Dysbiosis Neuro Challenge
What Does The Dysbiosis Challenge Test For?
Dysbiosis is my most common finding as a whole. Dysbiosis is defined as being an imbalance of organisms in the body. You can have an imbalance of microorganisms in or on pretty much anything in the body. Research has documented dysbiosis on most membranes including the lungs, vagina, mouth, nose, sinuses, ears, nails and eyes. To simplify the concept of dysbiosis, I often say it is when things that are growing inside us or on us that should not be there. Essentially what this means is that most people are dealing with low-grade infections all of the time from bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. These small but significant infections can alter internal chemistry including but not limited to, adding significant inflammation, decreasing nutrient absorption and altering hormones.
What is The Test?
Dysbiosis has been somewhat ignored in the United States until recently, but dysbiosis has been a topic of conversation internationally for decades. Previously, extensive use of stool testing (yes, stool) was the primary means to determine the health of the intestinal microbes. Now through the use of specific manual muscle testing, much of which was developed by Dr. Michael Lebowitz we have ways to test for dysbiosis in-office without obtaining and mailing a stool sample. The testing consists of utilizing a magnet with specific testing vials to observe for possible muscle testing responses. I have found these tests to be specific, safe and reliable for the treatment of even the most difficult cases of dysbiosis.
What does it mean?
Dysbiosis is up with heavy metal toxicity as far as the diversity of symptoms that it can cause. Most chronic pain conditions I have seen show up with dysbiosis as a primary root cause early on in the treatment. I have also consistently found people with allergies to show up for dysbiosis. Chronic low back pain is my most common muscle and joint complaint that is rooted in dysbiosis. Many patients present with autoimmune conditions and histamine intolerance, but I find that by treating dysbiosis first, the immune system is often able to recover and the overt symptoms the patients previously suffered from can subside. Treating dysbiosis cannot be done by taking probiotics alone. Most often it requires an herbal antibiotic (aka anti-microbial) and depending on the organism it may require one to abstain from refined carbohydrates for a time. As a general rule, antibiotics are not discriminant enough to be used in the human body. They are very strong, but do not support healthy organisms and thus can either cause or provoke further dysbiosis. Antibiotic resistance and biofilm formation is becoming more and more common, so often times natural anti-microbials may be necessary in addition to or in place of traditional antibiotics.