Last Updated on September 16, 2020
There’s lots to learn from stool testing.
In my opinion, it’s a big mistake not to get a comprehensive stool analysis if you have a gut problem.
In my opinion, trying to fix your gut without getting a stool test is like trying to fix your car without knowing the problem. You’ve got to take the car to someone who knows cars. The same is true for fixing your GI tract.
High-quality results from stool testing require using accredited labs with years of experience. I have had excellent working relationships with both Doctor’s Data out of Chicago and Genova Diagnostics out of North Carolina.
The best way to assess the microbes in your gut is to do a comprehensive stool analysis (CSA). A CSA also allows us to look at digestion and immune functions. Stool testing gives us measures of the levels and balance in the gut flora. We’re going to get information about pathogens, parasites, yeast, and beneficial bacteria.
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The only way you’re going to detect parasites, and yeast and bacteria in your gut is through proper laboratory testing. Colonic cleansing, hydrotherapy, and electronic machines that claim to be the answer aren’t going to give the snapshot of your gut flora that you need as a starting point.
Stool testing is helpful at the beginning of treatment to get a baseline. You can re-test after a period of treatment to see if your gut is responding. It’s a process. My approach has always been to test first, put a treatment protocol in place, and then test again later – several times if necessary – to ensure treatment is generating the intended results.
I’m absolutely, 100% convinced that stool testing is the most effective, definitive way to move forward if you have a gut problem. Stool testing removes the guesswork from diagnosis and treatment planning. Don’t rely on self-diagnosis or Google to determine what’s going on in your gut.
Make sure that you work with a practitioner who has expertise and experience when it comes to stool testing. Naturopathic physicians have a high level of training, but you still have to avoid the bad apples.