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Have you done parasite testing and received confirmation that was negative for parasites? Dr. Michael Karlfeldt reviews why these tests can be inaccurate and how standard protocols miss the presence of parasites, which can be a culprit of a variety of chronic health issues. 

Blood tests are frequently an inconclusive way to test for a variety of diseases. Lyme Disease, for instance. With blood testing, this is a very challenging condition to detect. And that is despite symptoms and feeling unwell from the person being tested.

The same is true for parasite infections. Stool testing is a common way to test for this kind of health challenge, when suspected. To conduct a proper parasite test, the test must be conducted 20 minutes after a fresh sample is taken. 

However, the most common scenario in the lab is that the sample will sit, unused, for up to 2 weeks. This is problematic since after about 20 minutes, a majority of parasites are undetectable. The reason for this is because of a process called autolysis where parasites destroy themselves (self-digestion using their own enzymes to accomplish the task), making their detection nearly impossible with this method.

Technicians miss the parasite because when the sample is handled in the lab, larger pieces of the sample are typically removed. Lab technicians then smear some of the sample onto a slide for observation under a microscope. Because only the small sample is viewed under the microscope, the lab workers conclude that no parasites are present in the sample. 

This faulty process used by labs to detect parasites, then, fails to provide accurate testing for those experiencing health issues as a result of the presence of parasites, and as a means of accurate detection. 

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