The Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis / Parasitology (CDSA/P) is a stool/saliva test which offers a comprehensive look at the overall health of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The CDSA/P is a non-invasive evaluation of gastrointestinal function that includes analysis of digestion, absorption, bacterial balance, yeast, and parasites. This profile is recommended for patients with diffuse and non-specific GI-related symptoms such as IBS, indigestion, dysbiosis, constipation, and diarrhea.

Digestive complaints are among the most common reasons that individuals visit the doctor. Evidence suggests that both local and systemic health issues may begin as imbalances in GI function. This analysis provides immediate, actionable clinical information for the estimated 50% of all patients seen by primary care doctors who have GI complaints including IBS.

Some of the consequences of imbalanced gastrointestinal health are the following:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be the result of maldigestion, malabsorption, dysbiosis, and/or inflammation.

Maldigestion can result in GI symptoms such as gas, bloating abdominal constipation, or diarrhea.

Chronic malabsorption can lead to bacterial/fungal overgrowth and alterations in gut permeability. Toxins and large molecules that escape the intestinal barrier can enter the general circulation, inflame the liver, burden the body’s detoxification system, and increase the risk for food allergies, joint disease, and imbalances in overall health.

Malabsorption can lead to deficiencies of nutrients, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. This can result in long term health complications such as anemia, malnutrition, impaired metabolism and other diseases, such as osteoporosis.

Chronic dysbiosis can lower the levels of beneficial short chain fatty acids and alter bacterial metabolic activity, thereby increasing the risk of carcinogenesis, hormonal imbalance, and GI inflammation.

Altered GI immune function and exposure to bacterial pathogens can lead to diarrhea, mucosal inflammation, intestinal permeability, toxin production, and auto-immune disorders.

This test is often the “first step” in helping diagnose the cause of many GI ailments and other chronic health problems. This service is provided through Hoffman Clinic for Optimal Health.To schedule a consultation, call 813-985-5190 today.

01/14/2015. Kelly Miller DC NMD FASA FBAARM CFMP*, health coach consultant for Hoffman Clinic for Optimal Health.

*Not currently licensed in Florida.