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Digestion/Nutrition Status Testing

Discussion in 'Diagnostic Guidelines and Laboratory Testing' started by Little Bluestem, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem All Good Things Must Come to an End

    richvank, in previous posts you have mentioned the following tests:
    Diagnos-techs Expanded G.I. panel
    Metametrix G.I. Function test
    Genova Diagnostics NutrEval
    Metametrix ION profile

    You said that the latter two give some information about the condition of the digestive system. Do they give enough to make them a reasonable substitute for the first two? Which one or two of these tests (or any others you know) would give good information/dollars spent for someone wanting to start addressing digestive system issues? I realize that my final choice may be limited by what is available through my physician or directly to clients.
  2. Sushi

    Sushi Moderation Resource Albuquerque

    One helpful bit of information here when choosing tests: the Genova NutrEval test is very expensive (a good test, I've had it) but, if you have good health insurance and have paid your deductible, you will only have to pay Genova a small payment and your insurance will pick up the rest. Genova has arrangements with major insurance companies.

    But you don't want to have to pay the full price of this test yourself.

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  3. invisiblejungle

    invisiblejungle Senior Member

    The Metametrix ION and Genova NutrEval are a combination of different test panels, which can be useful, but not all of them may be necessary for your particular condition.

    In regards to digestion, the Metametrix ION includes their Organix Profile and the Genova NutrEval includes their Metabolic Analysis Profile. (These tests are very similar.) They would offer some information about your digestive health, since they test for different compounds released by bacteria and yeast.

    You can view a sample report here:

    I just noticed that Metametrix offers the different sections of their profile as separate tests, so you could do just the Organix Dysbiosis Profile to save money, instead of doing the comprehensive profile.

    However, the Organix and MAP wouldn't necessarily serve as a substitution for a good stool test. A stool test can actually detect specific organisms, pancreatic enzyme levels, fecal blood, anti-gliadin antibodies, etc.

    I've done both the Metametrix Organic profile and their GI Effects comprehensive stool analysis, and they both showed different information. Some people claim that the stool test shows what's going in the colon, whereas the organic acids test shows what's going on in the small intestine. This is possible, since my Organix profile showed no issues with yeast whereas my stool test showed very high levels of yeast.

    If I had to only choose one, I would probably go with a stool test. (Collecting your poop is an unforgettable experience! :thumbsup:)

    By the way, almost every specialty test is available for direct purchase. I've never had insurance, so all of my tests have been bought online. I usually use or For regular blood tests, I go through
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