Your Questions Answered: Stool Culture Testing Methods, Why Grapefruit Seed Extract Works & Licorice Extract For Adrenal Fatigue

Question: Which is better Stool Culture testing or stool PCR testing methods?

Traditional testing has included a stool culture to identify pathogenic bacteria, an ova and parasite test exam to identify parasites, and/or multiple other tests such as antigen tests. These tests are useful, but some bacteria can be hard to grow successfully in culture, some parasites can be missed if present in low numbers, and testing for viruses is not routinely available. Culture tests are also labor-intensive, and it may take 2-3 days or more before a healthcare practitioner has a definitive answer.

If a person has a GI infection caused by a less common bacterium, parasite, or virus not included in the pathogen panel, then it will not be detected. Assessing gastrointestinal health with a PCR stool test can provide a lot of insight on the gut environement and help get to the root cause of chronic illness. Comprehensive stool testing relies on microbial PCR assay. This uses exclusively qPCR technology to detect parasites, bacteria, fungi, and more, by targeting the specific DNA of the organisms tested. PCR microbial assays are an evidence-based tool to profile the microbiome using PCR analysis. Some known brands that use this novel technology include Doctor’s Data GI360™ stool profile which gives a comprehensive analysis of beneficial, dysbiotic, and commensal flora in addition to yeast, parasite and bacterial susceptibility to antimicrobials to get targeted therapies. The GI Microbial Assay Plus or GI-Map test also assesses a patient’s microbiome with attention to bacterial, parasitic and viral pathogens.

Question: My question is why does you recommend Grapefruit Seed Extract? It is known to be mostly quaternary ammonium chlorides. Definitely not just some kind of natural part of a fruit.

Grapefruit seed extract is a highly concentrated G.I. balancing extract promoting healthy microflora and gut ecology. A preliminary clinical trial reported that grapefruit seed extract supplements helped support healthy G.I. function and comfort. An in vitro study indicated that grapefruit seed extract promoted healthy microbial balance. Other studies suggest that grapefruit seed extract may promote a healthy environment when exposed to a wide range of pthogenic bacteria. Grapefruit seed extract in Remove is derived from the fruit and seed and is standardized to contain 40% flavones and flavonones. It has been tested for Benzethonium chloride and does not contain this contaminant. Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) contains mainly polyphenolic compounds, including quercetin, hesperidin, campherol glycoside, neohesperidin, naringin, apigenin, rutinoside, poncirin, etc.

The polyphenols themselves are unstable, but are chemically converted into more stable substances that belong to a diverse class of products, called quaternary ammonium compounds. Some quaternary compounds like benzethonium chloride and benzalkonium chloride, are used industrially as antimicrobials, but are toxic hence they are not found in detectable amounts in our GSE product. The B vitamin choline is also a quaternary compound, but is nontoxic and even essential for maintaining healthy neurological function and fat metabolism. Grapefruit seed extract is effective for many types of internal and external infections caused by parasites, viruses, bacteria, and fungus. It naturally detoxifies, enhances, and supports the immune system. It has been proven highly effective in numerous applications. Additionallly grapefruit seed extract contains high levels of vitamins C and E as well as bioflavonoids. These have an antioxidant action and can neutralize free radicals that damage cells and cause numerous illnesses.

Question: Is it ok to take Licorice extract for adrenals while on the Candida diet and protocol?

Licorice assists the adrenals by preventing the breakdown of cortisol. Licorice is extracted from the Glycyrrhiza root. Licorice has no known interactions with other natural herbs found in Remove formula including grape fruit seed extract, garlic, black walnut, capryilic acid, bereberine, etc. Licorice may enhance the side effects of potassium-depleting diuretics, so it should not be taking with prescribed diuretic medication. The flavonoids found in the extract of licorice known as DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) can interact with Aspirin, Digoxin, Etodolac, Ibuprofen,, Interferon, Isoniazid, Nabumetone, Naproxen/Naproxen Sodium, Oral Corticosteroids, Oxaprozin, Risperidone and topical corticosteroids. Always consult with a health care provider for complete information about medical questions, and treatment options, including any risks or benefits regarding use of medications and supplements.

Disclaimer: It’s crucial to consult with your healthcare professional before making any changes to your health regimen or when experiencing symptoms.