The Microbiology with Sensitivities test includes an assessment of intestinal ecology through stool culture analysis, including comprehensive bacteriology and yeast cultures to identify the presence of beneficial, imbalanced, and pathogenic flora. Such an analysis is an important method of identifying imbalances in intestinal microflora. Sensitivities to a variety of prescriptive and natural agents are provided when pathogenic bacteria and yeast are cultured. This provides the clinician with important and specific clinical information to help plan an appropriate treatment protocol.
In a healthy balanced state of intestinal flora, the beneficial bacteria make up a significant proportion of the total microflora. However, in many individuals we see an imbalance of beneficial bacteria and an overgrowth of non-beneficial or even pathogenic microorganisms (dysbiosis). This can be due to a variety of factors including: daily exposure to chemicals in our drinking water that are toxic to friendly bacteria, the use of antibiotics, chronic consumption of highly processed foods (low in fiber, high in sugar) and high stress levels.
The test is typically performed as a follow up after treatments initiated as a results of the Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology (CSAP).