These labs usually follow the same methodology that is used for blood work. The lab gets a collection of healthy persons to test and from them create normal / expected ranges. These normal people are often local to the labs. This works well for things that tend to be the same for people everywhere in the world.
The problem is that the microbiome is very different from place to place as shown on the Your microbiome is unique to you page.
Working with the best data – even when suspect
On the site, we have created entry forms for many of the gut tests that are often ordered, as shown below:
- Biovis Microbiome Plus
- Diagnostic Solution GI-Map
- GanzImmun Diagnostics AG Befundbericht
- Genova Gi Effects
- Genova Parasitology
- Kyber Kompakt
- Medivere: Darm Mikrobiom Stuhltest
- Medivere: Darn Magen Diagnostik
- Medivere: Gesundsheitscheck Darm
- Metagenomics Stool (De Meirleir)
- Smart Gut
For most of these tests, the report are on paper or in PDF, such as shown below:
To use the analysis site, you simply transcribed the data into 5 bins:
I have also created entry pages for other tests results that are generic:
Suggestions are based off the lab’s standards
If you are in Spain and:
- the lab is in Spain,
- you eat in typical spanish style
- your DNA is spanish
THEN, your lab results are likely to be good.
If you are a vegan, gluten free and of north african descent, then this Spanish lab results may misrepresent issues with high or low bacteria.
What is the best lab? The answer is simple, the local lab! An east indian in Chennai using Medivere: Darn Magen Diagnostik lab in Germany is unlikely to get a useful result. Yes, that test may have more items, more accurate, and well respected — unfortunately, the results may lack relevancy! This individual has too many factors that will alter the microbiome while still being 100% healthy.
Personally I recommend the comprehensive 16S tests (ubiome, thryve, etc) because it allows atypical bacteria to be detected as explained in Detecting the clearly abnormal