A stool test tells you an enormous amount about your health. The type of stool testing I recommend is a comprehensive stool analysis (CSA), which provides far more information than isolated parasite testing.
There are multiple pages to a CSA report because it comments on many different markers and levels. I can usually analyze the results in five minutes because I have years of experience interpreting the findings. The amount of stuff I’ve picked up in stool tests over the years is absolutely phenomenal; the misdiagnoses, the mix-ups by doctors giving patients the wrong advice because comprehensive stool testing wasn’t done. I’ve had clients who were treated for conditions they didn’t have because assumptions were made rather than stool testing done.
The front page of a stool test report usually includes the bacteriology panel and the yeast culture. The report will comment on the presence of harmful bacteria, the level of beneficial bacteria, and any bacterial imbalance.
Parasite information is found on the second page of the report.
- Recurring Ringworm: Can It Be Candida?
- Fatty Liver And Candida Infection: Is it Connected?
- Yeast Infection, Stress And Digestion
- Fluconazole (Diflucan)
- Can Candida Cause Canker Sores?
A CSA report also includes a section on inflammatory markers. Digestion parameters such as pancreatic elastase are found in the stool test report as well. Immune markers like IgA are also measured by stool tests.
If you’ve got a gut problem, get a stool test done. If you’ve been sick a long, long time, and particularly if you’ve had antibiotics, do a CSA. Let me say that again: If you’ve had antibiotics, you need stool testing.
A CSA will set you back a few hundred dollars. Is it worth it? Of course, it’s worth it for your health. Just make sure you go to someone who understands comprehensive stool testing. You may not have parasites. You may not have Candida. You may have something else wrong with your gut. A stool test will point you in the right treatment direction.
You don’t need to spend a ton of money on supplements or tests. A few select tests are what most people need, not rafts and rafts of investigations.
What does a stool test tell you about your health? It tells you everything about your health. Your gut is the seat of your health. If you can understand what’s wrong with the seat and fix it, you can improve your health 100-fold.