Gastrointestinal dysfunctions are the most overlooked and mismanaged disorders in health care today. The gastrointestinal tract is connected to every major system in the human body. Over 60% of the human immune system is found in the gastrointestinal tract. It is responsible for the production of 99% of the body’s neurotransmitters. In addition, the GI tract serves very important metabolic functions such as impacting nutrient absorption, eliminating toxins, metabolizing hormones, and producing energy.
The gastrointestinal tract relates to pain, inflammation, oxidative stress, hypothyroidism, autoimmune disorders, adrenal stress syndrome, estrogen dominance and metabolism, anemia, fatigue and hepatic detoxification. The gastrointestinal tract is essentially and external part of the body. This is the reason we do not have to sterilize our food, but only be sure it is clean and wholesome. Presently, the risk of being infected or infested by pathogenic organisms through food and water is ever increasing.
Mode Of Transmission & Who Is At Risk
The predominant method of transmission of parasites is the fecal-oral route through hand contact with infected individuals or via contaminated water and food. May parasites are highly transmissible.
Bodily Functions Affected By GI Pathogens
Intestinal pathogen infections cannot be clinically differentiated solely on the basis of medical history, physical exam and or symptoms. Specific diagnosis requires laboratory evaluation and confirmation.
Treatment & Prevention
Detection and specific diagnosis of the pathogens, including a broad spectrum of microflora and common parasites is of paramount importance. This is because successful therapy is dependent on two primary issues. First, accurate and specific diagnosis of causative agent in a patient who presents with otherwise general and non-specific complaints and symptoms. Second, specific therapeutic agents can be targeted to eradicate offending micro-organisms with an extremely high success rate, with minimal side effects.
- 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
Gastrointestinal Health Panel™
The GI Health Panel™ is a non-invasive screen of the gastro-intestinal tract and its function. It includes at least 15-22 individual, but related tests. Stool and saliva samples are submitted by the patient after home collection.
Logic Of Testing
To insure high sensitivity and specifity of pathogenic organism detection, Diagnos-Techs employs a variety of methods in the GI Health Panel™ tests. These tests utilize proven biochemical and state of the art immunological and other methods. The panel includes:
- Pathogen screening: bacteria, fungi, yeast, and various parasites.
- Digestion related screens: enzyme levels and immunochemical markers for intolerance to common offending foods.
- Intestinal function markers to evaluate irritation and inflammation; markers indicate overall status of gut immunity and integrity, i.e. occult blood, etc.
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
Common Applications Of This Panel
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
- 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