Test Your Gut Part 3: Stool Test

Imaged used under Creative Commons License, Flickr user Iqbal Osman.

Imaged used under Creative Commons License, Flickr user Iqbal Osman.

Fair warning, this final week is going to be gross. Keeping that in mind, let’s proceed.

I love stool testing because it tells me so much about a patient and how to get their health back.  I have been told I am a little abnormal.  Today’s topic is to some, “creepy,” because I am going to talk about the critters that could be harboring in your gut, literally building condo complexes because you are such a tasty host.

The stool test I want to focus on is parasite testing.  I speak from experience, I had parasites in me for 23 years before I developed symptoms. Yes, they can live off us taking our nutrients and insidiously depleting us before we get symptoms. It took a stressor in my life for them to exhaust my immune system and to cause symptoms. My stress was working full-time and completing a doctorate degree.

Symptoms of parasites can be a runny nose, night time restlessness and blisters on the lower lip inside the mouth.  They can cause allergies, anemia, fuzzy thinking, headaches, mineral imbalances, teeth grinding and havoc with your blood sugars.  There are also gut related symptoms that one may develop.  Those symptoms could be abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, gas or bloating, rash or itching, feeling tired, weight loss, fever, mucous in stools, listlessness and generally not feeling well.

My symptoms were fatigue and constipation. I had to give up long distance running.  Also, my stool tests with my medical insurance were negative. So I had to try a variety of labs to identify the culprits.  I picked these critters up in either the South Pacific or in Asia on travel. I had three parasites in me Cyrptosporidium, Giardia and Entamoeba Histolytica.

There are two classes of parasites protozoan (amoebas) and metazoan (worms or helminths).  We have been lead to believe these infections only occur in third world countries. That is incorrect, because now we are one big connected family traveling back and forth and sharing what we have.  Like the military personnel who keep traveling back and forth from each deployment.

So how do we know if we have a parasite and what can we do about it?  Find a medical professional who knows a reputable lab and works with parasite infections.

Prevention begins now  by washing all of your produce, vegetables and fruit, with 3% hydrogen peroxide in 1/2 gallon of reverse osmosis water or distilled water for 15 minutes to remove the microscopic parasites that reside on our food from the night soil used as an agricultural practice in countries outside of the United States.  Night soil is the use of human feces for the fertilization of crops.

To Your Health,

Dr. Dana

Remnant Health Center




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