Laboratory Tests For Candida Yeast Infections

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Functional medicine testing is a very important consideration when it comes to diagnosing a Candida yeast infection. The unfortunate thing with many Candida blog sites, books on health or doctors you will see is that they may recommend supplements or diet changes for their patients who have Candida, but rarely recommend the right diagnostic tests for you to complete to determine IF you have in fact have a problem like a yeast infection, and HOW severe your Candida (or parasite problem) really is. Do you have a food allergy? Most people I see with Candida have a food allergy, but who knows, it is easy to guess or make assumptions, but a scientifically validated test will spell out exactly WHAT foods you are allergic to. Do you need to find out if your liver is working well or not? Many patients with chronic Candida have liver detoxification problems, we have a test for that as well. What about determining if you have leaky gut or not? Again, there is a test for that. This page will focus on the various tests I use with Candida patients who consult with me all over the world­

Lab Tests For Those With Candida Yeast Infections

Why would testing be important if you have a yeast infection? Why not just treat and forget about doing a test.Testing is a very smart thing to do if you have a chronic yeast infection, and here’s why. You will establish a baseline when you first test, this will enable you to gauge how successful (or rather unsuccessful) your treatment/s have been. You will save money this way, and not waste it, like many candida patients do who I’ve seen over the years. Regular testing will tell you which direction you are heading – for success or towards failure. You will be able to monitor your progress, and adjust your treatment accordingly.
Check out the following nine tests I recommend for those with Candida. You won’t need to do them all, read them and try and understand how and why they would apply to your situation. Remember, these tests will give you all the information you are looking for, and can save you a lot of problems (and a huge amount money!) down the track. But what test do you need? Which ones are the most important tests for you to complete if you have a yeast infection? I’ve given a brief description of the test and the reasons WHY you would want to do them below. You do NOT have to see me as a patient to have access to any of these tests, you can do them independently, but if you do complete one or several of these tests and you want me to give you an interpretation of the results then you will be charged for my time, naturally. Please inquire here: contact us.

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The link for you to go to to get any of the tests is: www.DirectLabs.com/EricBakkerND

 

As long as you go to this link, you will get those discounts that my patients currently enjoy.

Top 2 Tests If You Suspect You Have Candida – Eric’s Pick

1 – Test # 1 – The Comprehensive Stool Analysis w/Parasitology x3- Doctors Data KIT

2 – Test # 2 – Eric Bakker’s Food Allergy Panel (blood/serum) Immunology IgE/IgG – 96 foods general)


1 – Comprehensive Stool Analysis w/Parasitology x3

Note: This is a home collection test kit that will be mailed to you.
Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Stool

Special Instructions: Ship to lab Monday-Thursday only.
If you are taking antifungal or antibiotic medications, please finish the course of medication, and then wait three days before starting this collection. Please refrain from taking digestive enzymes, antacids, and aspirin for two days prior to and during the specimen collection, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.

Results: 5-7 Business Days

Description:
This is a 3 day stool collection. Specimen does not have to be collected on consecutive days. The more times you collect the higher probablity you will have of a parasite being detected. Parasites do not drop with every stool passing.
The Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology may be used to assess digestive and absorptive functions, the presence of opportunistic pathogens and to monitor the efficacy of therapeutic remediation of GI disorders.


 2 – Eric Bakker’s Food Allergy Panel.

(blood/serum) Immunology IgE/IgG – 96 foods general

Note: This is a test kit that will be mailed to you and requires a blood draw.

Test is not suitable for children less than 6 months.
Fasting Required: Yes 10-12 Hours

Specimen: Blood

Results: 10-14 Business Days
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Description:
This Standard Food Panel tests for allergic reactions by using IgG and IgE (IgE has immediate symptoms unlike the delayed appearance in IgG reactions) testing.

Allergic reactions to foods and inhalants are characterized by enhanced allergen-specific immunoglobulin serum levels with activation of immune mediators of inflammation. Research indicates that food and inhalant allergies are implicated in a number of health problems. Through ELISA testing we provide a useful tool with which an individual’s sensitization to food and inhalant allergens can be assessed.

Items tested: Casein, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, milk, goat milk, whey, yogurt, beef, chicken, egg white, egg yolk, lamb, pork, turkey, cocoa bean, coffee bean, honey, sugar cane, baker yeast, brewer yeast, apple, apricot, banana, blueberry, cranberry, red grape, grapefruit, lemon, orange, papaya, peach, pineapple, plum, red raspberry, strawberry, manila clam, Atlantic cod, Dungeness crab, halibut, American lobster, oyster, red snapper, pacific salmon, western shrimp, sole yellowfin tuna, almond, amaranth flour, barley, kidney bean, lima bean, pinto bean, soy bean, string bean, buckwheat, coconut, corn, filbert, wheat gliadin, wheat gluten, lentil, oat, green pea, runner peanut, pecan, white rice, rye, sesame, spelt, sunflower, walnut, whole wheat, asparagus, avocado, beet, broccoli, white cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, garlic, lettuce, common mushroom, black olive, white onion, green bell pepper, sweet potato, white potato, pumpkin, radish, green spinach, zucchini squash, and red tomato.


3 – Mold Profile, IgE

Description:
Test for patients with suspected environmental allergies specific to molds.
Symptoms due to mold allergy are often expressed when experiencing a current exposure to mold or symptoms can develop after the exposure.

Note: This is a test kit that will be mailed to you and requires a blood draw.
Fasting Required: Yes 8-10 Hours

Specimen: Blood

Blood draw is not guaranteed with the purchase of this kit. If charged a draw fee from LabCorp or another facility, DirectLabs will cover the cost up to $25.

Special Instructions: Ship to lab Monday-Thursday only.
Specimens must be received in the lab within 24 hours of collection.
Freezer brick must be frozen a minimum of 8 hours before shipping.
Samples must be frozen a minimum of 2 hours prior to shipping. Keep samples frozen until ready to ship.
Interfering factors to the antibody test: Glucocorticosteroids (e.g. oral prednisone and/or steroid metered-dose inhaler), chemotherapy, immunosuppressive medications.
Non-interfering factors to the antibody test: antibiotics, antihistamines, and antidepressants.
Test may be inaccurate if the patient has liver damage or HIV infection.

Results: 10-14 Business Days


 

4 – Candida Intensive Culture

Test Description:
This test evaluates blood and stool for immune response to Candida Albicans, using the Yeast Culture and Candida IgG (Chronic) Antibodies to create a full profile. Candida is a fungus with about 154 species of which six most commonly inhabit the skin and mucous membranes. Candida Albicans represents the most abundant adaptable strain. It is useful for a wide array of symptoms, including irritable bowel syndrome, low energy, mood swings, and “foggy brain.”

Note: This is a test kit that will be mailed to you. It requires at home collection and a blood draw.
Fasting Required: Yes 10-12 Hours

Specimen: Blood and Stool

Blood draw is not guaranteed with the purchase of this kit. If charged a draw fee from LabCorp or another facility, DirectLabs will cover the cost up to $25.

Special Instructions: Ship to lab Monday-Thursday only.
Do not freeze the stool sample.
2 weeks before test: If taking antibiotics or antifungals – or taking beneficial flora supplements (acidophilus, etc.) or consuming food products containing beneficial flora (e.g. Activia®) – it is recommended that you wait at least 14 days after your last dose before beginning the test (unless instructed otherwise by your physician). There may be times when your healthcare provider prefers that you stay on one of these agents (e.g. acidophilus) in order to evaluate its effectiveness. Follow your healthcare provider’s recommendation.

Results: 7-10 Business Days


 

5 – Parasitology x3

Note: This is a home collection test kit that will be mailed to you.
Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Stool

Special Instructions: Ship to lab Monday-Thursday only.
The stool specimens for this test must be collected on three separate days. It is preferable, but not necessary, to collect on consecutive days but the final collection must be made within seven days of the first.
If you are taking antifungal or antibiotic medications, please finish the course of medication, and then wait three days before starting this collection. Please refrain from taking digestive enzymes, antacids, and aspirin for two days prior to and during the specimen collection, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.

Results: 7-10 Business Days

Description:
Signs and symptoms of parasitic infection vary from one individual to another. The more common signs and symptoms are: constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, arthralgias, myalgias, anemia, increased allergic reactions, skin lesions, agitation and anxiety, difficulty with sleep, decreased energy, malnutrition and decreased immune function.


 

 

6 – Microbiology Profile

Note: This is a home collection test kit that will be mailed to you.
Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Stool

Special Instructions: Ship to lab Monday-Thursday only.
If you are taking antifungal or antibiotic medications, please finish the course of medication, and then wait three days before starting this collection. Please refrain from taking digestive enzymes, antacids, and aspirin for two days prior to and during the specimen collection, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.

Results: 10-14 Business Days

Description:
Assessment of intestinal ecology through stool culture techniques which include comprehensive bacteriology and yeast cultures to identify the presence of beneficial flora, imbalanced flora, and dysbiotic flora. Sensitivities to a variety of prescriptive and natural agents are provided when pathogenic bacteria and yeast are cultured.


 

7 – Intestinal Permeability (Leaky Gut)

Note: This is a home collection test kit that will be mailed to you.
Fasting Required: Yes – 8 hours

Specimen: Urine

Special Instructions: Ship to lab Monday-Thursday only.
Specimens must be received in the laboratory within 24 hrs of collection.
•Tell your healthcare professional if you have an abnormally high glucose level as this will interfere with testing. We CANNOT perform this test on diabetics with >105mg/dl fasting urine glucose concentration.
•If you have had allergic reactions to foods (including sugarfree foods, beverages, candies, gum, and mints) dietary supplements, dental products, or medicines (prescription and over-the-counter) containing sugar alcohols like sorbitol or xylitol, you should NOT take this test.
•This test is also NOT recommended for individuals who have had allergic reactions to lactulose or are on lactose-restricted diet.
•Certain medications – such as aspirin, other anti-inflammatory drugs, antacids containing aluminum or magnesium hydroxide (eg, Maalox liquid, Equate, Milk of Magnesia, Rolaids, Mylanta) as well as drugs that contain sorbitol and/or mannitol – may affect your test results…
Please let your healthcare professional know about any medications or supplements you are using before taking this test. It is recommended that you avoid the use of these medicines for at least 72 hours before taking this test.
•Gel Freezer Pack must be frozen a minimum of 4 hours before shipping.
•The night before the test: Do not eat or drink anything for at least eight hours before beginning this test.
•The day of the test: Do not eat or drink for two hours after taking the test drink. At two hours, drink a glass of water. Drink at least a cup of water every hour until you finish your test. You may eat and drink as usual two hours after taking the test drink; however, you MUST avoid certain foods or beverages, especially those containing fructose (fruit sugar), during the test. Please read all labels to double-check.
These include:
• Fruits, fruit juices, jams, jellies, etc.
• Soft drinks and foods sweetened with high fructose corn syrup
• Any dairy products
• Dietetic chocolate
• Honey
• Mushrooms, beans (legumes including peanuts), celery
• Chewing gum

Results: 7-10 Business Days

Description:
The Intestinal Permeability Assessment is an effective and non-invasive assessment of small intestinal absorption and barrier function in the bowel. This test analyzes urine for the clearance of two non-metabolized sugars, lactulose and mannitol, identifying intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”) and m poor absorption. Both poor absorbption and increased leaky gut are associated with chronic gastrointestinal imbalances, as well as many general disorders.


 

8 – Hair Elements

Note: This is a home collection test kit that will be mailed to you.
Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Hair

Results: 5-7 Business Days

Description:
Hair element analysis is a valuable and inexpensive screen for bodily excess, shortage or poor circulation of elements. It should not be considered a stand-alone investigative test for crucial element function, and should be used in combination with patient symptoms and other laboratory tests.

Hair is vulnerable to external elemental contamination by means of certain shampoos, bleaches, dyes, and curing or straightening treatments. Therefore, the first step in the interpretation of a hair element report is to rule out sources of external contamination.

Test Includes: Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Bismuth, Cadmium, Lead, Mercury, Platinum, Thallium, Thorium, Uranium, Nickel, Silver, Tin, Titanium, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Chromium, Vanadium, Molybdenum, Boron, Iodine, Lithium, Phosphorus, Selenium, Strontium, Sulfur, Cobalt, Iron, Germanium, Rubidium, Zirconium.


 

9 – Hepatic Detox Profile

Note: This is a home collection test kit that will be mailed to you.
Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Urine

Special Instructions: Ship to lab Monday–Thursday only.
The test requires no special diet but if you are taking sulfur containing medications or dietary supplements such as DMSA, DMPS, MSM, etc.,please finish the course of medication, and then wait 4 days before starting this collection. A positive(or elevated) level of D-Glucaric Acid may result if you are using medications such as barbiturates, tranquilizers, digoxins, quinidine, or alcohol. Please refrain from taking non-essential medications, dietary supplements, and alcohol for 72 hours prior to and during the specimen collection, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.
Female patients should not collect urine during a menstrual period.

Results: 5-7 Business Days

Description:
This noninvasive test does not require the use of hepatotoxic compounds.
Assessment of Phase I and Phase II detoxification.
Assessment of chemical exposure and impaired liver function.
This test does NOT replace comprehensive liver tests for cases of advanced liver disease.


 

10 – Mycotoxin Panel

Description:
Mycotoxins are of great interest to humans because they can cause sickness or even death in people, but they can also be put to a variety of uses. Some Penicillium molds, for example, produce mycotoxins which are harmful to bacteria. Awareness about the mycotoxins produced by molds has grown since the 1980s, when people first began to recognize the risk of dangerous molds. Certain molds which infest walls, carpeting, and so forth produce mycotoxins which can be hazardous if touched, inhaled, or consumed. Symptoms of exposure to mycotoxins vary considerably, because they are so diverse. The effects of mycotoxins can also vary depending on the amount and duration of exposure. Many mycotoxins affect the nervous system, causing symptoms like dizziness, clumsiness, blurred vision and confusion, but these symptoms do not appear in all cases or with all mycotoxins.

Note: This is a home collection test kit that will be mailed to you.
Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Urine

Special Instructions: Ship to lab Monday-Thursday only.
Collect FIRST MORNING Urine.

Results: 10-14 Business Days.

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  • Can my PCP order these tests so we can submit to our insurance co?

    • Hi Dana, I’m not sure what you mean by this? Check with your healthcare provider if he or she can authorize these tests.