Personally I like the CDSA test the best out of all the functional tests because it goes right to the heart of the problem, the digestive system. The CDSA give me the most useful information of all the tests, and here are the main points this test reveals:
- Bacteriology culture
- Yeast culture
- Parasitology microscopy
- Giardia and cryptosporidium assay
- Digestion & absorption markers (elastase, fat stain, muscle & veg. fibres, carbs)
- Inflammatory markers (lysozyme, lactoferrin, white blood cells, mucus)
- Immunology (secretory IgA – sIgA)
- Short chain fatty acids (the end product of bacterial fermentation of beneficial bacteria in the bowel)
- Intestinal health markers (red blood cells, pH, occult blood)
- Macroscopic (visual) appearance
The CDSA test, in my opinion, is the Rolls Royce of candida tests, and if you can afford the rather hefty price tag then you should definitely do this test, no question about it. Unfortunately, the price tag often runs into the hundreds of dollars, like I said before, so it’s not necessarily reasonable for those who don’t have a lot of expendable cash. This is OK, because we have a lot of other markers and tests we can and have used – with a great deal of success.
Some cases, though, are a bit more difficult than others. The ones that seem to be giving us the most problem are often resolved after the use of this particular test. I have solved an amazing amount of difficult right through to “impossible” cases with this test, when all else failed the patient.
In my next posts, we’ll look at a case study and then some information on how many samples should be taken and what the information really means.