The GI-MAP is designed to assess your gut's micro-organisms, microbiome and immune and digestive biomarkers from a single stool sample.
The panel examines a wide range of microbes that may be disturbing normal microbial balance and causing illness. It screens for beneficial, pathogenic, and commensal bacteria, along with opportunistic pathogens, fungi, viruses, and parasites.
To give the most comprehensive view of the gut, it also screens the gastrointestinal microbiome. The gastrointestinal microbiome refers to the collective genomes of microorganisms inhabiting our gut. They form one community, among the many, that make up the total human microbiome: the full genetic complement of bacteria and other organisms at home on your skin, gums, and teeth, in your genital tract, and especially in your gut.
Where the Comprehensive Stool Analysis + Parasitology just look at bacteria, fungi and parasites, this test looks at all of those plus their genomes. We depend on a vast army of microbes to stay alive: a microbiome that protects us against germs, breaks down food to release energy, and produces vitamins.
What's arguably become the hottest area of medicine: microbiome research, an emerging field that's investigating how the bacteria that live in and on our bodies affect our health.
Immune and digestive biomarkers can provide a lot of useful information about the health and functioning of the gut.
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The GI-MAP can be used in the detection and identification of gastrointestinal microbial nucleic acids and has been clinically validated for the detection of gastrointestinal pathogens that cause infectious colitis or gastroenteritis.1 This technology has been used to identify and control pathogen outbreaks because of its rapid turn-around-time.1 It measures a substantial list of opportunistic pathogens as well as a list of FDA-cleared pathogens, including novel targets such as viruses, Microsporidia, and pathogenic virulence factors. Chronic gastrointestinal symptoms, intestinal permeability, hormonal imbalance, and food sensitivities may trace their origins to imbalanced gut microbes as a root cause. Further, chronic inflammatory arthritis could have a microbial component that may warrant investigation by stool studies. This stool test offers integrative and functional medicine practitioners superior sensitivity and specificity to help resolve persistent and complex illnesses. Since the immune system, the intestinal barrier, and microbial diversity are intimately interwoven, a thorough understanding of our gut microbiome holds promise for new approaches to treat and prevent disease.
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The GI-MAP measures pathogenic organisms that can cause hospital-acquired infections (HAI) such as C. difficile or norovirus, foodborne illness such as E.coli or Salmonella, and common causes of diarrhoea such as Campylobacter, Shigella, and rotavirus A.1 This panel measures viral causes of gastroenteritis, unavailable by other common stool tests. It measures parasites such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and Entamoeba histolytica.
The GI-MAP analyses Helicobacter pylori and its virulence factors. It can detect opportunistic pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Yersinia enterocolitica, and Proteus mirabilus, associated with autoimmune molecular mimicry. It includes a panel of single-celled, amebic parasites such as Blastocystis hominis, Dientamoeba fragilis, and Entamoeba coli.
Fungal organisms are measured by the GI-MAP such as Candida, Geotrichum, and Microsporidia, with the latter being a new addition to DNA stool analysis. Finally, the GI-MAP measures standard markers of immunity, inflammation and digestion including lactoferrin, secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA), anti-gliadin antibody, and pancreatic elastase 1.
Finally, the GI-MAP measures standard markers of immunity, inflammation and digestion including lactoferrin, secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA), anti-gliadin antibody, and pancreatic elastase 1.