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UPDATE: Results of my GI-MAP Gut Test

This update is a long time coming. I meant to follow up with my gut test many months ago but life got crazy and I got side tracked. Turns out I’m not the best client….

 

If you want to read my detailed article about what was going on with me and my health back in March 2016, read this post.

 

To give you a quick summary, I had been struggling on and off with my digestive health for pretty much my whole life. In the past I had run numerous stool tests on myself. My first ones did indicate a parasite and bacterial infection but I was able to easily remove those with the use of herbs and botanicals.

 

Despite getting rid of those infections, I still wasn’t feeling my best. I wasn’t having any significant digestive symptoms but things definitely felt off.

 

The stool culture tests I was running weren’t bringing up anything. Early last year, the Functional Nutrition organization I work for started carrying a new type of pathogen test. Rather that searching for pathogens through a microscope, this new test uses a FDA approved technology called Polymerase Chain Reaction. This involves a technique that identifies DNA in stool. It can highlight DNA of any critter that might be living inside you. It is significantly more sensitive than a regular stool culture test.

 

I decided to run this panel on myself and what I found was shocking. See my results below.

 

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As it turned out my results indicated some very serious infections. The most serious was Entamoeba Histolytica. This parasite is pretty much the worst you can get. You typically get it from travelling in Central American, South American and Asia (I have been to all these places). The reason this parasite is so dangerous is because in some cases it can be fatal. It doesn’t like to stay in the gastrointestinal tract. It can migrate to the liver, the brain and the lungs. In the liver it can cause an absess and this is what can be fatal.

 

The second scary infection I had was Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff). This is nasty strain of bacteria that is resistant to many types of antibiotics. It produces significant toxins and is responsible for thousands of deaths per year, mostly in the senior population.

 

I also had Giardia (a water born parasite), Klebsiella (a opportunistic bacterial infection that can trigger autoimmunity) and Proteus (another autoimmune triggering bacteria).

 

The test was a total mess. Since then I have run close to fifty of these tests on clients and my results are still the worst I have seen to date.

 

How Did I Heal?

 

I first did 3 weeks on an antibiotic called Iodoquinol. That was the most intense part of the protocol. I was really upset to be taking antibiotics but unfortunately the E.Histolytica does not respond well to herbal treatment. The antibiotic also was indicated for the Giardia infection.

 

I then spent 2 months taking Saccromyces Boulliardi, a beneficial strain of yeast that crowds out the C.diff.

 

Once I was done this, I spent the next two months on three products from Bio-Botanical Research; Biocidin, Biotonic and Olivirex. Together these three products are a force. They kill infections, disrupt biofilm, boost detoxification and stimulate the immune system.

 

I felt significantly better over the summer. My energy improved, as did my stamina. My skin started to glow and I felt like I was heading in the right direction.

 

Unfortunately in September I went to a potluck and accidentally ate a dip that I thought was gluten free (it wasn’t). I didn’t figure this out until months later but I spent 8 weeks with intense stomach pain, skin breakouts and wondering what the hell was going on.

 

This is what kicked my butt into gear and made me realize I needed to make re-testing a priority. Normally, I have clients re-test within 3-6 months depending on the protocol. It’s very important to re-test and confirm that infections are gone and another round of treatment is not needed.

 

Below are the results of my re-test.

 

 

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As you can see things are significantly improved. I was very happy to see these results. All the infections are gone except the Klebsiella. This bacteria is very opportunistic and produces a significant amount of biofilm (a sticky substance that bacteria can “hide” under). Clearly this infection has been resistant to my efforts and I am going to have to make a new plan.

 

A little bit of Candida also showed up on this test which was not on my previous test. This is not unusual. It is not uncommon for new things to pop up on a re-test. Once you get rid of certain infections, they make room for other things to move in.

 

I am not overly concerned with low amounts of Candida. It should respond well to some anti-fungal herbs and a low sugar diet.

 

The next biggest issue with my re-test is my elevated Anti-Gliadin SigA. Gliadin is the component in gluten that people react to. This elevated marker confirms my gluten exposure at that potluck in September. After exposure antibodies stay elevated for up to 6 months and can cause significant inflammation. I really need to be more careful at potlucks and inquire about ingredients.

 

Everything else is looking a lot better. My friendly flora levels have improved. My Bifidobacterium has gone up. This is important as low levels of Bifido. are related to C.diff infections. My enterococcus and lactobacillus bacteria could  be a little higher so probiotics will be on the menu.

 

These results are very encouraging to me. They give me hope and motivation to continue on this path.

 

In the coming weeks I will also be posting results of my DUTCH urine hormone panel and Organic Acids Tests. Stay tuned!

 

If you are interested in speaking with me about the GI-MAP test I ran to clean up my gut, please feel free to schedule a Free 30 minute call with me. If you have been struggling with digestive issues that seem to persist no matter what you do, you should consider my comprehensive gut healing program. In this program, we will run three important labs to identify gut dysfunction and use these to customize a protocol specifically for your gut.

 

You can schedule a free appointment with me here.

 

 

Comments:

  • Michelle
    January 7, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Kendra, just curious as to why/how you got the infections? I understand the gluten reaction, but what about the others? You live such a healthy lifestyle! The C-Diff? Also did you take a probiotic and which one? Thanks!

  • Tara
    June 12, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    If one tests positive to, say, cdiff – do they have to worry about their spouse and children also having the same infection?

  • susanne
    June 13, 2017 at 5:42 am

    can c-diff be low grade & chronic? I just sent this G.I. map test off to the lab this a.m. and am hoping for some answers!

  • Sid Deb
    July 3, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    I have been ill for some years and last 2 years gotten worse. I have done a SIBO breath test, I have a H2 positive SIBO result, normal methane. Also worrying GI-map results, c.difficile, salmonella, low elastase-1; high Steatocrit; low secretory IgA; high Anti-gliadin IgA; high b-Glucuronidase. Some of the normal bacteria are high too, Bacteroides fragillis, Enterococcus spp. , Escherichia spp., I assumed with the last 3 that is a good thing? Thing is, what do I do now? I live in London, I want to find a nutritionist like you that knows about this stuff. I have also travelled a lot and back in 2000 I got very ill in India and it was a parasite called Dientamoeba fragilis, it took me 2 years & a v low carb diet to get well, but have never fully recovered my digestion since even though the parasite was not found this time.

  • Jackie Bott
    September 2, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Hi Kendra

    I just had my two kiddos do the GI-Map – one of them had pretty high Candida and the other had a whole array of stuff, poor girl and she’s only 9 (H-Pylori with positive vacA virulence factor, salmonella, giardia, blastocystis hominis, streptoccocus, Dientamoeba fragilis, high Sig A and high anti-gliaden IgA). We did herbal protocols and both kiddos did well. My son got rid of his candida and my daughter got rid of everything except Dientamoeba fragilis so we will do another round with her. They were both on gf diets for 2.5 months before the test. However, both developed overgrowths of the normal bacteria and both of their anti-gliaden IgA’s were through the roof. Before my sons was 92 and afterwards it was 792! My daugther went from 134 which I thought was high to 491. My functional medicine practitioner said she thought they might be due to cross reactions from other foods that perhaps had been used instead of the gluten. I really don’t understand how it can go so high after being GF for a while and yet before when they were eating gluten the values were much lower. Perhaps it is better to eat gluten then rather than the GF foods that perhaps are causing more of a problem. Do you have any thoughts on these results?

    Thanks

    Jackie

      • Jackie Bott
        September 5, 2017 at 2:10 am

        HI Kendra

        Thanks so much for getting back to me! The range of the fecal IgA test was 0-100 U/L on the initial tests and 0-100 or 0-157 on the retests. We have just started on the healing journey for my kiddos but I have done more analysis for myself which I did first. My FMP has suggested more tests for both kiddos and another round of parasite protocol for my daughter and added probiotics for my son to help balance the gut – she thinks he could have SIBO and is suggesting he could do a Cyrex Cross Reactive foods panel to see if other foods are affecting the IgAs. My daughter still has a lot of bloating (which is one of the biggest symptoms which got me started on this process) so thinking there is still a big imbalance in her gut bacteria still. She is not happy about having to go GF forever but we are working on it and I’m wondering if she may have to be casein free too which would be very hard for her. Thanks for the advice about heavy metals and mineral imbalance. I also had a lot of pathogens in my gut too, but found out that I am a non-secretor and so do not secrete antibodies into my bodily fluids and so my gut is more susceptible to pathogens and I will just have to deal with that. I went through lots of protocols to get rid of the pathogens and then after removing most of them, my last GI map I ended up showing me being reinfected again with some of them – so perhaps the heavy metals could be a problem. I am doing a detox protocol right now and did not have significant mercury problem (had all my dental amalgams removed over a year ago) but don’t know about other heavy metals – what are the key ones to look out for?
        Jackie

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