Diagnostechs- Gastrointestinal Health Panel™ is a non-invasive screen of the gastrointestinal tract and its function. It includes at least 15-22 individual, but related tests. Stool and saliva samples are submitted by the patient after home collection.
To insure high sensitivity and specificity of pathogenic organism detection, these tests utilize proven biochemical and state of the art immunological and other methods.
The panel includes:
Regular GI Health Panel™
Stool culture for yeast; Ova and parasites, two samples, pooled (stool);
Bacterial stool culture, enteric pathogens, including Campylobacter antigen and
Shiga toxin; Clostridium difficile toxins A & B (stool);
Giardia lamblia antigen (stool); Cryptosporidium antigen (stool);
Entamoeba histolytica Ab, sIgA (saliva); Helicobacter pylori Ab, IgG (saliva);
Total intestinal sIgA (stool); Lysozyme (stool);
Alpha 1-antichymotrypsin (stool); Gluten (gliadin) Ab, sIgA (saliva);
Chymotrypsin (stool); Occult blood (stool); Fecal pH (stool)
Brown A vial x 1,
Brown B vial x 2,
Blue H vial x 1
GI-1x Regular GI Health Panel™ with GP3x $290 Same as GI-1
GI-1C Regular GI Health Panel™ with Calprotectin $310 Same as GI-1
GI-1xC Regular GI Health Panel™ with GP3x and Calprotectin $335 Same as GI-1
Expanded GI Health Panel™
Includes all GI-1 tests plus:
Milk (casein) antibody, sIgA; Soy (protein) antibody, sIgA;
Egg (ovalbumin) antibody, sIgA; Toxoplasma gondii antibody, sIgA (saliva);
Taenia solium (tapeworm) antibody, sIgA (saliva);
Ascaris lumbricoides (roundworm) antibody, sIgA (saliva);
Trichinella spiralis antibody, sIgA (saliva)
Advantages & Benefits:
Non-invasive sampling: saliva and stool
Home collection: no office visit Economical and insurance reimbursable
Comprehensive: detects a broad spectrum of common pathogens and includes digestion efficiency evaluation
Improved wellness: general GI complaints identified and resolved
Modular: retesting of one or several abnormal findings is available without repeating the entire panel.
Common applications of this panel:
Individuals with chronic and vague GI symptoms including:
Frequent bloating, gas, cramping, and constipation Frequent travel within US and/or overseas
Frequent eating outside the home
Food handlers - to protect others
Food preparers at restaurants, homes, schools, etc.
Dormitory Residents - common quarters
Children that go to daycare centers
Who needs the GI Health Panel™?
To determine if the GI Panel™ is appropriate for your gastro-intestinal and other health problems, call our office at 800-333-9942 with any questions.Further information on GI Tract Health
The gastrointestinal tract is essentially an external part of the body. This is the reason we do not have to sterilize our food, but only be sure it is clean and wholesome. Presently, the risk of being infected or infested by pathogenic organisms through food and water is ever increasing. This is due to several reasons:
immigration; frequent overseas travel; importation of vegetables and fruits; lack of a public health policy to screen food handlers for transmissible pathogens; outdoor and wilderness excursions; alternate life- styles; agricultural pollution; pets at home, etc.
Currently, World Health Organization studies indicate that about 1/2 billion individuals are infected annually by Amoeba histolytica and about the same number are infected by Giardia and cryptosporidium. Considering all parasites, more than 1/4 of the Earth's population is infected at any one time. More serious efforts must be made to prevent, identify, and treat these widespread and debilitating infections.
Mode of transmission & who is at risk:
The predominant method of transmission of parasites is the fecal-oral route through hand contact with infected individuals or via contaminated water and food. Many parasites are highly transmissible within a household environment. All family members should be tested if one member is positive for GI infection.
People with suppressed immunity, eg. T-cell (white cell) dysfunction and defects in intestinal antibody (IgA) secretion, are predisposed to protracted and heavy infections with GI pathogens. Individuals with cancer and those receiving chemotherapy for cancer are very susceptible to parasitic infection(s).
Frequent and excessive overutilization of antibiotics renders the GI tract more susceptible to chronic overgrowth of harmful micro-organisms. These can produce a wide range of systemic toxins and/or cause severe irritation of large areas of fragile, nutrient absorbing intestinal tissue.
Bodily functions affected by GI pathogens:
Intestinal pathogen infections cannot be clinically differentiated solely on the basis of medical history, physical exam and/or symptoms. Specific diagnosis requires laboratory evaluation and conformation. In most laboratories the general request for stool ova and parasite screening does not include the specialized testing and confirmation provided by the GI Health Panel.™ Asymptomatic, mild symptomatic and overt GI pathogen infections can affect and deter gastrointestinal function, and, if undetected, will lead to chronic illness.
Treatment & Prevention:
Detection and specific diagnosis of the pathogens, including a broad spectrum of microflora and common parasites is of paramount importance. This is because successful therapy is dependent on two primary issues:
First, accurate and specific diagnosis of causative agent in a patient who presents with otherwise general and non-specific complaints and symptoms.
Second, specific therapeutic agents can be targeted to eradicate offending micro-organisms with an extremely high success rate, with minimal side effects.
Prevention notes: TIPS
Observe strict personal hygiene habits
Eat cooked food, when outside your home.
Wash fresh fruits & vegetables with soap & water
Avoid drinking potentially contaminated surface water
Before overseas travel, contact the CDC for tips
Restrict pets to designated parts of the home
Wash hands after touching pets