Gastrointestinal Health Panel™

Saliva-Based Testing

The Diagnos-Techs Gastrointestional Health Panel™ provides non-invasive, early immuno- detection of parasites and sophisticated testing of inherited food intolerances like those described below.

Toxoplasma Gondii
Description: Tissue parasite

Transmission: Under-cooked meats and contaminated food consumption. Exposure to cat feces.
Method: Salivary detection of secretory IgA antibodies to Toxoplasma by ELISA.
Sensitivity: 80%
Findings: Persistent brain cysts leading to behavioral, cognitive and memory disorders, as well as muscle cysts, depression, insomnia and reduced stress intolerance.

Taenia Solium
Description: Pork tapeworm

Transmission: Under-cooked pork, fecal-oral (including swine-to-human).
Method: Salivary detection of secretory IgA antibodies to tapeworm by ELISA.
Sensitivity: 86%
Findings: Abdominal discomfort; brain cysts leading to cognitive decline, headaches and seizures; skeletal muscle cysts; blurry vision.

Entamoeba Histolytica
Description: Intestional and tissue parasite

Transmission: Fecal-oral contamination from sexual contact or other exposure.
Method: Salivary detection of secretory IgA antibodies to Entamoeba histolytica by ELISA.
Sensitivity: 80%
Findings: Episodic diarrhea or perianal itch, causing colon ulceration. May be locally invasive, causing liver and lung abscesses.

Trichinella Spiralis
Description: Tissue worm

Transmission: Wildlife contact, eating improperly processed meat or eating food contaminated with such meat.
Method: Salivary detection of secretory IgA antibodies to Trichinella by ELISA.
Sensitivity: 83%
Findings: Abdominal cramping, nausea, diarrhea and muscle soreness and pain, leading to fibromyalgia, edema of the upper eye lids or fever.

Ascaris lumbricoides
Description: Roundworm; most common worm infection worldwide

Transmission: Fecal-oral; contaminated water, fruits or vegetables.
Method: Salivary detection of secretory IgA antibodies to Ascaris lumbricoides by ELISA.
Sensitivity: 92%
Findings: Nutritional deficiencies (macro and micro), reduced liver and pancreas function, intestinal colic, diarrhea, dyspepsia and spasmodic cough.

Stool-Based Testing

The Regular and Expanded Gastrointestinal Panels™ include comprehensive testing of three stool samples to ensure the most accurate results. We evaluate for pathogens, inflammatory markers, occult blood, and functional markers:

  • Culture for yeast and fungi to screen for fungal dysbiosis
  • Microscopic ova and parasite check
  • Culture for bacteria and flora to identify pathogenic and commensal organisms
  • Antigen testing for Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and Clostridium difficile
  • Inflammatory biomarker levels (lysozyme, alpha anti-chymotrypsin, intestinal SIgA) to detect significant irritation of the small or large intestine
  • Chymotrypsin measurement to assess pancreatic digestive strength
  • Occult blood and fecal pH testing to further assess GI health

Food Intolerance Testing

Analyzes the antigen-specific secretory IgA in saliva to detect genetically inherited food intolerances to the following:

  • Wheat (gluten)
  • Eggs (ovalbumin)
  • Cow milk (casein)
  • Soy protein

Predisposed individuals often experience intestinal inflammation after consumption of offending foods. Subsequently, the intestinal mucosa releases secretory IgA to neutralize the antigens. SIgA testing, unlike IgG, allows the detection of mild, subclinical and latent intolerance cases. Furthermore, the short SIgA half-life ensures earlier and more effective compliance and follow-up assessments.

For more information about tests in this panel, please refer to the links at the left.