Using GI Map, Viome and BiomeSight

A reader asked me to take a look at their results from these three. This is not a fun exercise because the data is not machine processable, time consuming and thus prone to more significant errors. The best way to proceed is to use one of these providers.

GI Map Results

The following abnormalities were reported. We cannot get the percentile ranking from MicrobiomePrescription.com because they give counts without declaring what 100% is, it appears to be over 3.3E12 i.e. 3,300,000,000,000, since that is the upper limit for one of the phyla. I attempted on computation below with nonsense results.

  • Clostridia (class) – 200% above their upper limit
  • Enterobacter spp. – 60% above their upper limit
  • Akkermansia muciniphila – 3700% above their upper limit
  • Firmicutes – 29% above their upper limit
  • Bacteroidetes – 29% below their lower limit
  • Bacillus spp. – 433% above their upper limit
  • Enterococcus faecalis – 800% above their upper limit
  • Streptococcus spp. 550% above their upper limit
GI Map reported 9.44e7 out of 3.31e12 as HIGH or 0.0028%, which is less than 99% of other samples!

So, their numbers are useless. We can do manual entry of highs/lows on this page and get very coarse suggestions.

Viome Results

iThis person results shown below are typical for the Viome population. Not better or worst.

I did a tally of their evalutaions:

  • Not Optimal: xxx or 16%
  • Average: xxxxxxxxxxxxxx or 74%
  • Good: xx or 10%
This gives no information on which bacteria are involved or how to improve them

They list the bacteria found but with no percentages or other quantities…

Is this a major overgrowth or under growth — we cannot tell

Bottom Line

IMHO. Viome is not worth anything, at least nothing that can used with microbiome prescription data sources.

Redemption

This person did a biomesight.com test which was one-button-pushed transferred over (thank you Rose again for making life easier for many people).

Starting with Enzyme production,

We get core probiotics suggestions with lactobacillus paracasei again being dominant (as it was in the last posts).

For EndProduct Outliers, we have only one item being low, Urolithins. Nothing under KEGG Module.

Next we look at Core Supplements suggested (these are items that your bacteria may be producing less of due to dysfunction)

GABA, Vitamin B12, and Butyrate are supplement suggestions

Looking at Hawrelak recommended levels we see that Akkermansia is LOW, but GI-MAP reported a massive overgrowth!

Definitely room for improvement here

The next item in my current pro-forma analysis is looking at quick suggestions and the diagnosis specific suggestion. This person’s diagnosis is Rosacea Sub-Type 2 (Inflammatory / Papulopustular/ Acne rosacea) which I do not have in my database. Going over to pubmed to see if there is any appropriate studies, I only found skin studies.

From those and similar, I create a database entry.

Quick Suggestions

Remember, this is done without any reference to conditions or symptoms.

Items to decease were 0.3 or less with high-fat diets being the highest
Apples, Oregano, cinnamon, almond, nuts, fennel, basil, bananas etc were on the Flavonoid Food Suggested

Advanced Suggestions

With the new medical condition and studies added, I no results with the tightest selection and ended up expanding the selection as shown below.

This is what is needed to shift bacteria associated with the conditions in PubMed studies
We see lactobacillus paracasei which the enzyme analysis highlighted greatly as well a B. Longum
Pomegranates, Apples, Oregano, cinnamon, almond, nuts, fennel, basil, bananas etc were on the Flavonoid Food Suggested, similar to above

Bottom Summary

We have two probiotics that should definitely be considered, lactobacillus paracasei and B. longum. Holigos was an interesting item to appear, and I have heard very favorable reports on it. I would suggest getting Vitamin D level, and unless you are in the top 20% of the normal range, supplement appropriately. For other supplements: selenium, magnesium, GABA.

These are suggestions to discuss with your knowledgeable medical professional before starting. Frequently items require to be balanced with other supplement which such a resource may help you with.

I also used the GI Maps results alone with the page cited above and got the following list, with Holigos being at the top. We also see lactobacillus paracasei appearing close to the top of the list.