Digestive complaints are one of the most common reasons that patients seek our help. Without adequate digestion, it is absolutely impossible to achieve optimum health. Not only does the digestive tract allow us to assimilate the nutrients from the food that we eat, it also prevents toxic materials from entering the body. Indicators of digestive disturbances include:
- Gas and Bloating
- Abdominal Pain
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory Bowl Disease
Extra-intestinal indicators can include:
- Autoimmune Disease
- Chronic Fatigue
- Recent Antibiotic Use
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
- Food Allergies
- Colon and Breast Cancer
- Skin Conditions
A New Leaf’s Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratories (Link: www.gsdl.com) Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) is a helpful tool for evaluating the health of the digestive tract. It is a non-invasive test which provides doctors with an understanding of patients’ intestinal ecology. Dysbiosis, a state of disordered microbial ecology, is becoming increasingly common, particularly as the widespread use of antibiotics disrupts the normal bacterial flora. Beneficial bacteria—or probiotics—such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria, can help prevent the development of dysbiosis.
The CDSA measures the levels of these organisms and detects the presence of bacterial and fungal pathogens. Sensitivities are performed on potential pathogens, measuring sensitivity to pharmaceutical as well as some natural substances. This allows the doctors to identify effective antimicrobial treatments so that the patient can achieve optimal gastrointestinal health.