Why Would Anyone Have A Stool Test?


Stool tests are not cheap (or at least, the ‘proper’ ones are not). So why take one?
Firstly, the chances are, if you have H-pylori, you’ll have other infections too. I was a classic case of this.As well as H-pylori, I had Blastocystis. And I didn’t lose my symptoms until I rid myself of both.So while clearing yourself of H-pylori has a good chance of getting you back to feeling yourself again – it’s not guaranteed: something else causing you similar damage, and in turn, making you feel how you do.Secondly, a stool test is the quickest way to feel fine again.Comprehensive stool analysis gets to the underlying cause of your symptoms, so you can follow a tailored programme, laser-focused on your specific issues. You get fast results because it removes all the guesswork from your health issues.Again, I’m a classic case of this. I limped through feeling awful for fours years before I bit the bullet and took a stool test.The sad thing (for me) is I was able to get rid of my H-pylori and Blastocystis in just over a month. Hindsight’s a wonderful thing. Looking back, I would have paid any price for a stool test when I first started feeling ill. But many people don’t – like myself – for many reasons.

$595 / approx £380.00

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Why Do Most People Delay Having A Stool Test?

Okay, it’s not the most pleasant thought in the world. But what most people don’t know is:

  • It’s done in the comfort of your own home.
  • You send the sample off in the packaging provided.
  • The report is emailed to you.

So there’s no embarrassment. No awkward trips to the doctor. No uncomfortable questions. It’s easy.

And it’ll give you answers, removing all the guesswork from why you don’t feel well. Let me show you what I mean.

Over half of my clients have other bad bugs in their gut – as well as H. pylori. Some think they have H. pylori, but we find they have other bad bugs instead.

Helicobacter pylori is just one of many bacteria, parasites and fungal organisms that can inhabit your digestive tract. We have helped clients recover from more than 30 different bad bugs over the last half decade, including:

  • H pylori
  • Blastocystis
  • Giardia
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Salmonella
  • Vibrio
  • Yersinia
  • Klebsiella
  • Candida
  • Entamoeba histolytica
  • Trichuris trichiura (whipworm)
  • Strongyloides (threadworm)
  • Necator americanus (hookworm)
  • Pinworm

(And I can tell you now, they all make you feel truly awful by causing digestive pain, heartburn, wind, bloating, gas, diarrhoea, constipation, headaches, skin problems, mood issues, food allergies and fatigue!).

Do you see now how a comprehensive stool test is worth every penny?

And talking of money, what would happen if there were no infections or bacteria found in the test? In that case, you’d get a full refund.

The bottom line is, if you’re testing for H-pylori, you need to test for its troublesome bedfellows too. It’s that simple.

The Bad News About Conventional Testing

Unfortunately, conventional testing for H-pylori has its limitations:

  • H pylori tests typically only test for H pylori (except for endoscopies which are able to find structural damage to your stomach lining, such as gastritis, ulcers and other problems like hiatus hernias)
  • Symptoms such as heartburn, acid reflux, bloating, stomach pain, IBS, fatigue, depression can be caused by completely different infections that are missed by standard H pylori testing (see the list above and also testimonials and case histories).
  • More than half my clients with H pylori also have at least one other infection. In these cases, clearing H pylori alone may not bring any improvements in symptoms. In other cases, H pylori may not be present at all, even though the symptoms are similar to those caused by the bacteria. For example, Strongyloides (threadworm) and Cryptospodium are two digestive infections that can cause the same symptoms as H pylori infection.
  • H pylori tests do not assess for food intolerances, another major cause of digestive symptoms and chronic fatigue.
  • Conventional H pylori tests are not always accurate – false negatives and false positives are common (a full discussion of this is provided in my e-book, the H Pylori Diet and on the H Pylori Secrets DVD.)
  • Doctors may be unwilling to test if symptoms are not serious enough, or if the symptoms appear to be unrelated to the digestive system (but we know that digestive infections like H pylori and parasites can cause symptoms elsewhere in the body).
  • There may be waiting lists and long delays before testing can be accessed, depending on your location. Do you want to wait that long?

 

A Very Simple Testing Procedure

The Comprehensive Stool Test is easy and convenient to use:

  • Test kits are sent to your home (or wherever you want)
  • You complete your stool samples in the privacy of your home
  • You do not need a clinic visit
  • You complete the requisition forms and post the samples to the lab or distributor, depending on your location. (please note that the cost of return postage is not included)
  • Samples are analysed and results are available approximately 3 weeks later (the bacteria results require culturing which takes time)
  • A copy of the test results is sent to you by email (PDF document)
  • A consultation is arranged so that we can discuss your results and design your healing programme. (please note that this Consultation must be held within 3 months of your test results being returned to you. After this time, the effects of lifestyle and environment may render the information invalid)

 

“How This Stool Test Is So Accurate”

Unlike a standard stool test in which a lab technician examines the sample through a microscope, our lab uses an advanced technology called PCR DNA amplification.

The technical term doesn’t really matter; what matters is that this technology is up to 5,000 times more accurate for some parasites than standard methods of assessment.

We test for “bad bugs” that many medical laboratories don’t consider, let alone look for.
Many of our clients have been shocked at the different bad bugs they have been carrying:
•    Some folk feel certain they have H. pylori, only to find Candida or parasites.
•    Others have H. pylori and Candida or parasites.
•    It is not uncommon to see four, five or even more different bad bugs in people who are struggling with long-term symptoms like IBS, fatigue and skin complaints.

If this is you, then the test is definitely going to help you determine why you’re not feeling yourself.

“What Do We Test For?”

In seven years of clinical practice and more than 2,000 stool test interpretations, we have observed that more than 90% of our clients harbour bad bugs, which when eradicate, lead to rapid symptom improvement, including:
•    H. pylori – causes heartburn, acid reflux, burning, stomach pain, skin problems and more
•    Blastocystis hominis – causes wind, bloating, loose stools, fatigue, low mood, aches & pains
•    Cryptosporidium – causes abdominal cramps, loose stools and diarrhoea, fatigue
•    Giardia – famous for causing loose stools, diarrhoea, nausea, bloating, fatigue and low mood
•    Entameba histolytica – causes loose stools, mood swings, right shoulder pain, liver stress, jaundice
•    Hookworm – causes digestive pain, bloating, anemia, fatigue
•    Pinworm – causes itchy bottom, vague abdominal pain
•    Candida – can cause any or all the above symptoms plus oral thrush, dandruff and fungal nails
•    E. coli – can cause loose stools, digestive pain and cramping, dehydration, fever and fatigue
•    Shigella – can cause serious diarrhoea
•    Salmonella – famous for causing diarrhoea, but can also cause nausea, loss of appetite, bloating, gas
•    C. difficile – can lead to loose stools or constipation, along with bloating, wind and even blood in your stool
•    Campylobacter – causes loose stools, fever, sickness, abdominal pain, fatigue
•    Yersinia – can cause common digestive symptoms, as well as affecting thyroid function
•    Viruses – research now shows they can cause chronic symptoms, as well as short term, acute illness

Are You Digesting Food Properly?

Even when bad bugs are absent, your ability to digest food can be a deal breaker when it comes to how you feel.
Poor digestion leads to fermentation, gas, bloating and can cause constipation and even abdominal cramps and diarrhea.
Your stool sample is analysed for a marker called Elastase I, which tells you whether your digestive enzyme levels are high enough to enable you to properly digest your food.

If they’re low, you can take specific actions to improve your enzyme levels and restore proper digestive function.

How Strong Is Your Immune System?

Probably the most important test marker of all is called secretory IgA, or sIgA for short.

It tells you how strong your gut immune system is, and provides an indication of your ability to maintain health once the bad bugs have been defeated.

If your gut immunity is low, you will have a very hard time achieving long-term success because bad bugs will find it easy to get back into your body even if you eradicate them the first time.

Taking steps to optimize your sIgA gut immune army is tremendously important. It will ensure long-term results, and protect you from colds and flu in the winter months.

Assessing Gluten Sensitivity

Another critically important test marker is called anti-gliadin IgA, which can give excellent insight into whether or not your digestive system can tolerate gluten found in wheat, rye, barley and other grains.

Gluten intolerance is very common and causes more symptoms than bad bugs. 80% of the population is believed have genetic susceptibility to gluten sensitivity, and gluten is known to be a causal factor in at least 55 diseases.

Having an anti-gliadin marker in your test is a huge bonus. If you are in fact gluten-sensitive, avoiding gluten will be single the most important action step you take in rejuvenating your vitality and ensuring a healthy, happy life.

Digestive Inflammation – The Cause of Your Symptoms

Inflammation is the process that underpins most digestive symptoms, and can make you feel tired, grumpy and irritable. It can also affect your sleep, sex drive and skin. Furthermore, all aches and pains are caused by inflammation.

Lactoferrin is a chemical assessed in your stool sample that tells you whether your inflammation might be a little more serious.

It tells you whether you may have an inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD) as opposed to a little bit of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

This is really important as it dramatically changes the treatments that are most effective for you and means you will need a medical referral to get a full diagnosis.

Blood In Your Stool: An Early Warning?

Finally, the lab can also analyze your stool sample for “occult blood”. This sounds horrible but it’s there as safety-mechanism for you.

The presence of blood in your stool can mean a few things, some being more serious than others.

If the lab detects occult blood it’s important you have a thorough assessment or check-up by a medically trained professional.

 

Can You Get The Test Where You Live?

This Stool Test is available around the world. We work with clients in the following countries:

  • UK and Continental Europe
  • USA and Canada (incl. Hawaii)
  • Central America, South America & The Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • If you live anywhere else, please email us as we may have to use an alternative process to supply to you. (email to: h.pylori@hompesmethod.com)

Please note that due to the global coverage we do not include return postage in this package, as it varies so significantly across the globe. We have found that it ends up being cheaper for you if you secure your own return methods and pay at source.

Professional Interpretation, Programme Design & Support
The test reports are relatively complex compared to standard tests. On their own, they would mean little to you. That’s why, with every test, we add a consultation to interpret your stool test results, in the context of your health history and symptoms. Following the consultation, we can recommend an effective protocol to help you achieve your health goals.

We consult worldwide. We specialise in phone and skype consultancy and have worked with clients and patients on every major continent.

Your program generally consists of three to four phases:

  • Removal of “bad” bugs using antibiotics via physician referral and/or herbal protocols
  • Liver and detoxification support
  • Reduction of inflammation in the digestive tract
  • Restoration of good bacteria and immune function in the digestive tract

These protocols are set against a foundational Nutrition and Lifestyle programme – called “Hompes Method Basics” to ensure optimal success.

 

With You Every Step Of The Way

The initial support process is as follows:

  • Whilst your test is being processed, you complete a Health History form, collect 3-days worth of both a food diary, and some core bio-measures
  • We schedule a 60 minute consultation upon receipt of your results.
  • Before the Consultation is held, the Hompes Method Practitioner reviews your health history and symptoms.
  • The Practitioner also reviews your food diary to identify whether your eating habits are likely to contributing to your symptoms (more than 90% of our clients experience improvements in symptoms by altering their diets alone).
  • Lastly the Practitioner reviews your core bio-measures – pulse and temperature – as this gives additional insight that can help to understand your unique set of circumstances and symptoms.
  • Following the consultation your Practitioner will document their personalised recommendations for you, and include some easy to apply aspects so you can get started immediately.

We are well aware that for some people on-going support is necessary, as you don’t want to feel left alone during your health rejuvenation process. We offer a range of on-going support packages, which your practitioner will cover off with you during your consultation if they feel they are appropriate.

 

Why Would You NOT Take Advantage of this Testing Technology?

Half a decade’s experience has taught us that if you really want to get to the root cause of your symptoms, assessing your digestive health is an essential tool. We have found that once our clients and patients make the commitment to test, they are always 100% satisfied with the outcome because:

We discover why they feel unwell.

    • We know exactly what they need to do in order to feel better.
    • There is no wasted money on programmes and supplements that do not work.
    • We’re able to achieve better results, in less time.

Many of these clients and patients initially had doubts before they made the commitment to work with us but time and again we were able to achieve results that were beyond their expectations.

We understand that you may already have seen several doctors and practitioners and that you may be sceptical of whether we can help you. Again, our experience has shown that THREE main factors may prevent you from making the decision to take action:

1. Reason Not To Take Action #1: PRICE

We realise the test fee is not inexpensive, but we urge you to consider its comprehensive nature – and don’t forget your health history and symptoms analysis, plus your 60 minute phone consultation is included in this one, single payment.

The Comprehensive Stool Test is a “Rolls Royce” test and assesses no less than seventy different analytes. At $734 (approx. £446), that works out at approximately $10.50 or £7 per analyte (an analyte is a very specific measure, or finding, in your test.)

Consider that some labs and clinics charge >$150 for an H. pylori only stool antigen test! Our comprehensive stool test is 25 times less expensive per analyte or marker!

Here’s the biggie though: If you have H. pylori, the chances are you have some other bad bugs, too. It is very, very unusual just to have one bad bug (I’m sure you know this if you’ve read my case studies and seen test reports from those cases).

According to folk we’ve consulted, an H. pylori breath test, if you do not have medical insurance in the US, can cost as much as $1,000 and it only assesses for H. pylori. Without medical insurance, an endoscopy procedure may be $5,000 or more!

We therefore suggest you consider the “Rolls Royce” stool test as a significantly more cost-effective investment than any of these other options. We also urge you to ask yourself the following questions:

“Without testing, how much money could I spend – or have I already spent – on nutritional supplements such as herbs and vitamins that don’t improve my situation at all?”

“If I don’t take action now, how much additional money could I spend in the future if my symptoms worsen or become more complicated?”

“How much are my symptoms costing right now in terms of missed work or leisure activities and how much could it cost in the future if I do not take action right now?”

“What financial value do I actually place on my health and overcoming my symptoms?”

“If Dave’s team could wave a magic wand and get rid of my three main health complaints, how much would I pay them? (Note: We are pretty sure that the amount you will actually need to spend will be much less than the figure that you had in mind.)”

We are sure you’ll agree: overcoming symptoms and optimizing health is pretty much priceless.

2. Reason Not To Take Action #2: TEST RESULTS DO NOT REVEAL ANYTHING

The thought of spending money on a test that does not provide significant findings is another reason why you may not want to risk spending money on testing.

Let us allay that fear: having run hundreds of these tests over the last three years, we can assure you that only 1-2% of the tests we run fail to reveal essential information about your health.

Still, we are very pleased to offer a full money back guarantee should your test results come back negative on your first test (i.e. before you have received a treatment regimen).

3. Reason Not To Take Action #3: TRUST

The Internet is not an easy place to build trust, which is why we invite you read our articles, listen to our teleseminar recordings and try out Dave’s e-books.

We’ve been doing this work for more than five years now, and we have cabinets full of success stories and client testimonials. Our work is becoming known in both natural health and medical circles, and Dave Hompes is now teaching medical professionals, nutritional therapists and other natural health care practitioners his methods.

We want you to trust us so that we can help you achieve your health goals, so if you have any questions, just get in touch and we’ll get right back to you.

Here’s why the test comes with a consultation

How to Order

The Comprehensive PCI stool test with Consultation, is perfect for you if:

  • You have returned from holiday having had an upset stomach, or a food poisoning incident any time in the past that may have triggered your symptoms
  • You have unexplained digestive symptoms that are recent (less than 1 year). For example, bloating, constipation, loose stools, abdominal and stomach pain, wind, burping.
  • You are feeling tired, moody or are having difficulty sleeping
  • You have skin conditions such as rosacea, hives, urticaria, dermatitis
  • You have had chronic digestive symptoms for a long time (longer than a year). For example, loose stools, bloating, pain, constipation.
  • You have been diagnosed with any type of colitis, Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, IBS
  • You are suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia or other autoimmune conditions.
  • You are looking for the most comprehensive digestive test available so as to completely rejuvenate your health.

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