Comprehensive Digestive Analysis (CDA)-DD
Digestive complaints like bloating, gas, diarrhea and or constipation are among the most common in medical care. The health of the gut is related to overall health including:
- Mood: 90% of serotonin (“happy & sleep hormone”) production is found in the gut
- Weight: those who gain weight easily have a reduced variety of microbiome (ecosystem of microbes found in an on the body) and are of a different combination of microbes compared to those who don’t gain weight easily
- Sleep: the gut produces the neurotransmitter melatonin which helps you sleep and is an antioxidant
- Immunity: 70% of your immune system is found in the gut
- Pain: those who have increased pain also have a different microbial balance than those who don’t have pain.
This comprehensive stool analysis helps to determine the causes of gastrointestinal symptoms and chronic systemic conditions, and measures key markers of digestion, microbial imbalances or infection, absorption and inflammation.
Highlight: Digestive Health
Functional Screen of: Microbes, Health of Digestive System, Quality of Digestion & Immunity
Indicated for: Those with digestive concerns and overall wellness
If you have been experiencing:
- Gastrointestinal Symptoms (bloating, gas, pain, diarrhea, constipation or heartburn)
- Autoimmune Disease
- Food Sensitivities
- Nutritional Deficiencies
- Joint Pain
- Cardiovascular Disease
As most health conditions relate to the microbiome (ecosystem of microbes) in your body, 70% of immunity and 90% of serotonin production (your “happy & sleep” hormone) anyone wanting to optimize their health can benefit from this test.
The Comprehensive Stool Analysis (CDA-DD) with Parasitology x1, 2, or 3 is an invaluable non-invasive diagnostic assessment that permits health professionals to objectively evaluate the status of beneficial and imbalanced commensal bacteria, pathogenic bacteria, yeast/fungus and parasites. Precise identification of pathogenic species and susceptibility testing greatly facilitates selection of the most appropriate pharmaceutical or natural treatment agents. The CDA-DD uses the MALDI-TOF (matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry) which can help identify over 1,200 species of bacteria and yeast and is also used by NASA.
Using growth-based culture, the standard of practice in clinical microbiology, as well as sensitive biochemical assays and microscopy, this thorough profile evaluates the status of beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms including aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, yeast and parasites. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing to prescriptive and natural agents is also performed for appropriate bacterial and fungal species at no additional charge. Parasitology testing can include one-, two- or three-day collection, based on practitioner preference.
- Microbial Screening: for friendly bacteria and unfriendly bacteria, fungi, yeast, ova & parasites and worms. Includes screening for Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Clostridium difficile, Aeromonas, Campylobacter, Plesiomonas, Salmonella, Shigella, Vibrio, Yersinia, & Edwardsiella tarda
- Health of The Small & Large Intestinal Lining (Irritation & Inflammation): Lactoferrin, Calprotectin, Lysozyme, WBCs , Mucus, occult blood & pH are tested to determine digestive inflammation.
- Digestion: Elastase, Fat Stain, Muscle Fibre, Vegetable Fibres, Carbohydrates are tested to assess how well the body is actually breaking down foods including fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
- Short Chain Fatty Acids: Butyrate,fSHFAs
- Pancreatic Digestive Strength: Chymotrypsin
- Immunity: sIgA
This test is a very thorough investigation of the overall quality of the digestive system that may be an underlying roadblock to other health conditions including disease.
Important information regarding the efficiency of digestion and absorption can be gleaned from the measurement of the fecal levels of elastase (pancreatic exocrine sufficiency), fat, muscle and vegetable fibers, and carbohydrates. Inflammation can significantly increase intestinal permeability and compromise assimilation of nutrients. The extent of inflammation, whether caused by pathogens or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), can be assessed and monitored by examination of the levels of biomarkers such as lysozyme, lactoferrin, white blood cells and mucus. These markers can be used to differentiate between inflammation associated with potentially life-threatening inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which requires lifelong treatment, and less severe inflammation that can be associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which is frequently due to the presence of enteroinvasive pathogens. Lactoferrin is only markedly elevated prior to and during the active phases of IBD, but not with IBS. Monitoring fecal lactoferrin levels in patients with IBD can therefore facilitate timely treatment of IBD, and the test can be ordered separately. Since the vast majority of secretory IgA (sIgA) is normally present in the GI tract, where it prevents binding of pathogens and antigens to the mucosal membrane, it is essential to know the status of sIgA in the gut. sIgA is the only bona fide marker of humoral immune status in the GI tract.
Cornerstones of good health include proper digestion of food, assimilation of nutrients, exclusion of pathogens and timely elimination of waste. To obtain benefits from food that is consumed, nutrients must be appropriately digested and then efficiently absorbed into portal circulation. Microbes, larger-sized particles of fiber, and undigested foodstuffs should remain within the intestinal lumen. Poor digestion and malabsorption of vital nutrients can contribute to degenerative diseases, compromised immune status and nutritional deficiencies. Impairment of the highly specific nutrient uptake processes, or compromised GI barrier function, as in “leaky gut syndrome,” can result from a number of causes including:
- Low gastric acid production
- Chronic maldigestion
- Food allergen impact on bowel absorptive surfaces
- Bacterial overgrowth or imbalances (dysbiosis)
- Pathogenic bacteria, yeast or parasites and related toxic irritants
- The use of NSAIDs and antibiotics
Impairment of intestinal functions can contribute to the development of food allergies, systemic illnesses, autoimmune disease, and toxic overload from substances that are usually kept in the confines of the bowel for elimination. Efficient remediation of GI dysfunctions incorporates a comprehensive guided approach that should include consideration of elimination of pathogens and exposure to irritants, supplementation of hydrochloric acid, pancreatic enzymes and pre- and probiotics, and repair of the mucosal barrier.
Information Courtesy Of: Doctor’s Data Lab
Step 1: Schedule Your Pre-Lab Consult and receive the at home test kit with directions.
Step 2: Please read all of the directions, and familiarize yourself with the collection procedures.
Step 3: Prepare for the test:
- 4 Weeks Prior: Food Intolerances: Consume your normal menu including dietary fat (to properly assess fat absorption). If you have been avoiding any food intolerances discuss with your practitioner if a return to consumption of these foods is indicated for proper test results.
- 2 Weeks Prior: Probiotic Supplements: Discontinue use unless otherwise instructed by your physician
- 3 Days Prior: Anti-fungal or Antibiotic Medication: Finish the course of medication and then wait 3 days before starting this test.
- 2 Days Prior: Digestive Enzymes, Laxatives, Antacids, Aspirin & Barium or Bismuth containing medications: Discontinue use for 2 days prior to testing.
Never discontinue prescription medications or natural remedies that would make you feel unwell without first consulting your physician.
Step 4: Follow the directions in the test kit to complete your test
Step 5: Proceed to Shipping Instructions
- Shipping: The test contents are sent directly by the patient once the sample is gathered in the comfort of their home. Follow the directions in the kit for the shipping instructions
- Cost of Shipping: The cost of shipping in Canada is covered. It is recommended to ship your sample Monday-Wednesday to deter it being held up over the weekend.
Step 6: Schedule Your Post-Lab Consult: The results are sent to the clinic and generally take 2 weeks once the test is received by the lab (US). It is recommended to