This week I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Darrell Kilcup, Chiropractor and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner. In this interview, I ask Dr. Kilcup all about his favorite test to get to the root cause of his patients’ gut problems: poop testing…also known as stool testing. We dive deep into how he uses this test to help his patients and focus his interventions.

Check out the interview below:

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Find the root cause of the gut problem first before you can try to fix it
  • Most health problems begin in the gut
  • Important to get objective testing like a stool analysis to find out what’s going on inside the gut 
  • Probiotics are like an organ! Their role includes…
    • Making vitamins
    • Immune system regulators
    • Helping with nutrient absorption 
  • It’s okay to get aggressive with treatment if targeted problems are being addressed 
  • Many great labs out there assessing the stool: Genova, Doctor’s Data 
  • Make sure to work with a qualified healthcare practitioner if you order one of these tests so that you know the proper treatment protocol.
  • Other gut health tests:
    • Breath testing for SIBO (hydrogen and methan),
    • Blood testing for SIBO (Cyrex labs)
    • Food sensitivity testing
    • Indican test for SIBO
    • Leaky gut testing (Cyrex or Genova) 
  • This stuff can get pricey, so it is important to prioritize the most important screening tools based on your budget 
  • Fixing the gut is vital to start treatment in almost any chronic condition 

To learn more about Dr. Kilcup, check out his website: