2. Testing is crucial. parasite testing is hit or miss and with most labs, they simply fail to find the problem. I know people who have tested up to 50 times until they found the culprit. There are many reasons for this which you can read about here >> http://parawellnessresearch.com/blog/
3. The best labs are
a/ Dr. Kevin Cahill in NYC requires a personal visit, cost is $500. He uses a 'hot sample' to diagnose.
Advantage: Well respected and thoughtful, accurate diagnostics (one of the top parasitologists), writes prescriptions, cost is reasonable.
Disadvantage: Travel and from what I have heard does not believe Blastocystis is pathogenic.
b/ Dr. Simon Yu is located in St. Louis and recognizes and treats parasites using drug and alternative therapies. I have only heard secondary reports about him. I do not know if he has his own lab. http://www.preventionandhealing.com/
c/ Dr. Martin Wolfe (Washington D.C.) is now retired from what I have heard.
d/ ParaWellness Lab in Aurora Colorado. The sample is sent in the mail, cost is $300. They offer suggestions for treatment which mainly include essential oil types of products.
Advantage: Convenient, reasonable cost, accurate diagnostics, compassionate, can order test without a doctor's order.
Disadvantage: Results may take up to 4 weeks, if you want prescriptive agents they probably will not prescribe.
e/ Dr. Stensvold is a leading parasite researcher and offers testing through Staten Serum Institut . They offer PCR testing for most protozoa parasites. PCR testing is an up and coming technology that allows for specific identification and is more accurate than traditional testing.
Advantage: Uses PCR detection which is very sensitive (can find a needle in a haystack). Dr. Stensvold is a leading researcher of protozoa parasites and passionate about his work and also a compassionate man.
Disadvantage: May only test for protozoa parasites (other pathogens can be causing the problem such as bacteria and yeast/fungus). May not be able to detect the commenseal parasites that can be a pathogenic subtype. Requires a doctors order. Unsure of the cost.
f/ Dr. Glen Wilcox (New Mexico) - LINK
I have not spoken to their office but was told that you can call them for a parasite testing kit which the cost is $369 as of this writing. From what I understand he uses a lab outside of the United States who reportedly is good, finding parasites that other labs failed at. Dr. Wilcox does not prescribe drugs, only herbs. If you have used this lab please let us know the outcomes.
Advantage: Test from home, apparently lab is good.
Disadvantage: Treats with herbs only, no prescriptions. Treating doctors may not accept these findings since they are not a 'normal' lab.
Here is what Dr. Wilcox says on the website
Since 1988, Dr. Wilcox has worked and studied with Hammed A. Ibraheem, M.D., Ph.D., the internationally respected parasitologist and founder of the Eko University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Nigeria . Stool, urine, sputum, blood and other specimens are sent to the Medical School for analysis. For more information contact Dave at 505-771-4998 or email email@example.com.
g/ Other lab services may be helpful in identifying some parasites but in many cases they produce false negatives.
Advantage: Convenient, cheaper than the above alternatives. Doctors think these labs are better than the above choices which they have unfounded disdain for. The ordering doctor would prescribe meds if found at their labs. However most doctors do not order adequate treatments due to ignorance.
Disadvantage: Questionable results, may require retesting with other labs. Requires a doctor's order.