I've had the Metametrix ION test done twice.
First time in 2003, it showed I had signs of intestinal bacteria, and a second local test showed I indeed had c. difficile, an intestinal bacteria infection. Then in 2008 it showed that I had a yeast (or candida) infection, and without further testing, the doctor put me on fluconazole - I had what I believe was some bad Herxheimer reaction taking this stuff, but eventually my stools became more normal, sinus headaches, tinnitus, rashes, and paresthesia cleared up. But I never had any second test (either before or after) for that. Both the 2003 and 2008 tests indicated to the doctor that I might be consuming too much alcohol, and that was probably correct. I stopped in 2008.
I was a bit taken aback that the 2008 Metametrix report recommended that I take, among several other things, 4000mg of glycine per day, and I had assumed it was common knowledge that one shouldn't megadose on one amino acid for long because it throws the body's whole processing of proteins out of whack. The doctor didn't think I needed to take the mega-glycine and wouldn't say more...hmm.
So in short, I don't have any definite conclusions about
Metametrix, though they do seem to have hit the mark on my GI problems at least twice. It is puzzling that my doctor, both MD and naturopath, has stopped using Metametrix entirely in favor of SpectraCell Laboratories. He's too "cautious" to talk to me about
why - maybe it was an insurance problem - my insurance wouldn't pay for the tests, and they are expensive. I have not had any of the SpectraCell tests done yet, so I can't comment on them.
Post Edited (Verseau) : 8/26/2012 5:42:38 PM (GMT-6)