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Panel A1 + C1

Comprehensive Gluten/Antigenic Food Sensitivity Stool Panel (Combines These Panels at a 15%-off Discounted Price) Sensitivity Stool Panel - $539 and for a limited time Free Shipping

Combines Panels A1 and C1 at a discounted price. Tests for immunologic reaction to the four primary individual food antigens and four additional antigenic food categories: Tests for Gluten, Milk, Egg, Soy, Other Grains (corn, rice, oats), Meats (beef, chicken, pork, tuna), Nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts), and Nightshades (white potato).

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Tests Included in this Panel:

Fecal Anti-deamidated gliadin, Fecal Anti-TTG, Fecal Anti-oat protein, Fecal Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae antibody (ASCA) for Crohn’s, and Tests for Fecal IgA Antibodies to Milk, Egg, Soy, Corn, Rice, Sesame Seeds, Garbonzo Beans, Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, White Potatoes.

Why order Panel A1+C1? This panel is designed to test for the main food sensitivities while keeping the price down. Gluten, cow's milk, chicken eggs, soy, other grains, meats, nuts, and white potatoes are the most immune-stimulating (antigenic) foods consumed in large quantities. Testing for many food sensitivities at one time lowers the charge per food tested to about half the price, because the bulk of the work of any fecal test is in the processing of the specimen (which takes several days). Thus, this test is an excellent value for the information obtained.

Many foods besides gluten, cow's milk, eggs, and soy are antigenic in their own right; other grains, meats, nuts, and nightshades (potatoes being the primary food eaten from this latter class) being among the main food classes to be so. Minimizing exposure to antigenic foods is an important component of an anti-inflammatory lifestyle to optimize immune system health.

Food sensitivity is now a very common entity because heightened activity of our immune systems [caused by a) immune-stimulating hormones and toxins in food, water, and, air, b) genetic modification of our main foodstuffs (extensive hybridization of wheat, laboratory genetic modification of soy beans, corn, and other foods), c) altered intestinal florae from extensive use of antibiotics by humans, in agriculture, and chlorine in water, d) overuse of drugs inhibiting secretion of digestive acid in the stomach, and e) for the past 50-100 years, overly sanitized conditions when infants and children are developing proper immune tolerances] has rendered most of our main protein-rich foodstuffs highly antigenic. Stool testing is the most sensitive measure of these types of reactions (much more accurate than blood, skin, or saliva testing). The combination of tests when ordered in this panel saves you greatly over ordering the panels and tests individually.

Panel B2 + C2

Comprehensive Gluten/Antigenic Vegetarian Food Sensitivity Stool (Combines These Panels at a 20%-off Discounted Price) Sensitivity Stool Panel - $539 and for a limited time Free Shipping

Combines Panels B2 and C2 at a discounted price. Our Newest and Improved Test Panel for immunologic reaction to Wheat Gluten and Oat Gluten, as well as the autoimmune reaction due to gluten sensitivity and the dietary-related immunologic antigenic test related to Crohn’s Disease Tests for sensitivities to Gluten, Oats, Yeast, Gluten-induced autoimmunity, Cow's Milk, Chicken Eggs, Soy, Other Grains (corn, rice, oats), Sesame seeds, Garbanzo beans, Nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts), and Nightshades (white potato).

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Tests Included in this Panel:

Fecal Anti-deamidated gliadin, Fecal Anti-TTG, Fecal Anti-oat protein, Fecal Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae antibody (ASCA) for Crohn’s, and Tests for Fecal IgA Antibodies to Milk, Egg, Soy, Corn, Rice, Sesame Seeds, Garbonzo Beans, Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, White Potatoes.

Why order Panel B2 + C2? This panel is designed to test for the main vegtarian food sensitivities while keeping the price down. Gluten, oats, cow's milk, chicken eggs, soy, other grains, beans, seeds, nuts, and white potatoes are the most immune-stimulating (antigenic) foods consumed in large quantities. Testing for many food sensitivities at one time lowers the charge per food tested to about half the price, because the bulk of the work of any fecal test is in the processing of the specimen (which takes several days). Thus, this test is an excellent value for the information obtained.

Many foods besides gluten, cow's milk, eggs, and soy are antigenic in their own right; other grains, meats, nuts, and nightshades (potatoes being the primary food eaten from this latter class) being among the main food classes to be so. Minimizing exposure to antigenic foods is an important component of an anti-inflammatory lifestyle to optimize immune system health.

Food sensitivity is now a very common entity because heightened activity of our immune systems [caused by a) immune-stimulating hormones and toxins in food, water, and, air, b) genetic modification of our main foodstuffs (extensive hybridization of wheat, laboratory genetic modification of soy beans, corn, and other foods), c) altered intestinal florae from extensive use of antibiotics by humans, in agriculture, and chlorine in water, d) overuse of drugs inhibiting secretion of digestive acid in the stomach, and e) for the past 50-100 years, overly sanitized conditions when infants and children are developing proper immune tolerances] has rendered most of our main protein-rich foodstuffs highly antigenic. Stool testing is the most sensitive measure of these types of reactions (much more accurate than blood, skin, or saliva testing). The combination of tests when ordered in this panel saves you greatly over ordering the panels and tests individually.

Panel A1

Gluten/Antigenic Food Sensitivity Stool Panel Limited - $269

Tests for immunologic reaction to the four primary individual food antigens: Gluten, Milk, Egg, Soy

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Tests Included in this Panel:

Fecal IgA antibody against: Gluten (gliadin), Milk (casein), Egg (ovalbumin), Soy (soy protein).

Why order Panel A1?

This panel is designed to test for the main food sensitivities while keeping the price down. Gluten, cow's milk, chicken eggs, and soy are the most immune-stimulating (antigenic) foods consumed in large quantities. Food sensitivity is now a very common entity because heightened activity of our immune systems [caused by a) immune-stimulating hormones and toxins in food, water, and, air, b) genetic modification of our main foodstuffs (extensive hybridization of wheat, laboratory genetic modification of soy beans, corn, and other foods), c) altered intestinal florae from extensive use of antibiotics by humans, in agriculture, and chlorine in water, d) overuse of drugs inhibiting secretion of digestive acid in the stomach, and e) for the past 50-100 years, overly sanitized conditions when infants and children are developing proper immune tolerances] has rendered most of our main protein-rich foodstuffs highly antigenic. Stool testing is the most sensitive measure of these types of reactions (much more accurate than blood, skin, or saliva testing). The combination of tests when ordered in this panel saves you greatly over ordering the tests individually.

Why identify the genes controlling gluten/food sensitivity? Adding a gene test helps in the assessment of the genetic predisposition of these immune reactions, that not only can help gauge severity in the individual being tested (having two such genes rather than one, rather than none), but also the probability of these reactions being present in parents, siblings, and children. Also, the probability of having celiac disease vs. non-celiac gluten sensitivity in each of these three generations can also be determined, and the absence of a celiac gene all but rules out having celiac disease in the individual tested.

Panel A2

Gluten/Antigenic Food Sensitivity Stool/Gene Panel - $369

Tests for immunologic reaction to the four primary individual food antigens (Gluten, Milk, Egg, Soy) and includes a discounted gene test for understanding genetic predisposition to gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.

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Tests Included in this Panel:

Fecal IgA antibody against: Gluten (gliadin), Milk (casein), Egg (ovalbumin), Soy (soy protein) HLA-DQB1 molecular gene analysis.

Why order Panel A2?

Despite its higher price, this panel is the best value for the money and really, the overall best panel to order. We are offering four stool tests and a gene test for the price many labs charge for the gene test alone. Gluten, cow's milk, chicken eggs, and soy are the most immune-stimulating (antigenic) foods consumed in large quantities. Food sensitivity is now a very common entity because heightened activity of our immune systems [caused by a) immune-stimulating hormones and toxins in food, water, and, air, b) genetic modification of our main foodstuffs (extensive hybridization of wheat, laboratory genetic modification of soy beans, corn, and other foods), c) altered intestinal florae from extensive use of antibiotics by humans, in agriculture, and chlorine in water, d) overuse of drugs inhibiting secretion of digestive acid in the stomach, and e) for the past 50-100 years, overly sanitized conditions when infants and children are developing proper immune tolerances] has rendered most of our main protein-rich foodstuffs highly antigenic. Stool testing is the most sensitive measure of these types of reactions (much more accurate than blood, skin, or saliva testing).

Why identify the genes controlling gluten/food sensitivity? Adding a gene test helps in the assessment of the genetic predisposition of these immune reactions, that not only can help gauge severity in the individual being tested (having two such genes rather than one, rather than none), but also the probability of these reactions being present in parents, siblings, and children. Also, the probability of having celiac disease vs. non-celiac gluten sensitivity in each of these three generations can also be determined, and the absence of a celiac gene all but rules out having celiac disease in the individual tested.

Panel B1

Gluten Sensitivity Stool Panel - $279

Tests for immunologic reaction to gluten, and its associated autoimmune reaction in the body, and whether these reactions are impairing intestinal absorptive function or digestive function of nutrients.

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Tests Included in this Panel:

Fecal IgA antibody against Gliadin, Tissue Transglutaminase; Fat Malabsorption Stool Test (Quantitative Fecal Fat Microscopy).

Why order Panel B2?

If you only want to assess your gluten sensitivity status, and do not desire to explore other food sensitivity testing, this is the most functional test panel, and the combination of these tests for gluten sensitivity, when ordered in this panel, saves money over ordering any of the tests individually.

Panel B2

Diet-Induced Inflammatory Bowel Panel Testing for Gluten Sensitivity, Oat Sensitivity, and Crohn’s Disease (Includes New Test for Oat Sensitivity) - $299

Our Newest and Improved Test Panel for immunologic reaction to Wheat Gluten and Oat Gluten, as well as the autoimmune reaction due to gluten sensitivity and the dietary-related immunologic antigenic test related to Crohn’s Disease.

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Tests Included in this Panel:

Fecal Anti-deamidated gliadin, Fecal Anti-TTG, Fecal Anti-oat protein, Fecal Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae antibody (ASCA) for Crohn’s.

Why order Panel B2?

To Assess for Wheat and Oat Gluten Sensitivity If you want to most thoroughly assess your gluten sensitivity status, and do not desire to explore other food sensitivity testing, this is the most functional test panel. This panel includes a test for oat protein sensitivity, which is much more common than experts have previously believed (because there had not been a test for this in widespread use previously).

To Assess for Gluten-Induced Autoimmunty

The Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase Antibody test assesses whether the immunologic reaction to gluten has incited the secondary auto-immune reaction to the human enzyme tissue transglutaminase. When this test is positive it means the immune system considers tissue transglutaminase a foreign substance causing an autoimmune reaction that may damage the intestine and other tissues of the body. It is this latter reaction that facilitates the development of secondary autoimmune diseases as a consequence of gluten sensitivity.

To Assess for Dietary Yeast Sensitivity (associated with Crohn's Disease)

The test for dietary yeast sensitivity to the organism Sacharromyces cerevisiae tests for immunologic reaction to the yeast present in food's made with baker's or brewer's yeast, and in wine. A strongly positive immune reaction to this yeast is associated with Crohn's disease. Some people can be immunoreactive to this yeast even though not having Crohn's disease. Sacharromyces cerevisiae should not be confused with Candida albicans (the organism most noted to be associated with a local or systemic "yeast infection".) The main indication for this test is in a person with chronic diarrhea or for symptoms suggestive of Crohn's disease such as moderate to severe abdominal pain; blood, mucus, or pus in stools; partial or complete intestinal obstruction at any time; and/or signs of ongoing chronic systemic inflammation such as fever, weight loss, arthritis, or fatigue. While the test itself cannot diagnose Crohn's disease, a very high value on this test should prompt further investigation by a gastroenterologist or another health practitioner if symptoms of Crohn's disease are present.

Panel B3

Gluten and Oat Sensitivity Stool Panel Complete (Includes New Test for Oat Sensitivity) - $339

Our Newest and Improved Test Panel for immunologic reaction to Wheat Gluten and Oat Gluten, as well as the autoimmune reaction due to gluten sensitivity and the amount fat in stool looking for abnormally elevated amounts, indicating the presence of gluten-induced or another cause of small intestinal malabsorption, or pancreatic maldigestion.

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Tests Included in this Panel:

Fecal Anti-deamidated gliadin, Fecal Anti-TTG, Fecal Anti-oat protein, Fat Malabsorption Stool Test (Quantitative Fecal Fat Microscopy)

Why order Panel B3?

To Assess for Wheat Gluten and Oat Gluten Sensitivity If you only want to assess your gluten sensitivity status, and do not desire to explore other food sensitivity testing, this is the most functional test panel, and the combination of these tests for gluten sensitivity, when ordered in this panel, saves money over ordering any of the tests individually. This panel includes a test for oat protein sensitivity, which is much more common than experts have previously believed (because there had not been a test for this in widespread use previously).

To Assess for Gluten-Induced Autoimmunity

The Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase Antibody test assesses whether the immunologic reaction to gluten has incited the secondary auto-immune reaction to the human enzyme tissue transglutaminase. When this test is positive it means the immune system considers tissue transglutaminase a foreign substance causing an autoimmune reaction that may damage the intestine and other tissues of the body. It is this latter reaction that facilitates the development of secondary autoimmune diseases as a consequence of gluten sensitivity.

To assess whether gluten sensitivity or another cause (such as pancreatic insufficiency) has impaired digestion and/or intestinal absorption of nutrients

Measuring fecal fat is the best measure of severity of gluten-induced functional impairment in the intestinal tract. This impairment of absorptive function can occur in the absence of villous atrophy on an intestinal biopsy (biopsies for assessing gluten-sensitivity are mostly obsolete nowadays). If the fecal fat test comes back positive (high), it means the small intestine may be damaged because of its own immune reaction to gluten, from another cause of intestinal disease, or it may indicate that the pancreas may be under-functioning, requiring oral enzyme supplements be taken with meals to digest food.

Panel C1

Antigenic Food Sensitivity Stool Panel - $369

Tests for immunologic reaction to 11 antigens within four antigenic food categories: Non-Gluten Grains (corn, rice, oats), Meats (beef, chicken, pork, tuna), Nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts), and Nightshades (white potato).

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Tests Included in this Panel:

Fecal IgA antibody against: Corn, Oats, Rice, Beef, Chicken, Pork, Tuna, Almond, Walnut, Cashew, White Potato

Why order Panel C1? This is another panel offering much testing for a value price. Testing for many food sensitivities at one time lowers the charge per food tested to about half the price, because the bulk of the work of any fecal test is in the processing of the specimen (which takes several days). Thus, this test is an excellent value for the information obtained. Many foods besides gluten, cow's milk, eggs, and soy are antigenic in their own right; other grains, meats, nuts, and nightshades (potatoes being the primary food eaten from this latter class) being among the main food classes to be so. Minimizing exposure to antigenic foods is an important component of an anti-inflammatory lifestyle to optimize immune system health. This is especially important for those with chronic abdominal symptoms and/or chronic immune/autoimmune syndromes, or for those who want to prevent them. This test panel was designed to guide your choices when building a new more healthful, less antigenic dietary plan. The results are delivered in such a way that you are not left with "nothing to eat", but instead they guide you in avoiding the foods in each group that are most stimulating to your immune system. We discourage dietary changes that involve removing too many foods at once. This can lead you to feel too hungry too often, especially if adequate healthful replacement foods are not readily available. Dietary elimination (beyond gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free) is best approached over a period of weeks to months and sometimes years, removing one or two additional foods at a time, rather than removing many foods at once.

For immunologic food sensitivity testing, the actual numeric value (in Units) for any given test or for the overall average of a group of foods is important mainly for determining: 1) if the immune reaction is present or absent, and 2) in relative terms of the immune reaction to different foods tested in a given individual at a given point in time. It is not a score per se to be interpreted as a measure of clinical or immunological severity for that individual or between individuals. This is because the amount of antibody made by a given person is particular for the immune function of that person. Furthermore, sometimes a person can display what can be viewed as immunological and nutritional "exhaustion", whereby a more significant and symptomatic immunologic food sensitivity is accompanied by a lower positive measured anti-food antibody value (rather than a higher positive); as such, following clinical improvement and improved nutritional status (while the suspect antigenic foods are withdrawn), values can actually be higher for a time before finally falling into the negative range after several years.

Thus, the overall average food sensitivity antibody value for this panel is an assessment of your overall humoral immunologic food reactivity, which can help determine if dietary elimination trials may help you. If the mean value is less than 10 Units, the humoral immune reactions can be considered absent (negative); if greater than or equal to 10 Units, they can be considered present. Rather than the absolute value of a positive value being considered as an assessment of severity, it is most useful in serving as a baseline for comparison to future testing (if that is ever done). As far as the values derived from each individual food, the numeric values are less important (so much so that we do not report them), but instead, are important in relative terms between the foods tested, helping you know which foods are stimulating the most immune response. The report information that follows is based on these facts.

Panel C2

Vegetarian 11 Antigenic Food Sensitivity Stool Panel - $369

Tests for immunologic reaction to some primary non-gluten individual vegetarian (non-meat) food antigens and antigenic food classes including grains, seeds, beans, nuts, and nightshade antigenic food categories: Tests for Fecal IgA Antibodies to Milk, Egg, Soy, Corn, Rice, Sesame Seeds, Garbonzo Beans, Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, White Potatoes.

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Tests Included in this Panel:

Fecal IgA antibody against: Milk, Egg, Soy, Corn, Rice, Sesame Seeds, Garbonzo Beans, Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, White Potatoes

Why order Panel C2? To assess for immunologic sensitivity to the main vegetarian food sensitivities in the diet while keeping the price down. Cow's milk, chicken eggs, soy, grains, nuts/seeds, beans, and nightshades (including potatoes) are the most immune-stimulating (antigenic) vegetarian foods consumed in large quantities. Testing for many food sensitivities at one time lowers the charge per food tested to about half the price, because the bulk of the work of any fecal test is in the processing of the specimen (which takes several days). Thus, this test is an excellent value for the information obtained. Many foods besides gluten, cow's milk, eggs, and soy are antigenic in their own right; other grains, beans, nuts/seeds, and nightshades being among the main food classes to be so. Minimizing exposure to antigenic foods is an important component of an anti-inflammatory lifestyle to optimize immune system health.

Food sensitivity is now a very common entity because heightened activity of our immune systems [caused by a) immune-stimulating hormones and toxins in food, water, and, air, b) genetic modification of our main foodstuffs (laboratory genetic modification of soy beans, corn, and other foods), c) altered intestinal florae from extensive use of antibiotics by humans, in agriculture, and chlorine in water, d) overuse of drugs inhibiting secretion of digestive acid in the stomach, and e) for the past 50-100 years, overly sanitized conditions when infants and children are developing proper immune tolerances] has rendered most of our main protein-rich foodstuffs highly antigenic. Stool testing is the most sensitive measure of these types of reactions (much more accurate than blood, skin, or saliva testing).

Panel C3

Antigenic Meat Sensitivity Stool Panel - $249

Tests for immunologic reaction to four common meat proteins.

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Tests Included in this Panel:

Fecal IgA antibody against: Beef, Chicken, Pork, Tuna

Why order Panel C3? To assess for immunologic sensitivity to the main meat proteins in the diet while keeping the price down.

Fat Malabsorption Stool Test

(Quantitative Fecal Fat Microscopy) to panel A, B, or C for $89

Measures the amount fat in stool looking for abnormally elevated amounts, indicating the presence of a cause of small intestinal malabsorption or pancreatic maldigestion.

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Why measure fecal fat? To assess whether gluten sensitivity or another cause (such as pancreatic insufficiency) has impaired digestion and/or intestinal absorption of nutrients. It is the best measure of severity of gluten-induced functional impairment in the intestinal tract. This impairment of absorptive function can occur in the absence of villous atrophy on an intestinal biopsy (the latter of which is mostly obsolete these days). If this test comes back positive, it means the small intestine may be damaged because of its own immune reaction to gluten, from another cause or intestinal disease,or it may indicate that the pancreas may be underfunctioning, requiring oral enzyme supplements be taken with meals to digest food.

Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase Antibody

to panel A, B, or C for $89

Measures the amount of autoantibodies made against a vital human enzyme, as a marker of gluten-induced autoimmunity.

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Why measure Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase Antibody? To assess whether the immunologic reaction to gluten has incited the secondary auto-immune reaction to the human enzyme tissue transglutaminase. When this test is positive it means the immune system considers tissue transglutaminase a foreign substance causing an autoimmune reaction that may damage the intestine and other tissues of the body. It is this latter reaction that facilitates the development of secondary autoimmune diseases as a consequence of gluten sensitivity.

Panel D1

Digestive Health Panel 1 - $299

Tests for a) enzyme production function of the pancreas, b) whether gluten sensitivity or another cause has impaired digestion and/or absorption of nutrients, and Fecal Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae antibody (ASCA) for Crohn’s.

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Tests Included in this Panel:

Pancreatic Elastase Stool Test (Fecal Elastase)

Intestinal Malabsorption Stool Test (Quantitative Fecal Fat Microscopy)

Fecal IgA antibody test to Dietary Yeast

Why order Digestive Health Panel 1? This test panel is a discounted way to order three important tests in the diagnostic assessment of chronic diarrhea, especially when accompanied by the appearance of fatty stools, or suspected dietary fat malabsorption for any other reason (like unexplained weight loss). Fecal elastase has been researched by us for more than a decade, and it is the most accurate and non-invasive measure of pancreatic exocrine function there is. Our proprietary fecal fat test, quantitative fecal fat microscopy, is the only published test shown to accurately quantitate fecal fat from a single stool specimen as correlated by multi-day quantitative stool collections measured for fecal fat excretion. It can very easily assess whether gluten sensitivity or another cause has impaired digestion and/or absorption of dietary fat and other nutrients. Similarly, in the same stool sample, we can test for the presence of the most common parasites infecting humans, all of which can cause both diarrhea and fecal fat excretion.

Tests for immunologic reaction to the dietary yeast Sacharromyces cerevisiae (mainly present in food's made with baker's or brewer's yeast, and in wine). A strongly positive immune reaction to this yeast is associated with Crohn's disease. Some people can be immunoreactive to this yeast even though not having Crohn's disease. Sacharromyces cerevisiae should not be confused with Candida albicans (the organism most noted to be associated with a local or systemic "yeast infection".)

Panel D2

Digestive Health Panel 2 - $359

Tests for a) enzyme production function of the pancreas, b) whether gluten sensitivity or another cause has impaired digestion and/or absorption of nutrients, and c) three of the main parasites infecting humans.

$359

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Tests Included in this Panel:

Pancreatic Elastase Stool Test (Fecal Elastase)

Intestinal Malabsorption Stool Test (Quantitative Fecal Fat Microscopy)

Triple Parasite Stool Test (Enzyme Immunochromatography Test for Giardia, Amoeba, and Cryptosporidium)

Why order Digestive Health Panel 2? This test panel is a discounted way to order three important tests in the diagnostic assessment of chronic diarrhea, especially when accompanied by the appearance of fatty stools, or suspected dietary fat malabsorption for any other reason (like unexplained weight loss). Fecal elastase has been researched by us for more than a decade, and it is the most accurate and non-invasive measure of pancreatic exocrine function there is. Our proprietary fecal fat test, quantitative fecal fat microscopy, is the only published test shown to accurately quantitate fecal fat from a single stool specimen as correlated by multi-day quantitative stool collections measured for fecal fat excretion. It can very easily assess whether gluten sensitivity or another cause has impaired digestion and/or absorption of dietary fat and other nutrients. Similarly, in the same stool sample, we can test for the presence of the most common parasites infecting humans, all of which can cause both diarrhea and fecal fat excretion.

Panel D3

Digestive Health Panel 3 - $499

Tests for a) enzyme production function of the pancreas, b) whether gluten sensitivity or another cause has impaired digestion and/or absorption of nutrients, c) 3 of the main parasites infecting humans, d) immunologic reaction to the baker's and brewer's yeast Sacharromyces cerevisiae, and e) presence of neutrophils in stool which mainly occurs in acute bacterial colitis and/or most forms of chronic colitis.

$499

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Tests Included in this Panel:

Pancreatic Elastase Stool Test (Fecal Elastase)

Intestinal Malabsorption Stool Test (Quantitative Fecal Fat Microscopy)

Triple Parasite Stool Test (Enzyme Immunochromatography Test for Giardia, Amoeba, and Cryptosporidium), Fecal IgA antibody test to Dietary Yeast, Acute/Chronic Colitis Stool Test

Why order Digestive Health Panel 3? This test panel is a discounted way to order five important tests in the diagnostic assessment of chronic diarrhea, especially when accompanied by the appearance of fatty stools, or suspected dietary fat malabsorption for any other reason (like unexplained weight loss). Fecal elastase has been researched by us for more than a decade, and it is the most accurate and non-invasive measure of pancreatic exocrine function there is. Our proprietary fecal fat test, quantitative fecal fat microscopy, is the only published test shown to accurately quantitate fecal fat from a single stool specimen as correlated by multi-day quantitative stool collections measured for fecal fat excretion. It can very easily assess whether gluten sensitivity or another cause has impaired digestion and/or absorption of dietary fat and other nutrients. Similarly, in the same stool sample, we can test for the presence of the most common parasites infecting humans, all of which can cause both diarrhea and fecal fat excretion.

Tests for immunologic reaction to the dietary yeast Sacharromyces cerevisiae (mainly present in food's made with baker's or brewer's yeast, and in wine). A strongly positive immune reaction to this yeast is associated with Crohn's disease. Some people can be immunoreactive to this yeast even though not having Crohn's disease. Sacharromyces cerevisiae should not be confused with Candida albicans (the organism most noted to be associated with a local or systemic "yeast infection".)

The acute/chronic colitis test assesses for an inflammatory protein called lactoferrin from neutrophils (a white blood cell) in stool which mainly occurs in acute bacterial colitis and/or most forms of chronic colitis. It is almost always positive, and strongly so in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, and while sometimes positive in microscopic colitis, not as often and with a less fervent reaction. It also can be negative in microscopic colitis, but this test would almost never be negative in very active ulcerative colitis or Crohn's colitis. This test is superior (more sensitive and specific) to the old fashioned microscopy test for fecal white cells (fecal wbc's).

Yeast Sensitivity Stool Test

(Fecal Anti-Sacharromyces cerevisiae IgA*) - $129

Tests for immunologic reaction to the dietary yeast Sacharromyces cerevisiae (mainly present in food's made with baker's or brewer's yeast, and in wine). A strongly positive immune reaction to this yeast is associated with Crohn's disease. Some people can be immunoreactive to this yeast even though not having Crohn's disease. Sacharromyces cerevisiae should not be confused with Candida albicans (the organism most noted to be associated with a local or systemic "yeast infection".)

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Why order Yeast Sensitivity Stool Test? The main indication for this test is in a person with chronic diarrhea or for symptoms suggestive of Crohn's disease such as moderate to severe abdominal pain; blood, mucus, or pus in stools; partial or complete intestinal obstruction at any time; and/or signs of ongoing chronic systemic inflammation such as fever, weight loss, arthritis, or fatigue. While the test itself cannot diagnose Crohn's disease, a very high value on this test should prompt further investigation by a gastroenterologist or another health practitioner if symptoms of Crohn's disease are present. However, a negative value on this stool test alone cannot rule out Crohn's disease either.

Acute/Chronic Colitis Stool Test*

(Fecal Lactoferrin) - $99

Tests for an inflammatory protein called lactoferrin from neutrophils (a white blood cell) in stool which mainly occurs in acute bacterial colitis and/or most forms of chronic colitis. It is almost always positive, and strongly so in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, and while sometimes positive in microscopic colitis, not as often and with a less fervent reaction. It also can be negative in microscopic colitis, but this test would almost never be negative in very active ulcerative colitis or Crohn's colitis. This test is superior (more sensitive and specific) to the old fashioned microscopy test for fecal white cells (fecal wbc's).

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Why order Fecal Lactoferrin?This test is mainly indicated to detect the presence of colitis in the setting of acute or chronic diarrhea, or to assess for the presence of or the activity of chronic forms of colitis such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's colitis in persons with suspicious intestinal symptoms.

Gluten Sensitivity Stool Test

(Fecal Anti-Gliadin IgA) - $99

Screening test for gluten sensitivity (Fecal antigliadin IgA antibody*).

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Reaction of the immune system to gluten in the diet.

Meaning of Positive Result: Immune system considers gluten a foreign protein causing a reaction that may damage the intestine and other tissues of the body.

Oat Protein Sensitivity Stool Test

(Fecal Anti-Oat Protein IgA) - $99

Stool test (fecal IgA antibody*) for immunologic sensitivity to the main proteins contained in oats.

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Reaction of the immune system to oats in the diet.

Meaning of Positive Result: Immune system considers oats foreign causing a reaction that may damage the intestine and other tissues of the body.

Milk Protein Sensitivity Stool Test

(Fecal Anti-Casein IgA) - $99

Stool test (fecal IgA antibody*) for immunologic sensitivity to the main proteins contained in cow's milk and other dairy products.

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Reaction of the immune system to casein in cow's milk and dairy products in the diet.

Meaning of Positive Result: Immune system considers cow's milk proteins casein foreign causing a reaction that may damage the intestine and other tissues of the body.

Fat Malabsorption Stool Test

Fat Malabsorption Stool Test (Quantitative Fecal Fat Microscopy) - $129

Quantitative fecal fat microscopy*.

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Malabsorption of dietary nutrients caused by damage of the small intestine, or sometimes lack of enzyme production by the pancreas.

Meaning of Positive Result: Small intestine may be damaged by reaction of immune system to gluten, or other diseases as well; pancreas may be underfunctioning, requiring use of oral enzyme supplements.

Egg Sensitivity Stool Test

Egg Sensitivity Stool Test (Fecal Anti-Ovalbumin IgA) - $99

Stool test (fecal IgA antibody*) for immunologic sensitivity to the ovalbumin protein in chicken eggs.

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Reaction of the immune system to the ovalbumin protein in chicken eggs in the diet.

Meaning of Positive Result: Immune system considers the ovalbumin protein foreign, causing a reaction that may damage the intestine and other tissues of the body.

Soy Sensitivity Stool Test

Soy Sensitivity Stool Test (Fecal Anti-soy protein IgA) - $99

Stool test (fecal IgA antibody*) for immunologic sensitivity to soy protein.

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Reaction of the immune system to soy protein in the diet.

Meaning of Positive Result: Immune system considers soy foreign causing a reaction that may damage the intestine and other tissues of the body.

Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase IgA

Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase IgA Stool Test - $99

Screening test for sensitivity to tissue transglutaminase (Fecal anti-tissue transglutaminase IgA antibody*).

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Reaction of the immune system to the tissue transglutaminase enzyme produced by the body when gluten is ingested .

Meaning of Positive Result: Immune system considers tissue transglutaminase a foreign substance causing an autoimmune reaction that may damage the intestine and other tissues of the body.

Pancreatic Elastase Stool Test

Pancreatic Elastase Stool Test (Fecal Elastase) - $179

Quantifies the amount of an enzyme called elastase being produced by the pancreas and excreted in the stool

$179

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It quantitatively assesses the enzyme production function of the pancreas .

Meaning of Positive Result: The pancreas is not producing enough enzymes due either to damage of the tissue by a known disease, an autoimmune process, or by blockage of the secretory pancreatic duct or common bile duct. This results in maldigestion of dietary nutrients with subsequent malabsorption (as can be assessed by a our fecal fat test). Oral supplementation with digestive enzymes, if taken in the proper quantity and proper way, can mostly overcome this lack of enzyme production by the pancreas, restoring normal or nearly normal dietary nutrient absorption.

Triple Parasite Stool Test

Triple Parasite Stool Test (Enzyme Immunochromatography test for Giardia, Amoeba, Cryptosporidium) - $179

Enzyme Immunochromatography test for Giardia, Amoeba, Cryptosporidium, the three most common parasites infecting humans

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Tests for the presence of a parasitic infection by one or more of the three most common parasites infecting humans.

Meaning of Positive Result: That you are infected with one or more of these parasites, often (but not always) requiring treatment. If there are chronic abdominal symptoms, usually diarrhea and/or abdominal pain or discomfort, treatment with an anti-parasitic drug would be indicated.

Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test

Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test (Molecular HLA-DQB1 analysis) - $149

HLA-DQ testing from swab of inside of mouth

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Tests Included in this Panel:

HLA-DQ testing from swab of inside of mouth

Presence of one or more genes that have been associated with having gluten sensitivity, celiac sprue, and other autoimmune syndromes Meaning of Positive Result: You may be predisposed to developing immunologic sensitivity to gluten or celiac sprue

* Test developed and standardized by EnteroLab researchers.