The Gut Microbiome & Gut Health: a new focus for health

Gut health is fast becoming a new concern for health. There are millions of bacteria living naturally in the human gut (mouth and intestines). In fact, there are about 10 times more bacteria in the human gut than cells in our body. And before now, the numerous roles that these bacteria perform in the human gut have been generally ignored.

It has been realised that any disturbance to the bacteria in the gut can cause or facilitate a number of human diseases, and research is rapidly growing in this area and this is at the cutting edge of medicine.
Here are some of the important disturbance to the bacteria level in the body till date?

  • Overgrowth of some certain bacteria that naturally live in the human gut e.g. Streptococcus, Enterococcus, Candida.
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  • Lack of some critically important commensal bacteria, such as Bacteroides and Eubacteria.
  • A combination of both overgrowth and deficiencies in commensal bacteria.
  • The presence of commensal bacteria in parts of the gut where they are not normally found e.g. Klebsiella found in the small bowel in large quantity.
  • The presence of bacteria that are not naturally found in the gut e.g. Blastocystis hominis subtypes 1 and 3 and Dientamoeba fragilis.

Here are some of the important disturbance to the bacteria level in the body till date

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Here are some of the health conditions or diseases where gut health can play a vital role

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Discomfort in the abdomen
  • Bloating and/or flatulence
  • Coeliac disease
  • Crohn’s disease

Patients will often have had many tests and then told there is nothing wrong with them

These men typically find it difficult to lose weight despite an appropriate weight-loss diet and exercise programme.

Atherosclerosis (build-up of ‘plaque’ in the arteries, driven by oxidative stress).

  • Eczema
  • ‘Hay fever’
  • Asthma.
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Rosacea.

Poor quality sleep (when other conditions have been excluded, such as obstructive sleep apnoea).

Anxiety and Depression (when low mood appears to have no specific trigger).

Here are some of the common causes of an imbalanced gut microbiome

  • Being born by caesarian section, when natural exposure to vaginal bacteria doesn’t occur
  • Bottle-fed in the first year of life
  • The chlorine in our tap water (which is added to specifically kill bacteria and parasites in the water supply)
  • Past heavy use of antibiotics as they also kill important bacteria in the gut (e.g. amoxycillin for chest infections)
  • Alcohol, which by its own nature kills bacteria.

How do we test for gut microbiome imbalances?

We use a specialised stool analyses using culture and the PCR method. This process normally takes 4 weeks.

What will be the duration and cost of the treatment?

We require at least three consultations of 1 hour each are essential for assessing your current health problem, interpreting the stool analyses and blood results, and implementing an integrated management plan.

While the initial consultation cost $395 AUD, all subsequent consultations will vary according to the time you see Dr Maria Mackey. For Australian residents, the minimum Medicare refund for each consultation is $105.55 AUD. The Medicare refund for the initial consultation is $268 AUD.

The cost of the stool analyses is approximately $400 AUD, this includes bacteria, yeasts and parasites. There is no Medicare refund for these specialised tests. All other tests are done at one of the main pathology laboratories, with no extra out-of-pocket costs for Australian residents.

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