Alimetrix® GI-Metrix Benefits
The Amazing Digestive Tract
With approximately 20 times the surface area of the skin, the digestive tract interacts with the environment more than any other organ system and most importantly, it is the host to an amazingly diverse bacterial ecosystem. Beginning at the mouth and throughout the entirety of the gut, many of these bacterial inhabitants provide fundamental physiologic capabilities necessary for our optimal health. In essence, the healthy human is a composite of species existing in a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship. Unfortunately, this balance can be disrupted in a myriad of ways, ranging from colonization by opportunistic pathogens, to antibiotic or chemotherapeutic induced dysbiosis, as well as genetically inherited diseases. Alimetrix is committed to providing diagnostic tools which enable physicians to rapidly diagnose and treat diseases of the digestive tract.
Antibiotics and The Evolving Gut Microbiome
The gastrointestinal tract is the host to an amazingly diverse bacterial ecosystem. Unfortunately, opportunistic pathogens, as well as insults caused by antibiotic or chemotherapeutic treatments can disrupt the normal symbiotic balance and result in gastrointestinal distress. Alimetrix is a leader in the detection of gastrointestinal pathogens, ranging from viruses and bacteria, to intestinal parasites. The Alimetrix® GI-Metrix provides accurate and confirmatory information so that clinicians can better target their therapies to treat an individual's disease and more rapidly affect a positive outcome.
Antibiotics are the most common medications prescribed for children. However, several studies have recently shown strong associations between early childhood antibiotic use and diseases that develop later in life, such as obesity, asthma, diabetes and autoimmunity. As such, antibiotics should only be used when absolutely necessary. Discretion is especially warranted during the first two years of life while the immune system and gut microbiome are still maturing. Unfortunately, it is estimated that up to 50% of the antibiotics administered to pediatric patients are done so needlessly and inappropriately. Given the potential for long term sequelae it is essential that the clinician differentiate between bacterial and viral infections, thus reducing unnecessary exposure to antibiotics. One of the most important roles of the Alimetrix® GI-Metrix is to inform the clinician of pathologies where antibiotics may be contraindicated.