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 running this test with me, there are a couple of ways to work with me. If you are interested in running a GI-MAP only, I suggest joining my group program where you can purchase the GI-MAP or any other Functional Lab Test kit. If you are interested in 1:1 coaching and a more comprehensive program, I encourage you to apply to be one of my private clients. Apply here. 

 

 

 

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Michelle - January 7, 2017

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!

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    Kendra Perry - January 22, 2017

    Hey Michelle!

    Thanks for commenting. It’s really hard to say exactly how I got these infections. What I can tell you is they are incredibly common. They are transmitted through hospitals, international travel, water, food, unsanitary conditions and animals. Many of these organisms are around us all the time. When our immune system is strong, we can come into contact with many pathogenic bugs and they just pass through us. But when the immune system is stressed, we lose our natural defenses. Many things can stress the immune system such as poor diet, lack of sleep, stress, alcohol consumption, gluten intolerance, toxic exposure and other infections. I have not always been healthy. I actually spent a good part of my life making bad decisions about my health and spent almost a decade struggling to feel healthy. I have also traveled extensively and had many bouts of traveller’s diarrhea.

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Tara - June 12, 2017

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

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    Kendra Perry - June 13, 2017

    Yes, that may be something to worry about. But it also depends. Sometimes these infections are deep and not easily transmitted but other times they are very easily transmitted. I would always want to test children to be safe or you may just have family members go through the protocol as a cautionary. I hope that helps!

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susanne - June 13, 2017

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!

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    Kendra Perry - June 13, 2017

    Yes. Most infections that you need to worry about are low grade and chronic. Acute infections are much easier to deal with. You know you have them and your immune system is in full swing. Low grade chronic infections evade and stress the immune system over time. Many people will carry Cdiff around in them for years and wonder why they never feel energetic or clear headed.

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Sid Deb - July 3, 2017

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.

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    Kendra Perry - July 5, 2017

    Hi Sid!

    Oh man! It sounds like you have really been struggling. I completely empathize with you and also know exactly how you feel. Who ran these tests for you? And why are they not helping you work through a protocol?! Your case is complex but also totally solvable. I can absolutely help you with this. SIBO and the GI-MAP are my specialty and I have helped hundreds of people heal from parasites, yeast and overgrowth. Please send me a direct email so we can chat more about this: kendra@kendraperry.net. Let’s talk.

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Jackie Bott - September 2, 2017

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

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    Kendra Perry - September 4, 2017

    Hey Jackie. It’s hard to say but with the SigA, can you tell me the reference range on the tests you ran? DSL recently shifted their reference ranges so that will help me decide if I think it’s actually elevated or not. So when the SigA is high is can mean several things. It could indicate that the body immune system is reacting to something. It very common that once you get rid of one thing, you make room for some other infection that has been lurking in the corners. It might also indicate that the immune system is making a come back after being depressed for some time. It could also be that a SIBO infection is being revealed, as evidenced by the overgrowth of normal flora. I am also wondering if your Doc is doing anything for re-mineralization and heavy metal toxicity? One of the main reasons why a person has multiple infections is due to an underlying mineral imbalance and heavy metal presence. The pathogens actually protect the body from heavy metals. For example, Candida usually indicates a mercury. So if you don’t address the toxicities, these infections will often come back. I am not sure if that helps, but I hope it does!

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      Jackie Bott - September 5, 2017

      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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        Kendra Perry - September 5, 2017

        Hey Jackie!

        There are many heavy metals to look out for. The tops ones are aluminum, lead and mercury but there are many others like thallium, tin, nickle, lead, cesium uranium and many more. The best way to test for these is with an inexpensive Hair Mineral Analysis. I am a big fan of detoxing by re-mineralizing the body. It is gentle and does not force the body to move out metals before it’s ready (that can be dangerous and compromise a person’s health). Heavy metals get stored deep in the bone so regular urine and fecal metals tests don’t always give you the full picture.

        As for the SigA, I would say that is elevated but not necessarily a bad thing. It seems like the immune system is making a come back but is still responding to something. For children I really do recommend a mineral protocol using HTMA. Re-mineralizing the body will allow the body function as it should and prevent re-infection in the future.

        I hope that helps!
        Kendra

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Alex Au - October 6, 2017

Dear Kendra,

I was diagnosed with hydrogen-dominant SIBO back in March, even though I was experiencing constipation along with bloating and gas. After 2 courses of antibiotics (Metronidazole + Levofloxacin, followed by Rifaxamin), a 2nd Lactulose breath test showed that SIBO was gone. However, I was still suffering from the same symptoms. A GI MAP stool analysis showed dysbiosis in the colon, which were Proteus spp. and Morganella spp. After being on herbal antimicrobials for 2 months (Oil of oregano, Berberine, Garlic Plus), I suddenly started to suffer from cramping, diarrhea, and foul gas. I was told that a Urine Th1/Th2 Balance Test Kit (UBT) from PROTEA Biopharma could diagnose the presence of H2S-producing bacteria. I did the test, and it was positive. Do you think that I have H2S SIBO, or that the H2S-producing bacteria is localized more in the colon?

Regards,
Alex

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    Kendra Perry - October 6, 2017

    Hey Alex!

    Thanks so much for your comment. I am sorry that you are having so many chronic gut issues. I understand how frustrating this is! In terms of the hydrogen sulfide SIBO, it is possible but there is currently no proven way to test for this. I am not sure who told you that the Th1/Th2 test could diagnose this but that is simply not true. I know there is a test currently being researched but it has not been made available to the public as of yet. So right now we cannot reliably test for it.

    Since writing this article, I have done extensive training in environmental chemicals and heavy metal accumulation in the human body. Your story is incredibly common and might be an example of how sometimes gut healing can go wrong and isn’t enough to get someone well. Often times the body allows certain organisms (including bacteria, parasites and yeast) to grow because they can protect the body from harmful metals. So both need to be addressed in order for the gut to heal properly. If there are gut problems, there are also toxic metals and mineral imbalances. Sometimes by removing these infections, the body is now without it’s protective mechanism and symptoms get worse. I had this same experience and have seen it in hundreds of clients. I now always run a mineral/metals panel along side the GIMAP. This has GREATLY increased the results of my clients. I hope this makes sense.
    If you want to speak with me more about this, please book a free discovery session with me: https://snapappointments.com/listing/3Ip
    I hope this helps!

    XO
    Kendra

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      Alex Au - October 7, 2017

      Dear Kendra,

      Thank you for your reply. I have done an organic acids test, but my results are not here yet. Would you recommend running a minerals/metals panel and then undergoing some kind of detoxification protocol? Or supplementation with probiotics to rebalance the gut flora? I am taking Saccharomyces Boulardii, but it does not seem to be doing anything.

      Thank you very much,
      Alex

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        Kendra Perry - October 10, 2017

        Yes, I think all people will greatly benefit from running mineral and metals panels. Detoxification is incredibly important but it is not something you just do one for a few weeks or even a few months. Detoxification needs to be lifestyle and needs to happen every day. Metals take years to detox and re-mineralizing the body takes at least a year.

        I think Sac-B is helpful for certain conditions but it’s not going to “fix” anything. The same with probiotics. They are helpful but only address a symptom. Re-mineralization and metal detox addresses the root cause or why your gut is out of whack to begin with.

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          Alex Au - October 10, 2017

          Dear Kendra,

          Thank you very much for your insights. I will definitely look into running a mineral and metals panel with my consultant. I just wanted to let you know that after taking a course of Clarityn (anti-histamine), the diarrhea has actually stopped. So perhaps it had to do with histamine overload from the overgrown bacteria?

          Thanks you very much,
          Alex

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          Kendra Perry - October 12, 2017

          You are welcome! Good luck!

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      Jason - October 12, 2017

      Curious, did your functional training actually teach you that pathogens protect people from Metals, or did you just pick this rumour up off the internet somewhere, like from Klinghart followers, or? AFAIK, and I do a lot of research, there is ZERO proof of this claim, other than maybe one in vitro petro dish study, which is worthless logically of course. What happens is the Metals damage the immune system and disrupt many bodily process’s, and this lets the pathogens thrive.

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        Kendra Perry - October 12, 2017

        Hey Jason,

        Yes, I did learn this information in several functional trainings I have done. I have also seen this connection in the hundreds of lab tests I have done with clients. It’s a very interesting connection. And I do agree with you that metals depress the body’s immune system, as well as so many other systems in the body, and thus infections are more likely to thrive and be chronic. In many of my clients with chronic infections, addressing the metals was the only way we were able to finally clear the infections and get them well. This is why I always address both simultaneously. I see significantly more positive results with this method.

        Kendra

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          Jason - October 14, 2017

          Hi Kendra thanks for the reply. That is interesting, because again AFAIK, there are NO studies that prove, that pathogens , PROTECT people from anything, and in contrast, there are hundreds and thousands that show how bad they are, there is NO benefit to pathogens (Candida alone emits 80+ VERY nasty toxins, our body is not promoting THAT on purpose I mean just think about it…. 🙂 ), and I truly believe they do NOT protect us in any way, including from metals (Mercury is death, the absence of life, nothing and I mean nothing is going to live in unison with it). This is just a rumour that Klinghart started many many years ago, because of the fairly consistent relationship they have, where it seems where one is, so is the other, but that sure does not mean one is protecting us from the other! I really can’t believe the Functional model is teaching this, I will have to check my notes on this and try and figure out where the heck they found any viability for this.

          Also, in the many 100’s of people I have seen, and in myself, I have KILLED off the pathogens numerous times, more than I can count/remember, only to my BENEFIT each time!!!! (And I am still very very toxic as were the others). If they were protecting me I would be worse off, never the case, when someone knows what they are doing you can also minimize or even practically eliminate die-off as well.

          Yes for sure, I have the same thing with my clients and have seen this over and over again over the last 10 years, some people will not get well until they deal with the metals when they have too much, properly that is, which unfortunately Functional Medicine does NOT teach. (I have the full modules and have studied some of them)

          Cheers, Jason

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          Kendra Perry - October 14, 2017

          I will try to dig up some of my notes from my trainings, Jason, and pass some of the sources your way. I absolutely agree with you that Candida and other infections are toxic. I always address pathogens and metals together. I think that is important. I have seen your experience first hand many times, you eliminate pathogens and the person gets significantly better. But I haven’t seen this to be true 100% of the time. As I mentioned before, many of my clients got worse after pathogen eradication, myself included. I am someone who has had so many infections including E.histolytica, c. diff, giardia, cryptospiridium (and more) and also both types of SIBO. Getting rid of these and seeing a clean gut panel did little to improve my symptoms and I actually felt a lot worse. I am not sure that we will ever know the conclusive answer as to why. It was this experience with myself and with hundreds of clients that led me to pursue additional training in HTMA, nutritional balancing, heavy metal detox. And I am SOOOO glad I did. You are so right! Functional Medicine rarely talks about environmental toxins and metals. And I think that is too bad because these things are coming more more and common in our world. I was a mess of metals and 2 years in, I am still detoxing and releasing. This is a very interesting conversation, Jason! I appreciate the interaction 🙂

          Kendra

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          Jason - October 31, 2017

          Hi Kendra. So I found several studies showing that Parasites can take on Metal, mostly animal/fish but there is apparently a Human one done in Germany that I have not found yet. Without looking at them really closely it is hard to say if they were “good” and legit studies, but I found enough of them that it seems likely to be legit.

          Do you have/Did you find anything showing a Candida/Fungus/Yeast connection though, where it shows it has them as part of it biofilm etc?

          The Yeast one I really have trouble with, I have killed that #__*#_)*# in myself at least 100 times, I am always BETTER after (same with clients and 1000’s of others on the net), even though I am still highly toxic, why would I be better if it was protecting me? Doesn’t quite add up, but at the same time there are things that point to a strong relationship no doubt about that, I am thinking now that it and Hg are both bound to the same Sulfur proteins and compounds in the body which makes sense since they are both attracted to them. The one thing I have noticed before, is I “might” be more sensitive to thiols when the Candida is near dead (it is never truly dead, that POS!)

          Cheers

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          Jason - October 31, 2017

          Also I am curious what you are doing for Metals, and how you are gauging your progress if you are with tests? One can not just look at the level of Mercury on the Hair test of course, and it sounds like you went the Dr. Wilson way or spin-off of training for HTMA and Nutritional Balancing, and I don’t think they teach how to properly gauge Mercury status in particular (it is difficult and not an exact science for sure, and there is NO way to detect how much is left in the Brain)

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          Kendra Perry - December 20, 2017

          Hey Jason! I always run a HTMA along with a urine metals challenge test. Sometimes I also run a stool metals test. I use Micro Trace Elements for the urine and stool testing. I did do training with Dr. Lawrence Wilson and also through the Malter Institute. I have also trained with Wendy Myers and studied the Cutler method. I agree that is it very difficult to gauge mercury and often times I can only really tell how much a person has by re-testing HTMA and see how much is excreted over time (and often many years). I am a strong believer in gentle detox by re-mineralizing the body over time and allowing the body to excrete metals at the rate that it is ready. I believe forcing metals out of the body is dangerous and can lead to additional health issues. I re-mineralized based off HTMA results and then add in several natural binders and immobilizers like Biosil, modified citrus pectin, zeolite and cilantro oil. I may also add in vitamin C, lipoic acid and EDTA suppositories, depending on how toxic a person appears to be. But often times in the beginning, I just focus on re-mineralizing and build a person’s system up with diet and lifestyle so that they can eventually handle more detox. Sauna therapy and coffee enemas are also a large part of my approach.

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Ariana - December 17, 2017

Hi Kendra,
I was wondering where people go to get a GI-MAP done? I live in the United States, and I’m not sure doctors here commonly practice that. I’m also curious about the price? Would most insurance cover something like that?

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    Kendra Perry - December 19, 2017

    Hi Ariana!

    Most doctor’s do not commonly recommend the GIMAP but they can order it. Most probably would not be willing to but a functional or integrative doctor would probably be familiar with this test. Some insurance will cover the cost of this test but in my experience, you should be prepared to pay out of pocket for it. I can order this test and I do run this on almost every client I work with. The cost is currently around $359 plus fees. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more: support@kendraperry.net

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Vae - January 12, 2018

GI-MAP has been updated now. Using now qPCR technology (vs PCR)

They have expanded on some more bacterial detection ..such as Citrobacter freundii. and now more quanitive results instead of just Negative/Positive.

I think now it’s price tag (update has not changed price!) reflects it’s true value more now

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    Kendra Perry - January 12, 2018

    Yes, there just added so many new markers include EBV, CMV, worms, antibiotic-resistant genes plus more bacteria, parasites and yeast. I just saw my first new report yesterday and it’s fantastic! Very much worth the cost!!!

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Sarah - February 1, 2018

Hi there! Great post. I was just wondering if you’ve managed to clear the Klebsiella now? Thanks!

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    Kendra Perry - February 1, 2018

    Hey Sarah! I have since gotten rid of all my infections 🙂

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      Denise Bowman - August 27, 2018

      What did you do to get rid of the Klebsiella?

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        Kendra Perry - September 11, 2018

        A number of things are needed. To be completely transparent, I still have Klebsiella and am still addressing it. It has been the stubborn infection for me. It is associated with mercury toxicity so often times I don’t see it resolve until the mercury is dealt with. Anti-microbials are necessary, identifying other infections that may be allowing it to grow, biofilm disruptors and then re-testing to confirm eradication. I hope that helps!

        Kendra

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Sarah - February 27, 2018

That’s fantastic. Well done! Did you add in anything different or just continue with the same protocol?

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    Kendra Perry - March 2, 2018

    Hey Sarah! I am always ret-testing and tweaking the protoco. Gut healing can take time so you need to be strategic and keep on top of what’s going on under the hood 🙂 The GI-MAP just added worms to their profile so looking forward to see the results for that soon 🙂

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Alina Novak - March 9, 2018

Hi Kendra,
What causes low elastase-1 and how to fix it? Mine was 104. It should be over 200.
If it helps my steatocrit was a little high at 20. It should be under 15
Thank you in advance!

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    Kendra Perry - May 8, 2018

    Hey Alina! Low elastase is caused by sluggish digestion, poor brain communication and dysbioisis in general. Healing it generally requires removing pathogens and infections that might be present. Rebuilding the gut lining is also important. In the meantime you can take digestive bitters and ox bile for support 🙂

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EL - March 29, 2018

Can you tell me if vibrio cholera is 1.59e4 and klebsiella pneumoniae is 1.34e3 but not neither one is flagged as high do you recommend to treat it?

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    Kendra Perry - May 8, 2018

    I do. They may not be “high” by the lab standards but from a functional standpoint, they are an issue, cause toxicity and dysbiosis. I would treat them 🙂

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YL - June 6, 2018

Hi Kendra,

What would you have done with the same results but if your Secretory Iga were so low that antibiotics would hurt more than help? And what did you do to bring your Secretory Iga up?

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    Kendra Perry - June 6, 2018

    Hey there!

    So what brought my Secretory IgA up was eliminating the infections. I don’t always specifically address low SigA, I often just address the infections, correct the dysbiosis and work on emotional health and stress (SigA is very sensitive to emotional stress). I hope that helps.

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Maria Buff - July 9, 2018

Hi Kendra,
thank you for sharing this information, it is brave of you!
I have had bad gut issues for the last 10 years, this past year we found out about SIBO, but everytime my functional doctor treated it my system would crash with sever fly like symptoms (not herx).
We found out I have Lyme disease. After research, I am finding that certain strains of Lyme and Lyme co-infections contribute to GI issues and prevent getting better until the Lyme is kicked to the curb.
Does the GI Map show Lyme co-infections or indictors, such as mycoplasma?
Thank you for your time. Maria

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    Kendra Perry - July 13, 2018

    Hey Maria!

    Thanks so much for sharing. The GI-MAP does not test for the lyme co-infections. But there is a test that does from Immuno Laboratories. I would look into that!

    XO
    Kendra

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Ava Phiippus - July 20, 2018

Hi Kendra. If infections constantly return, what’s the use of all of this? Isn’t there a way to increase one’s immunity to all of these pathogens so they DON’t keep coming back?

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    Kendra Perry - July 20, 2018

    Hey Ava,

    Infections only constantly return if you fail to address the reason why you got infected to begin with. You need to address the entire health of the body including the gut, the mineral system, toxicity and emotional health. I have seen lots of success getting rid of infections for good but you must take a holistic approach 🙂 The use is to achieve thriving health and to stop suffering. And yes, it is possible. I have seen it many times. But you need to be committed and you need to want it. I hope that helps 🙂

    Kendra

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lulu - July 23, 2018

I have serious digestive issues and definitely have parasites (i’m 90% sure it’s systemic infection at this point). I’m planning to order the gi map test but if I cannot find a doctor to help me interpret and develop a plan based on the results, would I be able to work with you? Thank you.

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    Kendra Perry - July 24, 2018

    Yes, absolutely. Just send my team an email letting them know you want to do the GI-MAP and they can inform you about cost, logistics, etc. support@kendraperry.net

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      lulu - August 7, 2018

      Thank you!

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      lulu - August 7, 2018

      Also forgot to say, I just found out I tested positive for h.pylori after a breath test and of course my doctor prescribed 2 antibiotics + PPI. I don’t want to take antibiotics anymore (took in the past and my health problems started after one particular time I took them) but the h.pylori has really messed with stomach lining and I have issues with energy and iron.

      Do you have any recommendations for eradicating or drastically lowering h.pylori and healing the gut lining? I’ve been taking l-glutamine, slippery elm powder and mastic gum even before I knew h.pylori was an issue and they haven’t helped much.

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        Kendra Perry - August 10, 2018

        Hey Lulu,

        Mastic gum can help. I would also look into Matula tea and DGL. Its not easy to remove so I hope you are working with a practitioner!

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Stephanie - July 25, 2018

Hi Kendra,

Just wanted to say thank you so much for posting your story & results online. Your testimonials are a life saver. I just got my GI Map results back this Mon. & my doctor only went over the High & Low results. I’m looking over the test again & noticed that there are other values present. For example, Cyclospora spp. registered at 7.17e3. It doesn’t state High or Low, but I’m assuming that this isn’t good? Any thoughts? Thank you in advance (I’m up late trying to research this).

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    Kendra Perry - July 25, 2018

    No problem, Stephanie! I am really glad you enjoyed the article! Even if the lab doesn’t flag things are “high,” they can still be a concern. From a functional standpoint, you don’t want to see these things detected. With clients, I still address these things, especially when the person has GI issues. I do offer a test review session if you would like a second opinion on your test results. Just let me know 🙂

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Sheryl McLaughlin - August 14, 2018

Hi Kendra,

You provide quite a bit of information for people like me who just need help figuring out there health issues. Thank you. I started my health journey by trying to gain as much knowledge as I can about Hashimotos and how it affects my health. I’ve been gluten free, taken digestive enzymes betaine with pepsin, try to eat clean mostly paleo diet. I’ve brought my antibodies down but still wasn’t feeling my best so I ordered the GI-Map test. It shows I have H pylori, parasites, and low elastase and high steatocrit. I treated the H pylori with Mastic Gum for 2 weeks in March but felt it was back again so I just finished another round of mastic gum for 3 weeks. I’m not sure what to do next. Could I get a review session with you on my results?

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    Kendra Perry - August 14, 2018

    Hey Sheryl!

    Yes, absolutely. Please email my team and let them know that you are interested in a GI-MAP test results review session. They can get you set up with that 🙂

    Kendra

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Dan - August 19, 2018

Hello Kendra,

Thank you for the article, very valuable.

I noticed in the comments though that you mention coffee enemas which I was considering and thus was investigating them for a while. This article will hopefully make you reconsider them: https://www.thepaleomom.com/coffee-enemas-what-the-science-says-versus-what-youve-heard/

Mark Davis is sharing his experience with enemas (for UC) that might be of interest: http://ndnr.com/gastrointestinal/therapeutic-retention-enemas-an-underutilized-modality-for-uc/

I live in EU but I’m considering doing GI-MAP and then send it in for analysis or even take 1on1 – we’ll see how finances in the near future stack up.

I’m not 100% sure would GI-MAP be the best direction to take first so that’s why I’m writing.

My diagnosis is not complete at the moment and I got a wide range of symptoms. I used to run marathons and live rather healthy lifestyle. It seems that sometimes in my life I walked off pneumonia and mononucleosis (I always had lots of energy and could tolerate pain well) and it would seem I got quite high IgG ​for CMV (101 or about 40 times more than max. by CMIA method), EBV EBNA (8,93 or about 17 times more than max. by ELFA method) and VZV (1,91 or just about twice as much as maximum for positive detection by ELFA method). Anyway, it would seem these can be connected to some neurological problems I’ve started experiencing but I’m suspecting fungi/spores might be one of the underlying culprits. Klebsiella pneumon. might also be present and as for Borrelia burdorferi I got false-positive (ELISA is positive, while WB is negative). I soon realized classical doctors are not really useful and have begin to explore different studies and learn. Adjusting my diet (which was healthy to begin with) and some supplements improved my condition considerably but it is just a temporary measure since it is somewhat limited.

I felt the subtle symptoms for years (and have skin problems such as psoriasis pretty much my whole life – not being able to contain it) but it all downhill fast after taking natural antimicrobials that obviously wiped out too much. I ended up in the hospital and managed to stabilize later but overall still declining more than a year later.

It’s hard to work like this so I struggle financially as well which is why I’m trying to put money where it will give most results.

I did 23andme and used that data for some insights.

I was also considering diy FMT but keeping that as a last resort.

Anyway, do you reckon GI-MAP would be the test to do atm?

Thank you,
Dan

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    Kendra Perry - August 19, 2018

    Hey Dan

    Thank you so much for your comment and I am glad you found the article happy. At this point, I stand behind my recommendation of coffee enemas. I have used them clinically for the past 5 years and have only seen good results. Most of my clients feel they have benefited from them and to this day I haven’t seen a poor reaction. Of course in the end, everyone is so different and everyone needs to test and do what feels right for them. They are not for everyone.

    To answer your other question, without knowing your health history, it is impossible to say definitely that the GI-MAP is a good test for you to do right now. But that being said, I feel that absolutely everyone can benefit from doing this test. It is very comprehensive and will no doubt uncover some hidden infection. Symptoms are very far removed from their cause so identifying gut dysfunction is very important. I rarely see a “nice” GI-MAP and I have see thousands. I run one of these with almost every single client.

    I hope that helps!

    Kendra

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      Dan - August 23, 2018

      Hello,

      Thank you for replying! There was no email update about your response so I’m only seeing it now.

      I think it’s not wise to ignore the science – especially when it’s directly related to a procedure. People will get temporal relief from almost any kind of enema which does not necessarily make them good. I don’t won’t to argue or oppose you though and of course everyone works within their best knowledge and ability. That said, I think it’s important to stay open. When people are not well they will say yes to almost anything. But ok – maybe it can’t make much damage, it just seems (to me) there are better alternatives.

      Maybe you could provide your clients with data and let them decide. Again, just thinking out loud but I’ll stop now. You are doing great and I’m grateful for your time and exchange.

      High lymphocytes (54%) and low neutrophils (35%) seem to correlate with system bring overwhelmed with pathogens, and those are pretty much only abnormal readings I got (+the IgG levels reported earlier). Glands seem to be ok, even adrenal is supposedly perfect. Still, I have so much symptoms it’s not even funny. So far I got better exclusively trough the gut and was hoping that knowledge from GI-MAP could help to take this on a new level. Does that seem reasonable?

      I’ll save up and when I get it done I will contact you and your team trough proper channels.

      Thank you,
      Dan

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Jessica - September 20, 2018

What did you use to kill Klebsiella pneumoniae? Is there a big difference from Klebsiella spp? I would really prefer not to use antibiotics. Have you had good luck with treating streptococcus spp?

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    Kendra Perry - September 20, 2018

    Hey Jessica! All bacterial infections can be resolved without antibiotics. Taking antibiotics will only give you more bacterial infections. Klebsiella has been my stubborn infection so I still have it, although it keeps reducing in size every re-test. I would work with a high dose allicin product. But all infections need to be addressed properly and the gut needs to be re-built so not to have a recurrence of infection. Everyone is different. I recommend working with a qualified health practitioner who knows what they are doing 🙂

    kendra

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