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Stool Culture – Parasites, Yeast, Bacteria, Mold and Fungus

Stool TestingWe live in a world of germs. Some keep you healthy and others make you sick. Protect yourself by understanding which ones are harmless and which ones make you sick.

Germs can be behind every fever, runny nose, ache, pain and other symptom of every cold and flu you’ve ever had. According to the Mayo Clinic, the CDC and all top institutions related to health and disease, NOT ALL GERMS WILL HARM YOU. But knowing more about germs including bacteria, viruses, and parasites can increase your chances of avoiding infection.

The question most ask is “how did I become infected with this?” Well, there are several ways, but most commonly it is through food, water, contact with pets, and they can be transmitted from person to person.

Bacteria

From the Mayo Clinic’s website, “Not all bacteria are harmful. In fact, less than 1 percent cause disease, and some bacteria that live in your body are actually good for you. For instance, Lactobacillus acidophilus a harmless bacterium that resides in your intestines helps you digest food destroys some disease-causing organisms and provides nutrients to your body.”

What happens if a person gets sick? Well, they probably go to a doctor and are placed on a course of antibiotics. These antibiotics will destroy all the bacteria they come in contact with. And if only 1% cause disease, the antibiotics kill the 99% that are actually good for you. That leaves you less healthy in the end.

Parasites

A parasite refers to any organism that lives in, or off, another organism and that includes humans. In fact, humans can host up to 100 kinds of parasites. These parasites are transferred to humans in a variety of ways (i.e. contact by air, thru water, etc)

According to DPDx (Division of Parasitic Diseases), the CDC’s specialty division for dealing with parasites, there are 3 categories of parasites:

  1. Intestinal tract parasites
  2. Blood borne parasites
  3. Parasites found in other sites

“Helminths” are among the larger parasites. The word “helminth” comes from the Greek for “worm.”  If this “parasite” or its “eggs” enters your body, it takes up residence in your intestinal tract, lung, liver, skin or brain, where it lives off the nutrients in your body. The most common helminths are tapeworms and roundworms.

“Protozoa” are single celled organisms that can live in your body and act as parasites (feeding off your body). Many protozoa call your intestinal tract home and are harmless. Others cause disease such as Cryptosporidium parvum. “Crypto” as we call it was the organism that invaded the Milwaukee water supply back in 1993 and caused 400,000 people to get sick.

Symptoms that may indicate an infection in the intestinal tract:

How do I know if I am infected?

The best way to determine if you are infected with parasites, yeast, bacteria, fungus or mold is to have some specific testing performed.

How is the test performed?

A stool test is done out of the comfort of your own home. A small sample of the stool is sent to the laboratory where they will check for these harmful organisms to see if they are indeed in your system. If the test comes back positive, then we can provide that person with the proper protocol to your body needs help rid itself of these organisms.

What is important to note is that certain types of these organisms can damage the wall of the intestinal tract. When this occurs, then the contents in your intestines can get through the weakened wall into your bloodstream. These toxins can then cause a whole host of other health problems.

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Disclaimer: This material is for educational purposes only. The preceding statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information or techniques listed are not intended to prevent diagnosis, treat or cure disease or medical conditions of any kind.