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What is causing my strange symptoms?

The test for Candida and parasites is an FDA approved Regular or Expanded Gastrointestinal Panel that Dr. Cushing  uses to evaluate patients for pathogens, inflammatory markers, occult blood, and other functional markers. Testing uses three stool samples and two saliva samples, providing for the most comprehensive  and accurate clinical results.

Testing For:

  • Yeast & fungi
  • Dysbiosis
  • Human Tapeworm
  • Microscopic ova
  • Parasites
  • Culture for bacteria & flora.
  • Chymotrypsin test to measure pancreatic digestive strength.
  • Antigen test for Giardia, Clostridium difficile & Cryptosporidium.
  • Inflammatory biomarkers test levels for: lysozyme, alpha antichymotrypsin and intestinal SIgA.

Most commonly the transmission of parasites is the fecal – oral route, via infected individuals through hand contact or contaminated food and water. Parasites are highly transferable within a household.  People with low immunity with, for instance, T-cell (white cell) dysfunction, are  predisposed to heavy infections of pathogens affecting the GI tract. Cancer patients and patients receiving chemotherapy are at high risk for parasitic infections.

Excessive over-utilization of antibiotics causes the GI tract to be more susceptible to chronic overgrowth of harmful microorganisms. These organisms produce systemic toxins causing severe irritation of fragile nutrient-absorbing intestinal wall tissues.

Pathogenic infections in the intestine are not clinically discovered solely on the basis of a patient’s medical history, physical exam and symptom picture. Confirmation requires specific laboratory testing to diagnosis and evaluate correctly.

Tests for Candida include:

  • Toxoplasma Gondii: (Tissue Parasite).   This parasite is contracted from exposure to cat feces under cooked meats and contaminated foods.  A simple saliva test checks for secretory IgA antibodies to Toxoplasma.  Toxoplasma Gondii can be found in the brain and muscles. The symptoms associated with this type of parasite are behavioral, cognitive and memory disorders, depression, intolerance to stress and Insomnia.
  • Entamoeba Histolytica (Intestinal & tissue parasite).  Fecal-oral contamination usually from sexual contact or other exposure is the main transmission.  Symptoms associated with Entamoeba histolytica are perianal itching, episodes of diarrhea resulting in colon ulceration also can be locally invasive, causing abscesses in the lung and liver.
  • Taenia Solium (Pork tapeworm).  Transferred from undercooked pork, swine to human, and fecal-oral, symptoms include abdominal discomfort, headaches, seizures, cognitive decline and blurry vision.
  • Trichinella Spiralls (Tissue worm)  Dr. Cushing uses salivary testing to detect for secretory IgA antibodies to Trichinella.  Symptoms are diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramping, muscle soreness and pain.
  • Ascaris lumbricoides (Roundworm).  Contacted from fecal to oral, fruits or vegetables and contaminated water.  Symptoms are diarrhea, intestinal colic, and spasmodic cough.  Roundworm causes nutritional deficiencies, reduced liver and pancreas function.

Treatment & Prevention

Accurate detection and diagnosis of all pathogens including including common parasites and worms is essential.  Successful therapy depends on two important issues.

  1. Accurate and detailed diagnosis.
  2. Targeted therapeutic supplements.


Follow these simple rules:

  1. Follow strict personal hygiene.
  2. Always choose cooked food when eating outside your home.
  3. Clean fruits and vegetables with a safe cleaning agent and water.
  4. Don’t drink contaminated water.
  5. Before you travel overseas especially to a third world country contact the CDC for tips.
  6. Keep pets in designated parts of your home, washing hands after handling pets.

The Gastrointestinal Health Test Panel:

The GI Health Panel uses in-home stool and saliva samples from the patient to test for 15-22 individualized but related tests. This test for candida and other parasites is a non-invasive screening of the gastrointestinal tract and its function.

The panel includes:

  1. Pathogen screening for candida, bacteria, yeast, fungi and numerous parasites.
  2. Screens for digestion-related enzyme levels & immunochemical markers for the most common offending food intolerances.
  3. Markers for irritation & inflammation of the intestinal tract. These markers indicate the overall status of the immunity & integrity of the gut lining.
  4. Test for occult blood.

The GI Health Panel Test gives the patient a balance between comprehensive screening and economy by bundling individual appropriate individual tests together.

The GI Health Panel Test for Candida is recommended for:

  1. Frequent travel overseas & throughout the US.
  2. Frequent eating in restaurants.
  3. Those exposed to feces through sexual contact.
  4. Food preparers at restaurants, homes, schools, etc.
  5. Those who are confined in an institution.
  6. Service personnel in the hospitality industry.
  7. Dormitory residents.
  8. Children in daycare centers.

Typical GI symptoms include the following:

  1. Frequent bloating.
  2. Intestinal gas.
  3. Intestinal cramping.
  4. Anal itching.
  5. Diarrhea
  6. Acid reflux/Heartburn.
  7. Chronic skin disorders.
  8. Unexplained vomiting and nausea.

All of the above are associated with and can lead to chronic illness and disease.

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