If you have any of the symptoms of IBS or Crohns, colitis and diverticulitis, it’s safe to say your gut microbiota is unbalanced and unhealthy. With too many “bad” microorganisms (yeast, bacteria, viruses, parasites) and not enough good ones.

But sometimes it’s useful to know exactly what and how your gut flora is unbalanced and that’s where stool testing comes in. The standard medical (on a health care plan) stool test is not thorough enough and so it’s worthwhile to get a comprehensive stool analysis from a reputable diagnostics lab.

In the U.S. you need a doctor (naturopath, homeopath, chiropractor etc.) referral to order the test kit, but you can spearhead this and tell your practitioner what testing you want done. Some of the labs (like Metametrix) have great patient education pages.

Here are three labs that have excellent testing and lab facilities:

Genova Diagnostics

Metametrix

DiagnosTechs

At the Goldberg Clinic, Dr. Paul Goldberg takes the gut microbiota analysis one step further: Once he knows what you are infected with, he has the lab test to see which anti-pathogen agents are effective against your nasties. He has them test substances like: colloidal silver, wild oregano oil, grapefruit seed extract and drug antibiotics.

Genova Diagnostics also provides this ‘antibiotic sensitivity’ testing, but they test with different natural agents – and I like Dr. Goldberg’s sensitivity testing list better!

Testing Your Gut For Infection
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    1. Hi Jackelin,

      I’m afraid that Jini isn’t available for personal consultations but we can suggest someone who does consultations by phone if you would like a second opinion on your specific situation. Dr. Paul Goldberg shares methods and protocols with Jini and has read all of her books. He is a very rigorous practitioner and like Jini, has healed himself of a serious chronic illness, so he understands firsthand what you might be going through. We can highly recommend him.

      http://www.goldbergclinic.com/

      You can also watch this video for a detailed description of how Dr. Goldberg works and what’s involved with his healing approach:

      http://vimeo.com/50486588

      Kind regards,
      Justin
      Customer Care

  • Thank you for answer me, I would to know what kind of test the Dr. Goldberg make. cause I would like to know what kind microorganisms yeast, bacteria, viruses, parasites I have. it is my main concern.

    thank you.

    1. Hi Jackelin,

      You would need to consult with Dr. Goldberg about the specifics but Jini mentions his clinic in the blog post above so you should be able to contact him directly through that link or through the link in my previous reply.

      Kind regards,
      Justin
      Customer Care

  • Justin, If I already have been diagnosed with crohns disease, would this test still be beneficial for me. Also, I have a problem taking antibiotics (c-diff x 2). I will be requiring procedures in the near future that will require antibiotics. I have a very good GI doctor but there is only so much he can do. Will the stool test help with this problem and assist my doctor in finding an antibiotic that I will be able to tolerate.

    Thank you for your time,

    Patricia

    1. Hi Patricia,

      If you have issues with antibiotics then it’s quite possible that the test could be beneficial if the results are evaluated by someone like Dr. Goldberg who should be able to help you find which antibiotics (prescription medication or natural), if any, will be easily tolerated in your specific condition.

      Kind regards,
      Justin
      Customer Care

  • hi

    I was diagnosed with proctitis and bleeding is the major issue, I have not pain or any other symptoms except sweating some times when sleeping. I went to natural path Dr and after doing the food test she said I have sensitivity to dairy, gluten , eggs, yeas, soy , orange , coffee and chocolate and sugar, so it has been 6 weeks and I feel better how ever I noticed bright red blood in my stool a few times . I was wondering if there is an thing else that you suggest. I was going to try your wild old of oregano enema but I want to know what you think?

    Thanks

  • Hi, I really like the sound of the Goldberg clinic and wondered if you knew about anywhere similar in the UK? I’ve been applying info from Jinis book and have a lot of success so far.

    Thanks

    Kev

    1. Hi Kev,

      We’re not aware of a similar clinic in the UK but a large percentage of Dr. Goldberg’s clients reside outside the US and he regularly does consultations via phone and Skype. It’s great to hear that you’re experiencing some good results from Jini’s protocols and we wish you all the best!

      Kind regards,
      Justin
      Customer Care

  • Kevin–check out/google Dr. John Hunter (professor) in the UK. If we lived there my husband would be seeing him in a heartbeat. He has written extensively on his research treating IBD and is an expert in the field.

  • Hi Jini. What are your thoughts about using grapefruit seed extract for gut infections. My son has been suffering from recurring diarrhea with sometimes with small amount of blood. I took him to naturopath doctor, he did the extensive stool test. His test shows a lot of yeast, candida and inflammation. Naturopath doctor gave him grapefruit seed extract. But when I researched about it, experts say it is not good as it has synthetic chemicals in it. I would really appreciate your thoughts about it. Should we stick with oil of oregano instead.

  • Hi Jini. I have a question about Oregano oil protocol. As you recommend in first phase to take oregano oil from 2 wks to 6 months, how can we tell when infection is healed. I start giving oregano oil to my son when he gets diarrhea(he is suffering from recurring diarrhea), his diarrhea gets better in about a week, then his bowel movements are formed and solid. Should I still keep on giving him oregano oil according to phase one or should we move to phase two (give him less oil and more of probiotics). I am confused about how to tell when infection is healed so he doesn’t get diarrhea again. will really appreciate your help.

    1. Hi Inder,

      If all symptoms have gone away then it’s probably a good idea to taper down to the maintenance dosing for a week or two before stopping the protocol entirely just to make sure the infection is gone.

      Kind regards,
      Justin
      Customer Care

  • I have Crohn’s/Colitis and my recent biopsy showed low grade dysplasia in several areas of my colon as well as a dialated ileocecal valve, random scarring, and strictures in the transverse and descending colon. My GI is very conservative & supports my nutritional approach to my disease but is more alarmed now due to the dysplasia. I made an initial call to The Goldberg Clinic and am curious if you still recommend his diagnostic exams and treatment protocols? I will incur travel costs as well as significant fees and want to make sure this is my best use of funds in my discovery of treatment. I understand you can not focus on my condition specifically but am looking to confirm The Goldberg Clinic is my best diagnostic and treatment option.

    1. Hi Jill, I’m afraid I cannot advise you on that – you will have to rely on your own research, questioning and intuition. We have heard from people who were thrilled with the treatment they received at the Goldberg Clinic. And others who were very unhappy and felt it was a waste of money. I suggest you watch their patient videos on their site and get a full listing of fees before you decide. And ABOVE ALL, listen to your gut!

  • Hey Jini and Justin!

    Yesterday, I read about a new vaccine for Crohn’s that is in development. They even have a Facebook page for it. It has something to do with the MAP gut infection. I am going to look for it again, and post here again if you have not heard about it.

    I was just curious about your views on this. I remember that you, Jini, said that you have a wild oregano protocol to treat the MAP gut infection.

    Take care,

    Susan

  • Jini and Justin,

    I have more information, and you know I am one of your customers and readers, so this is not spam. I am very curious to know if this vaccine could help one day.

    The facebook page is called Crohns MAP Vaccine. This is what is written in their description in the “about:” “Professor John Hermon-Taylor has spent more than 30 years researching and developing a vaccine to cure Crohn’s disease. All we need now is funding.”

    Then they have a link: http://crohnsmapvaccine.com/

    It appears they are trying to raise money for this. I think they need around 4 million is U.S. dollars. I am really interested in your views, Jini. Have you heard of this researcher?

    Ultimately, my decision to follow this researcher will largely be based on your opinions of his research. Even if they raise the needed funds, it may never reach the U.S. for decades. They would need clinical trials, etc.

    Thanks.

    Take care,

    Susan

  • Hi Susan,
    Well, the good thing about this T-cell vaccine project is that the docs are making a pretty strong statement against Crohn’s being an auto-immune disease where the body attacks itself for some unknown reason. So that is definitely a step forward.

    However, as Justin pointed out, since we already have a good protocol for eradicating MAP, I would be more inclined to support the development of the easily accessible MAP test – which they are also seeking funding for. That’s just my opinion.

  • Hi Jini,
    I’ve been diagnosed with proctitis this week. After having bloody mucus( a lot of it) for 3 months. Somebody mentioned sweating at night, is that a proctitis symptom? I heave been sweating for about 2 years now. Is that how long I might have had it? Since I was awake for the most of the colonoscopy I could see how badly the rectum is inflamed but I don’t think there was any scar tissue. So my question is how long should I use oregano oil for and how will I know that my proctitis is healed .
    Sincerely
    Natalie

    1. Hi Natalie,

      I’m afraid we can’t comment about symptoms related to your specific condition as we’re not qualified to do so but we’ve never heard from anyone who has mentioned sweating as a symptom of proctitis in general. If you haven’t seen it already, you can find more information about Jini’s proctitis protocol at the link below:

      http://www.listentoyourgut.com/symptoms/25/proctitis-or-rectal-infection.html

      Jini recommends continuing the protocol until your symptoms have subsided and everything appears to be back to normal.

      Kind regards,
      Justin
      Customer Care

  • Hello,
    I am following the protocol on the ltyg book for fistulas and I am taking 15 drops of grapefruit seed extract three times a day. I’m also on liquids and taking Huang qi amongst other things. How do I know the infection is gone? I asked a doctor and he answered that as long as the fistulas are open there is infection.
    {I’m not syringing}
    Thank you,
    Marcella

    1. Hello Marcella,

      Thank you for reaching out. Yes, when your fistula is completely closed, no more discharge, etc then that’s a good indication that the infection is gone.

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B
      Customer Care

      1. Hello Cris,
        Thank you for replying.
        The fistula section of the ltyg book says that the infection needs to be cleared before starting the treatments to close the fistula. This is why I am wondering how to tell if the infection has cleared in order to start the protocol to close the fistula.
        Thank you,
        Marcella

        1. Hi Marcella,

          If you’re doing the Wild Oregano Syringe protocol, you need to do this every 2 hours for the first 24 hours. Then every 4 hours the following day. Then 4 times a day thereafter until no infection is completely gone (no more discharge, abscess, etc.). Then do it twice a day for 10 days once infection is gone and allow the fistula hole to heal and close (if it hasn’t already) by removing the drainage tube and continue applying wild oregano oil topically for a month, 3 times a day. If your hole is open enough to continue syringing, then do so 2 – 3x/day until the hole closes.

          Kind Regards,
          Cris B
          Customer Care

  • Thank you for this.
    I have been taking 15 drops of grapefruit seed extract three times a day for a week. Can I use home grown organic fresh aloe barbadensis instead of wild origano oil? Could it be an equal substitute?
    Thank you,
    Marcella

    1. Hi Marcella,

      We used Aloe Barbadensis in our George Aloe vera juice, however, if you have parasites in the gut or any stubborn infections going on, then you need a stronger formula like the Oil of Oregano.

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B
      Customer Care

  • Hi Cris,
    I ordered wild origano oil and it arrived yesterday. It is pure oregano vulgare oil with 81% carvacrol and 0.35% thymol. I have been taking it in the doses recommended by Jini Patel in phase one of her protocol (4 drops of pure oil diluted in a tablespoon of olive oil 5 times in a day)
    However, on the packet of the oil the dosing suggestione is to take a maximum of four drops a day. This is a much smaller amount than that on the protocol, could you give some elucidation on this matter.
    My mother has also bought CDS, do you have any suggestions on how to take it combined with the wild oregano oil?
    After five doses of WOO the infection has not yet subsided, is it in the norm? Does it take more time?

    Also, I wanted to ask if acidophilus LA-5 is a good strain to take.

    Thank you for your support,
    Marcella

    1. Hi Marcella,

      Thank you for contacting us here. Phase 1 of Jini’s Wild Oregano porotocol is to take 10 drops, 3 – 5 times per day, on an empty stomach, until infection is resolved. She only recommends Joy of the Mountains brand of Oregano Oil because this brand uses a 3:1 dilution so that one is 25% wild oregano oil and 75% olive oil.

      If you’re doing the syringe protocol, start at a 7:1 dilution with olive oil (7 drops organic olive oil to 1 drop wild oregano oil), and then increase in strength to get it as strong as you can tolerate. Using Joy of the mountain Oregano brand, I will add 4 drops of Olive oil to make the 7:1 dilution.

      Regarding CDS, we’re not familiar about this product so we cannot comment.

      Results vary from person to person so give at least 1 week or more to work.

      For probiotics, Jini only recommend Natren Brand probiotics. Click here and let me know if you have any additional questions – Cris B, Customer care

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