Are Stool Tests Full of [email protected]? Talking with Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan

Today I’m excited to share with you an all-new FREE webinar with my friend, colleague and founder of Microbiome Labs, microbiologist Kiran Krishnan!

Kiran is a fan-favorite here at SIBO SOS® and he is back by popular demand to talk about a “controversial topic” – stool tests!

If you’ve been confused or overwhelmed by stool tests, you don’t want to miss this Q&A. We’ll cover:

  • What stool tests can and can’t diagnose (SIBO, parasites, gut imbalances and more)
  • The problem with many stool tests
  • A new approach to stool testing (available directly to patients)

This is the very first time Kiran has spoken publicly about Microbiome Labs’ new stool test-  and for the first time, it’s available directly to the SIBO SOS® community!

Watch now:

You can view sample test results by clicking HERE.

Want to order your BiomeFX test?

Normally, you would need to order this test through a practitioner.

But Kiran has agreed to make the test available directly to the SIBO SOS® Community! That means you can order it yourself, and get the results delivered straight to you. (I do recommend working with a practitioner to help interpret the results.)

First, register as a patient with patient direct code “SIBOSOS” HERE: https://sibosos.com/microbiome-labs (This is the first step and it is essential to be able to order.)

Then, watch the below video to learn how to order and what to do once you place your order to successfully complete your test. (Having trouble? Please contact Microbiome Labs directly for help with ordering: https://microbiomelabs.com/contact/ or call 904-940-2208). (My customer service team cannot assist you with ordering!)

12 thoughts on “Are Stool Tests Full of [email protected]? Talking with Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan”

  1. The bacteria in your stool basically consists of ‘transient’ bacteria, and will probably not include many of the more ‘permanent’ bacteria in your GI track. Thus how representative will the stool test be of the bacteria in your stool? – will it ‘miss’ many of the strains and levels of the bacteria that are not transient.
    The bacteria in your GI track changes all the time – ie if you move to another location / country, the microbiome will also change – thus again how will the test results be affected – will it only affect certain bacteria groups or all the bacteria?.

    1. That is an interesting question!!!

      I’m not too sure about the premise that we’re only able to capture transient bacteria in a stool test. But from what I remember from Kiran’s presentation, they’re using what they call a high contact coring system because they feel that our current sampling methods are inadequate. He says:

      When you look at stool, the bacteria in stool is not homogenous which means that you don’t have the same distribution and relative abundance of bacteria in every part of the stool. So the stool is a three dimensional object. The surface of the stool has different bacteria than the inner part of the stool and perhaps in the bottom part of the stool. You could take any different area of the stool and you might get slightly different distribution of bacteria.

      Now, whether that means we can capture more permanent versus transient bacteria through an improved “coring” sampling method, I can’t say for sure. That would be a great question to ask Kiran the next time we have him on!

  2. How do I order this test, My f.m. nutritionist us Sandie Gascon and I order products from y’all. Still test for determining what fungus, viruses, and ECT are in stool?
    Thanks Jane CLAFLIN

    1. Hi Jane,

      Wonderful to hear from you!

      We’ve not had the opportunity to work with Sandie Gascon. But if she’s a registered practitioner for MicrobiomeLabs, you can ask her to help order the test for you!

      If she’s not, then you can register for an account here. It’ll ask for a patient direct code. You’ll have to enter sibosos in order to complete the account creation process.

      Once you have an account, you can order the test by following the instructions in this quick video here.

      I hope that helps! Let us know if you have any follow-up questions 🙂

    1. Hi Andrew… not yet! But Kiran does say that they’re planning on bringing it this year to more countries. I think it’s going to start being available in Europe around mid-year. I’m not too sure how soon they can get it in Australia… sorry!

  3. What about GutBio from Onegevity? They use whole genome shotgun sequencing and are affiliated with Mount Sinai hospital in NYC.

    1. Hi MM,

      I had a look at GutBio from Onegevity as you’ve suggested. It does seem like they are using the same sequencing technology that MicrobiomeLabs and CosmosID are using… which like Kiran said, is the latest sequencing technology we have right now. It also does look like they’re using a coring system that grabs sample from right in the middle of the stool (not just surface sample).

      What I can’t make a contrast on is the details involved in their reporting. So that might certainly worth looking into further. If you’ve had a chance to try GutBio’s, maybe you can share how well they’ve presented the data…

      Might be worth joining our Facebook group. We have an extremely active community there. And if you pose that as a question, I’m hoping someone can give us additional insights into the reporting if they’ve tried one or the other!

      See you there… I hope!

  4. It’s weird how some say these microbiome analysis tests aren’t worth it. It looks to me like the opposite is true. Based on this article and video and some others like this one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOspDcp1cOk) from Eric Bakker, it seems to me that these tests are underutilized even.

    My only concern is that some say that there aren’t any reference points for a healthy gut yet so these tests are not worth doing at all. Is that true?

    Thanks for the instructional video too. Looks like this test is so easy to order online which is awesome!

    1. Thanks for contributing the video!
      A lot of the experts we’ve worked with do use stool tests, but they use it in conjunction with other clinical diagnostic tools… including mapping symptoms. So we don’t advocate relying solely on them to rule out certain issues.
      And yes, absolutely! A lot of the experts we’ve interviewed actually do agree that there is no absolute reference point to say, “this person has a healthy gut, this person doesn’t.” So we agree 100% on that account… there’s no reference point for what a “healthy” gut should look like.
      FYI… our Gut & Microbiome Rescue Summit is premiering soon. You can watch it for free from 2020 Sep 7 to 13. I think this speaks a lot to what you’re talking about. We’d love to have you if you can carve out some time during the free viewing window.
      You can register here: https://microbiomerescuesummit.com/?idev_id=21541

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