Hormonal Health - Process of Healing
The process of healing begins with discovering the problem. This can be easily accomplished by testing hormone levels.
Saliva testing is a convenient, inexpensive, and above all an accurate means of testing hormone levels. Unlike serum testing, this method measures bioavailable and active levels of hormones.
Saliva testing can be done in the convenience of your home. Saliva test is the best and most accurate way to measure the health of your adrenal glands.
Blood Spot Testing
Not all hormones and other indicators of health can be tested in saliva. Blood Spot Testing is a convenient method for measuring those indicators based on Vitamin D levels, Thyroid Hormone and antibody levels, as well as some other indicators of inflamation present in blood.
The convenient collection of blood from a tiny nick of the finger, allows for flexibility of testing at the right time of day. Blood Spot testing provides results on par with those from serum tests but without the cost and inconvenience of a conventional blood draw which is only recommended when absolutely necessary.
Working in collaboration with you and your physician, we can use the findings from these tests to recommend a customized treatment and preventive measures that may include diet and lifestyle changes, bioidentical hormones, supplements, and nutrients to support your health.
The following table compares saliva and blood spot testing:
|Hormone or Analyte||Saliva||Blood Spot|
|Cortisol, AM (C1)||Checkmark||Checkmark|
|Cortisol, Diurnal (C1, C2, C3, C4)||Checkmark|
|Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)||Checkmark|
|Luteinizing Hormone (LH)||Checkmark|
|Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1)||Checkmark|
|Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c)||Checkmark|
|High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-CRP)||Checkmark|
|Total Cholesterol (CH)||Checkmark|
|Prostate specific antigen (PSA)||Checkmark|
|Sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG)||Checkmark|
|Thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO)||Checkmark|
|Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)||Checkmark|
|Triiodothyronine (T3), free||Checkmark|
|Thyroxine (T4), free||Checkmark|
|25-hydroxy vitamin D2||Checkmark|