So sorry I missed your post.
Peterson didn't recommend any tests for gut function. I did the Metametrix analysis last year and it was fine, was thinking about re-doing it but it's 400 big ones
Jeez, someone is marking up that test...or perhaps it's taxed more in your state? I had it done (with some friend's assistance of course) about 4-5 months ago and it was $191
. Still, even that's a lot to pay...
After all the hoopla re Metametrix, I must admit I was kind of disappointed. Although my 'good' bacteria was at nice, decent levels, they did find one parasite, but it was described as "taxonomy unavailable. A taxonomy unavailable finding likely indicates an ingested protozoan and not a human parasite. It does not indicate treatment unless patient symptoms and other inflammatory markers are consistent with parasite infection."
Well, that wasn't exactly helpful. I may not have inflammatory markers in my gut (who knows...the test didn't suggest anything), but most likely do elsewhere, and definitely have more than enough "symptoms". They also found high-ish levels of mycoplasma species (no specific strains) and streptomyces (not specific). Again, not exactly helpful considering the hype about how their testing is so far superior to others. Doc gave me a few things to deal with these, but haven't been able to afford to get back to see if there are any changes. But when I can...I'm not sure I'd go w/Metametrix.
I understand (as much as my Sesame Street brain can) your current plan/approach to treating the retroviral issue, but since gut issues can wreak such havoc on one's overall health, that if there's anything else you could do that might help strengthen/balance it...that that might
help...as you continue to look into anti-retroviral possibilities...you know, just in case it's due to something other than XMRV.
Like eating at Taco Bell.