The team at Nurturing You, Women’s Health and Wellness is always looking for ways to offer our patients the newest innovations in health and disease prevention. One of the best methods to detect and prevent conditions is with specialized testing that identifies unique genetic markers of various conditions and diseases.
This page is dedicated to information surrounding specialized tests that Nurturing You has found to provide patients real value and benefit. Check-in regularly as this list will continue to grow as we find new and improved tests for different patient needs.
GI MAP Testing
GI MAP, which stands for Gastrointestinal Microbial Assay Plus, is a specialized test that measures stool samples for the quantity of specific gastrointestinal micro-bacterial DNA. GI-MAP tests identify a wide range of harmful or opportunistic bacteria, pathogens, parasites, and protozoa.
How GI MAP Tests Work
Gone are the days of viewing samples under a microscope, which can be very challenging and thus, less reliable.
Instead, GI MAP tests utilize the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) method, measuring samples and their contents for key DNA signatures. The presence and quantity of certain bacterial DNA can be strong indicators for moderate illnesses, chronic diseases and even detect potential autoimmune threats.
FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SYMPTOMS OF:
- Suspected H. pylori Infection
- Fungal or Yeast Infections
- Bacterial & Parasitic Infections
- Intestinal Permeability
- Viral Pathogens
- Chronic and Acute Gastroenteritis
- IBS-Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Autoimmune Disease
What Makes GI MAP Testing Different?
As mentioned above, the use of PCR testing to identify specific bacterial DNA is a huge advancement over the previous method of manual sample screening under microscope observation.
This tactic has led to a new approach for disease testing. Instead of looking at the genetic material of the patient, GI MAP tests examine the genetic material of organisms present within a person’s gastrointestinal tract.
Other tests measure their results as a ratio respective to the number of other bacteria. GI MAP tests measure the amount of ‘DNA catch’, and if it passes a designated threshold, it is a strong indication that you require medical intervention.
Are You Ready to be Tested?
We have included additional resources on GI MAP tests that you can use to learn more. When you are ready to be tested, consult with the specialists at Nurturing You to arrange a GI MAP test.
Tests must be ordered by the team at Nurturing You and conducted under our supervision to ensure reliability, and so we can provide insight into your test results!