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DR. TONI BARK

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Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal Assessments

Assessments of gastrointestinal function include the renowned Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis and several other tests and panels yielding important information about the ecology of the GI tract, including: intestinal wall integrity, bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine, lactose intolerance, yeast presence, immune function, parasite activity, specific intolerances, Helicobacter infection, and vaginal health.

Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) evaluates digestion and absorption, bacterial balance and metabolism, yeast and immune status. For patients with irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, malabsorption, other GI-related problems, and many systemic disorders.

Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis/Parasitology evaluates digestion, absorption, gut flora, and the colonic environment, and evaluates for parasites using microscopic examination and EIA testing. The profile is indicated for all chronic GI problems, for acute bowel pattern changes, and for many systemic diseases and provides a sensitivity panel for treating pathogenic flora. The parasitology analysis may be performed on random or purged samples. (Laxative for purge not included.)

Vaginosis Profile evaluates levels of beneficial flora and yeast, Gardnerella, Trichomonas, cytolysis. leukocytes, and RBCs. A measurement of eosinophils may be included.

Comprehensive Parasitology evaluates stool for presence of parasites and levels of beneficial flora, imbalanced flora, pathogenic bacteria, and yeast. This profile accurately identifies a wide range of protozoal parasites, including amoebae, flagellates, ciliates, coccidia and microsporidia. Accurate detection methods allow for increased awareness of the important relationship between parasitic infection and a broad spectrum of illnesses and conditions such as abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, and other GI-related symptoms.

Intestinal Permeability Assessment analyzes urine for the clearance of two non-metabolized sugars, lactulose and mannitol. Identifies “leaky gut” and malabsorption.Bacterial Overgrowth of the Small Intestine.

Breath Test measures timed breath samples for hydrogen and methane gases released in response to lactulose challenge. Indicates overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, a common cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Lactose Intolerance Breath Test measures timed breath samples for hydrogen and methane gases released in response to lactose challenge. Detects lactose malabsorption, which often underlies chronic symptoms of bloating, gas, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.Helicobacter pylori Antibody Assay assays blood for IgG antibodies to H. pylori, the leading cause of peptic ulcers, chronic gastritis, and increased risk of gastric cancer.