by Dr Mecherl Lim MD (MA) Naturopath (ND), Holistic Kinesiology
10 MESSAGES FOR YOU TO MONITOR YOURSELF
• If you grinde your teeth in your sleep.
• If you have pain or ache in your muscles or joints.
• If you have been diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia.
• If you have trouble falling asleep or you wake up multiple times during the night.
• If you have unexplained constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloatedness, or other symptoms of IBS.
• If you get skin irritations or unexplained rashes, hives, rosacea or eczema.
• If you experience fatigue, exhaustion, depression, or frequent feelings of Apathy.
• If you never feel satisfied or full after your meals.
• If you travelled internationally and remember getting travelers diarrhea while abroad.
• If you have a history of food poisoning and your digestion has not been the same since.
HOW TO TEST FOR PARASITES?
Most Allopathic doctors will run a conventional stool test if they suspect a parasite, however these are not as accurate as the comprehensive stool test that we use in our Functional Medicine.
CONVENTIONAL OVA & PARASITE STOOL TEST
Conventional stool tests can identify parasites or parasite eggs in your stool, yet this test comes with many limitations. The problem with this test is that it is only conditionally successful. This test require three separate stool samples that must be sent to the lab for a pathologist to view under a microscope. Parasites have a very unique life cycle that allows them to rotate between dormant and alive.
In order to identify them in this conventional test, the stool sample must contain a live parasite and the parasite must remain alive as the sample is being shipped to the lab. The pathologist must be able to see live parasite swimming across the slide. While this can certainly be a useful test, for some people, they are unable to identify dormant parasites, and of false negatives with this type of stool test.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE COMPREHENSIVE STOOL TEST
In my practice, I use a comprehensive stool test on all my patients. The comprehensive test is much sensitive than the conventional test stool test because it uses POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION (PCR) Technology to amplify the DNA of the parasite if there is one. This means that the parasite can actually be dead or in its dormant phase and it will be detected on this test. As this test utilises PCR technology, it is not reliant on a pathologist seeing a live parasite swimming on the slide. I frequently diagnose parasite in my patients that we missed on conventional stool test.
HOW TO TREAT PARASITES?
The Comprehensive Stool Test is able to identify its different parasites, so when I know which parasites my patient has. I use prescription medications that target specific species of parasites. If, however, the parasite cannot be identified, I usually use a blend of Herbs from Dr Mecherl Herbs formula which consists of extracts of many herbs combinations such as black walnut, cloves, sweet wormwood, tribulus etc. These herbal formulas provide a broad spectrum of activity against the most common pathogens present in the human GI tract, while sparing the beneficial gut bacteria. Before starting an anti-parasite herbal supplement, I recommend you to consult your physician and have a liver enzyme checked if you have a history of liver disease , heavy alcohol use or previous history of elevated liver enzymes, If you think you might have a parasite, I encourage you to find a Functional Medicine physician.
MY MOTTO is IT ALL STARTS IN YOU GUT & YOUR GUT IS THE GATEWAY TO HEALTH. A HEALTHY GUT MAKES A HEALTHY PERSON.
Next ISSUE : Have you got the GUTS to be REALLY healthy?
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