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So I used GI Maps, and the Thryve gut test. They seemed to say different things. In addition, my 2 GI maps, although seperated by 2y, were both pretty different. I would not expect my microbiome to change that much, especially since the symptoms were exactly the same.
Like Garzie, I kind of think the technology isnt there. The stool sample is only snapshot at what comes out in the stool, you have no idea if its representative. In addition, technology from one lab to the next differs. Apparently the gold standard used to be a duodenum aspirate, but theyve even stopped doing that because they cant culture most of the microbes.
The GI Maps is the most trusted of the group, and thats what I would do. I think its useful for looking for parasites and clearly pathogenc bacteria. I also found the OAT test useful for confirming yeast for me. Parawellness may also be worth it, if you think you may have parasites, although the GI Maps should cover that (i think the parwellness is more comprehensive).
If youre not specifically trying to identify a pathogen (h pylori, cdiff, campylobacter, or a parasites for example), but are just trying to find out what kinds of commensal and opportunistic bacteria you have and which are out of whack, I dont believe any of the tests are that useful. If you have dysbiosis/sibo/IBS, and you rule out the real known pathogenic stuff, then you know its a handful of opportunistic bacteria (various strains of strep, klebsiella, e coli, etc) that have taken over. Identifying exactly which ones may not be possible or even that helpful. The tools will be the same (diet, antimicrobials, prebiotics, probiotics, antibiotics, and the very underappreciated autonomic work)
Wrt to Mutaflor, I really wish i handled thsi the first time. It is the most interesting probiotic out there and I've talked about
it many times on this board. I will try it again. The symbioflor is another probiotic made from the same strain of e coli, Nissle1917, i believe. So maybe I will try that instead. The L reuteri dsm 17938 is supposed to behave similarly to the nissle1917, so I'm curious to see how i do on that. Hopefully i make it past the introductory phase on this one.
EDIT: Interestingly, my GI Maps showed very low levels of e.coli. Who knows if its accurate, and there are so many species, but I did hear anecdotally of a guy who showed very low levels of e coli, supplemented with mutaflor (since its an ecoli strain), and did very well. Who knows.
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