What Kinds of Testing We Do and Why
I have found that many of my clients have multiple imbalances, not only in their minds and structural bodies, but also in their hormones. Many things that bother my clients like Sleepless nights, Fatigue, Restlessness, depression, irritability, increased inflammation, irregular menses, breast tenderness, urinary frequency and prostate gland enlargement (BPH), are all problems that can be analyzed and treatments recommended through these Saliva and Urine Iodine tests. When our bodies are in balance, our mental and spiritual balance becomes less of a task and more of a joy.
Why Use Saliva?
Saliva testing is an easy and noninvasive way of assessing your patient’s hormone status and balancing needs and is proving to be the most reliable medium for measuring hormone levels.
Appreciating the reliability of saliva testing is based on understanding the difference between steroid hormones in saliva and serum. This difference is based on whether or not the hormones are bound to proteins in the medium used for testing. The majority of hormones exist in one of two forms: free (5%) or protein bound (95%). It is only the free hormones that are biologically active, or bio-available, and available for delivery to receptors in the body. Those which are protein bound do not fit those receptors and are considered non-bioavailable. When blood is filtered through the salivary glands, the bound hormone components are too large to pass through the cell membranes. Only the unbound hormones pass through and into the saliva. What is measured in the saliva is the bioavailable hormone, the clinically relevant portion which will be delivered to the receptors in the tissues of the body.
Who Needs Testing and Which Hormones Need Testing?
We believe the bare minimum for assessing hormonal status and endocrine function is the five hormone panel; Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, DHEA and AM Cortisol. When there are any sleep disruptions or high cancer risk profiles we also recommend the night Cortisol level. But as a basic guideline, an excellent starting place for men and women is the five hormone panel.
The major sex hormones to assess are estradiol, progesterone and testosterone. The main adrenal hormones are DHEA and Cortisol. These five hormones will provide crucial information about deficiencies, excesses and daily patterns, which then result in a specifically tailored treatment approach and one far more beneficial than the old “shotgun" approach. Below is a brief description of each of these five hormones:
Estrogen: there are three forms made by the body: Estrone, Estradiol and Estriol. The form used in past hormone replacement therapies is Estradiol, often in the form of concentrated pregnant mare’s urine (premarin). It is a proliferative (causes growth) hormone that grows the lining of the uterus. It is also a known cancer-causing hormone: breast and endometrial (uterine) in women and prostate gland in men. It will treat menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia and memory-loss. With the bio-identical formulas estriol is matched with estradiol (biest) to provide protective effects and additional estrogenic benefits. The other major protector in keeping estradiol from running amok is progesterone.
Progesterone is called the anti-estrogen because it balances estradiol’s proliferative effects. It is considered preventive for breast and prostate cancers as well as osteoporosis. In addition too little progesterone promotes depression, irritability, increased inflammation, irregular menses, breast tenderness, urinary frequency and prostate gland enlargement (BPH).
Testosterone is an anabolic hormone (builds tissue) that is essential for men and women. The proper level of testosterone is necessary for bone health, muscle strength, stamina, sex drive and performance, heart function and mental focus.
DHEA is an important adrenal gland hormone, which is essential for energy production and blood sugar balance. DHEA is a precursor to other hormones, mainly testosterone.
Cortisol is your waking day hormone (highest in the morning and lowest at night). It is necessary for energy production, blood sugar metabolism, anti-inflammatory effects and stress response.
Some of the common imbalances identified through testing include estrogen dominance, estrogen deficiency, progesterone deficiency, androgen (testosterone and DHEA) excess or deficiencies, adrenal dysfunction and adrenal fatigue.
Why Test Iodine?
Every cell in the body contains and utilizes iodine. Essential for life, iodine has many effects on the body: hormone production, nerve and muscle function, metabolism, tissue growth and repair, and cell respiration.The identification and treatment of an iodine deficiency has obvious benefits. In order to determine the daily amount of essential iodine required for whole body sufficiency, an Iodine Loading Test must be performed. This test is based on the premise that the more iodine-deficient the body is, the more ingested iodine is retained, and the less is excreted in the urine.
Our testing Lab is Labrix and most results are returned in 2 weeks after receipt of materials. At which time Dr.Hambrock will meet with you to go over the lab results and recommend treatments to allow you to take charge of your personal health and well being. Our treatments are based on restoring your life to balance.
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