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Bacteriology Culture, Stool - Doctor's Data Kit

This Bacteriology Culture, Stool - Doctor's Data Kit helps detect beneficial and imbalanced flora and infectious pathogens.


Test Code: DDBAC

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Methodology:

Preparation:

Ship test kits to the lab Monday-Friday only. No fasting is required for collection; however, patients should consume normal amounts of dietary fat to assess fat absorption properly. Before starting this collection, patients should wait two weeks after completing PPIs, bismuth, antifungal, antibiotic, probiotic, and anti-parasitic medications. Patients should also refrain from taking digestive enzymes, laxatives (particularly mineral or castor oil), antacids, aspirin, and substances containing barium or bismuth for at least 48 hours prior to and during the specimen collection. If possible, take medications or supplements after collection. Check with physician before stopping medications.

Test Results:

6-8 business days once the lab receives the specimen. May take longer based on weather, holiday, or lab delays.

Description

What are pathogens?

Pathogens are tiny organisms, such as a virus, bacteria, fungi, yeast, or parasites, that cause infections or diseases. Usually, the body combats pathogens by using the immune system and some beneficial bacteria in the body's normal human flora. However, if the immune system or beneficial bacteria is compromised or weakened, pathogenic bacteria being combatted can re-emerge and spread, causing harm to the host.

 

What is the purpose of this test?

Order the Bacteriology Culture profile to help identify the presence of beneficial flora and imbalanced flora, including Clostridium species and dysbiotic flora, and detect infectious pathogens.

 

A good balance of beneficial microflora is essential for good overall health. For example, the Nobel Prize-winning zoologist-immunologist and researcher Élie Metchnikoff drew attention to the adverse effects of dysbiotic gut microflora on the host. He suggested that ingestion of fermented milk better explained what he called "autointoxication," which is a theory that intestinal waste products can poison the body and are a significant contributor to many diseases. In addition, he proposed that consuming large quantities of Lactobacillus species would reduce the number of toxin-producing bacteria and lead to better health and increased lifespan.

 

Accurately identifying pathogens allows the individual to seek properly targeted treatment to resolve the infection. Targeted therapies such as antimicrobial, dietary, lifestyle, and supplementation interventions help to improve symptoms by controlling the infection and preventing it from spreading. Therefore, Doctor's Data developed the Bacteriology Culture Profile to ensure the identification of all potential pathogens.

 

When should I order a Bacteriology Culture Profile?

Individuals may order this Bacteriology Culture Profile if they have a clinical history representative of a gastrointestinal issue or if they have experienced symptoms related to dysbiosis. Additionally, individuals may use this profile to assess the effectiveness of treatment. 

 

Pathogenic testing is ideal for individuals with the following:

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (gas, bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic headaches
  • Allergies to various foods
  • Exposure to chemicals in drinking water that is toxic to friendly bacteria
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Inflammation
  • Regular consumption of highly processed foods (low in fiber, high in sugar)
  • High-stress levels

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