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Shann Jones MBE

Founder/ Director, Chuckling Goat

Use a microbiome test to identify any bacterial biofilms that may be hiding in your gut. Uncover 14 pathogens linked to chronic infections, inflammation and autoimmune disease.

If you’ve ever had food poisoning, a UTI, a dental or skin infection or a hospital-acquired infection, bacteria may have migrated into your gut and formed a ‘biofilm.’ Biofilms are complex communities of microorganisms that adhere to surfaces and produce a protective matrix, making the bacteria within them highly resistant to antibiotics and other treatments.

Persistent gut biofilm risks

Bacterial biofilms can persist in the gut for years, even decades, and are challenging to eradicate. Biofilm inside the gut can lead to chronic, low-grade infections that provoke ongoing immune responses, causing inflammation.

Chronic inflammation is a known risk factor for autoimmune conditions. The persistent presence of pathogenic bacteria in biofilms can disrupt the gut microbiome, impair digestion and contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and inflammatory bowel disease.

Home microbiome test identifies pathogens

Chuckling Goat, in collaboration with Cambridge Genomics at the University of Cambridge, has launched a home microbiome testing kit that tests for 14 separate gut biofilm-forming pathogens, including Enterococcus, Eggerthella, Fusobacterium, Escherichia-Shigella, Campylobacter, Yersinia, Vibrio, EnterobacterClostridoides, Salmonella, Sphingomonas, Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus and Citrobacter

Identifying and resolving these gut pathogens can improve overall microbiome health, benefiting the following systems:

  • Digestive system: aids digestion and nutrient absorption; protects against gastrointestinal diseases
  • Immune system: regulates and trains immune responses, reducing allergies and autoimmune diseases
  • Metabolic system: influences metabolism, impacting obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Nervous system: affects mental health through the gut-brain axis, influencing mood and cognitive function
  • Respiratory system: defends against infections, impacting asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Skin: maintains skin health, affecting conditions like acne and eczema
  • Reproductive system: supports reproductive health and prevents infections

The persistent presence of pathogenic bacteria
in biofilms can disrupt the gut microbiome.

Comprehensive microbiome test with consultation

The Chuckling Goat Microbiome Test also examines 86 biomarkers and assessment scores across the following areas: diversity, probiotics, prebiotics, postbiotics, mental wellness and systemic wellness. It uses the gold-standard 16s RNA technology. 

Test results are accompanied by a 30-minute consultation with a trained nutritional therapist. They will create a bespoke Personal Action Plan to improve gut health and resolve issues that surface from the test.

Experts advancing microbiome health

Chuckling Goat works with a distinguished Scientific Advisory Board consisting of an interdisciplinary mix of NHS doctors, university professors, oncologists, pharmacists and biochemists. The entire team is committed to advancing knowledge about the human microbiome and its numerous effects on health. 

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