In June ’09 I was diagnosed by Metametrix DNA stool test which showed positive for high amounts of H. pylori. That was the bullseye. My answer. It had shown negative for candida. That was actually a relief, and that meant that my efforts to follow an anti-candida diet for about a year (diagnosed by blood test, positive for candida in Aug ’08) paid off after all.
I re-tested (after about a month or so of natural antibiotic treatment) for H. pylori using the Urea Breath Test in Aug ’09, and it came back negative. Praise the Lord! The natural antibiotics worked, and I didn’t have to take those nasty pharmaceuticals. Take that, Prevpac!!! Re-tested (while I was there, figured, why not) with the same blood test that showed positive for candida in Aug 2008, and it came back negative for candida. So now I had a second confirmation that I am negative for systemic candida, by both stool and blood test. Praise the Lord! Take that, Nystatin and Diflucan!
*As far as re-testing goes, you need to wait at least 4 weeks after you’ve taken your antibiotics (natural or otherwise) to re-test, so you don’t get a false positive while the bug is still being cleansed out of your system.
The Metametrix GI Effects test that showed the h. pylori back in June ’09 was ordered by my chiropractor, because we wanted a full view of any kind of bacteria, parasite, candida, that might show up. However, because they are like the only company that does this specific test, I had to wait a very long 3 weeks to get my results back. Whereas a simple stool test from your average MD or even the urea breath test would have yielded faster results. But if you want to check for a variety of microbes, the Metametrix is good for that, according to my doctor. I used the urea breath test to re-test, because I only needed to find out about h. pylori, and that’s all the urea breath test checks for. Do not re-test by blood, because according to one of my D.O.’s, you’ll always have an antibody come up for it once you’ve had it.