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I called my GI doctor and asked if i could get the test for leaky gut. She said that she never heard of it as it wasnt a medical term. She also said she doesnt do any tests for candida because she doesn't believe in it and that i should see a homeopath. My question is where do I go for a test for leaky gut, and should my doctor have heard of this. She is a really good GI specialist (she diagnosed me very quickly with celiac). She said i could make an appointment and we could talk about the leaky gut thing. I dont want to pay to talk to her if she has never heard of it. What is the test for Candida overgrowth?

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She should know what leaky gut means, but alot of allopathic gastro docs don't. They're not trained to look at the whole person, to consider gut ecology, to treat with probiotics or any other natural supplements or dietary modifications. They're trained to find diseases, stick a label on you and give you drugs or perform surgery.

If you can find a naturopathic or complementary medicine doctor in your area, they could help you treat leaky gut. The company I know of that tests for leaky gut is Genova Diagnostics (used to be Great Smokies Diagnostic Lab) and the test is called the Intestinal Permeability Test. More info here: http://www.gdx.net/home/assessments/ip/ I believe you can order the test kit and take it on your own at home, but you'd be better off finding a medical professional who can guide you and help interpret the results.

I believe the Comprehensive Diagnostic Stool Analysis test detects candida levels. But you can try the candida questionnaire to see if your symptoms indicate a candida overgrowth:

http://www.yeastconnection.com/yeast.html

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