Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis Test
Comprehensive Tests Provide Assessment of:
* Ova & Parasites
* Bacterial, Viral & Yeast Levels
* Occult Stool
* Digestive Capability
* Irritable Bowel Disease
* Irritable Bowel Syndrome
What Is a Comprehensive Digestive & Stool Analysis Test?
The CDSA is a take-home test kit that collects saliva and stool samples for laboratory analysis to determine the health of the gastrointestinal (GI) system and to uncover the overgrowth of any pathogens (bad guys).
Why Is this Test Important and/or Useful?
The naturopathic philosophy believes that “health begins and ends in the gut/GI system.” The alimentary system (GI tube from mouth to anus) is the interface between our outer environment and inner environment. It is intended as a one-way passage (except for what the immune system determines is friend or foe, nutrition or non-nutrition), to be absorbed through the small intestine and excreted through the large intestine.
What Organisms Are Evaluated in the Testing & Analysis?
When patients see me with GI issues that have gone unresolved/undiagnosed by conventional testing & treatment, I like to employ the expanded version of the CDSA, which looks at the eclectic blend of GI-friendly and pathogenic organisms that typically co-exist in a healthy, normal functioning gut but have evolved into an unhealthy imbalance.
- Entamoeba Histolytica
- Helicobactor Pylori (ulcer culprit)
- Gluten AB (gliadin)
- Milk (casein)
- Soy Protein
- Egg (Ovalbumin)
- Yeast Overgrowth (Candida)
- Ova & Parasites (2 samples)
- Bacterial Culture (Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium)
- Occult Blood; Fecal pH
- Giardia (beaver fever)
Which Health Conditions Can this Test Evaluate?
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Bacterial Overgrowth
- Gastric Ulcer
- Food Allergies/Sensitivities
- Parasitic Infestation
- Celiac Disease
- Nutrient Malabsorption
- Suspected GI Bleeding with Anemia
Will my Insurance Cover the Testing?
Most major health plans will cover the testing as long as the doctor has provided correct and complete diagnostic codes. You may also contact your insurance provider first and provide the CPT codes for the testing, and then they can tell you whether the test is covered and the approximate amount of your co-pay/co-insurance. Discounted cash prices are also available for those without insurance coverage.
Dr. David M. Newirth is a naturopathic doctor and operator of Alaska Natural Health Solutions in Anchorage, AK. He can be contacted @ 907-569–5757.