, eg. T-cell (white cell) dysfunction, defects in intestinal antibody (IgA) secretion, cancer, receiving chemotherapy, history of antibiotic use are predisposed to  digestive infections.

What are the most common causes of digestive concerns?

Four underlying causes of gastrointestinal dysfunction are most common:

1. Pathogen associated GI complaints caused by:

  • Parasitic Infestations
    Yeast Overgrowth/Candida
    Fungal Infections
    Normal Flora Imbalances
    Bacterial Overgrowth/Infections

2. Neuroenteric related complaints (not part of panel) caused by:

  • Dystonia of GI smooth muscle
    Dysrhythmia of GI smooth muscle
    Stress Reaction-Sympathetic to parasympathetic imbalance

3. Non pathogen related GI complaints caused by:

  • Acquired or genetically determined functional and structural GI complaints
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome

4. External Stressors:

  • Dietary intolerances & allergies
    Environmental factors
    Pharmacological factors

What can we do to prevent these microorganisms from impacting our health?

• Observe strict personal hygiene habits
• Eat cooked food, when outside your home
• Wash fresh fruits & vegetables with soap & water
• Avoid drinking potentially contaminated surface water
• Before overseas travel, contact the CDC for tips
• Restrict pets to designated parts of the home
• Wash hands after touching pets

What are the Advantages & Benefits ?

Non-invasive sampling: saliva and stool
• Home collection: no office visit
• Economical and insurance reimbursable
• Comprehensive: detects a broad spectrum of common pathogens and includes digestion efficiency evaluation
• Improved wellness: general GI complaints identified and resolved
• Modular: retesting of one or several abnormal findings is available without repeating the entire panel

What type of conditions would benefit from having this test?

Individuals with chronic and vague GI symptoms including:

• Frequent bloating, gas, cramping, and constipation
• Frequent travel within US and/or overseas
• Frequent eating outside the home
• Homosexuals
• Food handlers – to protect others
• Food preparers at restaurants, homes, schools, etc.
• Institutionalized individuals
• Uniformed services
• Dormitory Residents – common quarters
• Children that go to daycare centers

Why choose reviVelife™ lab ?

Wider Scope: The 15 to 22 parameter GI Health Panels™ are the most logical, complete and economical profiles offered anywhere in the nation. The  integrated approach using 22 conjoint parameters allows diagnostic investigation of infectious-parasitic, inflammatory, digestive, immune and dietary related causes of GI complaints.
Some GI test comparisons- reviVelife ™ lab vs the Competition

Wide Range Parasitic Detection:
reviVelife ™ lab:

Some parasites are elusive by nature (organism fragmented in stool sample; only intracellular presence; not in shedding phase…) making them impossible to visualize even with advanced staining techniques. DTI circumvents these limitations by assem-bling a slate of parasitic antigen and antibody detection tests (Giardia, Toxoplasma, Ameba, Ascaris, Cryptosporidium, Trichinella, Tapeworm etc.).

The companies offer you a purge which, besides its traumatic effects on patients, will burst many
parasites precluding the ability to visualize them microscopically.
Many companies use immunofluorescence slide visualization for parasite detection which requires presence of intact organisms.
Many parasites are missed by only using microscopic visualization techniques.

Toxoplasma, trichinella, ascaris & tapeworm:

reviVelife ™ lab:
New tests that widen your perspective on chronic illnesses and parasitic infections.

Other companies do not test for these parasites.
Note: Tissue parasites are not self-limiting & will persist indefinitely without treatment.

Microflora Evaluation/ Pathogen Detection:
reviVelife ™ lab:
• The colonic microflora is comprised of over 500 species of bacteria. DTI globally assesses the normal gut flora and will speciate the overgrowth / pathogenic bacteria and yeast.
• Our panels routinely include reflex sensitivity testing for relevant bacterial pathogens. DTI dropped all yeast sensitivity testing a long time ago due to lack of correlation with clinical efficacy of substances.
• Other laboratories presume that a partial non-quantitative evaluation of 1-2% of the microflora species, allows them to make general statements such as “Dysbiosis”. This unscientific reporting ignores the important quantitative relationships between the climax communities and underestimates the role of a majority of non tested species.
• In vitro yeast sensitivity testing does not correlate with clinical efficacy of antimicro-bials tested. A natural / herbal product may show inhibition to specific yeast in a Petri dish at a certain concentration. However, this does not imply that the ingested herb will achieve comparable concentrations in the actual tissue sites infected by the yeast.

Food Intolerances & Allergies:
reviVelife ™ lab:
We test for the constitutional intolerances to grain, soy, egg and milk proteins using antigen-specific Secretory IgA. Intolerant patients experience a toxic reaction when the food in question is consumed. This reaction will trigger an inflammatory / immune response leading to SIgA production. SIgA, unlike IgG, has a short memory of several weeks, allowing you to monitor compliance within 60 days of treatment.

Other labs do not include food intolerance tests in their GI panels.

Digestive Capacity/Malabsorption

reviVelife ™ lab:
We test for Chymotrypsin, a reliable marker for all digestive enzymes from the pancreas. We also test for occult blood and fecal pH. We do not quantitate any short chain fatty acids (SCFA) in stool.

SCFA’S are end-products of bacterial fermentation of dietary fiber. The relative SCFA stool composition depends on diet choice, transit time, and the actual gut flora of a specific individual. Published papers show that random stool SCFA is a poor marker of GI health or colonic cancer risk.

Mucosal Immunity & Other Markers:
reviVelife ™ lab:
Our panel includes parameters of mucosal immunity, colonic inflammation and small intestinal irritation which help diagnose and localize the site of GI problems (colon vs. small intestine). The panel results allow you to detect insults to the gut.

Other labs do not offer any gut immunity and inflammation markers. The leaky gut test they offer is only symptom/condition detection without examining the causative factors that include inflammation, foreign organisms, offensive foods…. reviVelife ™ lab  avoids diagnosing a symptom without reporting on the causes.

Information courtesy of Diagnos Tech Lab, 2010