Sometimes it’s hard to find the cause of a health problem. Very often the same symptoms show up in a variety of different conditions, sometimes meaning inappropriate therapies are offered to help, without any success.
Stool testing is a quick and easy way to diagnose exactly what’s going on inside so that I can offer you the correct treatment to help your symptoms, without wasting your time or money.
So why have your poo tested?
- Stool sample testing has been proven as being very successful in diagnosing digestive and immune health problems.
- The stool sample is easy to obtain in the privacy of your own home and toilet!
- It’s very cost effective compared to a lot of other forms of testing.
- The underlying cause of the health problem can be found which aids healing in difficult cases.
- Getting a test result on paper leaves you feeling motivated to do something about curing the problem.
- I can create a personal treatment plan for you based on scientific facts of what you’re suffering with – meaning a more successful outcome to your symptoms.
- You can do another test further down the line, to follow up on how things are improving.
How does the Stool Sample process work?
My blog – Secret Diary of a Stool Sample – walks you through the process of how it all works and the process involved – if I can do it, you can too!!
But quite simply, the diagram below shows the process:
What can you test for using a Stool Sample?
When you have a stool sample, you can test for bacteria, viruses and parasites and also check for problems with digestive enzymes if you’re having digestive problems. The tests also show an analysis of the digestive flora, including the it’s health, which bacteria are present (good and bad) and markers showing the health of your immune system, as well as many other results.
These are vital for me as your therapist, as they ensure that I tailor your treatment exactly to the state of your digestive system and put in place an effective treatment plan to get the best outcome for you.
Choosing a Test
There are many different tests that can be ordered depending on the symptoms that you’re feeling.
The key to successful stool testing is simple:
- Choose as many test parameters as necessary, but as few as possible to help manage your finances – there’s no point in spending money unnecessarily!
- Uncover the underlying cause to your symptoms.
- Target the problem with a specific and effective treatment plan.
The table below shows the variety of symptoms and the stool tests we’ll consider:
|A selection of possible Symptoms||Stool test(s) to consider|
|Anal itching||Mycology, Test for pinworms|
|Atopic eczema||Mycology or complete status of intestinal colonisation, leaky gut, sIgA|
|Atopic problems (asthma, hayfever, rhinitis)||Mycology or complete status of intestinal colonisation, leaky gut, sIgA|
|Bad breath||Mycology with mouth swab, Helicobacter pylori|
|Blood in stool||Intestinal bleeding, M2-PK tumour marker|
|Cancer: suspicion of intestinal cancer||Tumour-M2-PK, intestinal bleeding|
|Candida symptoms||Mycology: Screening the stool for all yeasts and moulds, mouth swab and stool pH.|
|Candida symptoms: recurring||Mycology, sIgA, leaky gut|
|Candida: systemic||Blood test|
|Celiac disease, suspected||Anti-transglutaminsase-sIgA|
|Crohn’s disease||Mycology or complete status of intestinal colonisation, PMNelastase, leaky gut, Tumour-M2-PK, intestinal bleeding|
|Damp living conditions||Mycology|
|Diarrhoea, chronic||Pathogenic bacteria, mycology or complete status of intestinal colonisation, PMN-elastase, leaky gut, Tumour-M2-PK, intestinal bleeding|
|Food intolerance||Mycology or complete status of intestinal colonisation, leaky gut, sIgA|
|Gastritis||Helicobacter pylori, Tumour-M2-PK, intestinal bleeding|
|Hair: Changes of hair and scalp||Mycology or complete status of intestinal colonisation, leaky gut, sIgA|
|Heartburn||Helicobacter pylori, mycology|
|IBS||Mycology or complete status of intestinal colonisation, sIgA, leaky gut|
|Infections: frequently occurring||Mycology or complete status of intestinal colonisation, sIgA, leaky gut|
|Itching: general||Mycology, leaky gut|
|Leaky gut syndrome||Mycology, sIgA, leaky gut|
|Mouth: changed mucous tissue||Mycology with mouth swab|
|Pancreas problems||Pancreas elastase-1|
|Psoriasis||Mycology, Test for pinworms|
|Rash||Mycology, leaky gut, Helicobacter pylori|
|Respiratory tract problems, unclear cause||Mycology or complete status of intestinal colonisation and pathogenic bacteria of sputum|
|Skin: suspected fungal infection||Test for fungi of skin, hair or nails (special specimen required)|
|Tongue, burning||Mycology, Helicobacter pylori|
|Ulcerative colitis||PMN-elastase, leaky gut, sIgA, Tumour-M2-PK, intestinal bleeding, mycology|
|Vaginalitching/ Peri-vaginal itching||Test for pinworms. Vaginal itching for example in young girls may be caused by pinworms|
How Does It Work?
In order to get the best out of this service an Initial Consultation is required, which you can book online here – https://www.completehealthclinic.co.uk/book-online/. During the consultation, we will talk about any symptoms you may be having and identify which tests I would recommend you have.
You will then receive the testing kit through the post to your home and you follow the simple instructions to carry out testing there. Once complete, you take your testing kit to the post office and send back in the prepaid envelop provided.
Approximately two weeks later (the lab is in Germany so it can’t be done any sooner…there is not an express option!), you will receive the results through the post with recommendations and advice for your next steps.
You will then need to book a follow up consultation online here – https://www.completehealthclinic.co.uk/book-online/ – to go through the results together (some tests will come back with result-specific therapy plans that include diet, supplement and hygiene recommendations), we will discuss the results mean and identify the best treatment for you.