The most advanced H pylori and digestive function test available…
Discover The Root Cause of Your Digestive Pain, Heartburn, Bloating & IBS Without Leaving The Comfort Of Your Home Using The Metametrix GI Effects Stool Profiles!
- Do you have chronic digestive, energy, mood and skin problems?
- Have conventional testing methods failed to provide any answers?
- Would you like to finally find out WHY these problems won’t go away?
- Do you need to re-test to make sure H pylori has gone?
Why Run Comprehensive Stool Testing?
“Death Begins In The Colon” – Elie Metchnikoff
H Pylori Infection Is The Tip Of The Iceberg
- H pylori
- Entamoeba histolytica
- Trichuris trichiura (whipworm)
- Strongyloides (threadworm)
- Necator americanus (hookworm)
The Limitations of Conventional H Pylori Testing
- H pylori tests typically only test for H pylori (except for endoscopies which are able to find structural damage to your stomach lining, such as gastritis, ulcers and other problems like hiatus hernias)
- Symptoms such as heartburn, acid reflux, bloating, stomach pain, IBS, fatigue, depression can be caused by completely different infections that are missed by standard H pylori testing (see the list above and also testimonials and case histories).
- More than half my clients with H pylori also have at least one other infection (see case histories and testimonials). In these cases, clearing H pylori alone may not bring any improvements in symptoms.
- In other cases, H pylori may not be present at all, even though the symptoms are similar to those caused by the bacteria. For example, Strongyloides (threadworm) and Cryptospodium are two digestive infections that can cause the same symptoms as H pylori infection.
- H pylori tests do not assess for food intolerances, another major cause of digestive symptoms and chronic fatigue.
- Conventional H pylori tests are not always accurate – false negatives and false positives are common (a full discussion of this is provided in my e-book, the H Pylori Diet and on the H Pylori Secrets DVD.
- Doctors may be unwilling to test if symptoms are not serious enough, or if the symptoms appear to be unrelated to the digestive system (but we know that digestive infections like H pylori and parasites can cause symptoms elsewhere in the body).
- There may be waiting lists and long delays before testing can be accessed, depending on your location. Do you want to wait that long?
Moving Beyond “Old Stool” Technology!
Introducing the GI Effects DNA Stool Technology
Why Is The GI Effects Test Better?
- Parasites and other digestive bugs do not always appear in every stool sample!
- As a result, several samples may be required before the digestive infections are found.
- Patients with constipation can find it very difficult to complete these tests.
- These tests are inconvenient if you have work or other commitments – it can be hard to find time and privacy to provide several samples.
- It is well known that some organisms – especially worms – are very hard to find, even with multiple stool samples.
- In order to find bacteria and yeast/fungal organisms like Candida, stool specimens have to be cultured for at least 24 hours. In this situation, aerobic organisms thrive and anaerobic organisms die off. The resulting picture may be completely different from the initial balance of organisms in the stool sample.
- There is a great deal of room for human error – some microbiologists are more skilled in detecting parasites and bacteria than others.
Advantages of the GI Effects Stool Profile versus Old Technology
- Flexibility in levels of testing to suit your budgetThe GI Effects testing can be performed at various levels, depending on your requirements and budget, from a test that merely checks for parasites or yeast overgrowth to one that checks for inflammation, digestive enzyme levels, gluten intolerance, fat absorption, immune function and more, in addition to finding the “bugs”! See the Interpretive Guide for details.
- Greater AccuracyMicrobial DNA analysis improves the accuracy of results and includes both aerobes and anaerobes. Anaerobes comprise over 95% of the bacteria in the gut and are difficult to detect with old culture methods because they die in the presence of oxygen.
- Antibiotic Resistance GenesDNA analysis detects organisms possessing genes that give rise to antibiotic resistance, offering clinicians a superior tool for effective patient management.
- Single Sample CollectionCulture methods require multiple collections, whereas the GI Effects Stool Profile requires only one sample collection leading to improved patient compliance!
- Eliminates Errors in TransportSample transport is a source of significant error in culture analysis due to the change in microbial balance from the time of collection (some bugs die, some thrive). Using DNA analysis, the specimen is placed in a fixative tube that stops microbial growth and offers a highly accurate snapshot of the microbial balance in the gut.
- Increased Sensitivity (5,000 times more sensitive!)GI Effects detects as few as 5 cells per gram – a 5000-fold increase in sensitivity over microscopy for parasite detection (in other words, the testing is 5,000 times more sensitive than conventional parasite testing.
- Better Value – more than 80 markers!Using the GI Effects Stool Test, you can assess the following analytes. Note that there are more than eighty different markers available when you run the most comprehensive test option.
What Do We Test For?
(these are the “good” or “beneficial bacteria”. The proper balance of good bacteria is absolutely essential for optimal health. Unfortunately we often see good bacteria levels that are severely imbalance due to poor diet, use of antibiotics and the presence of parasites and “bad” bacteria)
(opportunistic bacteria are known to cause digestive symptoms and even acute gastroenteritis. If they are present on a long term basis, they are also associated with autoimmune conditions such as thyroid, ankylosing spondylitis and reactive arthritis)
Haemolytic E. coli.
Plus many others, including Salmonella, Vibrio, Yersinia, Enterobacter
(H pylori is not the only pathogenic bacterium and it is common to find bugs such as C. Difficile and Campylobacter in the GI Effects Stool Analysis)
Entero-hemorrhagic Eschericia coli (EHEC)
(yeast and fungal organisms are well known for causing a myriad of symptoms)
Parasitic Protozoans (microscopic parasites have the potential to cause IBS, fatigue, mood problems, arthritis and many other conditions)
(worms are extremely toxic and can lead to the development of not only digestive symptoms, but many other problems throughout the body – I see at least 2 cases of worms each week)
Ascaris lumbricoides (roundworm)
Charcot leyden (microscopic crystals that are often found in people with digestive infections)
Clonorchis sinensis (liver fluke)
Enterobius vermicularis (pinworm)
Necator americanus (hookworm)
Schistosoma mansoni (blood fluke)
Strongyloides species (threadworm)
Taenia solium (tapeworm)
Trichuris species (whipworm)
(the balance of these two groups of bacteria has been closely associated with weight gain and obesity because the firmicutes group assist in absorbing more calories from food)
DRUG RESISTANCE GENES
(the presence of drug resistance genes can indicate that certain groups of antibiotics may not be effective against the pathogens indicated in your test)
vanA, vanB, vanC
SHORT CHAIN FATTY ACIDS (SCFAs)
(these are protective chemicals in the bowel that are produced by good bacteria. Low levels – caused by digestive infections and antibiotics – can increase risk for the development of serious diseases such as bowel cancer).
(inflammation is now known as the “mother of all disease” – checking for inflammatory markers can help in the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel diseases such as colitis and Crohn’s disease)
(at least 80% of your immune system is housed in your GI tract; gluten is the #1 problem-causing food we see and on its own can cause all common symptoms)
Fecal sIgA (total front line immune defence)
Anti-gliadin IgA (sensitive marker for gluten-sensitivity)
(to check for bleeding due to ulcers or severe damage to the digestive lining)
(if you’re unable to digest food properly, you cannot be healthy)
(to check that you are absorbing fats and oils properly – not doing so indicates risk for nutritional deficiencies)
Long Chain Fatty Acids (LCFA)
(so that you avoid taking antibiotics or herbs that will not work)
The Symptoms Of H Pylori Your Doctor May Not Tell You About
Group One (classic H pylori symptoms)
- Abdominal Pain
- Acid reflux / Heartburn
- Bad Breath
- Chest Pain
- Nausea & Vomiting
Group Two (non-classic H pylori symptoms)
- Fatigue / Low Energy
- Headaches / Migraines
- Sinus Problems
- Skin: Urticaria. Rosacea, Hives, etc.
- Sleep Problems
- Weight Gain
- Weight Loss
Developed/Serious Health Conditions
- Autoimmune Conditions
- Heart Disease
H. pylori Symptoms: Group One (classic symptoms)
Acid reflux / Heartburn
Bloating & excessive gas
Chest pain & Pain between the shoulder blades
Nausea & Vomiting
H. pylori Symptoms: Group Two (non-classic symptoms)
Fatigue / Low Energy
Skin: Urticaria. Rosacea, Hives, etc.
Developed/Serious Health Conditions
H pylori and Autoimmune Conditions
H pylori Cancer
H pylori and Heart Disease
H pylori and Osteoporosis
H pylori Ulcer
Dark, tarry stools, vomit containing ‘coffee’-like granules and abdominal pain can all be signs of bleeding ulcers, which need immediate medical attention.
Helicobacter Pylori Causes
Are you wondering how or where you acquired Helicobacter pylori?
Does your partner or spouse have H pylori?
Did you have food poisoning from a restaurant or on holiday?
How H pylori Gets Into Your Body
- Oral-Oral: H pylori bacteria have been found in the mouth and dental plaque. It may be passed via kissing or sharing eating / drinking utensils. H pylori bacteria have been found to survive on chopsticks even after they have been washed!
- Mother-Child: it is likely that Mothers pass H pylori to their babies as research demonstrates that Mothers and babies have identical strains of the bacteria. It is therefore essential that spouses, partners and family are tested.
- As yet I have come across no evidence that specifically links transmission of H pylori to breast feeding.
- Sexual Contact: H pylori DNA has been isolated in the colon, vaginal tract and in sperm. Sexual contact may play a role in transmission.
- Hospitals & Day Care Centres: Contact with stools and vomit of infected individuals may lead to infection. One study showed that apparatus used to conduct endoscopies / gastroscopies may lead to infection if not cleaned properly between uses.
- Fecal-Oral: food or water that has been contaminated with human waste may cause H pylori to be ingested (this is how I think I acquired my infection). This may explain increased prevalence in developing countries.
- H pylori bacteria have been found on cockroaches and in cockroach droppings as well as on houseflies.
- H pylori may be transmitted from animals to people in a process known as zoonosis. H pylori and other Helicobacter species have been found in dogs, cats, birds and other animals (even shellfish, sharks and dolphins!).
H Pylori Treatments & Cures ( Medical & Natural )
Conventional H Pylori Treatments
- Conventional “front line” Helicobacter treatment prescribed by doctors is called Triple Therapy.
- It involves taking two different antibiotics for 7-10 days, along with an antacid medication (brand names such as Prevacid, Nexium, Protonix, generic names like Omeprazole, Pantoprazole and Lanzoprazole)
- Many different combinations of antibiotics can be used: Tetracycline, Clarithromycin, Amoxicillin, Levofloxacin and others
- The reason for the antacid medication is that the antibiotics work better when there is less acid in your stomach.
Do The Treatments Work?
- Medical research clearly shows that there is a huge variation in the success rates of Triple Therapy.
- Some people achieve excellent success: their symptoms disappear very quickly and on re-test their H pylori infection has been eradicated.
- Studies reveal large differences in success rates – in some studies we see eradication rates of 80-90%, in others the eradication rates are as low as 50%.
Potential Problems With Triple Therapy:
Let’s take a look at the key issues:
- Triple therapy is not as effective as it used to be because H pylori strains are becoming more resistant to the treatments.
- Compliance rates in treatment are falling. It’s not clear why, but it’s very important to understand that some people simply cannot tolerate the medications.
- Both the antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors (antacids) can cause significant side effects that prevent patients from completing the full course of medication.
- The side effects can absolutely worsen a patient’s situation and can cause more problems than they solve.
- I hear from patients, clients and customers on a daily basis who had great results using Triple Therapy.
- I also hear some real horror stories where people have been through several courses of Triple Therapy only to find that their symptoms are worse and that H pylori bacteria are still present!
- Many people complain of side effects when they use antibiotics.
Other Medical Treatment Interventions
- If Triple Therapy fails, some doctors are aware of the other H pylori therapy options.
- However it is fair to say that many doctors are not fully aware of these additional options and simply continue to prescribe the same treatment over and over again, without success.
- Options include bismuth-based quadruple therapy, sequential therapy and therapy with a drug called Levofloxacin.
What Should You Do?
- If you have used first-line Triple Therapy without success, ask your doctor about the following second line therapies:
- Quadruple Therapy with bisumth compounds
- Sequential Therapy
- If these therapies still do not work for you, third line therapies are also available using rifabutin and furazolidone.
- The use of both antacids and antibiotics has been shown to cause Candida overgrowth in the stomach. Candida is a type of yeast/fungus that can cause the same symptoms as H pylori.
- The overgrowth of Candida can mean that your symptoms either do not improve or get worse!
- I want to make it very clear that even when you eradicate H pylori, symptoms may not go away.
- Common foods that you’re eating as well as the damage that was caused by H pylori may mean that you still have a lot of symptoms even if your test shows that the H pylori bacteria have been eradicated.
- Read the information below about diet below and at the H Pylori Diet page for more details.
- Natural programmes can be highly effective against H pylori
- There are many exceptionally good products on the market
- There are also many very poor quality products on the market
- Some brands are much higher quality than others and are produced with much stricter quality control
- The quality of the same herb or supplement, e.g. Mastic Gum, can differ greatly from one manufacturer to another
- Many websites are advertising products as “miracle cures” but these claims must always be questioned
The Biggest Mistakes People Make With Natural Programmes
- They do not use supplements that are of high enough quality
- They do not take the correct dosage of the products: often the guidelines on the bottle specify only 1-2 capsules or tablets per day. This dose usually needs to be at least doubled to be effective.
- They do not use the products for long enough. Natural protocols usually need to be followed for an absolute minimum of 30-60 days. One bottle of mastic gum, for example, just won’t cut it.
- Sometimes more than one product is required, particularly if particularly difficult cased of H pylori are present.
The Essential Role Of Diet
- Eating common foods like milk, pasta and bread can actually CAUSE the same symptoms as H pylori, so even if you get rid of H pylori, your symptoms may not budge.
- I’ve seen all symptoms clear simply by changing the diet of my customers and clients. See the H Pylori Diet page for testimonials and learn how you can achieve the same results.
- Some foods have been shown to inhibit the growth of H pylori and can be introduced into your diet easily.
- Herbs and supplements that are used to help eradicate H pylori will not be as effective if your diet is not optimised. In fact, you may waste a lot of money on supplements that simply don’t work if dietary considerations are not addressed first.
- Because some foods cause inflammation in your intestines, you may not be able to eradicate H pylori until the inflammation has been reduced (this can only be done by cutting out the offending foods).
- If you don’t change your diet, you may not gain relief from your symptoms, even when H pylori has gone.
- If you have Candida as well as H pylori you must alter your diet otherwise the yeast and fungal organisms may be very hard to eradicate.