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    Dr. Boggess (Medical Director)

    Dr. Tony Boggess is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physician, speaker, and writer who specializes in Nutritional and... read more

Digestive Health & Diagnostics

A healthy digestive system is the critical first step to convert food into life energy. When functioning optimally, the digestive system keeps the body healthy, allows detoxification, and leads to optimal wellness. It also functions as a barrier to potential toxins, bacteria, yeast, parasites, food antigens and large or partially digested food molecules that can potentially aggravate the immune system. In my clinical experience, a number of conditions impacting physical and emotional health result from gastrointestinal problems.

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Testing available at NBW Medical Center

Many diagnostic strategies are available at NBW Medical Center to help guide clinical decisions, address vague symptoms, and treat pre-illness and disease states. These tests are usually covered by health insurance with a written doctors prescription and come from the most innovative, well respected laboratories in the country and the world.

Gluten Allergy and Sensitivity Testing 
Used to help identify gluten sensitivity related to celiac disease and other more “subclinical” gluten sensitivity problems. Provides a guide to elimination diets and means to assess improvements over time.

Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis
Provides a comprehensive, noninvasive diagnostic evaluation of the GI system looking at gut ecology, potential pathogens such as opportunistic bacteria, invasive yeast, and parasites, assesses metabolic markers, quantifies inflammation and ability to digest and absorb nutrients. The test is a 3 day home stool collection and 3 weeks culture/evaluation.

Intestinal Permeability/Absorption Tests
A number of clinical conditions result from either increased or decreased permeability and we use this and other Intestinal assessments to look for the root cause of “dis-ease.”

Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth Breath Test
A breath test that analyzes the fermentation products of bacteria in the small intestine. When first-line protective factors such as acid and enzyme are down regulated, normal populations of bacteria can become excessive in the upper GI tract and lead to immune hyper-reactivity, intestinal permeability, potential nutritional deficiencies, and a host of digestive problems associated with irritable bowel, mood problems, fatigue, yeast overgrowth and exposure to toxic bacterial byproducts.

Urine Organic Acid
Measures urine level byproducts to identify or confirm presence of pathogens (yeast, parasites, aberrant bacteria), dysbiosis, or bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine.


Please visit our Labs & Diagnostics section for more details